Kyocera’s not a brand that appears often on our front page, but with efforts as unique and beastly as this, we’re starting to think that’s a shame. The Torque may be a mid-range device with average specs, but those middling attributes are wrapped up in a casing rated to IP67and MIL-SPEC 810G for durability, including exposure to blowing rain, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, and immersion in water, among others.
That durability is further augmented by a duo of cool factors: Sprint’s CDMA-based Direct Connect two-way radio feature is on board, as is the rare tissue-conduction earpiece. We tried it out and were able to hear transmitted sound through a pair of industrial ear protectors, and by simply placing the phone against our forehead. It’s a geeky-awesome feature, to be sure, but Kyocera is pushing its practical appeal to construction and other labor-intensive jobs, for obvious reasons.
All this, capped off by us tossing the phone in a rock-strewn tank of water, after the break. Watch the hands-on below!