A freezer, a pool, and multiple drops: how we smashed the AT&T Kyocera DuraForce XD (Video)

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We’re none of us fans here of intentionally breaking gadgets, but when a phone’s main selling point is durability, we try to find ways to test those claims. The tricky thing about rugged phones, there is no such thing as a truly indestructible device. If you try to break a rugged phone, eventually you will succeed. Still, we can learn a lot about how this gadget handled the abuse we lobbed at it.

The Kyocera Duraforce XD gives off a monster first impression, but how well does that thicker, reinforced casing, stand up to tough conditions? Will the waterproofing fail after a bad drop? We put the phone through heck, and here’s what we discovered!

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About The Author
Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.