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    We just got finished telling you about AT&T's plan to welcome Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge into its stores on November 7, with sales beginning shortly thereafter, but that's far from the only new entry into the carrier's stable of device. In addition to that wrap-around phablet, this morning we catch wind of release announcements concerning an Android with a front-facer to die for, a couple Windows Phone models, and more. First up is the HTC Desire Eye, the company's new “selfie” phone that pairs a 13MP main camera with another 13MP shooter around front, complete with its own flash. ...

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    You live an active life and your phone should be able to keep up! Many phones have to be hidden away and protected in the rain, at the pool or beach, or any other place they may get wet. While most phones will likely survive a quick splash, dropping your phone in the tub or sink, or trying to use it in the blowing rain will usually end in disaster. Some phones are starting to bring basic water resistance to their spec sheets, and are helping us to free up our lives and enjoy them like we were meant to do - after all, people are already water resistant. Such is goal of the Kyocera Hydro ...

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    Our own Michael Fisher proved last week that it is possible to scratch a synthetic sapphire display on a smartphone. Specifically, he roughed up the Kyocera Brigadier through several heinous tests, and impact with a hard material got the better of the extra hard sapphire. No less, the Brigadier is an impressively rugged smartphone that has both the IP certifications and the real world beefiness to back up the claims. But handling a drop or dunk in water isn't all that this phone is capable of. In this video, we cover three of the Kyocera Brigadier features you may not know about!

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    It's one of the top buzzwords of the year in mobile technology: the sapphire screen. More appropriately called a sapphire crystal display, its remarkability lies not in clarity or resolution or thumb-feel ... but in saving us from our oafish, clumsy-handed selves. Sapphire crystal is hard, see – harder than anything on the good 'ole Mohs hardness scale except diamond (as we discussed in a piece last year on why sapphire is awesome). And since we don't generally carry diamonds in our pockets on the regular, the thinking goes that a sapphire screen would be harder than anything that could ...

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    Kyocera's Brigadier first leaked back in the spring, and at the time, there wasn't much reason to be excited about it. The phone seemed like it would just be the latest in a long series of ruggedized Androids that may offer exceptional durability, but with little in the way of real stand-out features, nor high-end specs. And so we largely forgot about the phone until it popped back on our radar earlier this week, as a source leaked some Verizon documentation to us that identified the Brigadier as the first Kyocera model to use the company's Sapphire Shield – its branding for a highly ...

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    A couple weeks back, we saw Kyocera release a video teasing some upcoming tech we'd be finding in its smartphones. Normally, this isn't a company we expect to see pushing many limits, but this time we were intrigued, as it was talking about sapphire screens. As we look forward to see if Apple's really delivering its next-gen iPhones with sapphire protection, Kyocera teased its own Sapphire Shield, a “truly affordable, pure sapphire display.” But just how would that arrive? We may have the answer, as one of our sources clues us in to the coming availability of the Kyocera Brigadier on ...

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    What company springs to mind when we're talking about smartphones with extremely scratch resistant sapphire crystal displays? Apple, with its big investment in sapphire and the multitude of rumors pointing to such a screen coming to its next-gen iPhones? Or maybe even last year's failed effort from Ubuntu, and its plans to deliver the sapphire-screened Edge? We've got one more name you should add to that list, as Kyocera drops a teaser for what sure sounds like a sapphire-screened phone of its own. We've already covered ruggedized Androids from Kyocera in the past, so it's not the biggest ...

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    Just because we're not reviewing the CAT B15 doesn't mean we're not trying to squeeze some knowledge from its unyielding aluminum-and-plastic chassis. We've already shown you what comes in the box alongside the $349 Android smartphone; now it's time to see how the oddball from Caterpillar stacks up against the competition in the U.S. waterproof-smartphone space. That means we're putting it head-to-head with the Galaxy S 4 Active from Samsung, whose review was received enthusiastically by our readership last month, and the Kyocera Torque for Sprint, which we repeatedly threw in the snow and ...

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    Sprint's Kyocera Torque is a real monster. A rugged phone for the rough-and-tumble construction crowd, the phone features mil-spec toughening to the 810G and IP67 standards for dust, shock, extreme temperatures and pressures, solar radiation, blowing rain, salt fog, and immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to a meter of water. When we reviewed it several months back, we called the Torque a "beastly tank of a smartphone," an appellation that continues to suit it well today. The problem: since the review period ended, our demo Torque has sat in its box at the far end of our review table in ...

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    The problem with most ruggedized mobile phones is that they compromise too much in the name of durability. Due to customer typecasting on the part of carriers and manufacturers, "rugged phones" are far too often synonymous with "low-end phones." As a result, many such hardened devices have historically been relegated to the dumbphone arena. But with the rising popularity of smartphones in the business sector, and millions of Nextel customers in search of a new home in the face of the impending iDEN shutdown, Sprint finds itself in need of a rugged, walkie-talkie-capable smartphone for ...

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    The Pocketnow Weekly podcast is a labor of love for those of us who routinely grace its silvery sound waves. It takes a lot of effort and time to put the Weekly on the feeds every seven days, and we're pretty proud of the listenership we've accrued since re-launching our podcast presence lo those many months ago. Since that reboot, the podcast has grown in scope and in refinement: we've added such luxuries as topic lists, time codes with jump points, and a rotating cast of co-hosts - but we've never tweaked the YouTube presence of the Weekly. For eight months, listeners taking in our ...

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    The Kyocera Torque's 4-inch WVGA display and 4GB of on-board storage won't necessarily impress you, nor will its 5MP camera or its older build of Android ICS. But it's the first phone to launch in America with Kyocera's crazy-futuristic tissue conduction earpiece technology, which blew our minds a little bit in our hands-on at MWC. But its IP67 and MIL-STD 810G durability ratings should be enough to get you to sit up and take notice, especially if you end up drop-kicking the Torque into a freezing pond whose bottom is lined with razor blades (like ya do, from time to time). We don't go ...

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    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. ...

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    The world of mobile technology is one of the fiercest competitive markets ever. In the quest to stand out from the pack, some companies make bold moves and succeed brilliantly. Others are more meek and fade into the unexceptional background. Still others fill the space between, innovating once, then endlessly iterating over and over again. Then there are those that just screw it all up. Thanks to choices that are either too bold, too meek, or just plain-old absolutely insane, these are the products that fall flat on their face. They're not to be mocked, but the lessons they teach should ...

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    From ultramodern trailblazer in the late '90s, to common communicator in the mid-'00s, to symbol of the marginalized "dumbphone" today, flip and clamshell phones have undergone quite the status shift over the last two decades. I've talked before about how awesome the flip form factor was and how much I miss it, and it turns out I'm not alone. Lots of commenters showed up at the end of that piece to share their fondness for the clamshell phones of old, and recently editor-in-chief Brandon Miniman suggested we take a quick look at some of the most well-known, and some of the more obscure, ...

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    One of the more interesting technologies to emerge from this year's Consumer Electronics Show was a bone conduction speakerphone system Kyocera had to demonstrate. Rather than getting sound from the phone to our ears by using a speaker to create audible pressure waves in the air, this technology causes the phone itself to vibrate such that it directly transmits sound when held up against your head. The potential benefits are numerous, from helping keep calls private to making it possible to hear someone in a crowded environment. Now we get our first look at how Kyocera will bring the ...

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    It's been quite some time since we've looked at any new phones coming out of Kyocera. Last year, we saw the company take a shot at an unusual design with the dual-screen Echo, but after that handset failed to catch-on, Kyocera started to drift off our radar. In the time since, we've seen it release the low-end Milano, and wondered when the company might have something more to show us. We're still waiting for another phone that's as interesting as the Echo, but in the meantime Kyocera has a new pair of Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones to reveal, the water-resistant Hydro and the Rise with its ...

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    For all the benefits smartphones have brought us, there's no denying that they, and cellphones in general, have had some negative impact on manners and propriety. Many people no longer think twice about checking-out at a grocery store while on a call the entire time, perhaps not even saying a word to the cashier directly. For some of us, these kind of lapses mean we forget that our phones' speakerphones are for use in private, and not for broadcasting both sides of our conversations to the general public just because we don't feel like holding the phone to our ear. If that one in ...

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    Kyocera's Oblique first garnered our attention when some pics of the QWERTY slider showed up in early August, foretelling the smartphone's eventual arrival on Sprint. Late in the month, a leaked Sprint document showed the phone again, but this time after undergoing a name-change to the Kyocera Milano. We had been expecting the phone to launch on September 9, and right on schedule, Sprint has officially announced the Milano's addition to its line-up starting tomorrow. The Milano will fill the role of a budget-priced, non-WiMAX messaging smartphone for Sprint. Hardware-wise, the phone ...

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    A leaked Sprint ad shows off the carrier's continuing relationship with Kyocera, which will bring Sprint a new Gingerbread-running Android early next month. The Kyocera Milano is a QWERTY slider that we last visited as the Kyocera Oblique that made its FCC appearance a few weeks back with Sprint bands in tow. The hardware is nothing to get excited about, with an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and 512MB of flash, but the price isn't bad: about $50 on-contract. Look for the Milano to have a compact three-inch display (no word on resolution, but our money's on HVGA), Swype for if you don't ...

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    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through all that's hot and all that's not inside the world of Google's Android project. We start with Google purchasing Motorola Mobility and what that represents to the Android community. We talk briefly about all the leaked devices for the week and all the official releases. As always, we go through software updates and which devices are now open for Gingerbread. And finally, we also talk about the Motorola Photon 4G getting it's boot loader unlocked, aside from all the rest of the devices, which can now be rooted. In what's not hot, we go ...

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    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through all the leaks we discovered this week, and since the list is topped off by the LG Prada K2, trust me, they're all good. We also go through current deals in Amazon Wireless and a cool service called GetJar for getting free Apps. We go through all the recent smartphone releases and even the phones we're currently reviewing. Finally, we also talk about the new HTCDev.com portal for their future unlocked Bootloaders and all the progress with the CyanogenMod in the LG Optimus 3D. Speaking of What's Not Hot we talk about Sprint pulling the ...

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    The Samsung Intercept on Sprint is rumored to be replaced by an upcoming Kyocera Android phone as of September 9. That Kyocera phone is called the Oblique and has recently just passed FCC but what even better is that we get a glance at the phone in both its pink and black variants. Expect a QVGA screen on the QWERTY slider Kyocera Oblique along with EV-DO Rev. 0 support, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, three-megapixel camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We're yet to see a picture with the phone's keyboard but until then check out the images above and below of the two color flavors. The model ...

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    At the beginning of August, Kyocera Echo users on Sprint started receiving an update to bring their dual-screen Androids up to Gingerbread. Sadly, it looks like some more testing might have been in order, since once that update started going out, Echos started dying. When Sprint saw so many users bringing in bricked phones to its stores, it put a halt on the update's distribution. Now, it looks like Kyocera and Sprint are making another go at it, with the updated update heading back out to users today. The companies haven't revealed just what the problem was with the first release that ...

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    It was just a couple of days ago that the dual-screen Kyocera Echo received its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update and, after negative feedback from customers that are having problems, the carrier has now suspended the update. According to the image above, the Kyocera Echo Gingerbread update that started to roll out on August 1 is now suspended. The reason for this measure is that there were quite a couple of users that reported performance issues and even bricks after applying the refresh. Now the manufacturer and the carrier are working together to troubleshoot the issue and launch a new ...

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