Posts tagged with: Kyocera
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    With yesterday's launch of the HTC 10, smartphone shoppers have a new flagship option to consider, joining the growing ranks of this season's heavyweights. And while these phones represent some attractive options, not everyone's got the resources to pay hundreds upon hundreds of dollars for the latest top-of-the-line handset. Luckily, there's no shortage of more affordable options to consider, and today we hear about the latest models descending upon Sprint's MVNO family, as Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA pick up a trio of Android handsets. First up, we've got the Samsung Galaxy J7. ...

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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 ...

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    Update: Our official audio podcast publication will be set to run at 3:00am Eastern on Sundays most weeks. We'll advise you of special cases as necessary. And as always you can hit up the podcast post on the site for direct access to the download links as soon as they're up. Like, right now. Enjoy! Our CES followups are done, our convention-center head colds are almost dribbled out, and the first small scents of jamon are starting to waft over from Barcelona. It must be almost springtime for Pocketnow, and you know what that means: the MWC 2016 rumor reactor is humming its way up to 100% ...

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    The DuraForce XD is an AT&T exclusive, so while the packaging isn't going to be particularly impressive (we all know that orange box), what's inside is pretty audacious. Kyocera has built a monster phone here. The specs sound pretty familiar, with a 5.7-inch 720p LCD and Qualcomm 400 series CPU, but the casing surrounding that tech is pretty intense. I can't say I've ever played with a rugged phablet before, and this might be the largest phone I've ever been tasked to review. The chunky build provides MIL-STD 810G drop and shock protection with an IP68 water resistance rating. It's ...

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    As unusually muscular and robust as rugged handhelds might look at a first glance, rarely do they stick with most mobile consumers for more than a few days after their formal announcements, catering to a very finite number of people that want specific devices to handle specific needs. The AT&T-exclusive Kyocera DuraForce XD was probably no exception to the 15 minutes of fame rule, escaping all your minds shortly after its mid-October introduction. But for some reason, the unbreakable phablet will only go on sale this Friday, January 8, getting a second release at CES in Vegas, with a ...

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    Update: Our Lumia 950 review is now up. Go check that out down below and then come back here for the final word on Microsoft's latest mobile flagship. Enjoy the weekend! Microsoft might be getting the last word in our review queue for 2015. But that also means that we'll be getting the last word on it. We've gone through the Continuum experience and have held Windows 10 Mobile with all 10 of our fingers. And by "we," it's not just Michael Fisher. Vernon E.L. Smith of the MS Mobile Show podcast joins us to make light work of the Lumia 950. You'll have your chance to nominate which ...

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    Japan is a unique smartphone market in that it has some fairly deep store shelves for waterproof devices. Yep, the country that brought fish sausages as styli to capacitive touchscreens really enjoys bathing and texting simultaneously. Sharp's got those types covered and so does Kyocera now with a new phone that can also handle ... soap. The Kyocera DIGNO Rafre is MIL-SPEC rated for four-foot drops and is also marked IPX5/8 for liquid spray and immersion resistance.The screen, protected by Dragontrail// =c&&(window.jstiming.srt=d-c)}if(a){var ...

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    It’s going to be extremely tricky for T-Mobile prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS to regain the trust of its millions of customers who recently risked personal data breaches, let alone recruit new followers. But a nice first step has been made, and until November 30, every Metro phone buyer automatically qualifies for a free second device. No strings attached, obviously no lengthy contracts involved, just a good old-fashioned BOGO (buy one get one) deal, where the complimentary phone must be cheaper or of equal value than the handheld you’ll actually pay for. Furthermore, the selection is ...

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    There’s no such thing as an unbreakable gadget, and lengthy water immersion can damage even the best Sony Xperias. But if you’re looking for an unpretentious prepaid phone capable of taking a (light) beating, and survive the occasional walk through the rain, the just-launched Kyocera Hydro Air seems a wise choice. Available exclusively from Walmart in the US, with no-contract AT&T GoPhone plans, the muscular 5-inch Android only costs $100. By the looks of it, the Hydro Air is nowhere near as durable as the larger Kyocera DuraForce XD, yet it does comply with 810G military standards ...

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    Shoppers in search of smartphones with blistering performance, inspired hardware design, and premium features may not necessarily have manufacturer Kyocera on their short list, but the company has still managed to make a reputation for itself as a purveyor of handsets able to withstand more than a little rough handling. We've seen Kyocera models with rugged exteriors built to gracefully take a drop, waterproofing that keeps the phone running after an unexpected dunk, and even near-scratchproof screens constructed from synthetic sapphire. AT&T is just about to pick up the company's ...

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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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