Posts tagged with: Kyocera
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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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