Kyocera DuraForce XD first impressions: a big tough waterproof phablet (Video)

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 aiming to be the King (Kong) of the rugged phone niche. We’re looking at a business mobility solution designed for extremely harsh conditions, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take it for a spin to see how it might handle an easier consumer lifestyle. While we figure out how much abuse we’re going to try and lob at this thing, you can check out our first look video below.

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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.