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Kyocera Hydro Elite, Black 16GB (Verizon Wireless)
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Kyocera Hydro Elite, Black 16GB (Verizon Wireless)

by Kyocera See the Amazon Page for this brand
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 2.38 inches, 0.43 inches, 4.82 inches
  • Weight: 4.48 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: LTE
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 925 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 235 hours
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 0.4 x 4.8 inches ; 4.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: Hydro Elite
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,016 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

Product Description

Behind the sleek look, wall–to–wall touch screen and innovative features of Hydro ELITE by Kyocera is a smartphone you can rely on in wet and noisy places. This waterproof phone protects against blowing rain and can be submerged in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. This phone is brand new in it's original retail box.  Items included are: Phone, back, and battery Retail Box Home Charger Data Cable Documentation all of which are new.

The waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite (view larger).

Ready right out of the box for water and weather, the Kyocera Hydro Elite for Verizon Wireless offers protection from blowing rain and immersion in up to one meter of water (3.28 feet) for as long as 30 minutes. Even if you're not a purveyor of extreme outdoor sports, you can still benefit from a waterproof phone. The list of everyday hazards waiting to wreak havoc on mobile devices is almost endless — rainstorms, sinks, puddles, sprinklers and even the dreaded toilet.

The Hydro Elite isn't just designed to keep water out. It's also optimized to get sound in with Kyocera's award-winning Smart Sonic Receiver technology. This ceramic actuator replaces the phone's speaker and transmits sounds as vibrations, making the phone audible even in the noisiest environments.

Capture your favorite moment with the rear 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, and record videos in Full HD 1080p resolution. Then watch them on the phone's 4.3-inch HD screen and easily share with friends and family.

Get even more out of this 4G LTE smartphone with features that boost battery life. Hydro ELITE's Eco Mode with MaxiMZR extends performance automatically by powering down noncritical functions, helping conserve power.

Share and pair with just a tap using Touch and Send Near Field Communication, which lets you easily interact with NFC tags and quickly share contacts, videos, apps and more by simply touching another NFC-enabled phone. Travel overseas with this Global Ready smartphone. Simply add a global plan and make calls, check email, and experience the Web in more than 200 countries.

Running the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system, the Hydro Elite is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It features 16 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using optional microSD memory cards up to 32 GB.

Hear Clearly in More Places Than Ever Before

Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver technology lets you hear calls in loud environments where traditional speakers fail, such as sporting events, concerts and crowded cafes. It transmits sound into vibrations that go directly into the eardrum. It's so effective you can even hear clearly while wearing a bike helmet, noise-canceling headphones or ear protection, as long as the phone rests near your ear.

Enjoy a Simple User Interface

The Hydro Elite is ideal for seasoned smartphone pros, but first-time smartphone users can also take advantage of an optional interface setting with a tap-based menu, large fonts, intuitive graphics and simplified controls.

What's in the Box

Kyocera Hydro Elite handset, battery (2100 mAh), wall/USB charger, SIM card, quick start guide

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Kyocera Hydro Elite

Spec Highlights
  • 3G/4G LTE connectivity

  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor

  • 4.3-inch touchscreen HD display (720 x 1280)

  • 8-MP rear camera (with Full HD 1080p video)

  • Front 1.3-MP camera

  • 16 GB storage + microSD expansion (up to 32 GB)

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 + NFC

  • GPS for navigation and location services

  • Up to 15.4 hours of usage time

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Verizon's 4G LTE Network

Covering over 90 percent of the U.S. population (287 million people across the country), the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network provides average download data rates of 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.

You'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.

With the enhanced security of 4G LTE, you'll be able to maximize productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office with the ability to tap into most VPN networks with less waiting and faster responsiveness. You'll be able upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.

In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS

Fast, fluid, and smooth, the Android 4.1 operating system (nicknamed Jelly Bean) offers effortless movement between home screens -- like turning the pages of a book. And it includes faster orientation changes, quicker switching between recent apps, and smoother and more consistent rendering throughout your mobile device. And widgets work like magic. As you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room. When they're too big, widgets resize on their own.

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Browse and download thousands of free and paid apps from around the world via Google Play or the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Smooth Operator. More reactive and uniform touch responses mean you can almost feel the pixels beneath as your finger moves across the screen. .

Live in the Now. With Google Now, you get the right information at just the right time -- before you even ask. It can tell you today's weather before you start your day, or when the next train will arrive as you're standing on the platform. .

Photo Sphere Camera. Snap pictures in every direction -- up, down, and all around you -- and have them come together into incredible, immersive photo spheres that put you right inside the scene.

Smarter Keyboard with Gesture Typing. Just glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift after each word. You don't have to worry about spaces because they're added automatically for you.

Beam Photos and Videos. With Android Beam, you can easily share your photos and videos.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There Are Better Options Available October 28, 2013
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The Kyocera Hydro Elite looked like it had a lot of potential, but it seems to fall short of greatness and land squarely into the mediocre category. I really was hoping for something much better out of this smartphone, but I'm left feeling "meh", which is quite unfortunate.

** Small - Easy to hold and easy to carry.
** Water resistant.
** Stylish and simple design.

** Slightly below average battery life. Can't even make it through an 8 hour work day without needing recharged.
** Low volume: Not loud enough to hear clearly in anything but quiet settings. Slightly muffled sounding too.
** Overheats: Not good for any game apps. This thing heats up so hot the touchscreen become uncomfortable to touch and the display starts flickering.

Just Okay:
** Performance - not the fastest, but not sluggish enough to ruin your day either.
** Memory size - add on a micro-SD card and you're good to go.
** Screen is like most others, impossible to see in sunlight and has horrible glare.
** Back cover just snaps on, doesn't feel very secure. Not sure how this affects it's water resistance, and I'm not dunking it to find out.

It is my opinion that this might be a good starter phone if provided completely for free by the carrier, but I wouldn't spring for one otherwise.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Low or Mid Level Android Smartphone w/ Perks November 25, 2013
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There are a ton of low to mid-range Android Smartphones out there and to set yourself apart you've got to have something new, different and valuable. Kyocera's Hydro Elite succeeds because of one killer feature. It is frakkin waterproof! Everything else is pretty average.

+ Waterproof (IPX7) up to 3 feet for 30 minutes with NO EXTRA plugs or cases (I tried this with great trepidation and dropped it in a cup of water - I'll post a video later of when I did this at a restaurant; oh the poor waitress! Hilarious! - and pulled it out after a minute with no issues. You will want to blow out the ports, but it worked straight through the water!
+ Android 4.1.2 (no news yet on moving to KitKat)
+ 720p display is nice indoors
+ Dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 is right in line with most Android phones
+ 4.3 inch display is as big as a Droid Razr or Lumia 928 (see my pictures above)
+ Sized almost exactly like an iPhone 5 which is a pretty comfortable one-handed size for most people (does not fit iPhone cases; I tried!)
+ Android starter mode for new users (or users with poor eyesight as the icons are bigger and havs a simpler interface)
+ No speakers; this phone uses a type of sonic vibration that our ears pick up as sound but isn't actually a speaker (hence no need to plug the speaker when wet as there is no speaker)
+ Verizon's LTE network is very fast and has consistently great coverage
+ FREE with 2yr upgrade or activation

- Bloatware from Verizon can't be deleted or hidden or disabled. One terrible example of this is that the NFL Mobile app that comes preloaded is outdated so you actually have to install another NFL Mobile app. You end up with two in your app drawer even though only one works.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One woman's quest to escape the tyranny of Apple... November 30, 2013
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While my computer has always been a PC, when it comes to devices, I've been a faithful Apple devotee. iPhones, iPads, accessories--it gets expensive! Lately, I feel that my iPhone, in particular, is a money suck. (I've had two stolen, had to pay to replace one out of pocket, am now paying steeply for theft insurance, and the speaker on the new phone is currently broken and needs replacement. Yeesh!) I have my reasons for sticking with Apple, but the primary one is comfort and familiarity with the Apple operating system. My level of annoyance with Apple is such that at this point I'm really interested in investigating non-Apple products that may be better and/or less costly. Therefore, I positively jumped at the chance to test and review this Kyocera Hydro Elite Verizon cell phone.

Speaking with a techno-geek pal, he offered some good advice--namely that I separate out the features and qualities that were specific to this Kyocera phone, versus those endemic to the Android environment. So, let's start with the Kyocera features. The same techno-geek pal picked this little phone up and said, "It's thin and light; feels cheap." I picked it up and thought, "Wow, it's thin and light." I guess it's all a matter of perspective, but there's nothing about this phone that feels "cheap" to me. It's got a sleek, glossy black look. In size, it's about the same width as my iPhone, slightly thinner, and less that .5 inch longer--though the screen is a little bit bigger than the size difference would indicate due to usable space.

So, I have no problem with the look and feel of the Kyocera Hydro Elite, but I do have a significant problem with one of its features: the sound quality. Whether using headphones or speaker, there's just not enough volume.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Perspective November 13, 2013
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I've had the opportunity to spend some time with this phone now and I think the most important thing I've gleaned is that perspective is key. This phone is good at what it does for what it is. I think one of the mistakes some folks might be making about this Kyocera Hydro Elite is wrongfully comparing it to some of the other "super phones" on the market available today. Truthfully, bigger and faster isn't always better. Sometimes you need a device, in this case a phone, to do a job and nothing more. This KHE does that and more.

The phone is ergonomic, slim, thin, lightweight. It rides well in the pocket and is very easy to use with one hand. That cannot be said for my Samsung Galaxy S3. With my S3 in its Otter Box case it is slightly bulky and not so easy to use with one hand. Win goes to the KHE on this measurement. Surely my S3 has more power and a bigger screen, but as I mentioned, the Hydro Elite connects well to the www and handles my favorite apps with ease (google apps, facebook, twitter, instagram, navigator, dropbox, a few newsreaders, and a couple specialty apps. I didn't notice any measurable difference between the way my S3 handles those apps and the KHE runs them. I've gotten spoiled with the bigger screen of my S3, but that's a trade off as I mentioned earlier.

The waterproof feature of the KHE is a unique and noteworthy feature of this smartphone. While I did not have the boldness to test this, I've read the reviews of several owners who have and they all reported positive outcome.

This is a good phone. It performs well for what it is and the market for which it was developed. Buy with confidence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The one I bought off of another site was better quality than the one...
The one I bought off of another site was better quality than the one from a seller on Amazon. Claimed it was new, but had scratches, a different charger, and the screen had a bad... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Hunter Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
sold it on ebay after a month. too small. slow. hard to navigate with grown up fingers
Published 1 month ago by pdgrimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fast and as described
Published 3 months ago by Sean O'Brien
1.0 out of 5 stars piece of junk! buyer beware!!!!
This is the worst phone ever! I am on my fifth replacement phone in three months! three batteries and two chargers. No one wants to take any kind of responsibility. Read more
Published 4 months ago by GINA LARUFFA
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 6 months ago by Mayra Alejandra Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
I love the phone because it loads very fast and the camera works great along with the sound system it works great.
Published 12 months ago by Jerry Carroll Jr.
I needed a waterproof phone period. I already have a nice high end phone but needed a secondary phone for sports and at the times i dont need a top of the line camera and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Eppes
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad sound quality
Overall, it's your basic smartphone. However, I am returning it b/c the sound quality is not up to par. I can barely hear the person talking... Read more
Published 13 months ago by RKM
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I will never buy another kyocera product for as long as I live. I bought this phone for it's water resistance which I haven't really tested but also have no problems with. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Waterproof feature is one of it best qualities
This is an average smart phone with average battery life. The size is comparable to most current smart phones, including the iPhone. Read more
Published 17 months ago by BMAR
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