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Kyocera Hydro Elite, Black 16GB (Verizon Wireless)

3.0 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

$82.95 without a service plan

$82.95 without a service plan

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  • Display: 4.1-inches
  • Camera: 8-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
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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 Description

Behind the sleek look, walltowall 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.Network Type: CDMA


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)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00EP2CAFW
  • Item model number: Hydro Elite
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,850 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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By SevereWX VINE VOICE on 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.

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

Cons:
** 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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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.

Pros:
+ 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

Cons:
- 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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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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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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