Are you in the trades and tired of having a phone that fails you because it got wet or you dropped it? Today's phones are much nicer than they were just three years ago. We can do more with a touch of a finger. While the phone technology has increased, they have also become smaller and thinner. Phones now a days are extremely nice, thin and lightweight. However with these newer phones being thinner, there is a trade off. The phones are much more sensitive to drops and water. So when we get a phone, what is the first thing we do? Right, we buy a big bulky case to protect it against these conditions. Now we just took away the beauty of the phone and are now carrying around a brick. So let me introduce you to the Kyocera Hydro Shore Phone. This phone is not only cool looking and sleek, but it protects you from the harsh elements such as water.
I am not going to get into contracts and carriers, but this phone is designed to be used with the AT&T network and their GoPhone program. I am sure you can get contracts and other carriers, but that isn't why we are here today. I would much rather tell you about the Kyocera Hydro Shore Phone. With that said, I am not going to get into a full blown review of this phone, this is more about awareness. Because when Dan first told me about this phone, I thought it was cool because I have never seen a phone like this. Yes, there are phones designed for tough environments, but they are bulkier. I haven't seen one that is this sleek. This phone is only .39″ thick, which is pretty thin. The screen is nice and wide which is 5.47″ x 2.84″ and only weighs 4.97 oz.
This phone runs Android as it's operating system. When you talk to people, it seems you either love it or hate this operation system. For me, I have always had an Apple phone. I can't say I am a huge fan of Apple because those phones have their own issues. However if you want to buy an Apple you will be paying more than $700. For the Kyocera Hydro Shore Phone it retails for about $40 at Walmart. I would say that is pretty cheap for having a quality phone, that protects you from water and allows you to have a smartphone. Good news is that if you do lose it or bust it, it's much easier swallowing a $40 mistake than a $700 mistake.
So for $40 here is what you get. You get a quality phone that is water and dustproof. Which means if you are using it on a job site, you can pretty much use it in any condition. As we know, we usually have to take pictures and yes it may be raining outside. The phone has a decent camera with a 5mp /LED flash on the back and on the front it has a 2mp camera, just in case you want to take some selfies. Since you will be taking pictures, storage is very important. The phone has a 8GB internal memory and you can expand up to 64 GB using a card, something an Apple phone can't compete with.
Am I here to sell you a phone? No, I really don't care if you buy it or not. But I did want to make you aware that if you are looking for a quality phone that can withstand tough conditions, you might want to look at the Kyocera Hydro Shore Phone. For a $40 investment, it's hard to beat. Thinking of it, I have to get a new phone. Maybe it's time to leave the world of Apple and go with this phone.
Kyocera Hydro Shore Phone Specifications
- Talk Time Up to 13 hours
- Standby Time Up to 11 days
- Battery Type 2160mAh non-removable Lithium ion (Li-ion)
- Display 5.0″ qHD with a light, flexible acrylic lens (960 x 540)
- Operating System Android™ 5.1 (Lollipop)
- Camera 5MP camera with video, digital zoom, LED flash and auto-focus
- 2MP front-facing camera
- Chipset MSM8909 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ with 1.1GHz Quad-core processor
- Memory 8GB ROM/1GB RAM
- MicroSD™ memory card slot (supports up to 64GB)
- Size 5.47 x 2.84 x 0.39in (139 x 72.1 x 9.9mm)
- Weight 4.97 oz (141g)