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Kyocera Hydro review: Decent specs with impressive waterproofing

Michael Homnick | Aug. 29, 2012
If your phone has ever taken an unplanned dip in a nearby body of water, you're probably familiar with the bag of dry rice and the nervous prayers to the phone gods that typically ensue.

Videos I took with the phone weren't much better, with dark and pixelated footage. The phone does have the potential to take unique underwater pictures and videos, however, as the camera is fully functional underwater.

Bottom Line

The Kyocera Hydro's waterproofing exceeded my expectations, and I enjoyed the novelty of using a smartphone in circumstances that would normally spell certain death for an electronic device. Though the phone's specs and design are unimpressive overall, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and a $130 price tag are big pluses in the phone's favor. If you're not looking for a media phone, and the sometimes laggy performance doesn't bother you, the Hydro makes a strong case for itself a spill-proof phone.


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