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Review: Kyocera DuraPlus for Sprint

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Mar 29, 2012, 12:38 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Kyocera DuraPlus can probably withstand the abuse of a tornado. Phone Scoop put this latest push-to-talk handset for Sprint though Boot Camp to see if it lives — literally! — up to Kyocera's claims.

The Kyocera DuraPlus is not for the faint of heart, the fashionable, nor the average person. Nay, it is a specialized device for a defined set of users: He or she who requires an indestructible phone that swims as well as it connects. Phone Scoop puts the DuraPlus through the wringer so you don't have to in this full report.

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cellphonesaretools

Mar 30, 2012, 9:32 AM

DuraPlus sound

Quoted excerpt from Eric's review:
"Sound:
I was disappointed in the DuraPlus's calling capabilities. Phone calls sounded terrible. They were full of noise and interference. Worse, the earpiece was absolutely anemic. It barely produced any volume at all, even when set to the maximum volume. Hoping for the speakerphone to save you? Don't get your hopes up. It's awful as well. Given this phone's sheer size and bulk, there's no excuse for sub-par voice performance. Voice is this phone's meat-and-potatoes feature, and it fails badly." (end quote)

I tried two DuraPlus phones in a row, both had excellent sound quality in normal "phone-to-the-ear" conversations, but both failed miserably on speakerphone. Very weak sound, very "muddy" sound in...
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The speakerphone performance AND general poor telephone performance is a DEAL-KILLER that is a major fail for this model. All it does is talk, and it is thoroughly disappointing as a phone. It is incapable of satisfying even the most eager tough-phone...
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Tofuchong

Mar 29, 2012, 5:49 PM

Bad parking jobs?

You can always tell if somebody is good at parking by looking at the edges of their vehicle's rims to see how scratched up they are.

You sir, most likely need lessons.
You would be incorrect. I bought my car certified pre-owned. The original owner beat the living snot out of the rims. I baby my car like nothing else on earth. Believe me, they grate me to no end. I was happy to put winter wheels/rims on the car only ...
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