Review: Kyocera DuraMax for Sprint
Kyocera fields one of the first devices using Sprint's new CDMA-based push-to-talk service. Can this new system — and the DuraMax — live up to the solid PTT performance of Sprint's aging iDEN network?
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The Kyocera DuraMax is a rough-and-tumble clamshell made for Sprint. It's one of the first to use Sprint's new CDMA-based (rather than iDEN) DirectConnect push-to-talk service. Though it aims low with a basic feature set, if you're looking for a simple voice phone that can survive the daily wear-and-tear of an outdoor work environment or active lifestyle, then the DuraMax may fit the bill.
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The most basic thing Sprint allows Kyocera to screw up royally
The phone's volume on the ear piece and loud speaker are both weak at best. If you're doing anything outside where there is sound above say 70 decibels (which happens often on even "quiet" construction sites), then this phone will be useless.
Secondly, signal strength. As the review stated, his iDEN device worked IN his basement (and everywhere else) whereas this Kyocera barely worked indoors, and failed in the basement. Outdoors should improve things, but that's not ...