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Kyocera Hydro Elite

 

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perfect size waterproof phone

 

Apr 17, 2014 by zxtce

Picked one up on craigslist,rooted it,then downloaded sqlite so I could edit the apn's and now I use it on Tmobiles $30 5gb plan. Dont get LTE but I do get hspa plus and the download speeds in my area are around 15mbps.The phone is only a little thicker than my 5s. Pros-size,waterproof,nice screen,and price. Cons-The phone seems to heat up pretty fast

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Great inexpensive device

 

Apr 14, 2014 by dougm   updated Apr 15, 2014

You can find these phones on eBay for less than $100. The Hydro Elite is a solid performer and has the best battery life of all the Android phones I carry around with me. I get Verizon LTE about 99% of the time, except for in a few counties in my state where they don't have a license. The phone almost looks like an iPhone5 clone from the front, but is a little thicker and has a more textured back side.

Call quality is one major drawback of this device. I made some calls to people on landlines from this phone and a T-Mobile iPhone, and they preferred the voice qualty of the T-Mobile call, hands-down. The landline users to me sounded tinny, cold, and hollow using this phone. They said I sounded robotic on the Verizon call. Verizon has had a pretty crappy voice codec for awhile, and this phone is no exception to the rule. Hopefully when VoLTE comes along, this problem will be solved.

Pros:
Cheap (used)
Water resistant
Battery life
Simultaneous voice and LTE data
RF performance
LTE performance (up to 40mbps in my tests)

Cons:
Poor call quality (Verizon/codec issue)
Verizon bloatware
Camera quality

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