Review: Kyocera DuraXE for AT&T
The Kyocera DuraXE is an enigma. This rugged clamshell is a tough little beast, no question there. It covers all the survivability traits needed by today's outdoor workforce, including resistance to abuse and water damage. Kyocera did a great job nailing the basics, such as call quality, battery life, and usability. Signal performance was very good.
The XE goes further than other clamshells with LTE 4G on board, which allows it to serve as a mobile hotspot as well as access AT&T's advanced ePTT services. The Android-based software also adds some beyond-the-feature-phone powers, such as multitasking and encryption. On the flip side, the phone has almost no apps beyond the most basic set of core functions.
I'd easily recommend the Kyocera DuraXE to any mobile professional who needs a simple, but capable, communications device. As long as you don't need anything past simple Call Me, Message Me, Email Me powers, the DuraXE delivers a solid experience. If you require a device that's a little more capable, perhaps a rugged smartphone, such as Kyocera's DuraForce or DuraForce XD, are more appropriate.
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