Review: Kyocera Hydro Reach for Boost Mobile
Taken as a whole, nearly every other phone offered by Boost Mobile is better than the Kyocera Hydro Reach. The best feature of the Reach — its waterproof skin — is limited to just a couple devices in Boost's lineup, and none are as inexpensive as the Hydro Reach.
Sadly, there's a lot holding the Reach back. The design is plebeian and not executed as well as it could be, voice quality is below average, the screen is average, and battery life is on the edge. The UI works well enough, but the processor doesn't provide enough oomph. The biggest issue is the camera, which is truly bad. If you care about photography at all, stay away from this phone.
If a waterproof phone is the top criteria you're seeking in an affordable and basic handset, the Kyocera Hydro Reach meets those qualifications. I wouldn't recommend the Reach to anyone else, as it doesn't quite reach high enough.
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