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Review: Kyocera DuraPlus for Sprint

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Mar 30, 2012, 9:32 AM

DuraPlus sound

Quoted excerpt from Eric's review:
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...
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...

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 ...

Mar 19, 2012, 11:48 PM
over in the "Kyocera DuraPlus" discussion:

DuraPlus trial

Switched one of our lines from a Nextel iDEN phone to the new CDMA-based Kyocera DuraPlus.

It's a nice phone, expecially the built-in LED flashlight with dedicated on/off button. Very bright LED. Sound quality was excellent.

Unfortunately, the first DuraPlus I received had a bad mic in speakerphone mode (when making regular cellular calls). Took it to the local Sprint corporate store and they swapped me for a new unit, but it had the exact same problem. Two bad DuraPlus phones in a row, so I asked them to re-activate my old Nextel iDEN phone, which they did. I'll wait awhile until they get the bugs worked out of the DuraPlus and try it again.

Every single Sprint-Nextel customer service agent I dealt with (on the phone, and in the Sp...

Mar 9, 2012, 8:11 PM
over in the "Kyocera DuraPlus" discussion:

No phone's as rugged as...

No phone's as rugged as nokia 35XX
Can survive after falling from 15m, a 120Kg fat big guy can sit on it and if you put it in a plastic bag and tie a knot on the bag. It becomes waterproof.

Feb 9, 2012, 4:19 PM
over in the "Kyocera DuraPlus" discussion:

can't wait!

gonna be a big seller here. big plant and everyone who has sprint goes by the work code of no cameras. most just have pro200, pro700, sanyo durapro, and blackberries (new bold and older models) no camera etc
Why dont you just keep your smartphone at home or in your car and swap out the SIM cards with phones that don't have cameras ?
Does anyone know if this phone will also ship without a holster like the DuraMax?

Feb 10, 2012, 11:41 AM
over in the "Kyocera DuraPlus" discussion:

SDC is getting closer

This phone is obviously SDC's direct replacement for the Motorola i365/i355/i325 on Nextel. Same form-factor, same "stands up" flat bottom, same drop-in charging contacts on the back. This is the first SDC phone I've seen that makes me want to try SDC as an alternative to Nextel DC. I hope the SDC PTT service is as good as Nextel/iDEN PTT is.
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