User-friendlier interface with plenty of settings
In the rugged market, the Torque is more than capable of enduring the hazards of a busy adventurer's life or surviving on a construction site. The tools offered by enduring battery life, push-to-talk, and optimized calling make this a phone fit for someone who puts their device through hell. While the performance isn't up to par of more nimble competitors, it more than makes the grade in its class.
Sturdy, durable design
Despite being a mid-range Android device running an OS that is well over a year old, the Kyocera Torque is an amazingly advanced device. It is well designed, and passed our torture tests with flying colors. The Smart Sonic Receiver technology is nothing short of amazing, and we are still a bit in awe of the lack of a speaker. Call quality, battery life and OS performance are all very good.
Loud, clear speakers, Mostly stock Android OS
Bear Gryllis adventures aside, the Kyocera Torque would be a good fit for anyone who works outdoors in noisy environments and tends to be rough on their phones. This would be an ideal work phone for a construction worker, and it costs nothing after a mail-in rebate and two-year agreement.
Kyocera may not be a name normally associated with quality Android handsets, but the manufacturer has found a nice niche with the Torque that's worthy of a look for Sprint customers.
Nice solid design
Overall, the Kyocera Torque is an amazing mid-range device, especially since most rugged smartphones don't come with nearly as many great features. It is very well designed, brings the Smart Sonic Receiver technology for great call quality to the US, and has good battery life and performance. On the other hand, the fact that Direct Connect cannot be used while LTE is turned on can be a bit of a drawback, but, overall this is a very good durable and feature-packed phone.
Notably good build quality, and is water, dust, vibration and shock proof
If you're looking for a Direct Connect or rugged phone, the Torque is on the short list of choices. If Sprint is your carrier, there's really no other device to consider for PTT. At $99 on-contract or $349 subsidy-free, it's not a bad deal either.
Waterproof Android smartphone with decent specifications
The Kyocera Hydro's waterproofing exceeded my expectations, and I enjoyed the novelty of using a smartphone in circumstances that would normally spell certain death for an electronic device. Though the phone's specs and design are unimpressive overall, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and a $130 price tag are big pluses in the phone's favour - in the US at least.
Call quality is not as good as its predecessor
The Rise offers some nice features, such as a decent slide out QWERTY and a mostly vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich build, but in the end it has too many shortcomings. Despite being bigger and higher resolution than the Milano, the Rise's screen is still of poor quality and the call quality has taken a hit too. The camera was predictably bad, but for $20 on contract you'd expect that.
Best Bang for your Buck
Overall, sticking to a more-or-less stock Android experience with minimal fuss and an eye-popping price point make this an excellent choice for either someone's first smartphone or an upgrade for the budget-conscious. At the very least, no one should even consider the Optimus Slider until they've cut the price below this phone. The Evo and One V might have a bit more panache, but the Rise will get the job done any day of the week.
Good call quality
The Kyocera Milano is not a perfect phone by any means. For starters the screen is very poor by just about any standard, which is a big component of the user experience. The processor is a mere 800MHz and memory is just half a gig. All of that said, for a budget smartphone it runs fairly smooth and has a great keyboard for tapping out texts and emails.
Great QWERTY keyboard
The Kyocera Milano is definitely the best smartphone by any means, the screen is very poor, the processor is a mere 800MHz and memory is just 500 MB. However, for a budget smartphone it runs smooth and has a great keyboard for texting and emails.
This phone is mostly aimed at the teens who want more from their messaging device but do not intend to spend a lot of money.
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