Kyocera Hydro LIFE Review - Very Smart and Shock Resitant and Waterproof, too

I have been enjoying the use of a Pentax WG-3 camera, which is waterproof and shatter resistant along with taking great pictures and being easy to use. Pentax review


There is an extra comfort and security in knowing that if I drop my camera into water, it won’t be a problem.  The camera has fallen off my lap a few times and has worked perfectly when I picked it up, much to my delight.  When I learned about a phone, Kyocera Hydro LIFE, with these same properties, I could not resist getting it.


This was actually my first experience with a smart phone and, it has changed my life. The voice clarity on phone calls is impressive.  The voice recognition is excellent.  An “OK, Google” followed by a request for a location is addictive.  I almost don’t need my camera at this point because the photos the phone takes are so good.  The size is great, easy to handle, not too big or too small.


The phone is a hidden gem, inexpensive and effective.  It holds its charge for an impressively long time.

There is more information about Kyocera here


Facts from the Kyocera website:

Kyocera Hydro LIFE No-Contract Cell Phone for T-Mobile Prepaid: With a 4.5" qHD touch screen that resists impacts and a waterproof construction, the Kyocera Hydro LIFE withstands everything life throws at it. You can submerge it in up to 3.3' of water for up to 30 minutes, allowing you to capture images while you're underwater. Thanks to the Smart Sonic Receiver, you can enjoy clear conversations, since the entire touch screen transmits vibrations to serve as a speaker.


Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

Quad-core 1.2GHz speed processor delivers dependable application performance for basic tasks.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS

Experience easier text input, virtual surround sound and 3D, high-performance graphics with Android 4.3. Restricted profiles let you limit access to apps and content so children only see what you want them to see.

4G speed

Provides fast Web connection for downloading apps, streaming content and staying connected with social media.

4.5" qHD impact-resistant capacitive touch screen

IPS touch screen displays texts, e-mails, games, photos and videos vividly from wider angles.

5.0MP rear-facing camera

Features an LED flash, color effects, continuous shooting, smile shutter, HDR and quick shot for clear image capture, even underwater. Also includes a 2.0MP front-facing camera and video recorder with digital zoom.

Card slot

Expand storage by adding a compatible card (sold separately).

Use your smartphone as a mobile hotspot

Share your 4G data connection with other compatible wireless devices.*

Smart Sonic Receiver ensures crystal-clear conversations

Utilizes the entire touch screen as a speaker. When the phone is pressed against your ear, sound transmits as vibrations that go directly from the screen into your eardrum.

Tough build for outdoor use

This phone is waterproof and drop-resistant. Meets IPX5 and IPX7 standards, allowing you to safely submerge the phone in up to 3.3' of water for up to 30 minutes."

Now I have two waterproof shatter resistent devices and can doubly enjoy. I have also had reason to visit a T-Mobile store in Skokie where Sara was a great help and a store in Palo Alto where Jon Ayala took time to problem solve with me.


Photos: Leon Keer unless otherwise indicated



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