A solid phone on the market
And now for something completely different: we’ve been extremely curious to test out the rock solid Duramax which is a great difference from what we’ve been testing lately in terms of phones, smartphones mostly. We had to change out expectations a lot, but this doesn’t mean that the Duramax is right at the opposite pole of the phones. Not in the least.
Military Standard 810G
What made us curious is that the Duramax comes prepared for the worst, being designed in Military Standard 810G, which means it can endure temperature extremes, blowing rain, dust, vibration, low pressure, humidity, solar radiation, water immersion and salt fog.
As you can see, this Rambo of phones can go through fire and water and we’d say it would be safe to give it to your kid to play with it, as the ultimate resistance test for its review.
The phone looks as follows. It is encased in a non-slip Dura-Grip material and is the first Sprint Direct Connect device, supporting CDMA-based push-to-talk system while the Integrated Digital Enhanced Network technology has been eliminated.
The phone is bulky of set purpose, measuring 4.0 x 2.1 x 1.0 inches and it weights around 144grams. On the front there is a 1 inch monochrome display with 96 x 64 pixel resolution, that shows missed alerts, battery and signal status and time. On the interior there is a 2 inch color display with 240 x 320 pixel resolution and shows a user friendly interface. The keypad has large, easy to use buttons, and the side buttons are just the same. On the left there are the Direct Connect and volume buttons, plus a microUSB port. On the right side you have a 2.5mm headset jack while on the top of the phone there are the call list and external speaker buttons.
3.2 megapixel camera
The microSD is behind the batter and we guess it is so for protection, because otherwise is very inconvenient. Of course, needless to say that the USB port and the headset jack are both protected by attached covers.
The Kyocera DuraMax ships with an AC adapter and a card adapter, a travel charger and a preinstalled 1GB microSD. The back of the phone hosts a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash that works very well. Of course, as we said earlier, you have to have different expectations for this phone, so don’t think you’ll be able to take photos at a birthday party with this thing. As the front screen, the camera is centered in the back so it doesn’t scratch when dropped.
Qualcomm QSC6085 processor
The battery life lasts a lot, at leased compared with today’s smartphones. It is a removable 1360mAh battery that lasted more than two days with us.
The DuraMax uses a Qualcomm QSC6085 processor with 64MB of internal memory. It has support for Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, GPS navigation and Sprint Family Locator.
We didn’t have problems in test with Direct Connect functionality, which proved to be very clear. Unfortunately Sprint doesn’t cover rural areas, but it is something to be fixed by Network Vision. Another major drawback would be that Sprint doesn’t have roaming support or 1x Advanced coverage, but they promised they will work on it.
Except the fact that we found the top buttons too sensitive and the coverage area is limited, we have no other negative comment about Kyocera Duramax and we think at the end of this review it suits all expectations in its category.
|Form Factor: Flip Phone|
|Available Networks: CDMA|
|Bands: 850 MHz / 1900 MHz|
|High-Speed Data EVDO Rev 0, CDMA 1X|
|Screen Details: 240-by-320-pixel, 262K color, TFT LCD|
|Screen Size: 2 inches|
|Internal Storage Capacity: 64 MB|
|Megapixels: 3.2 MP|
|Touchscreen keyboard: No|
|Camera Flash: Yes|
|Web Browser: Yes|
|Continuous Talk Time: 7 hours 38 minutes|
|Push To Talk: Yes|