Kyocera Hydro C5170
There are not many waterproof smartphones lying around on shop desks. And yet, a manufacturer recently unveiled such a model to people who prefer such devices. The Kyocera Hydro C5170 hints at what it is capable of even from its name. Not only does it withstand water thrown on it, it also delivers more than decent call quality. But that is about all it can do. More on the subject below in our review.
A water resistant smartphone
Here is what the Kyocera Hydro offers in terms of specifications: a 3.5″ touchscreen along with a total of 480 x 320 pixels, Google’s Android operating system, a 1GHz processor, a battery and so on. In terms of weight and measurements, this smartphone has 4.2 ounces and 4.5″ x 2.4″ x .5″.
The plastic used for the body is painted black and is textured. This means that no unwanted fingerprints will stick to it. The weight makes it possible to hold this phone without feeling like holding a brick. However, the pixels in the resolution are not enough to assure less jagged-looking photos, text and such. The display’s brightness levels are actually quite good. The Hydro employs a QWERTY keyboard. When we wrote something on it, the response from the keys was good and performance overall was decent.
The panel has, on its back, a mechanism that keeps everything locked well. Another measure taken to avoid water getting water in is the phone’s cover used for the power port.
The kind of network that this model uses is a Sprint 3G one. You get the standard 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi along with a a tri-band. Keeping these in mind, we took the device outside to talk to a friend. During our test, we noticed that the quality of the call was generally more than we expected. Even if reception was not that great. Also, the speakerphone did not deliver the best volume out there. Don’t expect blazingly fast 3G speeds for that matter.
The Kyocera Hydro C5170 is good with spills, rain and other types of sprayed water. This smartphone is able to resists damage even if you use it for half an hour in 3 feet of water in almost any test. But keep in mind not to take this model in water that has a temperature of over 104° F. More than that, this phone does not belong to the rugged category. So this is why you will have to pay attention not to drop it on a hard surface, use it in extreme temperatures, throw dust at it and so on.
When we took it for a spin, the battery was able to provide 5 hours and a half of use.
We took a peek at the warranty that comes with the phone. Unfortunately, we were told that this device is not capable of resisting salt or chlorinated water.
As for price, you get various alternatives. With Virgin Mobile you can pay an amount of $35 monthly for 300 voice minutes and less talk time. Then there is a second price option: with Boost you can pay from $55 monthly and get benefits like unlimited text messages, talk time and data. This price is going to easily reach $40 if you are a good consumer and pay your bills when you are told to.
The Kyocera Hydro C5170 is a smartphone that can be used while you take a shower and want to check up on stuff. It comes with a good price, but it does not deliver such a brilliant performance, compared with other reviewed smartphones.