Kyocera Hydro Plus is a waterproof budget phone Video
Kyocera Hydro Plus is a waterproof budget phone Video Transcript
Hello, everybody. It's Lynn La from CNET. And today, I have with me the Kyocera Hydro Plus from Cricket Wireless. This entry-level 3G smartphone is a waterproof device, so you can dunk this handset in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes or use it in the rain for a bit without causing any permanent damage. It's powered by a one gigaHert Snapdragon processor, and a 1.5 Ampere/hour battery, which should yield you a reported talk time of about 8.5 hours. On the back, you'll get a basic 3.2 megapixel camera that can record video and has a flash. But keep in mind, there is no front-facing camera. As a Cricket Wireless phone, users will get a subscription to the carrier's Muve Music service, which lets you play and download offline thousands of albums and songs. Now, the device does ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So, the OS is rather dated. Other features include expandable memory up to 32 gigs, and 2 gigs of ROM. If you're interested, the handset is available for $139.99 without a contract. Again, I'm Lynn, and you've been checking out Cricket's Hydro Plus.
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Kyocera Hydro Plus (Cricket Wireless) Review
The good: The budget-friendly Kyocera Hydro Plus can survive a good dunk in the pool and comes with Cricket's signature music subscription service.
The bad: The Hydro Plus runs the dated Android 4.0 OS, makes mediocre calls, and clocks slow network speeds, even for 3G.
The bottom line: Though the Kyocera Hydro Plus is an inexpensive water-resistant phone with an included music service, skip it for better and even cheaper splash-proof alternatives.
Kyocera Hydro Plus (Cricket Wireless) Specs
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- Product Basic Spec