US Cellular's Kyocera DuraPro is certified tough Video
US Cellular's Kyocera DuraPro is certified tough Video Transcript
Hi, everybody. It's Lynn La from CNET. And today, we have here the extra tough Kyocera DuraPro from US Cellular. Now, if this looks familiar to you, that's because Sprint's DuraXT and this phone are nearly identical handsets. The only difference is that while Sprint has its direct connect feature, which is what this Push to Talk button was for, this key on the US Cellular version can be programmed to launch other applications like the calendar, Bluetooth or web browser. Other than that, however, everything is still the same. As you can see, it's a rugged device that's desk shot and waterproof. It has a tough rubber exterior and it can be submerged in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. In addition to an external display, it feature a two-inch QVGA display and it has a 3.2-megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash. It's powered by 1.36 ampere-hour battery which gives you reported talk time of about 8 hours. And it has a micro SD card slot that holds up to 32 gig. On the right edge here, you find a 2.5 millimeter headset jack. And if you wanna use regular headphones with this device, it does come with a 2.5 to 3.5 millimeter adapter cable. If you're interested, the handset is currently going for about $180 without a contract. But if you do sign it to your carrier agreement, that price drops to about $150. Again, I am Lynn and this has been US Cellular's Kyocera DuraPro.
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Kyocera DuraPro (U.S. Cellular) Review
The good: The Kyocera DuraPro's camera takes decent photos, it has great call quality, and its rugged construction can withstand a beating.
The bad: The DuraPro is hefty, its hot key can't turn on the flash, and both its data and processing speeds are slow.
The bottom line: U.S. Cellular's Kyocera DuraPro has both the brawn and the reliable call performance that make it a good choice for users looking for a rugged feature phone.
Kyocera DuraPro (U.S. Cellular) Specs
Part number: E4277
- Product Basic Spec