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Smartphone for the clumsy: It survives wet and wild

Smartphone for the clumsy: It survives wet and wild
Courtesy of Kyocera

"Oops, I did it again" shouldn't mean having to buy a new smartphone because it took the plunge in the pool, your drink or the toilet. T-Mobile has a new smartphone on the market that's guaranteed to survive the rough and tumble.

The Kyocera Hydro Life from T-Mobile is the latest in the line of water-resistant and weatherproof smartphones. It won't be competing with the iPhone 6 with style or software enhancements, but I know one thing for sure.

I definitely wouldn't want to take my iPhone for a swim or an adventure around water. A friend took her iPhone rafting down the Grand Canyon, and just one drenching splash wiped out her phone and every photo from the trip.

The sturdy Hydro Life boasts a dustproof and waterproof seal that's rated for three feet underwater for up to 30 minutes. It walks the line between a really sturdy look and modern fashion statement with a black face, dark gray stripe of metal on the side and a textured black matte cover.

The Hydro Life is a great smartphone for parents that are looking for a tough phone to survive dropping accidents, teething and a swim with the fishes. It's also a good alternative for folks that are outdoors a lot, since it repels dust and water.

Even the headphone jack is sealed and waterproof, so if you really want to, you can shower and surf the Web at the same time without any adverse affects. Although I don't recommend using your headphones in the shower.

To compliment the waterproof casing, the Hydro Life has passed the Military Standard 810G test for shock. That means it's been dropped 26 times from a four-foot height, and survived.

The Hydro Life can't compete with the iPhone for connectivity or camera ability, unfortunately. While the Hydro Life boasts 4G technology, early reports rate service as slow, and the camera has trouble with colors and overexposure in artificial lighting.

Let's get down to the specs. The Hydro Life runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and camcorder and 2MP front-facing camera. It boasts a Talk Time up to 13.5 hours, over 20 hours on standby, and the Hydro Life also has a Bright 4.5-inch IPS impact-resistant capacitive touch screen.

The dimensions for the Hydro Life are 5.19 x 2.57 x 0.43 inches, but even though it's a larger phone, it's lightweight and sturdy. Also, it's not prone to bending in your pocket.

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Source: PCMag
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