- Analysis by KJ David
Kyocera's DuraForce PRO may not be the leanest of smartphones, weighing in at 230 grams and measuring 12.9mm thick , but it is loaded with a bunch of pros that put it near the top of the rugged Android pyramid. Note, though, that we also consider its 3240mAh battery a con, especially versus the roughly-4000mAh power caps boasted by many other models, including some non-rugged ones, in this class.
Kicking off its list of pros are its IP68 and MIL-STD-810G rugged certifications , which combine to make it resistant to water, dust, shocks, high heat, etc. Additionally, it is certified non-incendive (Class 1, Division 2) , meaning that it is safe for use in most hazardous environments. Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) joins in as well.
Heading over to its technical specs, the DuraForce PRO boasts a 13-megapixel camera with Super Wide View (up to 135-degree shots) and an underwater shooting mode , while a 1.5GHz + 1.2GHz split-octa-core CPU provides its much-needed muscle -- we wish that it had 3GB of RAM (instead of just 2GB), though . As for storage, its 32GB native memory is easily-eclipsed by a whopping up-to-256GB microSD card support .
Crowning the DuraForce PRO's pros and cons is fingerprint identification , which somewhat strengthens its stature as a high-end, outdoor-ready 5-inch Android phone.
On-paper Star rating:
The Kyocera DuraForce PRO can record high-resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) videos. Bravo! But we couldn't determine whether it had an HDMI port or not. Granted, HDMI (which lets you connect to your HDTV), is not an absolute necessity, but it seems like a desirable feature on an HD phone.
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We were unable to find informatiion about its weight...
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It's disappointing that we were not able to find information about its weight.
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The Kyocera DuraForce PRO is trumpeted as a rugged phone (more sturdy, better water-resistance, etc).
We're dealing with a hefty display here, making it a phablet: 5 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels means about 10.68 square inches and an image quality of at least 440.37 dots per inch (DPI)!
The DuraForce PRO doesn't come with an included memory card but it supports up to 256GB in memory expansion, which is convenient to store pictures and video clips shot with the included 13-megapixel camera.
It includes a superior-resolution camera (13-megapixel) with the following options: Color Effects, Continuous shooting, Live Full capture and playback, Panorama, Scene Select, Slow Motion, Super Wide View, Time Lapse, Underwater Mode.
The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.
** This phone is also known as: Kyocera PRO DuraForce
*** These pros and cons are computer-generated based on our algorithm and the data we have on file for this cell phone. If you find an error, please let us know.
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