- Analysis by KJ David
The sequel to Kyocera's 2016 DuraForce Pro, this 2018 rugged smartphone (Discover some of its rugged competitors here) introduces some key upgrades over its mother model, although it did not get through our technical pros-and-cons review unscathed.
Starting off with its drawbacks, the DuraForce Pro 2, like a lot of other phones in the rugged category, is pretty bulky, weighing 243 grams and measuring 13.5mm thick . In comparison, conventional Androids weighed only around 150g and measured roughly 8.5mm thick around the time of this specs-driven review.
In spite of its hulking physique, this DuraForce edition is far from a heavyweight when it comes to raw battery power, supporting its assortment of pros and cons with a 3240mAh battery -- some of the best big-battery phones around boast battery capacities of more than 5000mAh. It does not sound like that big of a weakness, though, since its 21-hour talk time was about 50 percent higher than the average value as of this Phonerated write-up.
As for its selling points, the Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 touts what the brand calls a Super Wide View 4K Action Camera whose 135-degree field-of-view makes it fit for capturing thrilling rides or scenic videos of the outdoors. It also comes with a standard 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel-only selfie cam .
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Its rugged pros and cons are led by the combination of MIL-STD 810G and IPX8 rugged certifications , which makes it waterproof, dust-right, and resistant to high temperatures as well as accidental drops, among others. Moreover, it is classified as non-incendive Class I, Division 2, Group A-D, T4 , which essentially means that it is fit for use in hazardous environments like industrial or chemical plants.
This outdoor-ready Android is powered by a respectable 2.2GHz + 1.8GHz Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor clubbed with a 4GB RAM, with a 5-inch 1080p display furbished with Kyocera's Sapphire Shield cover glass greeting users up front.
It comes with 64GB native memory that can be expanded by up to 512GB alongside Verizon's propriety Push-to-Talk-Plus (PTT service, the latter of which, along with its other features, makes it a fitting phone for thrill-seekers or those who are often out on the field.
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