Conclusion: The Kyocera Torque isn’t the fastest Android smartphone around and probably won’t appeal to those who want a top-of-the-line iPhone or Galaxy S4. However, the rugged aspect combined with long battery life and good call quality makes it a great phone for the target audience. The free (with contract) price also helps. If you can ignore some of the clunkier design elements, the Torque is a great companion for that treasure hunt you’re planning.
Pros: Highly rugged (waterproof), Bright screen, Not full of bloatware, Clear and loud call quality, Long battery life
Cons: Too many buttons that get in the way, Low-res screen, Unimpressive performance
Conclusion: I mentioned this in the video review, but it bears repeating here: chances are good that you already know very well whether or not this is a good choice for you, simply based on your needs. If you have a job that requires a tough phone but you still want the power of an Android device, it’s a no brainer.
Conclusion: There are two ways of looking at the Kyocera Torque. The first is from the perspective of a Nextel subscriber, someone who’s always been forced into specialized, out-of-date mobile hardware by virtue of the need for Nextel’s special flavor of push-to-talk communication. These customers won’t find the Torque perfect, but coming from truly disappointing iDEN devices like the Motorola i1 , they’ll probably find a lot to like in its reassuringly beefy construction, smooth...
Pros: Excellent build quality with extensive durability certifications, Solid Direct Connect call quality, Outstanding speakerphone, Very good battery life
Cons: Serious lag in keyboard makes text input very difficult, Fuzzy phone call quality, Direct Connect doesn’t function in LTE mode, Low-res, washed-out display with poor viewing angles, Old Android version with uncertain upgrade future
Conclusion: Call Quality Kyocera is the first manufacturer to bring tissue conducting technology to the US market, something they’ve dubbed Smart Sonic Receiver . Initially debuted with KDDI in Japan last year, this technology uses piezoelectric actuators to vibrate the entire display, which in turns transmits sound via both air waves and tissue conduction to the eardrum. The end result is clearer audio, in both quiet and noisy environments.
Pros: Sturdy, durable design, Smart Sonic Receiver technology and HD voice make for great call quality in any situation, Hefty 2500mAh battery can give days of use
Cons: Direct Connect not available in conjunction with LTE
Summary: With its battle-ready, armorlike chassis and impressive battery life, the Kyocera Torque is a beastly smartphone that can handle almost anything you can throw at it. But beyond its durability, the Torque is a solid smartphone, too. If you are in search of a rugged smartphone, the Torque is well worth the investment. Samsung's Galaxy Rugby Pro for AT&T offers LTE in more cities and faster performance, but the Torque offers a far brighter display and better call quality.