The Kyocera DuraXE is another incredible phone from the Rulers of Rugged. It’s tough, it’s fast and it’s designed for an active lifestyle or the kind of jobs that they make TV shows about. So good is the DuraXE, it attained a Mr Aberthon ranking of 9.8/10. As with all or mobile devices, it comes fully unlocked for use on any GSM network worldwide, and is covered under our amazing 14 Day Returns Policy.
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Kyocera are the undisputed kings when it comes to producing amazingly tough and superbly performing phones, and the DuraXE is just such a phone. An inherent issue with fullscreen smartphones is their fragility, which is where the clamshell (or flip-top) design of the DuraEx makes a world of difference. Because the screen (the most delicate part of any phone) is tucked away and protected by the tough-as-old-boots outer case, except when the phone is in use, it immediately takes away most of the worry about shattering the screen.
But the toughness of the Kyocera DuraXE doesn’t stop at hiding the screen away. In fact, the lengths to which Kyocera have gone to in order to make the DuraXE one of the most rugged phones you can buy makes incredible reading. Some of the things they’ve built into the phone to make it so rugged are mind-bogglingly good, so we’ll run you through some of them here. First though, let’s look at some of the “normal” features the DuraXE has that make it a competitor for any smartphone.
Most all phones today have a hands-free facility where, even if you’re not connected by Bluetooth to a car audio system for example, you can still hold a conversation without having to hold the phone to your ear. The problem is that the external speakers on mobile devices are usually pretty basic, and the output easily gets lost amongst even moderate background noise. The Kyocera DuraXE, though, takes hands-free a massive step forward. Output from the built-in dual speakers are intended to be loud enough that any conversation can be clearly heard in even heavy industrial environments. If you’ve ever tried hearing the output from a smartphone’s speakers next to a busy road, you’ll know it’s almost impossible but the DuraXE’s output just cuts through all the surrounding noise.
4G compatible with 3G fallback, Bluetooth 4.1, Assisted-GPS for un-rivalled positioning accuracy, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with mobile hotspot capabilities for up to 10 devices are all there. Additionally, Wi-Fi 802.11 i/r/k are also available, making Push To Talk radio communications available on locally enabled Wi-fi networks. The battery is a 1500mAH powerhouse which gives over 9 hours of talktime or 16 days of standby. Crucially, the battery is user-removable, meaning spares can be carried for those really heavy-duty days. The 5MP camera with LED flash is ideal for both image and video capture in any conditions and the built in music player can handle any commonly used audio format. A MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB cards gives you enough room to carry your entire music collection around with you.
On most smartphones, to use the camera flash as a flashlight, you need to install a separate app but, on the DuraXE the function is built right into the operating system so, if you suddenly find yourself out of light, your phone will always be there to help.
So far, so “standard”, but this is where the normality of the Kyocera DuraXE as a mobile phone stops, and the ruggedness begins.
It’s becoming more common for even smartphones to be IP68 compliant. IP68 is the standard that demands a device is fully dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 6 feet for 30 minutes. To really be a rugged phone, though, IP68 is just a starting point. The DuraXE is also MIL-810G compliant, which means it adds a whole host of other protective measures that will keep it going through almost anything.
As well as being covered by a reinforced case which protects from drops from 6 feet onto concrete, the DuraXE is resistant to vibration, thermal shock, driving rain, low pressure, salt, fog, extreme humidity and even solar radiation the type of which can knock out satellites and other communication devices. Crucially for industrial or other environments where flammable gases or other explosive materials may be found, the DuraXE is certified as Non-incendive for use in such circumstances, meaning the risk of even the smallest spark causing an explosion is removed.
The Kyocera Dura XE is about as tough a mobile phone as you’ll find, and means no job is too big a problem for this amazing, rock-solid pocket wonder.
|Dimensions||4.21 x 2.22 x 0.99 in|
AT&T, Metro PCS, T-Mobile
1500 mAh – User replaceable, Li – Ion
5 megapixels, LED
8 GB (4.3 GB Maximum User Storage), Expandable to microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB
240 x 320 pixels
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