Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Kyocera Hydro Icon's screen is 4.5 inches with 960 x 540 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 8 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



The Kyocera Hydro Icon might be inexpensive and waterproof, but a general lack of noteworthy features and a rather poor camera make this one tough to recommend.

- Nate Ralph , Cnet 

Reviews summary

3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 2 reviews

What's good

  • Smooth processor performance
  • Certified waterproof and shock resistant
  • Good screen angles and decent sharpness

What's bad

  • Scratchy and static-y call quality
  • Very poor video recording quality
  • Small amount of onboard storage

Once again Kyocera offers a budget waterproof phone, but as part of the Hydro line, the Icon also features military grade shock protection. While it is a certified rugged phone, it is fairly slim at 0.43-inches and weighs only 144 grams. If this were a normal smartphone, the weight and thickness might make the phone a bit chunky, but reviewers consider it quite svelte for a rugged device.

At the forefront of the device is a 4.5-inch IPS display that has a resolution of 540 pixels. While not full HD, experts were relatively happy with the overall crispness of the screen and viewing angles. They did have some problems with glare under bright lighting and direct sunlight, but also note that in other circumstances the screen was generally legible.

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Behind the display sites the 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The combination of the two gave critics a relatively smooth performance throughout usage, although it isn't as fast as true flagship phones. It is good enough to get through basic tasks and even some hardware-intensive games without a hitch. It also comes equipped with only 8GB of internal storage, though due to the OS and Kyocera apps the actual available storage is more like 4GB. Luckily the Icon does support up to 32GB microSD cards. The slow is located behind the 2,000mAh battery. According to expert tests, the battery lasted a full day of lighter usage and comes with the perk of wireless charging.

One of the biggest downfalls of the Icon is call quality. On the calling and receiving end, experts noticed that the voices often sounded very distant and ran into instances of static and scratchiness. The other downfall is its 8MP rear camera. It wasn't camera mode that turned experts off as they were able to produce decent shots when the lighting was good. It was the video mode. While not all consumers will use their phones to capture video, a large majority do. Unfortunately, reviewers call the video on the Icon a "lost cause" as it produces slow and juddery videos when recording 1080p. Although they note that it does get better at lower resolutions they still consider it a rather disappointing experience.

Overall, reviewers were not impressed with the Hydro Icon despite its rugged rating. CNet states, "Unless tumbling into approximately 3 feet of water is a recurring ordeal for you, there actually isn't that much to recommend."


Reviews (3/10 Avg. rating)


Cnet

Waterproof Icon fails to make a splash

from Cnet

The Kyocera Hydro Icon joins a long line of phones locked in a constant struggle for relevance. It won't cost you very much, and if you live in the a 4G coverage area you'll even see decent network speeds. But unless tumbling into approximately 3 feet of water is a recurring ordeal for you, there actually isn't all that much to recommend here. Performance is fine, though you'll need to make some concessions in more demanding mobile games. The camera disappoints, but if you only need to take the occasional outdoor snapshot, it'll do in a pinch. The phone isn't bulky -- especially considering its sturdy build -- and it isn't unsightly either. It's your run-of-the-mill, 4.5-inch smartphone, with a neat trick you can show off at (wading) pool parties. That makes things a little boring.

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The Kyocera Hydro Icon joins a long line of phones locked in a constant struggle for relevance. It won't cost you very much, and if you live in the a 4G coverage area you'll even see decent network speeds. But unless tumbling into approximately 3 feet of water is a recurring ordeal for you, there actually isn't all that much to recommend here. Performance is fine, though you'll need to make some concessions in more demanding mobile games. The camera disappoints, but if you only need to take the occasional outdoor snapshot, it'll do in a pinch. The phone isn't bulky -- especially considering its sturdy build -- and it isn't unsightly either. It's your run-of-the-mill, 4.5-inch smartphone, with a neat trick you can show off at (wading) pool parties. That makes things a little boring.

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liz

I hate this phone dont get it

I had it for a month it turned off and didnt turn back on i tried charging it but still so do not get this phone


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 17, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
LTE:
1700/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8926 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1536 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.29 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 840 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.5 x 1.1 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 144 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 960 x 540 pixels
Pixel density 245 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Smile detection, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, QCP, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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