Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Kyocera Hydro Vibe's screen is 4.5 inches with 540 x 960 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 (up to 32 GB) 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).



With its low on-contract price, the Hydro Vibe serves up water resistance, but there are better phones on the carrier.

- Lynn La , Cnet 



Reviews (6.1/10 Avg. rating)


PC Magazine

Another low-cost waterproof smartphone

from PC Magazine

The Kyocera Hydro Vibe is undoubtedly an improvement over the Hydro Edge, it's only an average Android phone at best. If you're extremely clumsy, or if you've ever lost a phone to water damage before, it might be worth a look, but you don't need to spend much more to get a better device. The Moto X costs $49.99 with a two-year contract, and it has a sharper screen, a better camera, and significantly improved call quality. The HTC One can be had for the same price, and will get you a super-sharp 1080p screen and much better performance, even though it's over a year old. Both of those phones are relatively solid, but they aren't waterproof. If you need some peace of mind, you can always buy a water-resistant case.

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The Kyocera Hydro Vibe is undoubtedly an improvement over the Hydro Edge, it's only an average Android phone at best. If you're extremely clumsy, or if you've ever lost a phone to water damage before, it might be worth a look, but you don't need to spend much more to get a better device. The Moto X costs $49.99 with a two-year contract, and it has a sharper screen, a better camera, and significantly improved call quality. The HTC One can be had for the same price, and will get you a super-sharp 1080p screen and much better performance, even though it's over a year old. Both of those phones are relatively solid, but they aren't waterproof. If you need some peace of mind, you can always buy a water-resistant case.

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PCWorld

Isn’t the best choice for a midrange

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The Kyocera Hydro Vibe wouldn’t be my first choice for a mid-range handset. I’d much rather go for the phablet-sized ZTE Boost Max. That said, Kyocera's phone is waterproof, which not many low-end or mid-range phones are, and its long-lasting battery life would be great for the Bear Grylls-types who are always out hiking and don't care too much for a high-end phone.

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The Kyocera Hydro Vibe wouldn’t be my first choice for a mid-range handset. I’d much rather go for the phablet-sized ZTE Boost Max. That said, Kyocera's phone is waterproof, which not many low-end or mid-range phones are, and its long-lasting battery life would be great for the Bear Grylls-types who are always out hiking and don't care too much for a high-end phone.

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GreenBot

A rugged mid-range phone with a few glaring flaws

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The Kyocera Hydro Vibe wouldn’t be my first choice for a mid-range handset. I’d much rather go for the phablet-sized ZTE Boost Max even though it's much bigger. But it is waterproof, which not many low-end or mid-range phones are, and its long-lasting battery life would be great for the Bear Grylls-types who are always out hiking and don't care too much for a high-end phone.

Of course, if you do have subsidized pricing with your carrier, you could also consider one of last year's rugged phones for purchase, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Basically, don't set your sights on the Hydro Vibe until you've seen what else you can get for your cash. 

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The Kyocera Hydro Vibe wouldn’t be my first choice for a mid-range handset. I’d much rather go for the phablet-sized ZTE Boost Max even though it's much bigger. But it is waterproof, which not many low-end or mid-range phones are, and its long-lasting battery life would be great for the Bear Grylls-types who are always out hiking and don't care too much for a high-end phone.

Of course, if you do have subsidized pricing with your carrier, you could also consider one of last year's rugged phones for purchase, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Basically, don't set your sights on the Hydro Vibe until you've seen what else you can get for your cash. 

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Cnet

Splash-happy budget phone cuts corners

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For those who have met the unfortunate fate of being thrown into a pool with your smartphone in your pocket, the water-resistant Kyocera Hydro Vibe for Sprint may look tempting. After all, it's reasonably affordable, and peace of mind isn't just limited to pool parties. Indeed, a device like this would come in handy when you're cooking in the kitchen, or hanging around a beach....

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For those who have met the unfortunate fate of being thrown into a pool with your smartphone in your pocket, the water-resistant Kyocera Hydro Vibe for Sprint may look tempting. After all, it's reasonably affordable, and peace of mind isn't just limited to pool parties. Indeed, a device like this would come in handy when you're cooking in the kitchen, or hanging around a beach.

Unfortunately, despite excelling at being water-resistant, the Hydro Vibe struggles with key features. Its 8-megapixel camera is mediocre and has a difficult time steadying its focus, call quality was unimpressive, and performance was buggy at times. So unless you're dead-set on jumping in the pool with your handset, it's best to look elsewhere.

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Phone Scoop

A solid phone that cover the basics and offers a bit more

from Phone Scoop

The screen is very good, battery life is excellent, and the hardware functions well. Though you can't take it deep-sea diving, it can handle some wet summer fun and the occasional, accidental bath. I wish phone calls were a bit louder.

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating is slightly older than what most high-end devices offer, but the customizations offered by Kyocera help close that gap. The Starter mode is a nice place for smartphone newb's to begin, but more seasoned users can take full advantage of Android and tools such as EcoMode....

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The screen is very good, battery life is excellent, and the hardware functions well. Though you can't take it deep-sea diving, it can handle some wet summer fun and the occasional, accidental bath. I wish phone calls were a bit louder.

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating is slightly older than what most high-end devices offer, but the customizations offered by Kyocera help close that gap. The Starter mode is a nice place for smartphone newb's to begin, but more seasoned users can take full advantage of Android and tools such as EcoMode.

If you're in the market for an inexpensive Android device that's protected from everyday spills, the Kyocera Hydro Vibe is a worth a peek. It's more than a drop in the bucket.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 9, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/850/1900 MHz
LTE:
1900/800/850 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM card Yes
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: 1.35 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 480 minutes
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] 12.8 x 6.4 x 1.1 cm (5 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 139 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 57
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
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 No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-portrait, Smile detection, HDR, Scene, Auto exposure, Blink detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, 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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Additional comments Built-in Flashlight
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