Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The Kyocera Hydro's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 18.8 days standby time, 504 minutes (2G).



Reviews summary

5.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 5 reviews

Did you know that you can now buy waterproof handsets that won’t break the bank? Indeed, and one such example is the Android-powered Kyocera Hydro. It ships with Ice Cream Sandwich as the default OS and features a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display for user input. Its compact 13mm body weighs only 120 grams and, as mentioned earlier, is waterproof.

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The Hydro uses a dated processor and only has 512MB of RAM, but performs well enough thanks to the default software. And while it has only 2GB of internal storage, this can be expanded easily through microSD cards.

It may never get an upgrade to later versions of the Android software, but it’s already feature-rich as it is. And since it hovers around the $100 mark—without a contract—it’s worth listing as one of the top budget Android handsets based on overall value.

Need to Know: Kyocera Hydro

1. Waterproof casing. (The Good)

2. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by default. (The Good)

3. Small, low-res touchscreen display. (The Bad)

4. RAM and internal storage are both limited. (The Bad)


Reviews (5.4/10 Avg. rating)


Cnet

With Android 4.0, solid call quality, and waterproof capabilities, the Kyocera Hydro is a great prepaid device

from Cnet
If you can handle slow CPU and data speeds, the Kyocera Hydro is a solid handset. Not only does it run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but at $129.99, it's reasonably priced and you won't be tied down with a contract. Most important, however, is the fact that it's waterproof. So the next time your phone accidentally takes a dip in the pool, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that it could recover without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Or rice... Full review
Franny

Sucks. Freezes. Went into safe mode and no matter what I tried no luck

purple

Ok phone

I got it because its supposed to be break proof i had it for a year and today when i took it out of my back pack the screen was broken it freezes up a lot and is slow sometimes but its a pretty good first phone
I got it because its supposed to be break proof i had it for a year and today when i took it out of my back pack the screen was broken it freezes up a lot and is slow sometimes but its a pretty good first phone Less
Sarah Vallejo

Too many problems :(

It's a cute little phone and reasonable for the price. But the SD card gets too full quickly, all my apps keep closing and the phone would freeze and then turn on and off on its own. It would happen about 3-4 times a day!
It's a cute little phone and reasonable for the price. But the SD card gets too full quickly, all my apps keep closing and the phone would freeze and then turn on and off on its own. It would happen about 3-4 times a day! Less
candace thompson

This phone is AWESOME

phone is waterproof the screen is easy to touch and the phone itself is lightweight also sending messages is a blast because the messages send within 1 to 2 secs
phone is waterproof the screen is easy to touch and the phone itself is lightweight also sending messages is a blast because the messages send within 1 to 2 secs Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 17, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
800/1700/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
RAM 512 MB
ROM 2 GB
GPS Yes
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.14 W/kg
Body: 0.58 W/kg
Languages English, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time 309 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
504 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 18.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.5 x 6.2 x 1.3 cm
(4.5 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 120 grams
(4.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.5 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 No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
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 Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, OBEX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Geotagging, White balance
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters 720 x 480 pixels
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
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 No
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 No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Kyocera C5170

2GB microSD card included
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