I bought one of the Kyocera DuraForce phone last year. It was supposedly a brand new phone... yeah right. I've dropped this phone into dishwater, the duck pond and got soaked when I was caught out in the rain with it in my pocket. Nothing happened to the phone. I've even put the phone in the bath playing music and listened to it play while it was submerged.
This phone IS supposed to be to take that kind of abuse. And it did... for awhile.
Lately, my DuraFarce has begun to reset its own controls: muting the mic, turning off the loudspeaker, deleting: apps, photos, alarms, contacts and music. Now, the battery, which is supposedly only now a year old is nolonger holding a charge for more than a couple of hours a day. Esthetics for premium phones have spread to the rest of the market and now there are no more phones with replaceable batteries. I think that is a BIG mistake. Planned obsolescence is the way to screw the consuming public and make big money after all. The environment be damned.
Now, I'm being forced by need to buy another phone to replace my Kyopetate DuraFarce not so waterproof phone.
Worst phone I've ever owned.
The initial tech reviews rated it highly (as you might expect in any new car review) but reviews by end users tell the real story. If only 44% rate it 5 stars, and 26% rate it 1 star, you have an abysmal phone.
I've had mine about 18 months. The camera seems to have deteriorated badly in image stabilization and poor light conditions. The phone has sloooooowed in every aspect, without loaded storage. And worst of all it freezes with irritating regularity.
It does seem to have good battery life, and seems physically tough enough and waterproof.
It was the only phone that fit my top pocket at the time, so I guess my phone habits will have to change when I dump this one in about 6 months.
I have had this phone for almost 2 years. I am physically very hard on phones and seem to average a new phone every 6 months. This is hands down the toughest phone I have ever had. I initially planned on buying the sonnim XP7 but was recommended not to as operationally it is behind and the screen resolution is poor in comparison to the Duraforce. Both ended up being very true.
The battery is superior to the large majority of phones lasting me up to nearly 4 days. On average I can get 1.5 to 2 days on a charge. The waterproof feature is no joke. Once I dropped it in the hottub overnight. The phone worked as soon as I pulled it out of the water several hours later. I also left it by accident outside in an ATV storage container over night where it rained then froze over night. I broke the ice off of it and worked fine. It has survived flawlessly many falls that would assumingly destroy most other phones. The speakers are noticeably louder than other phones, screen resolution and brightness is good.
The bad, sometimes can freeze up for 30 seconds. Always fixed by restart. The 3 button feature on side that you can program is really only one button. So if you think it will be a play/change song button, it isn't. The "selfie" camera is terrible if not used in excellent lighting and the forward camera is not very good. Does not seem to want to focus better than half the time. When it does it takes not bad pictures.
I would recommend the phone for people that are not worried about having the newest and greatest phone but want or need tough.
I think the Kyocera duraforce sucks!! . This will be the second time it has crashed!! and that I have lost everything . I would not recommend this phone to anyone!!
Anonymous, 09 Oct 2017How's the camera?This is an Excellent camera, principal with 8MP and a really fast focus. I love this phone to all specifications.. Very Durable is a rugged hard phone.
I think this is a great phone. It is loud and tough. Fits in my pocket and vibrates great when I am on the job site. I recommend this phone for outdoor use people. But it would fit nice in anyone's life. Especially if you talk and text and want to hear the thing. The negative reviews are are bazaar. It is a good all around phone with a great battery. Thank you
Duraforce takes terrible pictures, terrible battery life, and freezes on me will be getting a different phone......... Not impressed with the one I have
That one guy, 18 Jan 2017Buggy! Even after resetting phone, it persists in keeping me from doing what I want to do with... moreYou seem to be well versed in Technology... But you failed to do your own research and yet make odd comments. If you had done your research you would have known of these short comings
Also why would this be an easy device to fix? It's supposed to be more protected than Fort Knox...
Annyhow... Please research the devices you wish to purchase in the future.
Alex S., 02 Dec 2016Just get ACTIVE AT&T sim card from someone, pop it in do update and give it back.Don't even need a SIM card. Just a strong wifi signal.
Buggy! Even after resetting phone, it persists in keeping me from doing what I want to do with it.
Can't believe us cell sold me a $400 retail phone for $50 and a contract. These are on line for $78 no contract. Phone is behind the technology curve, and manufacturer cut too many corners producing. Phone screen broke first time I dropped it four days into contract. Phone meets drop test and military certification simply because manufacturer slathered epoxy on the internals of phone. It is a nightmare for a tech to work on because it is so difficult to take apart.
Have to reboot the phone 1-3 times daily just so it allows me to access contacts. Refuses to open messages, texting force closes and pictures sent over text rarely open. GPS is terribly inaccurate. Games freeze the phone up.
If you ever drop your phone go with something with gorilla Glass.
I don't recommend this to anybody.
Alex S., 02 Dec 2016Just get ACTIVE AT&T sim card from someone, pop it in do update and give it back.Not from U.S
It's a very solide phone, waterproof(tested it). The camera is the worst I have ever see.
I "LOVE" IT! I know MIL-SPEC being prior military I KNOW how MILITARY stuff is built. VERY SOLID. I'm HARD on stuff and clothes and my daughter bought it for me saying that she just FOUND A PHONE FOR ME. I'm on T-mobile by the way.
Not able to update to 5.1 (Lollipop) because not on AT&T network but phone is from AT&T what a joke should of never bought this phone from AT&T.