The water resistant Kyocera Hydro is now available via Boost Mobile for a mere $130 (no contract). The $130 price tag makes it an attractive purchase, and it has the specs to back it up too. The smartphone is IPX5 and IPX7 certified, meaning that the phone can withstand pressure when submerged 3 feet under water for approximately 30 minutes and can easily handle rains as well. Besides the water resistant features, the Hydro packs a decent 3.5-inch display, 3.2MP rear camera, a 1 GHz single core Snapdragon chip and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Hydro also comes with something known as the Eco Saving Mode which apparently boosts battery life. The handset will hit shelves on August 3rd.
Considering the low price tag, the Kyocera Hydro is a steal. Boost Mobile is bundling it with a decent monthly plan. Users have to opt for a $55-per month pack which offers unlimited everything (texts, calls, data). Additionally, the monthly plan apparently will shrink by $5 every six months until it comes down to $40 about in 18 months’ time. So for people not bothered about multi core processors and other fancy features, the Kyocera Hydro is an excellent budget option. And it’s water-resistant too, so you can basically carry it around with you at all times. However, we doubt if the phone could survive an extra-long dive in the lake or a swimming pool, so keep that in mind.
Talking about the smartphone, the VP of Boost Mobile, Andre Smith said – “With other water-soaked smartphones, consumers instantly move into MacGyver mode attempting to beat the odds with dry rice, Ziploc bags and other home remedies that rarely work. With the Kyocera Hydro, consumers can eliminate the panic of water damage and just enjoy their affordable Android-powered smartphone paired with Boost’s award-winning no-contract service with payments that shrink over time.”
The Kyocera Hydro is a device which will have a lot of takers, basically for its all-round performance. Given the kind of market water-resistant phones have, it is surprising that we haven’t seen many yet. Motorola has the lineup of Defy smartphones which are widely popular globally. Sony and Samsung also have a few water/dust resistant smartphones out there which have done fairly well. We would however like more companies to give emphasis to this particular feature, because as we’ve seen with new smartphones, none of them are really durable in day to day usage.
Source: Boost Mobile