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Kyocera Hydro Elite

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the value for money and screen are on the whole positive. The portability and design also get good feedback, whereas views are divided on the responsiveness. Many are less positive about the battery and features.

usability, design, portability, screen, value for money

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Kyocera Hydro Elite is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Kyocera Hydro Elite from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

usability, design, portability, screen, reliability

features, value for money, battery

85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kyocera Hydro Elite, Black 16GB (Verizon Wireless)Kyocera Hydro Elite (Verizon Wireless)

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Kyocera Hydro Elite (Verizon)


The Kyocera Hydro Elite is an affordable water-resistant Android phone, but its battery life is too short.

Affordable; Waterproof; Luminous display for the price

Terrible battery life; Cramped keyboard

The water-resistant Kyocera Hydro Elite offers a semi-rugged experience for free on a two-year contract with Verizon. You also get 4G LTE connectivity, a pretty good 8-megapixel camera and a sharp but somewhat small (for Android) 4.3-inch screen. The...

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Kyocera Hydro Elite (Verizon Wireless)


The Kyocera Hydro Elite is a solid midrange Android smartphone for Verizon that combines a sharp display and a waterproof build, but falters when it comes to call quality.

Sharp display. Waterproof. Comfortable for one-handed use

Middling call quality. Underwhelming performance

In a world where the 4.7-inch Moto X is considered small, the Kyocera Hydro Elite ($49.99 with 2-year contract) is downright petite. It looks and feels like this year's Droid Mini with its 4.3-inch display, but it performs more like last year's Razr M....


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Kyocera Hydro Elite ( Verizon)


With every new waterproof Hydro device, Kyocera adds incremental, but necessary improvements. But with the $49.99 on-contract Hydro Elite from Verizon, I'm glad to see Kyocera made even bigger strikes.

The inexpensive Kyocera Hydro Elite is a compact, waterproof handset with wireless charging, a decent camera, and expandable memory.

Sluggish internal speeds and mediocre call quality bog down the device's performance.

Kyocera's Elite will quench Verizon users' thirst for a stylish and reasonably priced water-resistant phone -- just don't expect it to be a powerful speed demon.

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Kyocera Hydro Elite Review


Over the years, we've seen various rugged and water resistant phones come out of Verizon Wireless. Recently we reviewed the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE and were quite impressed with its design, but now there's a new player on the field, the Kyocera...

Splash and waterproof ; Compact and lightweight ; Close to stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean experience

Poor camera and video recording quality ; Calls sound muffled and distant

When it comes right down to it, the Kyocera Hydro Elite is your basic mid-range Android smartphone that happens to be splash and waterproof – up to a limit. It’s designed for people that want this added layer of protection, but without stepping up the...

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