Rough 'n' tumble Kyocera DuraXT drops on Sprint for $69.99

Kyocera and Sprint muscle up another beefy Direct Connect handset, the Kyocera DuraXT.

Kyocera DuraXT

If you can't get enough of Sprint and Kyocera's rugged phones, you're in luck. This morning, the Kyocera DuraXT goes on sale for $69.99. Another addition to Kyocera's Sprint Direct Connect family, the DuraXT flip phone has military-grade durability and is water resistant up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

The DuraXT has a small 2-inch QVGA screen and is light on features, but I'm happy to see a 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder with flash, in addition to Bluetooth and a handful of apps. There's also room for 32GB of expandable memory, and the phone comes with a 1GB card included.

Ruggedness and long life are the DuraXT's chief tenets, and in that sense the phone holds promise, with its thick, grippy casing, and a 1,360mAh battery that's rated for up to 8 hours of talk time.

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