For those who work or play in places delicate smartphones fear to tread, Kyocera's new DuraPlus rugged handset is for you.
Designed to meet the U.S. military's brutal 810G survivability guidelines, Kyocera claims the candybar-style DuraPlus can withstand exposure to dust storms, shocks and vibrations, drenching rains, plus extreme swings of temperature. The phone is even billed to take a dunk in 3 feet deep water for up to 30 minutes.
Targeted straight at construction workers, factory foremen, hunters, or anyone who spends time in unpredictable environments, the DuraPlus also features push-to-talk walkie-talkie capabilities combined with a big speakerphone made to cut through the din of noise-filled locations.
My personal favorite, though, is the handset's LED flashlight. Sure, smartphones can use a flashlight app in a pinch but often they rely on the display to produce light, which isn't ideal or fire up the LED flash, which may reduce its life span.
Want to pick up a Kyocera DuraPlus for yourself? Unfortunately you're in for a bit of a wait since Sprint is a bit vague about the phone's availability. The carrier says the device is expected to ship sometime in the first half of this year and no price has been announced either.