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Kyocera DuraCore (photos)

Tough and sturdy, the Kyocera DuraCore is the more basic of Sprint's two new 3G push-to-talk pones.

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Push-to-talk

The rugged DuraCore is Sprint's first 3G CDMA push-to-talk phone using Sprint's new Direct Connect platform. Sheathed in rubberized material, the durable flip phone is certified for military specifications from the wet, dust, shock, and so on.
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Top view

Up top there are the power and speakerphone buttons.
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Big buttons

Rough 'n' tumble handsets usually come with raised or ridged rubber buttons that are well spaced so you can accurately press them even with gloved hands.
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Flaps and grips

Grip is what rugged phones are all about and the DuraCore is no different. The volume rocker could be longer and taller, but the amount of protrusion is right and the rubberized flaps keep out dust and spray.
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Side

There's a covered headset jack as well. Too bad it's only for a 2.5 millimeter prong.
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Camera

We dig those rubberized "scales" on the back surface. This is a bare-bones device, so for a camera, you'll want the DuraMax model.

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