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A closer look at the Kyocera Hydro Life

Check out this rugged, water-resistant Android GSM phone from Kyocera.

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Hello, Hydro

The newest addition to Kyocera's Hydro line, the Hydro Life is an Android smartphone that's water resistant and rugged. It'll cost you $150 off-contract prepaid from T-Mobile or MetroPCS.

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Splish-splash

The phone has an IP57 rating, meaning it can survive under 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes before getting waterlogged. It's also dustproof.

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Tough as nails

The Hydro Life also is also military-rated for toughness, and it can handle multiple drops without damage.

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To the back

There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back that shoots so-so photos.

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Battery seal

The back cover acts as a seal to keep water away from fragile components, including the battery, SD card and SIM card slots. It has a soft textured finish.

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Compact size

The Hydro Life is thick, but it's also small, making it easy to hold and easy to slip into your pockets.

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Android 4.3

The phone is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and comes with a few Kyocera features, such as a battery-saver app called Eco Mode.

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Volume controls

Along the left edge is the phone's volume rocker.

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Ports and buttons

The headphone jack is at the top, along with the power/lock button.

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