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Nothing to fear around water

Currently available on Sprint for $29.99 with a two-year contract, the Hydro Vibe is a budget Android phone that is certified water-resistant to boot.

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A slim profile

The device measures 5.02 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide, and 0.43-inch thick (127.4 x 63.5 x 10.9mm), and can fit easily in your front jeans pockets or handbag. It's also lightweight at 4.9 ounces (139g).

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Easy access to the camera

The right has a shortcut button for quick access to the camera (which you can customize to launch video instead, if that's what you prefer).

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Time for a bath

Certified to satisfy IPX5 and IPX7 standards for waterproofing, the Hydro Vibe can survive a good dunking. It can be submerged in up to a 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water for 30 minutes. Just be sure that your back cover is completely secured.

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Protecting the hardware

Inside the handset is a battery, the SIM card, and the microSD card slot right above. On the underside of the back cover, you can see the water seal (in orange) that protects the phone's innards.

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A ho-hum 8-megapixel camera

Both the rear- and front-facing cameras have several editing features like five white-balance options, three exposure settings, a meter to adjust brightness, and three quality levels. The camera can also record in 1080p HD video.

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Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

The handset runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and contains a few choice features from Kyocera that make it unique. There's an Easy Mode option that simplifies and minimizes the UI, and an EcoMode widget that helps users conserve battery life.

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Quad-core power inside

Powering the 4G LTE Hydro Vibe is a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and a 2,000mAh battery that has a reported talk time of 14 hours.

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