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The super tough Kyocera DuraPro (pictures)

The rough-and-tumble Kyocera DuraPro is a rugged feature phone from U.S. Cellular that features a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 2-inch screen, and a waterproof construction.

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The rarin'-to-go DuraPro

Identical to Sprint's Kyocera DuraXT (save for the Direct Connect feature), the DuraPro from U.S. Cellular is a rugged feature handset designed to be shock-, dust-, and waterproof.

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Given its purpose, the DuraPro is naturally no small-fry item. Encased in rubber with a thick plastic speaker grill surrounding the external display, it stands 4 inches tall, 2.1 inches wide, and 1.1 inches thick.

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Comfortable, spacious number pad

Below the display is your standard set of alphanumeric keys, which are graciously sized with ample space between each key. Though you can feel a slight bump in each key, they look flat and lie flush with the phone's surface. However, they're still easy to press and typing is a breeze.

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A decent 3.2MP shooter

The rear of the device hosts the 3.2-megapixel camera with flash. Some camera options include a 12x digital zoom, five picture modes (normal, beach/snow, scenery, mirror image, and night/dark), three meters for brightness, sharpness, and contrast, and five white-balance options.

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No Direct Connect for this one

On the bottom left side is a Micro-USB port that's covered by a thick plastic door. Above that is a volume rocker and a pimpled yellow button that was originally for Sprint Direct Connect. However, because U.S. Cellular doesn't support push-to-talk, the key can be programmed to launch other applications like a calendar, Bluetooth, alarm, and Web browser.

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The back plate on lockdown

A toggle switch at the bottom lets you unlock the back plate and remove it. There you'll find the battery and the microSD card slot underneath that's expandable up to 32GB.

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