The Good The Kyocera Hydro XTRM is competitively priced, waterproof, and has 4G LTE capabilities.
The Bad Depending on your carrier, the Hydro XTRM has poor call quality. It also takes mediocre pictures, and its internal speeds can be slow at times.
The Bottom Line If waterproof capabilities are an absolute must, consider the Kyocera Hydro XTRM. If not, skip this for some better alternatives.
Despite waterproof capabilities, call quality sinks
Rest assured, it's no fun dropping your smartphone in water. Whether you have an active lifestyle and go swimming often, or you're just milling around the kitchen, once your device hits water, it's often the beginning of the end.
Fortunately, the Kyocera Hydro XTRM (pronounced "extreme") isn't only dustproof and shock-resistant, it's waterproof as well -- meaning it doesn't have to spend a night in a bowl full ofin case it accidentally takes a dive in the ocean.
But even with its splashproof features and low price, the Hydro XTRM isn't exactly the Michael Phelps of phones. Depending on your carrier, it has less-than-desirable call quality. It also has a mediocre camera, so you should keep your options open for other handsets if waterproof capabilities aren't a necessity.
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