Most smartphones today are just water-resistant. The Kyocera C6743 however is completely waterproof and the best part is that it’s affordable.
It also has a very bright display that works perfectly even under direct sunlight. Everything about this device screams adventure. Let’s check out more in our review of the Kyocera Hydro Reach.
Kyocera C6743 specs
5.47 x 2.84 x 0.39 inches (139 x 72.1 x 9.9mm)
Qualcomm Adreno 304
5.0 inches TFT, 540 x 960 pixels
Android Lollipop (version 5.1.1)
Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7
8GB (microSD extendable)
Supported SIM types
Lithium Polymer 2160mAh
Kyocera Hydro Reach Reviews
Design and Build
This device is made for the outdoors so you can’t expect it to have elegant features. It’s quite minimal and entirely made of plastic. Something that baffles me is the fact that this device was made to target the adventurous consumers, but the device isn’t ruggedized.
So, if you drop it from a considerable height the chances of it surviving are low.
In terms of weight and dimensions, the device is average. The weight is set at 4.07oz (141g) while the dimensions are set at 5.47 x 2.84 x 0.39 inches (139 x 72.1 x 9.9mm).
You get all the buttons you get with a normal smartphone, nothing more nothing less. The Micro USB charging port is located at the bottom, power and volume buttons on the side and the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. The speaker is located next to the camera and even though it is quite tiny it's very loud. I guess it makes sense to have a loudspeaker when you’re in the great outdoors.
The back panel can be removed to insert the SIM and storage cards, but the battery is non-removable.
Like I mentioned before, it is IP57 rated which means it is waterproof and dustproof as well.
The full glass display has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, so it isn’t that great, but the device does have a PPI of 220 so images and text are sharp enough.
The best part about the display is the brightness. Even under direct sunlight, you can easily use the device without draining your battery by using maximum brightness. Apart from the resolution, another let down is the TFT panel and its viewing angles.
The viewing angles are quite bad. It would have been nice to have an IPS display which tends to have better viewing angles than a TFT display.
Core- Hardware and Software
The Android device features the Snapdragon 210 SoC. This is an entry-level processor and its quite outdated with the arrival of the new 215 in 2019 which is the best from their budget 200 series.
Paired with a 1GB RAM you can get by your daily tasks such as email, light web browsing, and social media. However, if you try to multitask you will experience major lag.
The device runs on Android Lollipop 5.1.1.
It makes sense for a mobile device meant for the outdoors to have a good battery life but the Hydro Reach disappoints with poor battery life. The device lasted around 3 hours on a video loop test at full brightness.
The Hydro Reach is an affordable Android smartphone and is ideal to take with you on a camping trip or an outdoor adventure because your main phone is too expensive to be risked out in the wild. Apart from the bright display and IP57 rating, it would have been nice to see an IPS display with better viewing angles, a beefier battery, and a rugged build.
If you are considering this device for everyday use, there are better budget devices out there. This device has especially been made for the adventurous types with little to offer for the everyday user.