Kyocera Hydro Vibe Review – Avoiding 5 Stages of Death of a Smartphone! #SprintMom #Sponsored #MC


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5 Stages of Death of a Smartphone


Dude! Someone just broke into the house and dropped their expensive smartphone into the toilet!


Stupid phone! I’m calling the company to complain about the slick glass on the front! Texting while in the bathroom should be completely safe! It’s their fault this phone is in 4 inches of commode water!


If only I would have invested in the waterproof case. Wait! I bet it will still turn on. It is only in a few inches of water and still looks as good as new. I’ll just blow dry it out and the phone will be fine.


I just fried my $600 smartphone in germy toilet water and I owe for another year on the contract. I will never text again!


Another phone flushed down the drain. Next time I am going to make sure I get a waterproof phone like the Kyocera Hydro Vibe!

The above scenario may seem comical, but unless you have smartphone insurance to cover you against everyday accidents like full water immersion or have an expensive waterproof case to protect you from dips and liquid spills, it isn’t too funny when you are writing out the check to get your expensive gadget repaired!

Kyocera Hydro Vibe

Kyocera Hydro Vibe
Photo Credited to Kyocera

With upcoming summer days at the beach, vacations at the waterpark, and cool dips in the family pool, you might want to consider diving in the market to get a new Kyocera Hydro Vibe waterproof 4G LTE smartphone! The device can be completely submerged in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, so you will feel confident of bringing it along to capture those precious outdoor activities of your family splashing to keep cool.

As one of this year’s Sprint Ambassadors, I had the chance to test out the Kyocera Hydro Vibe waterproof 4G LTE smartphone for the last week. The water-resistance gadget offers some notable features for a mid-range priced smartphone worth considering, especially if being waterproof is a high priority.

The Dunking

Kyocera Hydro Vibe

Being that the handset’s main appeal is that it can withstand a good dunking up to 3.5 feet, I tested it out by placing it in a full mason jar full of water. I have to admit, even knowing the phone could survive the water…I felt guilty placing the new device in it! For a moment a sense of panic went through me! It was the first time I ever INTENTIONALLY placed a phone near let alone IN water! In it went and I waited several minutes before pulling it out. I wiped it off and it powered up without hesitation. I just want to note that the headphone jack does not need to be covered; however the back of the phone has to be completely sealed in order for no water damage to occur. Also, I tried sticking my hands in the water to see if I could fire off a few photos while the phone was submerged, but I could not get the camera buttons to work in the water so I was unsuccessful.

Kyocera Hydro Vibe

Camera & Video

Kyocera Hydro Vibe has a rear 8MP camera and 2MP front-facing camera and video camcorder equipped with Panorama HDR great for snapping and recording life’s special moments on the go. The camera is simple to use—point, shoot, and share photos with your buds on social networks! I took these photos using the camera on our last visit at the orchard. As you can see from the photos (did not edit) below, the pictures are reasonably clear straight from the camera. Plus, as part of Sprint’s offerings on this new device, the Kyocera Hydro Vibe waterproof 4G LTE smartphone will have the added benefit of running on the Sprint Spark network. What is Sprint Spark? It combines 4G FDD-LTE at 800 Megahertz (MHz) and 1.9 Gigahertz (GHz) and TDD-LTE at 2.5GHz spectrum, allowing for higher quality videos, stutter-free video chat, and better gaming capabilities. The service is currently available in 24 cities and expanding to include about 100 of America’s largest cities by the end of 2016. You can read more about Sprint Spark here.





4.5″ impact-resistant touchscreen -because accidents happen

How many times have you accidently dropped your smartphone? I have countless of times while trying to carry too much or just out of sheer clumsiness. The Kyocera Hydro Vibe comes with a 4.5” Edge-to-edge qHD impact-resistant display to help keep you protected against damage from drops and hits.


Kyocera Hydro Vibe

Kyocera Hydro Vibe measures 5.02 x 2.50 x .43” and weighs in at 4.9oz. The slim and lightweight design makes it perfect for placing in your pocket and taking along on outings.

Tech Features

Operating System: Android™ 4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Battery Type: 2000mAh Lithium ion (Li-ion)

Chipset: MSM8926, Qualcomm Snapdragon with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU

Memory: 8GB ROM/1.5GB RAM MicroSD™ memory card slot (supports up to 32GB)

Media Formats: Audio: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MP3, MIDI, Vorbis, WAVE, QCELP, EVRC Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG4 Image: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

Talk Time: Up to 14 hours depending upon settings, features, and network config.

Standby Time: Up to 193 hours

Additional Features

Kyocera Hydro Vibe Additional Features

What’s in the box (package is 100% recyclable)

Kyocera Hydro VIBE

Standard Lithium Ion Battery

AC Phone Charger

USB Cable

Get Started Guide- English/Spanish

Important Information Booklet

Wireless Recycling Envelope


New Kyocera Hydro Vibe waterproof 4G LTE smartphone offers a peace of mind for individuals who want to avoid the 5 Stages of Death of a Smartphone above. The handset does not carry all the fancy perks like you get with the more high-end models, but it provides lots of advantageous features for its modest price tag. For instance, the sound quality is adequate, decent camera, response time of touchscreen is good, runs Android 4.3 Jellybean, Sprint Spark capable, has a low environmental impact, and comes with a bunch of preinstalled useful apps. Plus, you do not need to invest in an expensive waterproof case nor sacrifice style for a bulky phone. Sprint is offering the Kyocera Hydro Vibe for $229.99 without an annual contract or $29.99 with a 2 year service agreement. The water-resistant smartphone would be an excellent consideration for the first time mobile phone user and for the teen who likes to take the phone to the beach or in the bathroom next to water!


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  1. courtney b says

    i LOVE that if you drop this in the toilet it wont break! that’s #1 for me since my kids are always throwing my phones in the water!!!!

  2. Tammy S says

    This 5 stages are to funny. Did you talk to my son? This would be an awesome phone to have. You wouldn’t have to worry about it as much as most cellphones. Plus it has a nice camera!

  3. saminder gumer says

    i like that it is water proof. that is great for this day and age. i also like the pictures that you can take with it.

  4. Sarah L says

    I’ve avoided the death of a smartphone for all my life. I’ve never had one. I did drown my first cell phone in the toilet, but I’ve learned better since then.

  5. Robin Wilson says

    Your list was a definite LOL, but no laughing matter for sure. I don’t have a smartphone but my son does and I do carry insurance on it for these very reasons. My heart would have skipped a beat the first time I placed that phone is a glass of water…am I right? I’ll let my son know about this phone for sure!

  6. Rosie says

    I know several people who had their smartphone ruined by water – either they did it, or one of their kids. This is good to know, I had nooo idea someone came up with this concept. I’m considering a smartphone and want to check this out! Nice photos, too!

  7. Janet W. says

    What great features! I love that it can get wet and also has an impact resistant screen! This is great especially if you have young kids.

  8. Rita Spratlen says

    Very interesting. I had not heard of this brand but I love the idea of being waterproof. I was in the apple store the other day and there was so many people trying to fix their phones due to water damage or fluids of some sort. Thanks for the information.

  9. Priscilla S. says

    That is quite amazing. While I have never ruined a phone in that way, it would reassuring to have a phone that would survive it. Really, every phone should be water proof given how expensive they are. Great phone!

  10. saminder gumer says

    i saw this in the store over the weekend and it is lighter than i expected. i was contemplating exchanging phones but i really want the galaxy s5.

  11. Sandra VanHoey says

    Amazing, my daughter had a phone ruined by dropping it into the sink and she did everything including putting the battery in rice to get it to work. This would have been so perfect for her.

  12. Tina Marie says

    Why are you storing your new smart phone in a jar full of water? LOL. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Rebecca Parsons says

    This is definitely the phone that I want to get. I have a few phones who have met their demise through drowning in water.

  14. Sarah L says

    I spend much time around water so this phone would make a lot of sense for me to get when I get a smartphone.

  15. Betty C says

    It looks like a great phone, but then I don’t have any type of smart phone so they all look pretty good to me.