Kyocera and T-Mobile launch Hydro Life phone to cure us all of “fragiphoniphobia”

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“Fragiphoniphobia” – Sounds painful right? Good news though, is that it’s just a fancy name for the fear of fragile phones. That’s right Samsung, Kyocera’s coming after you and your flimsy plastic devices. It’s not a made-up term at all.*

On a more professional note, T-Mobile and Kyocera today announced the arrival of the rumored Hydro Life smartphone. It’s available for T-Mo customers at Wal-Mart from August 8th costing just $124.99, while MetroPCS will start selling the phone from August 29th.

“The Hydro Life is a perfect option for someone who leads an active lifestyle, wants access to the latest technology and apps, but needs a smartphone that can withstand the elements,” said Jason Young, senior vice president of marketing at T-Mobile. “At T-Mobile, we partnered with Kyocera to match a rugged smartphone with the only nationwide network built data strong.”

Kyocera’s latest T-Mo device is IP57 certified, meaning it can handle being 1 meter deep in water for 30 mins and still keep going. It’s also certified to meet Military Standard 810G for protection against drops and shock. Simply put: It can handle you dropping it down the toilet from a height. It’s also equipped with a 4.5-inch impact-resistant display, a 2,000mAh battery, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front facing snapper.

*it totally is.

Source: Kyocera

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  • This one is nice. Looks like something for the old man!

    • Antiochus

      I was so excited about this phone and called around to every Wal mart and found one! I opened it up in my car and the phone’s back was open on the rear top left(in box). The rear top left kept popping open when closing it. So I returned it and opened the box in front of the the Electronics associate and again the phone case was open. She tried and did close it but it slipped out of her hand 5 inches and the rear case popped open. Not good for a drop proof/waterproof phone. I returned it very sad as the phone looks great!

  • othercents

    “It’s also certified to meet Military Standard 810G for protection against drops and shock.”

    I would like to see who certified, what actual tests were performed, and how the phone held up to those tests. From my understanding most companies say their consumer product is certified, but rarely do they ever test their products to meet the standard.

    • Cam Bunton

      lol.. I would also love this. I also take it as a challenge.

    • BlackJu

      It’s a pretty loose standard that covers everything from corrosion to altitude. Actual tests are usually tailored to the end use scenarios. Bench height is generally the drop height used iirc. All it means is that the device was tested according to the guidance in that doc. Sounds pretty great though, doesn’t it?

      Upon further review, it appears that commercial products can claim compliance by design, meaning no tests are actually conducted. Marketing magic….

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    What does Kyocera have against making a bigger device?

  • Deadeye37

    If it can handle a 5 minute, no holds barred, match with my 2 toddlers, then I’ll get one!

  • Jo Jo

    I would have purchased it if it Had LTE support. Why are they still releasing device without LTE capabilities.?

  • steveb944

    I was buying into it up until we got to that small battery number.

  • MorningWood

    I had this exact phone but the CDMA version on virgin mobile and it is horrible. it’s hard to hear anybody on it. I hope it’s got better with this GSM version.

  • BizzaBoy

    Kind of frustrating. Same exterior as the Hydro ICON, but no LTE (see FCC filings), and only a 5M camera. I do like so much the form factor and the water-proofness and the fact that it has a microSD slot (which I dearly miss on my Nexus 4) … but there seem to be too many disadvantages, even for $125 …

  • Bklynman

    All depends on what kind of sim card it takes. Since the new phones since the Note 2,only take nano, mimi,etc. You just can’t buy a phone for back up,like before with the full size sims. After the reviews are in,I will checkout HSN,QVC,see if they sell it for lower price. I think Tmobile is getting wise to that now,because now Tmo is selling Lg 90,for only $99,just like HSN.
    I think the following phones are eol,F3,F6,Sammy Light,I don’t see them on Tmo site any longer. Not sure if they are still being sold in stores. In case anyone wants to know,I have the Note 3. I want a rugged phone for work,when I go to the gym.

    • BizzaBoy

      The SIM will be a micro (3FF) according to the FCC filing. So yes, a backup phone …

  • Bklynman

    Just check out walmart,soldout,jellybean as the os? Really? Soldout and jb 4.3 for a new phone????