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The Hydro Edge is a better deal than most of Boost's other Android phones in the $100 price range, some of which still ship with the thoroughly obsolete Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" release. Its waterproofing is also a major benefit, especially for the action oriented out there. But without any 4G service and with so little room for add-on apps, you may not be able to use the smarts on this phone all that often. quote


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Critic reviews

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    5.7
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    6.5
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    5.2
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    6.9
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    8.0
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    6.0
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    8.0
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7.0
CNET Aug 16, 2013

Consider the Kyocera Hydro Edge if you're looking for a low-price splash proof phone, but skip it if its water resistance isn't a main priority for you.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 14, 2013

The water-resistant and dustproof Kyocera Hydro Edge combines semirugged features with a pure Android experience for just $19.99, but its battery life is lacking.

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6.0
PC Mag Sep 11, 2013

The Kyocera Hydro Edge is a decent Android smartphone for Boost Mobile customers, but aside from its rugged and waterproof design, it's merely average.

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7.0
Android Central Oct 31, 2013

A solid low-end choice that sports a good camera. If you're into water resistant phones, I'd recommend checking this one out. Kyocera has been aiming at low to mid end devices, and this one performs well at that expectation.

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6.0
phoneArena Sep 16, 2013

Unless you absolutely need a smartphone that’ll survive a full submersion, we recommend checking out some other basic options out there that deliver a more meaningful experience. Plus, you can still get that waterproof aspect by picking up certain cases.

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6.0
Digital Trends Aug 15, 2013

The Hydro Edge is water resistant and only costs $150 on Boost and $20 on Sprint. It’s a decent phone for those on a tight budget, but comes with some serious trade-offs.

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7.0
MobileBurn Oct 17, 2013

It has serious limitations in storage and computing power that may cause an experienced smartphone buyer to be displeased. However, if you need a phone to just be a phone and have solid call quality, it's worth considering.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 21, 2013

The Edge sports a dual-core 1Ghz CPU, tempered glass (instead of acrylic), 5-megapixel camera, 4-inch WVGA (480 X 800) 233-ppi display and Android Jelly Bean.

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CNET May 21, 2013

Kyocera is doubling down on its Hydro handset, and all these bumps in specs are entirely welcome. Not only does the Edge retain all the same waterproof features as the original, but hardware features, like the camera and processor, have improved.

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PC Mag May 21, 2013

The Edge, a lower-specced version, is coming to Sprint and Boost. Here, the all-textured back becomes a two-tone model with a smoother top half, the 1.2-GHz processor steps down to dual-core 1-GHz, the front camera goes away and, most importantly, the modem drops to CDMA 3G without LTE.

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SlashGear May 22, 2013

The Hydro EDGE rocks the same version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, but drops down to a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor. Then you’ll also only get a 1,600 mAh battery here, oddly, but the same waterproof features are present and work great.

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Phone Scoop May 21, 2013

The Hydro Edge could be better balanced; the shape and display placement make it feel a bit top-heavy. Otherwise, it feels very nice to hold. It's slightly heavier than the first Hydro, which has the effect of making it feel higher-quality.

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IntoMobile May 21, 2013

Even with the mid-range spec sheet, the Hydro Edge was snappy and responsive, and it’s rubberized back was non-obtrusive and felt comfortable to hold in the hand. I wasn’t able to connect the device to Wi-Fi however, but scrolling through the homescreen and opening apps showed no signs of lag.

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Android Community May 22, 2013

The Hydro EDGE will be a heading to Boost Mobile, however we have yet to see a price or a release date. The EDGE will be similar to the XTRM in terms of being rugged with protection against dust and water, but the specs will be a bit lower.

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