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Kyocera Torque

Kyocera Torque

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71 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
71

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Torque isn't a flawless device, but it's loud and durable enough for field workers who plan on using their phone in the great outdoors.

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Pros
  • Durable design
  • Shockingly loud
Cons
  • Low-resolution screen
  • Only 1GB of usable built-in memory
  • Screen washes out in direct sunlight
71 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
71

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

71
 

User Reviews

20
YonnieLingo
This phone has so much going for it but unfortunately it's one major flaw is...read more
100
pdqcs
After having owned 5 other smart phones HTC, Moto, Apple, BB, and LG. I can...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
74
Average Critic Score
Product Review
PC Mag
As far at the design goes, it feels a lot like other rugged phones we've tested, with a thick, rubberized casing. There are rubbery covers for the headphone and power ports, which must be covered for the phone to be fully waterproof.
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Techno Buffalo
It’s rugged and is resistant against water, dust, salt fog and more, and is perfect for outdoorsy people who don’t want to worry about ruining a mobile device while climbing mountains or kayaking down a river.
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Android Central
It runs a 1GHz CPU, a WVGA screen and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, pretty run of the mill stuff for a low-priced smartphone. But what's unique about the Torque, aside from its water resistance and toughened shell, is the system it's employing for audio playback.
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Phone Scoop
The controls are just as blunt as the design. The three Android buttons that are below the screen are large and should be easy to find and use with gloves on. The travel and feedback was a bit mushy, though.
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PocketNow
The Torque may be a mid-range device with average specs, but those middling attributes are wrapped up in a casing rated to IP67and MIL-SPEC 810G for durability, including exposure to blowing rain, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, and immersion in water, among others.
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phoneArena
In a nutshell, the Torque is a 4G/LTE device, it is definitely thick and hefty, mostly because of its rugged style. The Torque runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and packs a beefy 2,500mAh battery lasting for over 18 hours of talk time.
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IntoMobile
This rugged phone will no doubt be a favorite among construction workers and the like who need the functionality of a smartphone while working in dirty and loud environments.
 
80
AllThingsD
The Kyocera Torque is tough enough to withstand some pretty brutal treatment, and will suit consumers who care more about durability and less about the fastest processor, the newest operating system and the best smartphone camera.
 
80
Laptop Magazine
With its battle-ready, armorlike chassis and impressive battery life, the Kyocera Torque is a beastly smartphone that can handle almost anything you can throw at it. But beyond its durability, the Torque is a solid smartphone, too.
 
70
CNET
Sprint's Kyocera Torque stands apart from other rugged smartphones by delivering a strong durable design without sacrificing features.