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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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Average user Score
 
20
YonnieLingo
01.08.14
This phone has so much going for it but unfortunately it's one major flaw is a huge oversight by kyocera or sprint, not sure which but I've talked to both companies and they both blame each other for this issue.The phone advertises a 4GB rom and 1GB ram. Most of us probably look at this as a bit on the light side but workable. Obviously some of the ROM space is going to be eaten up by the OS and that's understandable and of course you can install a SD card for additional storage space. The HUGE problem here is that someone really goofed the drive space on this phone. The 4GB ROM has been divided into a 0.99GB main Storage area (where all your apps install first), a 1 GB 2nd drive (Picture drive is what they call it).... Like me, you're probably wondering where the other 2 GB went because they're not reported anywhere w/in the phone and like me, you're probably thinking that you'll just set the primary install location for the applications to your 32GB super high speed micro SD card you just bought for this phone as well. And that's where you'd end up pretty frustrated.The problem is that most applications will not install anywhere but the primary 0.99GB storage area. So if you have google maps, google earth, facebook, google + and a whole slew of other programs that wont move you start getting out of space warnings when they try to update.... Very frustrating....So I called Sprint, they didn't know and told me it was Kyocera's fault and told me to call them. I called Kyocera and was told they only set phones up the way the carriers tell them to set up the phones so it's not their fault.As mentioned above I really love almost everything about this phone except the ROM space issue. if they'd just taken the full 4GB of available ROM space and put it all together as 1 single drive i'd rate this a 99.9% great phone, my only complaint left would have been the camera, which, i could live with.
 
100
pdqcs
12.09.13
After having owned 5 other smart phones HTC, Moto, Apple, BB, and LG. I can honestly say that this is by far the best one yet.