A phone built like a tank: Kyocera’s DuraSport 5G

Kyocera a Japanese multinational brand that originally specialized in printers, moved into the smartphone market, creating some of the most durable phones out there to date. (Photo: Twitter)
While Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, and other giants in the space have been dominating the smart device market, a brand in the back of the room has been slowly gaining traction: Kyocera, the world’s toughest phone manufacturer. اضافة اعلان

The company has realized that competing in the over-saturated smart device market of 2022 is practically impossible through traditional means — everything from the most expensive phones released by Apple and Samsung to the budget-friendly Huwei’s, to the conscious spending laymen Oppo buyers, little to no wiggle room has been left in terms of cost differentiation.

This is when the company realized that while luxuries were taken care of — the durability of the smart device market has not been innovated on in years. And so, Kyocera a Japanese multinational brand that originally specialized in printers, moved into the smartphone market, creating some of the most durable phones out there to date.

Built like a tank — on a budget

While their original device, the Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G, was an unbreakable bastion of smart-phone tech, the DuraSport 5G is the little brother that takes much of the positives from its elder brother — at a large discount

To cut to the chase – the phone runs at approximately JD410 — which should be perfect for those that are looking for a durable and up-to-date phone on a wallet-friendly budget.

Even with the low cost, the phone at first touch comes off as premium – standing at 6.5 inches tall, featuring a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone for quick access. The phone features Gorilla glass 6 to fortify the screen against any nasty falls. Additionally, to further protect against damage by unfortunate slips of the hand, the phone’s corners are all wrapped in protective layering. Its buttons are completely air tight, ensuring that even if you decide to go for a swim and forget the device in your pocket, you will end up emerging from the swimming pool with your phone untouched.

The rear cameras of the phone feature Dragontrail glass which ensures that when laying face down, the phone’s cameras remain unscratched and protected at all cost.

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While all this sounds like the phone may be too heavy to comfortably use, it is not; it weighs almost the same as the Google Pixel 5A.

In terms of features, the Kyocera 5G has a programable left button accessible with your thumb when holding the phone, enabling you to open, close, or even auto-look up things online at the press of a button. The only downside is that for those that are more in tune with Apple’s design, the button may feel as the power off button – and most users have complained that they constantly confused the power button for the programmable one.

Performance — not too great, not too terrible

While the phone does run on a budget, it packs quite a punch. The phone hosts a Snapdragon 480, a relatively powerful microprocessor that is capable of handling multitasking with ease. The Duraforce has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that can be upgraded, however at the price of the device one would expect slightly larger storage right out of the box.

The device’s 6.1-inch screen runs at a 1080p resolution, and quite bright at around 500 nits. This is a welcome feature as many phones in the budget range of the DuraSport 5G unfortunately tend to run quite dim, averaging out at around 410 nits with a resolution of 1080p. However, the true feature that most would be forgiven for missing out is their screen’s unique ability to operate even when wearing hard gloves – perfect for those that frequently find themselves in cold conditions where gloves are a necessity.

Speaking of gloves, the phone clearly outlines its audience – the hiking, biking, sporty enthusiast who goes into environments that for other devices would prove to be challenging. The phone is jam packed with features such as a barometer, an app that tracks tidal movements, Solunar, which informs the user of the animals they may encounter on their journey based on their location and time of day, and many others.

There is one catch however – the apps, for whatever reason, constantly request to be connected to the internet and update your current location to their servers. This may, and should be, create an unease amongst the users as more and more people around the world become privacy conscious.

Aside from their unique outdoors apps that come preloaded with the phone, everything else runs on a standard version of Android 11.

For those that are enthusiasts of going out on long journeys, the phone features a 4,500 mAh battery which has been tested and confirmed to be able to go without charge for two entire days – all thanks to its energy conservation tech within the battery. However, the tests that resulted in two days runtime were done without access to 5G, so users that enjoy a seamless browsing experience on the go may see diminished results.

Those who enjoy the innovations of wireless charging may rejoice. The phone does feature a wireless charging option and is said to charge from zero to maximum capacity within 3 hours.

When outdoors, take pictures

The camera of the DuraSport is unfortunately nothing to write home about.

The device features a 48-megapixel main camera and a 16-megapixel ultrawide, which for true fans of photography simply will not cut it. Images taken by the camera tend to be relatively color bland, and unless you are standing in the perfect lighting conditions, the camera simply is unable to take pictures in darker environments. The camera also unfortunately has trouble autofocusing on objects within he shot, making it necessary to manually focus each time you want to take a picture that features more than a single element or person.

The phone also features an 8-megapixel selfie camera, sufficient enough to showcase your adventures on the road to your friend, but lacking for those that enjoy taking professional face-first shots.

Too long, did not read — what is the verdict

If you are looking for an indestructible phone that, right out of the box, could put a solid dent in your wall while withstanding the impact entirely, this phone is most definitely for you. With its durable design, durable glass, sealed buttons to prevent water damage and a powerful dust filter, the phone is most definitely one to get if you are constantly on the move in outdoor areas.

However, as I have mentioned, performance is modest and its camera is weak. Those who are looking for an everyday phone with the peak of travel being that which is done on the way to the office, should potentially aim for the Pixel 5A that is nestled within a similar budget range.

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