Don’t Try This at Home: Kyocera Hydro WAVE Survives 16-Hour Dip in the Ocean

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At Kyocera, we know our rugged devices are built and tested to withstand harsh environments, water immersion, dust and other elements, but sometimes we hear stories from our customers about our devices defying expectations to an extreme. We recently heard from Roberta Espree from Atlanta, GA, whose Kyocera Hydro WAVE really lived up to its aquatic name. It went over a sea wall and took a whopping 16-hour swim in the ocean in Florida, and when she was finally able to fish it out of the water the next day, it was miraculously still working.

To be very clear, we cannot recommend or warranty this kind of treatment of our devices. The Hydro WAVE is certified to a standard called IP57, meaning it is only designed to survive immersion up to 30 minutes in fresh water up to 1 meter deep. Roberta’s story is not typical and if you own a Hydro WAVE, as they say on television, DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Roberta is a Convention Services Manager for Embassy Suites in Atlanta. She was visiting the Doubletree on Rocky Point in Tampa Bay, Florida, on a business trip and decided to stay the weekend for fun. You can imagine her excitement when, while standing on the property’s sea wall, she saw a dolphin playing nearby in the waves. Roberta started recording video of the dolphin on her Hydro WAVE, running down the sea wall to get a better shot. A bad step into a hole, however, sent Roberta sprawling and her phone flew off the wall into the water below. As if losing her phone wasn’t bad enough, Roberta also lost the opportunity to record a manatee that surfaced just as she fell. Suffice to say she was dejected.

The next morning, Roberta shared her story with another hotel guest, who suggested that the tide was low and it might be worth trying to recover her phone. She and her friends went down to the sea wall and, amazingly, could see the phone on the ocean floor. With the tide out, it was now only about two feet underwater. With the help of the hotel’s engineering department and a long-handled net from the swimming pool, they were able to reach down from the sea wall and scoop the phone from the ocean below.

Immediately the crowd showered Roberta with advice. “Put it in a bag of rice,” said one friend. “Take out the battery and let it dry in the sun,” said another. Instead, Roberta pressed the phone’s power button. Jaws dropped when the phone sprang to life. Initially the phone’s speaker wasn’t working properly, but that resolved after a few hours on dry land and the phone worked like nothing ever happened. Roberta even watched the ill-fated video she had taken of the dolphin, only to discover that the phone had continued to record video for several minutes underwater after her fall.

“After dropping my phone in the ocean and seeing how the phone still functioned, I will not use anything but a Kyocera device,” Roberta said. When she went in to MetroPCS to get another phone recently, she “elected to remain with the product I could count on.”

Again, Kyocera’s devices are certified to withstand water immersion only according to their IP certifications, and are not designed to withstand extended periods of time underwater. With that said, this isn’t the first crazy story we’ve heard about our devices defying the odds and won’t be the last. We’re thrilled that Roberta’s phone survived and grateful for her loyalty to Kyocera.

For more information about Kyocera’s waterproof and rugged mobile devices, visit: https://www.kyoceramobile.com/phones/

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles. When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams. 

Kyocera Hydro VIEW – The Affordable, Waterproof Smartphone

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Smartphone manufacturers are constantly innovating to meet users’ demands and redefine buyers’ latest purchasing criteria. But as smartphones become sleeker in design, more durable and full-featured, their price tags almost always reflect these advances. At Kyocera, we develop mobile devices with the adventurous user in mind but also with the understanding that all smartphone users deserve a core set of features and functionality comparable to the industry’s newest anything-proof devices, and at a price point that makes them accessible to the masses and affordable for businesses. Enter the Kyocera Hydro VIEW.

The Hydro VIEW is one of today’s most cost-effective, waterproof smartphones, and it is now available for $29.99 (for a limited time, with activation) from Cricket Wireless, with activation. Featuring an inherent durable design and rubberized back panel texture, the Hydro VIEW was built to fit securely in the hands of on-the-go users. And with certification for IP57, it offers the most stringent protection against dust and water immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3.28 feet (1 meter) of water, providing peace of mind in the event that the device meets an unexpected sink, splash or (God forbid) toilet. The Hydro VIEW also features a 2160 mAh battery with Eco Mode technology, helping extend the already-strong battery performance even further by allowing users to automatically control non-critical phone functions.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, the Hydro VIEW clocks speeds at 1.1 GHz. This snappy CPU, coupled with the Android Lollipop 5.1 operating system, powers a highly responsive user experience with quick navigation and access to apps, and low-latency support for multimedia. The Hydro VIEW also offers a large, vibrant 5-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixel) display with Wet Touch Operation, making it the ideal device for outdoorsmen, athletes, and adventurists who brave rough and wet terrain, as well as workers who operate in inclement weather and on dirty jobsites. The Hydro VIEW is also the perfect device for busy moms whose smartphones must withstand the bumps, drops, and sticky fingers of their children – whose carefree ways can be the greatest danger to smartphone longevity for multi-tasking parents.

While competitively priced, the Hydro VIEW is as feature-rich and with specs comparable to some of its notable, more expensive peers. The Hydro VIEW comes with a 5 MP camera with flash and HD video, and a 2 MP front-facing camera that is ideal for “selfies” and video calls. It also features 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory as well a microSD™ memory card slot that supports up to 64 GB of additional storage. The Hydro VIEW also supports Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot, with the ability to share its data connection with up to 10 compatible wireless devices.

As the expectations for smartphone durability continue to grow across consumers and business users, Kyocera is committed to responding with mobile solutions that are not only compelling, but also affordable. The Hydro VIEW is just the latest example of how Kyocera is meeting market demand with a full-featured, cost-effective smartphone. And the similarly affordable no-annual-contract service plans from Cricket Wireless extend the value of one of the most durable prepaid smartphones available. For more information on Kyocera’s Rugged Lineup follow us on Twitter @kyoceramobile.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles.  When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams.