Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon Specs, Features & Reviews

User rating: (4.5/5 stars)
Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon

Hydro Vibe / Icon Key Specs & Features

  Camera Resolution

Resolution: 8+ megapixel
auto-focus, LED flash / HDR, panorama, smile detection

  Battery Life

2000 mAh LiIon
Talk: 14 hours max.
Standby: 193 hours max.

  Physical Dimensions

5.02 x 2.5 x 0.43 in   128 x 64 x 10.9 mm

  Screen Size

4.5 in   diagonal, 16:9
qHD   540 x 960 pixels
245 ppi   approx.

Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon Full Specs and Features

Battery2000 mAh LiIon
Talk: 14 hours max.
Standby: 193 hours max.
BluetoothSupported Profiles: HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRC, OPP, PBA, HID, PAN, MAP
version 4.0
Call ScreeningNo
CameraResolution: 8+ megapixel
auto-focus, LED flash / HDR, panorama, smile detection
Changeable Body PlatesNo
DataTechnology: LTE (Cat 3)
Dimensions5.02 x 2.5 x 0.43 in   128 x 64 x 10.9 mm
Display4.5 in   diagonal, 16:9
qHD   540 x 960 pixels
245 ppi   approx.
Extra CameraNo
Extra DisplayNo
FCC IDsV65C6725   approved Apr 11, 2014
V65C6730   approved Apr 11, 2014
FM RadioNo
Fast ChargingNo
Fingerprint ReaderNo
Front/Selfie CameraResolution: 2-megapixel
HD VoiceNo
Headphone Jack (3.5mm)Yes
Hearing Aid CompatibleRating: M4, T3 (mostly tele-coil compatible)
M4, T4 on Icon variant
Infrared (IR)No
Language OptionsLanguages Supported: English, Spanish
Memory Card SlotCard Type: microSD
up to 32 GB
ModesLTE 25 / 26 / 41
CDMA 800 / 850 / 1900 LTE   4G
band 25 / 1900 MHz   PCS+G (USA (Sprint))
band 26 / 850 MHz   Extended Cellular (USA (Sprint))
band 41 / 2500 MHz   BRS / EBS (USA (Sprint))

CDMA   2G / 3G
800 MHz / band 27 / BC10   ESMR (Americas (Sprint))
850 MHz / band 5 / BC0   Cellular (Americas, Oceania, Brazil, Israel)
1900 MHz / band 2 / BC1   PCS (Americas)
OS / PlatformAndroid version 4.3
Processor1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
1.5 GB RAM
Ringer ProfilesNo
RuggedizedSome versions only
rated IP57 for dust and water immersion / Icon adds: military standard 810G rated for shock, drops
SIM card sizeMicro   3FF
Side Keysvolume on left / camera on right (Vibe only) / lock on top
Speaker PhoneYes
Stereo SpeakersNo
Storage/Internal Memory8 GB raw hardware
4.4 GB available to user
Expandable via memory card
TTY/TDD (Digital)Yes
TV OutputNo
Text Keyboard, HardwareNo
Touch ScreenType: Capacitive
Video CaptureResolution: 1080p HD
Waterproof/Water ResistanceRating: IPX7 (snorkeling)
Weight4.9 oz   139 g
Wi-Fisupports Wi-Fi Calling
Wireless ChargingSome versions only
optional accessory, PMA standard

Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon Carrier Availability

Available From

The Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon is not currently available from any carriers

Discontinued By

The Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon has been discontinued by the following service providers.

Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon Rating

The Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon has been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by users.

Kyocera Hydro Vibe / Icon Reviews

A great phone with a flaw

Carrier: Sprint

I'm using this phone on a Freedompop VOIP service. Although it's a refurbished, it looked quite new when I received it. The 4.5" screen is big and bright enough and I don't have any problem using it outdoor under a bright sunlight. The 'Auto-brightness' seems to have not turn the brightness down all the way so I have to disable it and manually turn it down to use the phone in the dark so my eyes are not strained by the bright screen. The 'Speaker Less handset' feature works as well as a regular handset. It produces crisp and clear sound.
The only gripe I have about this phone is with it's Google Play Service crashing constantly. I have to uninstall and reinstall the 'Google Play Service' constantly to make Gmail and others Apps work.

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Surprisingly solid

Carrier: Sprint

I have to say I am impressed with the device overall. There are sacrifices in the phone, but to be honest, they aren't enough to bother any but the power user, gadget addict or a person needing a huge screen.

Size: Perfect for a kid or a grandmother. Not super slim, but I don't always find that to be a major selling point. It fits the hand so naturally and is very easy to hold without fear of it slipping out of your hand.

Build quality: The materials aren't the best, but it feels solid. More than my GS3 I would say.

Screen: I am not a ppi snob so I think it is great. The resolution may be a bit of a compromise but it really looks nice. Viewing angles are solid and colors are vivid.

Battery life: Very solid. My daughter's school is in a coverage purgatory. My GS3 will lose 15% battery waiting in line for 30 minutes to pick her up. The Vibe gets through the whole day there just fine with plenty of battery to spare.

Power: Have not found anything that the phone has not been able to run just fine. Simple operation is smooth as silk.

Features: The water resistance gives peace of mind that it will survive most things she can throw at it. The wireless charging is nice because it is easier for her to remember to charge her phone now that she only has to put it on a pad.

Price: $230....

Wireless charging: Uses the PMA standard, makes it harder to find charging pads. Compatibility issue if you have multiple wireless charging phones in your family. Would not charge through the case, not sure if that is due to the phone, the case or the powermat.


Solid value. I would take this phone over any of the new $130 phones out there and some of the more expensive options. My daughter LOVES it.

Final note

The cameras. They work fine. They aren't great, but they aren't bad either. They are probably a little better than you would expect in a budget phone and unfortunately on par with what you too often find a $500+ phone.

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Nice Phone!

Carrier: Sprint

I got this phone as an upgrade for my Sprint account. I upgraded from a Samsung Galaxy S2.

Out of the box, it's smaller than the S2 which is fine by me. I've been playing with it for a couple days now and I really enjoy it. The battery life is so much better than the S2. Talk time is a lot longer as well. At work I usually would have to keep my S2 plugged in because, well it just sucks.

The Hydro Vibe runs a lot smoother than the Samsung. Sliding from one page to the next isn't choppy. It's pretty smooth. I'm very satisfied with the connectivity as well. I haven't gotten any dropped calls yet which is good. 4G/LTE is awesome! It's a good solid phone for a descent price for anybody. If you're looking for the best of the best go ahead and spend the money on something else. I think this phone is a keeper!

I'm glad I took the risk!

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