Bell has just added to its Push-to-Talk (PTT) line of heavy-duty work phones - the new Kyocera DuraForce. Many say that these phones choose function over form or good looks, but I have to tell you, this is one great looking device...maybe because it reeks of testosterone! This smartphone is designed to work out in the field, on the job - it is rugged, waterproof, resistant to shock and IP68 dust certified. Work away in the rain and mud and through accidental drops - in other words, it will take a whopping and keep on producing.
The Kyocera DuraForce debuted on AT&T last month and we are glad to see it offered to Canadians on Bell. It has a 4.5-inch HD IPS with a very acceptable resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels for this size of display. Covering the display is a high-impact resistant touchscreen that can be used even when wearing heavy work gloves. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The DuraForce is packing 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on board internal memory and a microSD card slot for adding an additional 32GB of storage. It has an 8MP main camera with a 2MP front-facing camera (FFC) and a 3100mAh non-removable battery. This rugged device can work in a temperature range of -30º C to 60º C. It measures 136.8 x 70.5 x 13.9 mm and weighs in at 200 grams.
It is running Android 4.4 and offers LTE connectivity along with being MIL-STD-810G certified against salt, dust, vibration, radiation and massive shock. There is a dedicated PTT button on the side for quick bursts of communication and when you need to use the DuraForce in noisy environments, there is a heavy-duty dual front-facing speaker to pump out the sound up to 100db...the sound of a jackhammer at 6.5 feet away. There are also dual microphones for noise cancellation so the user can be heard in noisy work areas.
Bell has priced the DuraForce for only $99 on a two-year contract and $449.95 if you purchase it outright. Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know what you think of the new Kyocera DuraForce and if you could see yourself packing one if you were an outdoors person...as always, we would love to hear from you.