Specs summary


The Kyocera Hydro Air's screen is 5 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 24 days standby time, 900 minutes (2G).

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Quick for the money and tough

This phone was cheap. I got it for $40, which is a STEAL for a new Android phone off contract. I was able to successfully disable most system apps I don't want. The only real complaint I have is the usage manager app. It has a notification that constantly stays in the system tray if you don't turn... More

This phone was cheap. I got it for $40, which is a STEAL for a new Android phone off contract. I was able to successfully disable most system apps I don't want. The only real complaint I have is the usage manager app. It has a notification that constantly stays in the system tray if you don't turn off basically everything you're using, like Bluetooth, WiFi, etc. It's battery lasts about 3/4 as long as my Droid MAXX with the extended battery did, which is a very long time. Don't let the battery die ever, and I'd assert you could use it all day (sans gaming) and charge it at night with no battery concerns. It's really tough. I dropped it in the sink the first week I had it and I have dropped it on the floor several times without a case on with no cracks or scratches in the screen. Audio is sub par. Sounds decent; it just doesn't get loud enough for a 20 year old. Does not work with Google cardboard. :/ No gyroscope... But that was expected considering I got it for $40. Currently, there are no ways to root it, or install custom ROMs. Camera is alright.. I wouldn't start a photography company with it, that's for sure. Haven't used speakerphone too much, but it seemed fine when I used it.


I don't love this phone

(Please forgive in advance any confusion between the characteristics of the phone itself versus those of the OS installed- Android 5.1) The Positive: 1. It is waterproof and very durable. 2. The screen is rather large (seen it referred to as a Phablet) making it easier to use as a smartphone. 3.... More

(Please forgive in advance any confusion between the characteristics of the phone itself versus those of the OS installed- Android 5.1) The Positive: 1. It is waterproof and very durable. 2. The screen is rather large (seen it referred to as a Phablet) making it easier to use as a smartphone. 3. The screen stays fairly smudge-free. 4. Screenshot capability. 5. Ability to disable unwanted system apps. 6. Ability to change screen orientation from right to left (though this gets a bit buggy). 7. The square button at bottom of main home screen allows you to access already-opened apps without closing or minimizing what you are currently doing. 8. Camera actually comes with flash. 9. Though marketed as an AT&T Prepaid phone, it does not come with a lot of AT&T bloatware, nor is it physically branded beyond recognition (just a small AT&T logo on the back cover). 10. Low price (~$50-99). The Negative: 1. The battery lasts nowhere NEAR what the specs claim...even on standby, right off the shelf. It lasts 1/2 as long as my old Huawei (with Froyo) currently does, that i've been using for 2+ years. If this phone is at full charge when i go to bed at night and i don't leave it on the charger, it will be dead in the morning. 2. The battery is impossible to remove from the phone. Thus, you cannot do a hard reboot...and this phone, being so weak in the RAM department, will need to be hard rebooted once in a while. No way to replace the battery either, so i guess when the battery goes (as they all do), you're screwed. 3. This phone's small amount of internal space coupled with Android Lollipop's reluctance to allow you to maximize storage via your SD card, as well as Android's ridiculously bloated updates = a very short life span for this phone, ultimately making it worthless within months of use unless you spend an insane amount of time uninstalling unnecessary updates from various disabled and Google apps. 4. Bluetooth does not play well with others. It wont recognize the Huawei or the Kyocera Hydro Edge that i also have. 5. It insists on cropping any wallpaper you try to manually add. 6. The "SD Card" set up in the file system is a nightmare of confusion: >storage>SD1 or >SD2 >SD1=emulated >emulated>0 or >legacy...which are the same damn thing, internal storage, aka SD0 >SD2=SD1=your actual SD card. 7. Last i checked, no way to really root this phone if you wanted to. 8. No alarm clock (though the specs say otherwise). 9. No way to edit your pics (cropping, resizing, effects...) unless you actually TAKE the pics with the camera, and even then if you don't edit them when given the option to right then, you miss out. 10. SLOW to charge (with various cables and adapters). Seriously, it almost takes as long for this phone to charge to 100% as it does to drain to 0%. 11. Touch-screen is hyper-sensitive. Literally, you can hold your finger OVER an icon on the screen and it will click. Needless to say, this comes with tons of accidental click problems, leaving one forced to lock screen when not in use...which is ridiculous when you live alone. Oh, and the Touch Blocker app will not work on this phone either. 12. Captions do not work. You have no real control over the volume as apparently it's fairly easy for some non-downloaded 3rd party advertisement to hijack your volume settings (even though the majority of the apps you've downloaded cannot access your sd card, no matter how hard they try). I had to download a stand-alone volume control app to get around this. Furthermore, I have missed many texts and phone calls (prior to downloading the volume controller) because for some reason i've just had no sound when they came in. 13. No place to access or even view what fonts are installed (for language, unicode, and keyboard mapping purposes). 14. You cannot disable or turn off the "Usage Manager"...which sounds useful but is really just another redundant, nannying, & bloated system app that tells you to turn off your screen (for example) in order to conserve the sorry, welded-in battery. 15. Though you can supposedly limit cellular data access for each app in the settings, including Google's (lol, right...), there is no real way to turn off background data entirely, besides going into airplane mode. 16. Google's speech to text (i use this to return texts while driving) will not work unless you have a wireless connection as well as cellular data enabled...otherwise, it claims to be "offline". What's the point then? 17. AT&T's Visual Voicemail (though installed on this phone) will not work on this phone. 18. PHASE (though installed on this phone) will not work on this phone. 19. You can add folders to the home screen to hold & organize apps, but the phone (or OS?) will consistently remove and reorder them. You cannot add folders to the home screen that hold groups of files. 20. The app button (bottom middle on home screen) does not display ALL of your apps. It seems to not want to display apps that have been successfully moved to your actual SD card. 21. Though a new phone and a fairly recent OS, half the apps i normally use will not work on this phone (Send to SD; any alternative Search apps; Tor or any proxies as well as any Torrent apps; Text browser; Puppy frame; AnyCut; Ninja; online gallery apps; any streaming music apps except Youtube or Spotify...) 22. Contacts are buggy and don't work like they are supposed to. 23. Camera is delayed & WILL NOT focus. Actually, it will...UNTIL you take the picture, at which point it will then quickly blur right after you press the button. Furthermore, the exact moment you snapped the picture is not the moment the picture is actually taken, which is actually about 2 seconds later, exacerbating the focusing issue (which would still be an issue even if the camera will sitting on a table, immobile). As it stands, my phone froze up last night (most likely due to running out of internal space), no matter how hard i tried it would not shut down (hence the REAL NEED to be able to remove the battery for hard reset), so i've been waiting for it, in it's frozen state, to run out of juice in hopes that it will reset itself when it finally DOES shut down. It did, and I've plugged it in, but so far it appears deader than a doornail.


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Full Specs

Release date October 20, 2015
Regions available USA
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /850 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages Chinese, English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
900 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 24 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 7.3 x 1.1 cm
(5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 147 grams
(5.2 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Waterproof
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 57
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density 220 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Impact-resistant
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Mini-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR, Blink detection
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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