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Kyocera DuraMax

Kyocera DuraMax
alaScore 77

11 reviews

Feb, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Kyocera DuraMax. The average rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Kyocera DuraMax is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Bonnie Cha (

Kyocera DuraMax (Sprint) review:


Sprint will be phasing out Nextel's iDEN network in 2013, but that doesn't mean users will be without Direct Connect push-to-talk services or handsets. The carrier is transitioning Direct Connect to its CDMA network, which brings faster data speeds and...

The Kyocera DuraMax offers Direct Connect push-to-talk services on Sprint's faster CDMA network. The handset meets military specifications and feels very sturdy.

Speakerphone volume could be louder. It offers a slow browsing experience. Direct Connect service doesn't work when out of a 3G coverage area.

The Kyocera DuraMax is a basic but durable handset that offers Direct Connect services over Sprint's faster CDMA network, but a couple of issues will prevent some iDEN customers from making the switch for now.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Eric M. Zeman (

Review: Kyocera DuraMax for Sprint


Kyocera fields one of the first devices using Sprint's new CDMA-based push-to-talk service. Can this new system — and the DuraMax — live up to the solid PTT performance of Sprint's aging iDEN network?

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: moshiro367 (

"Not worth the headache"


After reading the initial reviews for this phone on Sprints site and conversing with several associates in store, on-line and via telephone, we decided to purchase the DuraMax for my husband. Big mistake. The phone is unreliable - he will get...

Battery Life

Everything else

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: atvsparky (

"A Bad Bad phone"


It appears that sprint does not value their customers to sell them such a inferior phone and quality. To have only 4 phones that only will allow the use of accept direct connect does not say much for Sprint. Customers who purchase these phones do so...

Battery life was good and external speaker sound quality was also good

Direct connect would not work most of the time. Connects to verizion Towers, numbers stored in the phone useless.

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Daubry1 (

"Not a reliable radio."


Workers who had an i576 previously, hate this phone. Unfortunately, it is the only durable option for construction. Some workers will skip the radio and only use the phone for better voice recognition. As mentioned, the phone looks good and the phone...

Good Size. Durable. The phone is the Sprint network as opposed to the iden phone network.

There is not one good thing about the radio. Radio is not user friendly. At times the radio is distorted beyond recognition. Radio times out to quick on incoming calls. AT times the radio is unable to connect to other users.

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: kidwatcher (

"Worst phone for the working man!"


STAY AWAY! This phone is marketed for the individual working outdoors. (like construction) However, on a jobsite, you will not be able to hear the caller, and the push to talk feature is at most times not a option due to the terrible service. Bad move...

Phone is right size. Not too small to get lost in jacket pockets, and not too big as to be combersome while using. Buttons are a good size for using with gloves.

The speaker stinks. You cant hear a caller even if you are alone in a empty room. The "push-to-talk" feature is a joke. If by chance you are even able to make contact, the reception is terrible. The battery life is the worst on the market.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: BigPaPi1 (

"Good sturdy phone, weak DC. Motorola its not."


History list gives you DC history only. You have to select options to get Phone history also. Web browsing is frustrating and not easy on the eyes. Needs to be better than a Motorola phone and it only is sometimes with added frustration. I had this...

Phone works good. Big buttons.

DC is slow to connect, seems to have trouble connecting. Chirp is LOUD. Volume could be louder. Speaker has distortion. Mouth to mic distance is an experiment. Seems to be geared to DC users. See summary.

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: tmstriad (

"Direct connect useless... Duracor was a little better"


We had two of these phones sent to us to replace our field techs i576 work phones. Generally, we agree with the above review that all works decent, but if you need to use the direct connect (DC) forget it. The speaker distorts the voice far too much....

guys didn't mind phone features

Speaker and mic are poor - hard to understand DC conversations

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: narn3049 (

"A good tough phone"


An extremely tough and durable phone. My friend has this phone and has done pretty much everything to it that you can do to a phone, dropping, spilling water on it, and he even took it down in his pocket tobogganing and it survived all of this. It has...

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Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: tallowchowder (

"Not all it's supposed to be."


Not great.

Standard usb b connection for charger...since the battery doesn't last long, it's good to be universal there.

Upon opening the cover over the usb charger connection, the main circuit board is exposed. This is enough for me to consider the phone worthless, once that rubber gets some wear and loosens, the phone will not be waterproof at all.

Feb, 2012
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