This is my next..... phone
Dec 2015 edition.... ho ho ho
Sapphire Gemstone Display : Crystal Aluminum Oxide : second hardest element behind Diamond!!! Try to scratch it with you keys, it will not work. Buff the screen and the smooth luster of the synthetic sapphire screen touch surface.
Water and Dust Proof, use wireless charging only to avoid destroying the micro-usb charge port cover.
Impact Resistant, the case assembly is made of a functional layer, suspended within a rugged two piece assembly that is glued and screwed closed. Its elegant and compact, but not as rugged as clunky scuba gear.
You can use it with Gloves on! Perhaps one of the most amazing things about the display, you can also use it under water. You can send a text under water.
Use it in the shower, at the beach, hiking, biking, camping, in the real world, not a fragile smartphone, a strong one that is actually tough, tough enough for Bear Grylls!
Have a look from the Manufacturers Web Site
Departing from Samsung, the consumer electronics Juggernaut, I was previously with LG for 3 generations of EnV action. The Note 2 and Note 3 were my MVP portable electronics lately. I longed for something rugged with built in wireless charging and found the Brigadier, endorsed by extreme survivalist Bear Grylls ! A distillation of Qualcom phones and Sanyon phones, Kyoceras mobile division pulls together technology from two amazing companies, along with a suit of core technologies developed at Kyocera to build rugged phones, to compete against rugged models offered by Casio.
Sapphire Screen ^^ you heard that right, it has a synthetic gemstone screen made of lab grown sapphire, not glass. This is a material second only to diamond in terms of its hardness, and no surprise, Kyocera is a ceramics expert, with over a hundred years of building speciality materials. A lab grown gemstone expert, they have a long history of building synthetic sapphire windows for users in aerospace and high technology sectors. This phone is the first smartphone in the USA to ship with a sapphire screen, part of its rugged built technologies.
The guy who helped me at the Verizon Store in Renton, Norberto, tried to steer me clear of this phone because "Rugged phones have technology that is few years behind the times" but I already knew that it came with Android 4.4.4 and actually find that perfectly OK. After all, you cant easily upgrade your android operating system on your phone, go ahead and try. Unless the manufacturer publishes it, presuming its kinda new, your stuck with which ever version it came with, and that is good since they were designed to work together. Try to run a new version of IOS on really old apple hardware, and its makes the old hardware run sluggish.
Software trouble, setting this phone up was a real bitch, nothing smooth and seamless like it was when I went from my Samsung Note 2 to my Samsung Note 3. After great lengths I was able to get it up and running with my contacts, and google action. When I first took it home I was caught in a wireless charging conundrum during the setup, and was forced to wait for it to charge slowly, and thought to write up this blog posting while waiting, and that is exactly how the cookie crumbled.
I got a new hair cut today, the first one in over 6 months!
If you really want to get a gist of the company that made this phone, have a look!
Via Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyocera
Kyocera’s original product was a ceramic insulator known as a “kelcima” for use in television picture tubes. The company quickly adapted its technologies to produce an expanding range of ceramic components for electronic and structural applications. In the 1960s, as the NASA space program, the birth of Silicon Valley and the advancement of computer technology created demand for semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs), Kyocera developed ceramic semiconductor packages that remain among its core product lines today.
In the mid-1970s, Kyocera began expanding its material technologies to produce a diverse range of applied ceramic products, including solar photovoltaic modules; biocompatible tooth- and joint-replacement systems; industrial cutting tools; consumer ceramics, such as ceramic-bladed kitchen knives and ceramic-tipped ballpoint pens; and lab-grown gemstones, including rubies, emeralds, sapphires, opals, alexandrites and padparadschahs.
The company acquired electronic equipment manufacturing and radio communication technologies in 1979 through an investment in Cybernet Electronics Corporation, which was merged into Kyocera in 1982.
Kyocera introduced one of the first portable, battery-powered laptop computers, sold in the U.S. as the Tandy Model 100, which featured an LCD screen and telephone-modem data transfer capability.
Kyocera gained optical technologies by acquiring Yashica Company, Limited in 1983, along with Yashica's prior licensing agreement with Carl Zeiss, and manufactured film and digital cameras under the Kyocera, Yashica and Contax trade names until 2005, when the company discontinued all film and digital camera production.
In the 1980s, Kyocera marketed audio components, such as CD players, receivers, turntables, and cassette decks. These featured unique elements, including Kyocera ceramic-based platforms, and are sought by collectors to the present day.
At one time, Kyocera owned the famous KLH brand founded by Henry Kloss, though Kloss and the original Cambridge design and engineering staff had left the company by the time of the Kyocera purchase. In 1989, Kyocera stopped production of audio components and sought a buyer for the KLH brand.
In 1989, Kyocera acquired Elco Corporation, a manufacturer of electronic connectors. In 1990, Kyocera’s global operations expanded significantly with the addition of AVX Corporation, a global manufacturer of passive electronic components, such as ceramic chip capacitors, filters and voltage suppressors.
Expanding sales of photovoltaic solar energy products led the company to create Kyocera Solar Corporation in Japan in 1996, and Kyocera Solar, Inc. in the U.S. in 1999.
On Aug 4, 1999, Kyocera completed its merger with solar energy systems integrator Golden Genesis Company (Nasdaq:GGGO).
In January 2000, Kyocera acquired photocopier manufacturer Mita Industrial Company, Limited, and created Kyocera Mita Corporation (now Kyocera Document Solutions Corporation), headquartered in Osaka, Japan, with subsidiaries in more than 25 nations.
Also in 2000, Kyocera acquired the mobile phone manufacturing operations of QUALCOMM Incorporated to form Kyocera Wireless Corp.
In 2003, Kyocera Wireless Corp. established Kyocera Wireless India (KWI), a mobile phone subsidiary in Bangalore. KWI has established alliances with several leading players providing CDMA services in India.
Kyocera Wireless Corporation was the first to combine BREW capabilities and enhanced brilliant Color displays on Entry-Level CDMA Handsets, when it demonstrated BREW-enabled handsets at the BREW 2003 Developers Conference.
In 2008, Kyocera acquired Sanyo Mobile, the mobile phone division of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., and its associated operations in Japan, the United States and Canada.
In April 2009, Kyocera unveiled its EOS concept phone at CTIA, with an OLED and which is powered by kinetic energy from the user. The prototype phone also has a foldable design which is capable of morphing into a variety of shapes.
In 2009 Kyocers sold its Indian R&D Division (Wireless) to Mindtree Ltd.
In March 2010, Kyocera launched its first Smartphone (Zio) since 2001, after focusing on lower cost phones.
In March, 2010, Kyocera announced the merger of its two wholly owned subsidiaries:San Diego-based Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Kyocera Communications, Inc.The merged enterprise continued under the name Kyocera Communications, Inc..
In June 2010, Kyocera acquired part of the thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) design and manufacturing business of Sony Corporation’s subsidiary Sony Mobile Display Corporation.
In October 2010, Kyocera acquired 100% ownership of the shares of TA Triumph-Adler AG (Nuremberg, Germany)
In July 2011, Kyocera's wholly owned Germany-based subsidiary Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH acquired 100% ownership of the shares in Denmark-based industrial cutting tool manufacturing and sales company Unimerco Group A/S.
The company name has since been changed to Kyocera Unimerco A/S.
In February 2012, Kyocera became the total stock holder of Optrex Corporation, which was subsequently renamed Kyocera Display Corporation.
Fate of Old Phones
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now destined for a VR headset setup :)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is now destined for recovering all data for master rest before sale of device.