Premium smartphones these days, especially the more expensive ones, promote all sorts of rugged features, partly to reassure consumers about their rather costly investment. Those, of course, have nothing on actually rugged smartphones designed to be used in places no Galaxy or iPhone would dare go. But some companies claim features that often don’t hold up to semi-scientific tests, so JerryRigEverything set out to test if the Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 really does what it claims to do.
Naturally, the DuraForce Pro 2 isn’t going to win a y beauty contest. Unless its a tank beauty contest, in which case it’s right up there. It’s surrounded on all sides with thick plastic, a break from the glass and metal of today’s phones. Its3not scratch proof but that might not matter much in terms of weathering the elements.
The real key feature of the phone is its screen. Or rather the claimed use of sapphire glass. After being continually bitten by what the YouTuber calls “Apple Junk Sapphire”, the rugged Kyocera phone offers some welcome relief. Not only does the screen does use sapphire all over, so do the dual cameras.
The DuraForce Pro 2 would have been almost perfect in terms of ruggedness except for one thing: the fingerprint sensor underneath the side power button. Many optical sensors scratch and still function normally but this phone’s accuracy takes a nosedive after some heavy damage. Not exactly durable under force.
In all other aspects, the Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 is, fortunately an impressive armored phone. Probably just not for everyone’s aesthetic tastes. Or for anyone outside of Verizon, for that matter.