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Sprint Product Ambassador: Personal Experience with Kyocera Hydro Vibe

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The Good/ Sprint's Kyocera Hydro Vibe is affordable, it's water resistant, and it has a few nifty software features for first-time smartphone users.

The Bad/ the camera's problems with focus resulted in blurry photos,

For those who have met the unfortunate fate of being thrown into a pool with your smartphone in your pocket, the water-resistant Kyocera Hydro Vibe is reasonably affordable, and peace of mind isn't just limited to pool parties. A device like this would come in handy when you're cooking in the kitchen, or hanging around a beach.

Unfortunately, despite excelling at being water-resistant, the Hydro Vibe struggles with key features. Its 8-megapixel camera is mediocre and has a difficult time steadying its focus.

The 8-megapixel camera's photo quality was inconsistent.  Most of the time, the lens had a difficult time focusing. Even after I tapped the screen multiple times to enable touch-to-focus, the camera never quite locked onto any object, which resulted in extremely blurry shots. On the occasions that it did manage to focus, photos were still some what disappointing however for the price of the device I wouldn't complain. Pictures had a tendency to contain a lot of overblown lighting, especially with outdoor shots. With indoor scenery, colors looked muted and flat. For more on the phone's photo quality, check out the pictures below:

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Both the rear and front-facing cameras have several editing features like five white-balance options, three exposure settings, a meter to adjust brightness, and three quality levels. They also have a self-timer, geotagging, and a compositional grid option, and they can record video in two formats with the option of audio muting.

It has seven shooting modes, including HDR, panorama, and continuous shooting, while the front-facing shooter has only four. It has an additional meter to adjust contrast, and one more ISO level (bringing the total to five). The rear camera can take photos up to eight sizes (ranging from 640x480 to 3,264x2, 448-pixels) while the front only has four, (and reaches as high as 1,600x1, 200-pixels). It also can record up to six resolutions (from MMS to 1080pHD), in comparison to the front, which can shoot three sizes, at 720p.

Finally, the rear shooter has a flash and digital zoom, six scene modes, four focus settings (like macro and auto), blink detection, and time lapse.

(Josh Miller's review from /CNET )

http://www.cnet.com/products/kyocera-hydro-vibe/

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