Kyocera makes one claim with its DuraForce XD phone ($449 via AT&T): This giant phone will survive just about any mishap you can throw at it. After dropping, dunking and doing our best to damage the DuraForce XD, we’re inclined to agree, though we wish better battery life were part of the mix, too. You’ll compromise on some specs like peppy performance in the name of durability, but the DuraForce XD’s ability to withstand assorted calamities makes it an ideal choice if demanding worksites are part of your daily grind.
Design: Plus-size smartphone
Be prepared to haul around a lot of phone with the DuraForce XD. The device features a massive 6.57 x 3.4 x 0.55-inch frame, thanks to the protective plastic case housing the phone. The rugged exterior not only helps guard against drops, but it also gives you an easy surface to grab on to; that’s important, because the DuraForce XD is a lot to hold on to for all but the largest of hands. Covered headphone and charging ports add to the protective design of the phone.
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