Kyocera Brigadier With Sapphire Can Handle What Life Throws at It

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2014-08-15

Amid reports that Apple's next iPhone will feature a sapphire display, Kyocera has been getting the word out that it has 41 years of experience growing man-made sapphire crystals and other gemstones to make long-lasting products. Sapphire, said Kyocera, is the second-hardest mineral in the world (diamond, the first, is too pricy for smartphone displays), and its crystalline structure "makes it virtually scratch-proof." To help prove this, and to tout the Kyocera Brigadier, a rugged Android smartphone with a Sapphire Shield display, Verizon Wireless recently sent journalists a press kit designed for abusing the Brigadier. The Brigadier isn't light or thin or attractive, but it is nearly indestructible and a strong fit for field service, military or any vertical where a phone is likely to be dropped, bashed, mistakenly thrown into a toolbox or plunged into water—and where push-to-talk capabilities are considered a boon. This isn't a review so much as a very hands-on testament to the strength of sapphire glass—and the Brigadier.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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