Kyocera Torque Updates Sprint's Push-To-Talk Service With 4G LTE
Sprint will soon begin selling the Kyocera Torque, the first ultra-rugged Android smartphone to run on its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. While Sprint, through its Nextel acquisition, has supported push-to-talk (PTT) phones for some time, the Torque instead includes the option to place calls using Sprint's Direct Connect (DC) service. The message is: Forget the old Nextel; this is the new Sprint. Those who don't care about PTT, but could use a very hardcore phone, shouldn't be put off by PTT's inclusion. The Torque meets military specifications for drops and spills and dust and heat and freezing temperatures. Fisherman and surfers alike might appreciate that it can be left in direct sunlight on a hot beach, and deal with salt fog for a full 48-hour cycle. Along with the promise that a slip of the hand won't lead to a cracked screen, the Torque offers fantastic battery life, a solid Android 4.0 experience, LTE speeds, where available, and very, very loud speakers, suited for loud environments. Yet for all the amazing feats the Torque can perform, call quality was sometimes lacking.