This phone’s major feature and why there’s been so much hype about it in the technological community, is because of the sapphire glass. This glass was supposed to be slated just for use in the next generation of iPhones, but Kyocera has nabbed it for their Brigadier. This phone, which is currently available on Verizon’s network, has a number of other features that make it great, besides just this new, un-scratch-able, unbreakable glass. Best of all it’s free with a coupon.
While it’s not the most stylish phone on the market—it is vaguely reminiscent of early generations of BlackBerry phones—it comes at a great price and has a number of features that make it perfect for anyone who is a little bit hard on their tech. It doesn’t lack when it comes to performance, either. While Kyocera may not be a household name like Apple or Samsung, they are still churning out great phones at great prices. The Brigadier is a triumph, outperforming just about every other Kyocera phone this year and most of the phones in its price range. But considering that it is not as expensive as some of the other phones Verizon offers, is it even worth your time?
Kyocera is not exactly known for the most beautiful phones. They are known, however, for quality builds that protect the interior components against dust, water, and grime. Instead of focusing too much on the exterior design, the Brigadier has, instead, amped up protection and interior features. That being said, it’s not as if the Brigadier is an eyesore. It is a little chunkier than most phones on the market today, at a little over half and inch thick, and it weighs 6.6 ounces.
While it isn’t sleek, it does have a rugged aspect that might make this smartphone preferable for someone who wants a phone that looks as sturdy as it is. In many of the Brigadier’s design elements, form definitely follows functions, and that’s not a bad thing. Specifically, it has a completely sealed casing (there’s no way to get at the battery), and it has covers for the charging and headphone ports, which seemed to have died out at the turn of the decade in most other designs. Those cover, however, are there for protection, not necessarily for design.
As for buttons, it’s got the standard power key, volume keys, but also an additional key that can be programmed to perform any number of tasks. On the front, it has dedicated buttons that perform the tasks that are usually programmed right into the touch screen these days, like click back, home, or switching apps.
The screen is 4.5 inches, and clocks in at 326 ppi, which is a remarkable resolution, when compared to other Kyocera phones. It’s also fairly bright, with a good color temperature, that won’t look washed out, even in bright light. Some people have found that the colors aren’t as true as they’d like, but I think we’ll take what we can get when it comes to brightness and hue in this kind of phone.
The true star of the Brigadier’s display is the sapphire glass that protects the display. While Gorilla Glass has always been the standard and it has performed admirably, Sapphire Shield is looking to be the new darling of touch-screen phones. Not only will it withstand unintentional scratching, like putting your phone in the same pocket as your car keys, it stands up beautifully to intentional scratching and even to drops on the pavement. Even dropping it in sand has no effect on this glass. That’s good news for anyone who is a little clumsy with their phone, or has children who are likely to be a little rough on tech.
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When it comes to smartphones, the Kyocera Brigadier is not the flashiest phone on the market. It does, however, have many great features that make it a great choice for anyone looking for a more rugged design. Smartphone companies sometimes put too much emphasis on creating a beautiful phone and not enough emphasis on creating a phone that will survive the length of a user’s contract. The current coupon promotion can get what you want for a low monthly fee.
The Sapphire Shield is a great bonus, upping the usability of this phone. The rear-facing and front-facing cameras are both of acceptable quality, and the phone itself is built to withstand even extreme punishment. It isn’t a star when it comes to performance, but it will do perfectly fine for the average user. The Brigadier was built to fill a specific niche in the smartphone world—that is, ruggedly-built, handily-sized phones that will survive normal wear and tear with grace.
Specs and Features
- 4.5 inch screen
- Sapphire Shield glass protects the display
- 8MP front-facing camera, 2MP rear-facing camera
- 326 ppi display
- Water and dust resistant