Let’s first start by saying the DuraForce Pro from Kyocera is the toughest phone on the market.  In an era where our phones are everything to us and are essentially glued to our fingertips, having a tough phone is almost a prerequisite to making it through the day.

Over the last few of weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with the DuraForce pro and really put it to the test. If you’re a person that lives an active lifestyle this is a phone that you should give some heavy consideration to.

My Take

In the spirit of transparency the phone is a little bulky compared to some of the other flagship phones on the market that seem to get thinner with each new release.  However, the DuraForce Pro is a very capable phone and can go toe-to-toe with any of them.  The phone boasts a crisp 5-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 IPS LCD with three backlit navigation buttons. There are plenty of megapixels to deliver crisp text and images.

Powering the phone is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 processor. It’s not the most cutting edge, but again it gets the job done. There’s enough storage on board to get you going at 3GB of RAM.

My big thing with any phone is battery life. I need to know that I can make it through a day without having to always look down at my phone worrying if it’s going to die soon.

My last outing with the DuraForce Pro was a trip to the golf course. We won’t get into how well I didn’t play. Nonetheless, we got in a solid 9 holes, before our play was cut short due to weather and the phone did just fine. No issues whatsoever as far as battery life. I was able to download a few golf apps with ease and didn’t experience any compromise as far as speed toggling between apps.

When it comes to the camera, you have a 13 mega-pixel rear camera that does a decent job taking pictures outdoors in decent lighting. On the front is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that also does well in good lighting for all your Snapchatting and Instagramming. All the camera snobs, please relax. It’s not DSLR quality, but you get unbelievable images that look exceptional when shared on social media

The DuraForce Pro runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and comes with preinstalled apps from Kyocera and Verizon.


Here’s the deal.  There is no shortage of powerful, capable phones on the market that take great pictures. The deciding factor is going to come down to how often you use your phone and in what environments.

You’re not going to win style points with the Pro, but one thing you will win is peace of mind. What you get is a phone that you can feel safe taking to the beach, handing off to the kids to play with or having it by the pool with zero worries. Given the price, the features and how the phone performs, you would be hard pressed to find a tougher phone than the DuraForce Pro. Learn more about the DuraForce Pro and the entire lineup of Kyocera phones here.

Maro Onokpise  /  Founder/Editor