Ultra rugged Kyocera phones,GPS smartphones ..my guide

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by PDX Alamo, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. flamingm0e

    flamingm0e Long timer

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    Love DMD. And the tablet.

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    I've been using a 7" Galaxy Tab A tablet (bad eyes) for several years now...love it
  3. George Hanson

    George Hanson Been here awhile

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    About to finally spring for a Duraforce Pro, Verizon version. Has anybody had a negative experience buying a refurbished one on Ebay? What would be better, "pre-owned" or "refurbished"?
  4. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    I sent you a PM George, outlining a recent experience that might help you out.
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    scootertrog Jedi Fart Master

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    Order from Swappa instead, much better buyer protection.
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    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    I'll second the swappa recommendation
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  7. dionysis

    dionysis n00b

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    I purchased a Duraforce Pro and utilized it for a little bit, but I was frustrated by the Android 7 experience and wanted to have something with a more recent update. Don't get me wrong, it works, and I do like the physical touch buttons, but it was a bit slow and clunky. Searching on a forum about how to upgrade the Duraforce Pro I found the OUKITEL WP5 phone. Looking at the specs and price it was hard to pass up. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0836TG4XB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I got to load maps on it and use it this weekend. I have to say, the GPS works great, it is built like a tank, and with only WIFI on (I didn't have wifi service the whole time), after a full 7 days, I am still at 56% battery. It does not work with standard gloves on, but that is the only downside I have been able to find so far.
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  8. flamingm0e

    flamingm0e Long timer

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    I’m eyeballing the wp8 pro for my next replacement. Battery isn’t as big but I want a bigger screen.
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    Thanks for posting this, timing is good! About a week ago I noticed my reliable DFP has a couple of hair-line cracks in the screen. Probably happened when I dropped it on the floor, although it really shouldn't have hurt it.. Regardless, I'm thinking about replacing it with something else. This is my primary phone, so I need reliability and would prefer to buy new rather than used or a re-furb off of swappa or Ebay. The DFP2 is still a bit expensive for what you get so I've been looking at other options, including the OUKITEL.

    If anyone else has experiences with other phones they'd like to share (good or bad) I'd be interested to hear them..! Right now, the WP5 is sitting near the top of the list!
  10. PaulS

    PaulS Österreicher

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    You can also look at the Ulefone. I have an Armor5 and works great.
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  11. sjc56

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    My pro has starter to run really really slow. I threw out a few Apps I don't use much (phone is just for GPS) and a couple of videos I had shot. Any tips here? Thanks.
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  12. Wheedle

    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    I have a Duraforce Pro, other than not staying in what I would call landscape mode the only real issue I have is not being able to use it with gloves. Anyone have any tips to get it to consistently sense the fingertip of my glove?
  13. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    On my Verizon model there is a "gloves" setting.
    Used mine yesterday on a walk, 28 degrees outside, wearing some fuzzyish, knit wool gloves.

    EDIT: Go to settings, then display, then "gloves touch mode on"
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  14. Swiftdriver

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    Has anyone tried a Blackview BV6100 or Oukitel WP7 yet?
    I'm looking for a screen at least 6.5" but preferably 7".
    Any recommendations from you fellas?
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  15. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    The Duraforce Pro glove mode works with some of my gloves but doesn't work at all with other gloves. Then there are some gloves that it senses about half the time.

    I've mostly given up on using the Duraforce Pro with gloves.
  16. marret

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    I’ve defaulted to just keeping and using a stylus. Keep it on a leash and tucked into my tank bag or clipped to a NATO watch strap on the handlebars.
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  17. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Kind of strange, I have a stylus thingy that is on one end of a full size ink pen that someone gave me, but the rubber bit is rather huge, like a pencil eraser, not great for pin-point selection of something on the screen.
    So I grabbed the stylus-device off my old Samsung Note3, another Android-based system product.
    But the Kyocera won't respond at all to that stylus tip.
  18. Wheedle

    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    I may resort to this... I have fat fingers and wide hands anyway so the best fitting gloves I have found ( Olympia, ordered a size too small and stretched ) still end up with a bit of loose leather on the tips of most of my fingers.
  19. flamingm0e

    flamingm0e Long timer

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    The note uses a differ type of tech for stylus input. The note stylus won’t work on other devices.
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  20. marret

    marret Transient

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    I’m a bit fat fingered too.

    I use a basic stylus with soft tip, a little smaller than a pencil eraser. Smaller would be better, but it works.
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