If there’s a phone that Bear Grylls—former British special operative, adventure-survivalist, and TV personality—would use, it’s the new Verizon Brigadier™ by Kyocera. In fact, he does use it.
Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor, the Brigadier is built to last. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat for optimal performance, and features an 8MP camera. Where it stands out, though, is the display. The 4.5-inch 720p screen has a pixel density of 326ppi, and protects its impressive performance under a sturdy Sapphire Shield display.
Kyocera’s own Sapphire Shield is surpassed only by diamonds in hardness (PDF) on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. The single-crystal sapphire used in the display is manufactured without impurities, meaning it’s colorless, unlike sapphire jewelry. Sapphire Shield is heavier than glass, but that heft is an advantage for the rugged phone. A phone this study should feel sturdy, after all.
The 0.52-inch thick phone weighs in at 6.6oz. Apart from the display, that weight is due to rubber bumpers, a thick bezel, port flaps, and a variety of other durability enhancements, which all add up to a Military Standard 810G, IP68 rated smartphone.
The Brigadier has more than just heft to withstand the elements. The touchscreen is usable when wet, or with gloves, and is certified for water immersion up to 30 minutes at 6 feet, so it can definitely withstand a drop in your sink.
The Kyocera Brigadier is available now at Verizon Wireless for $49.99 on a two-year contract.