Kyocera DuraXV Review – A Great Cell Phone For Seniors


The Kyocera DuraXV is a simple phone that was built to last, the dimensions of the phone are 4.13 inches x 2.15 inches x 0.98 inches (height, width, and thickness) and the weight is 5.6 ounces. Because of the weight and the dimensions of this phone, it may be difficult to put it into your pocket but I guess it all depends on what you’re wearing.

Kyocera DuraXV Review

Pros Cons
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Dust-proof and water-proof
  • Durable
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Small display screen
  • Poor camera
  • The thickness of the phone
  • No Wi-Fi

Kyocera DuraXV:


Kyocera DuraXV comes with a Micro-USB port which is located at the bottom of the phone on the left side, the phone also has a headset jack which is 3.5mm. This headset jack is compatible with the majority of the popular headphones on the market today.


The size of this jack differs from that of the other Kyocera cell phones on the market today. The other Kyocera cell phones have a jack size of 2.5mm which makes them compatible for use with the PTT headsets.


The DuraXV has a small display screen which is located at the top half of the device. The display screen is monochrome with a resolution of 102 x 90 pixels.


The display screen will brighten up whenever you receive notifications, the DuraXV has a 5-megapixel camera and a flash which is located at the top of the phone.


When you open the phone the main screen will be located at the top, this is a 2.4-inch QVGA screen. The resolution on this screen is 320 x 240 pixels.


Even though the resolution isn’t very high it’s relatively easy to see everything on the screen. The interface on the phone is extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate.


In the bottom half of the phone directly below the display screen is the keypad. This keypad is divided into two parts, one part contains the shortcut keys and the basic navigation.


The navigation key is a 4 direction key and in the middle is the OK button, this is typical with most flip phones.


Below the basic navigation are the shortcut keys, these keys are used to navigate to the camera and the speaker. The rest of the buttons are used for end/power, clear/back, talk/send.


The second part is below the alphanumeric keys/dial pad, the size of the key set is extremely large with sufficient space between the keys.


The size of the keys makes it extremely easy to see for someone who has a hard time seeing the keys on other phones, and the space between the keys makes it easy to press the keys.


The microSD card and the battery are located at the back of the phone. The battery is a 1500mAH battery and the pre-loaded microSD card is a 4GB card which is expandable to 33GB.


The DuraXV is an extremely durable phone which meets the US military standards for extreme conditions.


The bottom half of the phone is covered by a thick rubbery material which is supposed to protect the phone if you drop it or if you plan on using it in extreme weather conditions.


The DuraXV meets the IPX68 dust / waterproof standard, which means that the phone can be immersed into water up to 6 feet deep for 30 minutes, and it will still function correctly when you remove it from the water.


The DuraXV runs on the BrewMP 1.0.4 operating system, the user interface for this operating system is very simple and user-friendly.


Both the external screen and the home screen displays the same information, if you plan on surfing the web you can do so by using the Opera Mini 6.0 web browser. This browser is very user-friendly and easy to navigate.


The 5-megapixel camera on the phone is not the best, the quality of pictures are not as good as it is with some of the other phones on the market today.


The battery life of the DuraXV is good and it can standby for quite a few days without charging. If you’re looking for a durable cell phone with basic features the Kyocera DuraXV will be a great fit for you.


If you have any comments or questions about the Kyocera DuraXV, please feel free to share them in the comment section below.


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  1. There are a few things about phones for seniors that I am actually a big fan of, first and foremost being their durability. I am highly envious of that because I feel like I can just much as just look at my iphone and the screen will crack.

    I wonder why they decided to make the phone without allowing for wifi. With all of the seniors that have recently started to figure out facebook, do you think the makers will include wifi in future versions?

    • Thanks Alec, I think there’s a good chance that the future versions of this phone will come with wifi. I think the phone was made this way because they thought seniors do not care for wifi, but I think that was a bad decision on their part.

  2. Great review Marvin, my dad’s blackberry stopped working yesterday out of the blue although it is a bit old now and he’s currently looking for something cheap and cheerful!

    He told me he wants a phone that will just get the job done without all the extra’s in most other phones these days and the fact that the Kyocera has a battery life that lasts for days make it perfect so I’ll be letting him know about this one!


    • Thanks Stephen, I think the Kyocera will be a great phone for your dad, I’m glad to hear that my review helped you.

  3. Hi Marvin,
    Thanks for sharing a detailed review.
    Wondering how loud the speaker on this phone is? Would it work for someone that has hearing issues and needs to use the speaker when taking calls? Any newer recommendations for seniors?

    • You’re welcome Karishma, the speaker is loud on this phone. But if someone has hearing issues I would recommend that they go to a cell phone retailer and try out the phone before deciding whether or not it’s loud enough for them.


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