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Kyocera's Torque Smartphone

Torque E6710 by Kyocera is another tough smartphone built for high-tech use and durability. It meets the 1P67 standard for dust and water resistance, meaning it can withstand submersion in up to just over 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, and it meets military standards for shock and vibration, extreme temperatures, solar radiation, low pressure, humidity and salt fog. Famously endorsed by TV survivalist Bear Grylls, known for his show "Man vs. Wild," this new smartphone is already laying the groundwork for its rugged reputation. With a battery talk-time of up to almost 19 hours, front and rear-facing cameras, 4-inch WVGA display, and Android's 4.0 Jelly Bean operating system, Torque has many of the comforts of a smartphone without having to worry about dropping it. Priced at $99 with a two-year contract, according to Android Central, this phone also features Sprint Direct Connect, which allows for push-to-talk communications and group calls with up to 21 people via the Direct Connect Now app that launched in 2012.