There is an unspoken rule that a ruggedized phone must be ugly as sin. The leaked Kyocera Brigadier sure looks ruggedized, as evidenced by the less than attractive design. What's it look like? Imagine a Casio G'zOne, but perhaps even uglier.


We don't know anything about the Verizon-bound Kyocera Brigadier other than the name and that it's headed for Big Red (the only time the heavy Verizon branding does any good). We can only assume it's a rugged device from the appearance – big rubbery edges, exposed screws, and so on. It does appear to be running KitKat based on the white status bar icons, though.

Don't be surprised if this thing pops up on Verizon's site at some point in the not too distant future. Just breathe deeply, don't think about throwing up, and it'll all be okay.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Francisco Rodriguez

    It's like the G'zOne and the Droid Charge had a botched abortion.

  • silver_arrow

    Least it has 4.4 and proper buttons.

  • hairyback

    I like it- it has that CAT look about it- very masculine.

    • oweniverson

      i think the CAT phone is better looking.

  • David Margolin

    camera looks like it's pretty sweet

  • CoreRooted

    Oh my bloody hell... Seriously?! I get trying to be different and all that (leave it up to Kyrocera to do it), but holy crap that is just horrendous. Reminds me way too much of the Droid Charge (and those aren't pleasant memories).

  • hp420

    I really don't understand negative comments about design when it comes to rugged phones. There is only one specific demographic looking for a phone that takes a beating, and I'm pretty sure they don't give a damn what the hell it looks like, as long as it holds up when the inevitable happens.

    • Joe

      Actually I met a nurse who has the Casio one and doesn't wanna upgrade her phone because she deals with a lot of old people who she says are practically giant kids and the G'zOne is perfect for her cause of it. I was surprised to tell the truth

      • hp420

        Not the type I would expect to own one, but I can definitely understand what she means. I used to work at an elderly assisted living home...she's right, those people destroy phones like a 3 year old would lol

    • Mista_Mr


    • eraserhead12

      I'm just wondering how much of the "rugged" design actually has a practical purpose, and how much of it is just for show to look x-treme and rugged--e.g. exposed screws and such. As long as it was intelligently designed to actually BE durable/rugged (e.g. more resistance to extreme temperatures), I think it's legit.

  • kabloink

    Are people really expecting a fashionably slim phone that's also rugged?

    • atlouiedog

      It doesn't have to be thin and fashionable, but different detailing would go a long way to making it pleasing to look at. It's not a trendy phone or this. There's a vast area in between.

  • Android Developer

    Are those speakers on the bottom-front side?
    Also, I don't think it's so ugly.
    You know what's worse? the luxury smart phones that have about the same weird design (yet with diamonds/gold) and cost so much:
    and others...

    I just don't get why people buy those.

    • CERN

      Rich middle eastern bored princes

  • tjdjdkdslskala

    Who did Kyocera bribe at Verizon to get this approved?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Oh god, why......

  • Michael J Carroll

    We need one more thing to confirm that it's a rugged phone: awful specs. If it has more than 1gb ram or a dual core 1ghz professor, it probably isn't a real rugged phone.

  • PuzzledObserver

    With an atrocious design like that, I guess that the designer is Japanese. Like other items which suffer from the same design issues: watches, stereo decks

    • Xman845

      And America's item designs are clearly much better amirite? /s

      • jesuguru

        Walled gardens aside, Apple's gadgets aren't the worst designed in the world.

  • MikeJwF

    What are they trying to get sued by Blackberry?

  • Milton

    Is been a lot of time since I last heard of Kyocera I thought the brand had disappeared

  • rap

    I don't think its that bad either. Sure it has a rugged industrial design but it fits the use. I've seen many rugged cases for phones that worse than that.Many people are more worried about function than form.

  • Doakie

    I don't think it looks ugly. I think it looks pretty bad a$$. I wish AT&T had cool looking ruggedized phones. I also wish Kyocera made more phones in general. I was playing with a $10 Boost Kyocera Hydro last night and was thinking about how I wish Kyocera did more. They're not awesome but more options would always be better.

  • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

    Kyocera... they still make phones?

  • BeggarBoy

    I think it looks pretty cool, myself.

  • ccccc

    i would caution anyone considering kyocera phones. if you like custom roms, then avoid them. if you like semi-updated phones by the company? avoid them. people have been on xda since last year hoping someone will come along and make a custom rom, but it has not happened yet. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2204320 kyocera also seemingly abandons support and updates for their phones. their last phone, the kyocera torque won't ever see android 4.4 update and its been out a year already.

  • Mystery Man

    Do they still make printers?

  • black

    Does this come with testicles?

  • Izzy

    it looks like a phone the predator alien would use or someone in the matrix. i don't like the negativity of this article. bad vibes.

  • James Booker

    I bought a CAT B15 from http://www.tuffphones.co.uk/tough-mobile-phones/cat-b15.html

    Best tough phone I have ever owned! Plus I can get it in the UK, I'm guessing that the Kyocera is US only as it's Verizon.

  • CERN

    Kevlar based rugged phone?

  • Kylecore

    Make fun of it as much as you want, it still has front facing speaking and for that it is glorious

  • Da Fuq

    I think this looks much better than a Casio!

  • MasterGlink

    I think it looks pretty awesome.

  • John Smith

    I want to throw that phone off the balcony and see what happens... either result will please me.

  • droid4lif3

    I like it, its made for a work environment, just hope they update it on time and that its rootable and has support from all the most popular roms. :)

  • Doug

    I like the way this phone looks. It looks rugged and ready for adventure. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't but I like the way it looks. Most people I know put a huge otter box on their swanky phones that make it end up looking something like this anyway... so you know, just saying.