Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz tubeless Android clamshell review

Japan is the only country where the corporate spirit is still strong and, moreover, has a huge impact on every unit involved in this unifying process. Team spirit is the basis of Japanese management. This concept includes such values ​​as unity, devotion to the ideals of the organization and a sense of belonging. And we are talking here not only about huge corporations, but also about small family companies consisting of two or more employees. In turn, the management is trying to encourage the desire of employees brought up over the centuries to be a single whole. One of these bonuses can be a free mobile phone with a corporate number.

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As you know, almost every organization has its own secrets that management would prefer not to disclose. Particular attention is paid to intellectual property, production know-how and other secrets. To protect themselves from the theft of this kind of information, management resorts to various tricks. So, for example, in Japan, bosses who are especially concerned about intellectual security force their subordinates to use smartphones with greatly reduced functionality. Mobile phones that are completely devoid of cameras are especially popular. In this way, management hopes to protect against unauthorized photography of certain things that can constitute a trade secret. And just recently, just such an unusual gadget by today's standards fell into my hands - a push-button clamshell DIGNO Mobile for Biz from Kyocera.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Specifications

The novelty was introduced in June 2016 by the mobile operator Softbank, which received exclusive sales rights. The model was taken as a basis Kyocera DIGNO Mobile 502KC, released in February of the same year. By and large, the characteristics and interface of each new Japanese Android clamshell are almost 90% similar to the previous model. In this case, the only exception is the missing camera, 1-SEG TV and the LINE messenger so beloved by the Japanese. You can learn in detail about the capabilities of modern Japanese push-button phones using the example of the Kyocera GRATINA KYF37 review, which I did earlier. I will not retell my feelings from using the exact same device. I will dwell only on the "corporate" chips that limit its functionality.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz Android clamshell review

Kyocera GRATINA KYF37

  • Operating system: OS Android 5.1.1
  • Standards support: GSM, 3G, 4G
  • Processor: 1.1 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB
  • Main display: 3.4, FWVGA, 854x480 pix, TFT, 16M colors
  • External display: 0.9", monochrome
  • Touchpad over hardware buttons
  • Memory card support: microSDHC up to 32 Gb
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (via microUSB dongle)
  • MIL-STD-810G protection
  • Water, moisture and dust resistant (IPX5/IPX8 and IP5X)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 1500 mAh (removable)
  • Dimensions: 114x51x17.9 mm
  • Weight: 130 g
  • SIM card: nanoSIM

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Kyocera DIGNO Mobile 502KC

Packages

The difference between the regular DIGNO Mobile clamshell and the "for Biz" version is noticeable as soon as you open the box. The manufacturer considered it quite logical not to provide an ordinary buyer with at least a charge. Yes, there is a possibility that you already have a microUSB cable and an appropriate adapter on hand, but why can't employees of a large Japanese company, for whom a whole batch of such under-phones was purchased, have such a kit? Here, as usual, one can trace its own Japanese logic, which is not amenable to any laws of nature.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

In addition to the phone, DIGNO Mobile for Biz comes with a complete charger. The plug on the adapter is Japanese, so for use abroad you will have to get an adapter. The absence of a separate USB cable, as I understand it, is explained by the absence of the need to use it in tandem with such a phone. There is no need to connect a corporate mobile device to a work computer, otherwise you may want to copy something forbidden to it. Agree, there is some logic in this.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Like a conventional clamshell, it uses a similar removable 1500 mAh battery. The battery can confidently provide a three-day autonomy. At the same time, there are champions who reach up to 5 days. If necessary, you can purchase a new or additional one. Conveniently? Definitely! Envy, lovers of modern smartphones.

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The inside of the removable back cover is equipped with a silicone seal that protects the inside of the phone from water and dust. Even if you have to bathe it, the water will not pass beyond this sealant. Tested on personal experience many times. IP58 in action.

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Like 99% of Japanese phones, DIGNO Mobile for Biz has a slot for only one SIM card. This is due to fierce competition between Japanese cellular companies, thanks to which most of the phones end up in the hands of potential buyers. However, no one bothers to purchase any two-SIM device on some Aliexpress and use it with even greater pleasure. However, the Japanese try to follow the letter of the law and buy phones from their operators, because. they are ready to give them in installments on very favorable terms.

Next to the SIM card, there is a slot for a MicroSD memory card with an officially declared maximum capacity of 32 GB. The very presence of external memory here personally raised no less questions for me than the presence of charging. On the one hand, the presence in the phone of the ability to transfer data of a relatively large volume leads to certain thoughts. On the other hand, why not let the owner of even such a phone at least sometimes listen to his favorite music or watch the next TV series? A stick with two Japanese ends is obtained.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

In the upper part of the case, under the cover, there is a contact group for connecting to desktop charging, a speaker, an infrared port and an LED flash. There is a camera above the infrared window in the regular version.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The insides of the standard version of DIGNO Mobile

First impressions. Design

As in the case of DIGNO Mobile 502KC, the impressions of the exterior of the business version remain unchanged: pleasant strict minimalism, clear lines and the absence of flashy elements, compactness and pleasant tactile sensations from slightly convex hardware buttons. The only thing that attracts attention more than usual is the lack of a camera lens. It should be noted that, as it turned out, every year in Russia there is more and more need for such phones, despite the fact that these are completely niche devices. Yes, of course, if necessary, in the nearest lane for some 400-500 rubles you can buy a functionally richer push-button monoblock, and with the remaining money you can fly on a charter for a week to celebrate the purchase in Goa. However, as practice shows, the public, which, for security reasons, needs a phone without a camera, being at a respectable age, still remembers the times when the clamshell was considered a classic, and phones in this form factor are not sold anywhere except in Japan. So it turns out: if it’s beautiful, and so that the authorities do not find fault, then this is for the Japanese.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Another category of buyers, in addition to being tubeless, requires at least some kind of Android. And if you haven't read my detailed review of GRATINA KYF37, then you probably don't know that all modern Japanese clamshell phones run Android OS. The only software difference between them and ordinary smartphones is the cut out Google services, which can be easily installed if desired.

The body of the phone is plastic, glossy everywhere, except for the back wall. Traditionally, for most modern Japanese clamshells, Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz complies with the military strength standard MIL-STD-810G, which allows it to withstand a drop from a height of just over one meter onto a plywood floor. Tests have shown that the phone is ready to fall in 26 different directions with no consequences, except for aesthetics. In addition, it can withstand immersion to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

An elegant single color external display shows the time, date, number or name of the caller, network level and charge, and also reminds you of incoming SMS. A colored indicator is hidden next to the display.

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A microUSB connector is hidden on the left side under a tight plug. You can also connect wired headphones through it. All you need is a special audio adapter. With a standard charger, the phone will charge in 2 hours. Supports fast 2A charging.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

It will be to remove the back cover by prying it off with a special recess. Through the hole in the lower right corner, you can thread a strap or hang a keychain. Practicality and beauty have not been canceled.

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There is a single side button on the right side. With its help, when closed, the external screen comes to life (short press) and the silent mode is turned on / off (long press), and when open, the screen with running applications is called up.

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The flip opens easily and naturally. Even though Kyocera has never equipped its clamshells with automatic opening buttons, this can be done without much difficulty. The flip has no fixed positions. To set the desired angle, you just need to bring the display part to the appropriate position. A sufficiently elastic loop will easily fix it.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Holding an open clamshell in your hand, unless you are, of course, 15-20 years old, you involuntarily recall your former youth, when the notion of industrial design still existed in the telephone industry. The Japanese even now with their boring clamshells are able to touch the strings of the soul of any person who has ever dealt with devices in such a form factor.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The brightness and resolution of the 3.4-inch display is enough for the eyes. However, in sunny weather, the TFT matrix reads worse than usual due to its outdated technology. The menu is classic, typical of all current Japanese Android clamshells. Only the menu items with the camera and digital TV 1-SEG are missing. Such a signal can only be caught in Japan. Available languages ​​are English and Japanese. Russify the interface completely will not work. Only partial localization is possible with the morelocale application. After installing it, all the applications you have installed will be Russified.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Like the DIGNO Mobile 502KC, it uses a regular earpiece. To be honest, I don’t understand the principle by which Kyocera engineers choose a model where the SmartSonic Receiver proprietary bone conduction sound system will be installed. However, this did not affect the quality in any way. The interlocutor is heard loudly and clearly.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

A light sensor and an air duct are placed under the display.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The keyboard layout remains the same, except for only two buttons: camera and TV. In their place is now a notebook and a calendar. Long holding the lower right key in certain scenarios displays a cursor that can be controlled by swiping on an invisible touchpad located on top of the hardware keyboard. The same is found in many other models. So, for example, when using an Internet browser in the absence of a touch screen, this method of manipulation will allow you to navigate the pages relatively comfortably.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

White backlighting of the keys is adjustable in the settings.

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It's not often that I have to skip the "Camera" section while writing reviews. Its absence forces the phone to be used exclusively for its intended purpose, which makes it an ultra-niche device that only a few dozen people need. Although already now I am personally considering such an option for my five-year-old daughter. The unbridled passion of children for modern smartphones leads me to the idea that DIGNO Mobile for Biz can become the first mobile phone of her own and at the same time an ideal mobile phone from the point of view of a parent. In this context, I would rename it to DIGNO Mobile for Kids.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

As a conclusion

I'm not sure that this review, as well as the phone itself, may be of interest to the main audience of this site. I hesitated for a long time whether to talk about it in this format or just limit it to ordinary news, but it was its potential as a device that did not attract the attention of my child that made me write a little more about the phone. Yes, I don’t want my daughter sitting in class distracted by taking pictures of herself or someone else and posting it on Instagram, I don’t want her to spend hours on social networks and chatting with friends instead of developing mentally and physically. Yes, I consider myself a responsible and loving parent and I am sure that many would agree with such arguments. What do you think about this? Is there a future for such phones, or is it an endangered format? Write in the comments.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz tubeless Android clamshell review

Japan is the only country where the corporate spirit is still strong and, moreover, has a huge impact on every unit involved in this unifying process. Team spirit is the basis of Japanese management. This concept includes such values ​​as unity, devotion to the ideals of the organization and a sense of belonging. And we are talking here not only about huge corporations, but also about small family companies consisting of two or more employees. In turn, the management is trying to encourage the desire of employees brought up over the centuries to be a single whole. One of these bonuses can be a free mobile phone with a corporate number.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

As you know, almost every organization has its own secrets that management would prefer not to disclose. Particular attention is paid to intellectual property, production know-how and other secrets. To protect themselves from the theft of this kind of information, management resorts to various tricks. So, for example, in Japan, bosses who are especially concerned about intellectual security force their subordinates to use smartphones with greatly reduced functionality. Mobile phones that are completely devoid of cameras are especially popular. In this way, management hopes to protect against unauthorized photography of certain things that can constitute a trade secret. And just recently, just such an unusual gadget by today's standards fell into my hands - a push-button clamshell DIGNO Mobile for Biz from Kyocera.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Specifications

The novelty was introduced in June 2016 by the mobile operator Softbank, which received exclusive sales rights. The Kyocera DIGNO Mobile 502KC model, released in February of the same year, was taken as a basis. By and large, the characteristics and interface of each new Japanese Android clamshell are almost 90% similar to the previous model. In this case, the only exception is the missing camera, 1-SEG TV and the LINE messenger so beloved by the Japanese. You can learn in detail about the capabilities of modern Japanese push-button phones using the example of the Kyocera GRATINA KYF37 review, which I did earlier. I will not retell my feelings from using the exact same device. I will dwell only in detail on the "corporate" chips that limit its functionality.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz Android clamshell review

Kyocera GRATINA KYF37

  • Operating system: OS Android 5.1.1
  • Standards support: GSM, 3G, 4G
  • Processor: 1.1 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB
  • Main display: 3.4, FWVGA, 854x480 pix, TFT, 16M colors
  • External display: 0.9", monochrome
  • Touchpad over hardware buttons
  • Memory card support: microSDHC up to 32 Gb
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (via microUSB dongle)
  • MIL-STD-810G protection
  • Water, moisture and dust resistant (IPX5/IPX8 and IP5X)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 1500 mAh (removable)
  • Dimensions: 114x51x17.9 mm
  • Weight: 130 g
  • SIM card: nanoSIM

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Kyocera DIGNO Mobile 502KC

Packages

The difference between the regular DIGNO Mobile clamshell and the "for Biz" version is noticeable as soon as you open the box. The manufacturer considered it quite logical not to provide an ordinary buyer with at least a charge. Yes, there is a possibility that you already have a microUSB cable and an appropriate adapter on hand, but why can't employees of a large Japanese company, for whom a whole batch of such under-phones was purchased, have such a kit? Here, as usual, one can trace its own Japanese logic, which is not amenable to any laws of nature.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

In addition to the phone, DIGNO Mobile for Biz comes with a complete charger. The plug on the adapter is Japanese, so for use abroad you will have to get an adapter. The absence of a separate USB cable, as I understand it, is explained by the absence of the need to use it in tandem with such a phone. There is no need to connect a corporate mobile device to a work computer, otherwise you may want to copy something forbidden to it. Agree, there is some logic in this.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Like a conventional clamshell, it uses a similar removable 1500 mAh battery. The battery can confidently provide a three-day autonomy. At the same time, there are champions who reach up to 5 days. If necessary, you can purchase a new or additional one. Conveniently? Definitely! Envy, lovers of modern smartphones.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Android Tubeless Clamshell Review Biz

The inside of the removable back cover is equipped with a silicone seal that protects the inside of the phone from water and dust. Even if you have to bathe it, the water will not pass beyond this sealant. Tested on personal experience many times. IP58 in action.

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Like 99% of Japanese phones, DIGNO Mobile for Biz has a slot for only one SIM card. This is due to fierce competition between Japanese cellular companies, thanks to which most of the phones end up in the hands of potential buyers. However, no one bothers to purchase any two-SIM device on some Aliexpress and use it with even greater pleasure. However, the Japanese try to follow the letter of the law and buy phones from their operators, because. they are ready to give them in installments on very favorable terms.

Next to the SIM card, there is a slot for a MicroSD memory card with an officially declared maximum capacity of 32 GB. The very presence of external memory here personally raised no less questions for me than the presence of charging. On the one hand, the presence in the phone of the ability to transfer data of a relatively large volume leads to certain thoughts. On the other hand, why not let the owner of even such a phone at least sometimes listen to his favorite music or watch the next TV series? A stick with two Japanese ends is obtained.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

In the upper part of the case, under the cover, there is a contact group for connecting to desktop charging, a speaker, an infrared port and an LED flash. There is a camera above the infrared window in the regular version.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The insides of the standard version of DIGNO Mobile

First impressions. Design

As in the case of DIGNO Mobile 502KC, the impressions of the exterior of the business version remain unchanged: pleasant strict minimalism, clear lines and the absence of flashy elements, compactness and pleasant tactile sensations from slightly convex hardware buttons. The only thing that attracts attention more than usual is the lack of a camera lens. It should be noted that, as it turned out, every year in Russia there is more and more need for such phones, despite the fact that these are completely niche devices. Yes, of course, if necessary, in the nearest lane for some 400-500 rubles you can buy a functionally richer push-button monoblock, and with the remaining money you can fly on a charter for a week to celebrate the purchase in Goa. However, as practice shows, the public, which, for security reasons, needs a phone without a camera, being at a respectable age, still remembers the times when the clamshell was considered a classic, and phones in this form factor are not sold anywhere except in Japan. So it turns out: if it’s beautiful, and so that the authorities do not find fault, then this is for the Japanese.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Another category of buyers, in addition to being tubeless, requires at least some kind of Android. And if you haven't read my detailed review of GRATINA KYF37, then you probably don't know that all modern Japanese clamshell phones run Android OS. The only software difference between them and ordinary smartphones is the cut out Google services, which can be easily installed if desired.

The body of the phone is plastic, glossy everywhere, except for the back wall. Traditionally, for most modern Japanese clamshells, Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz complies with the military strength standard MIL-STD-810G, which allows it to withstand a drop from a height of just over one meter onto a plywood floor. Tests have shown that the phone is ready to fall in 26 different directions with no consequences, except for aesthetics. In addition, it can withstand immersion to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

An elegant single color external display shows the time, date, number or name of the caller, network level and charge, and also reminds you of incoming SMS. A colored indicator is hidden next to the display.

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A microUSB connector is hidden on the left side under a tight plug. You can also connect wired headphones through it. All you need is a special audio adapter. With a standard charger, the phone will charge in 2 hours. Supports fast 2A charging.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

It will be to remove the back cover by prying it off with a special recess. Through the hole in the lower right corner, you can thread a strap or hang a keychain. Practicality and beauty have not been canceled.

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There is a single side button on the right side. With its help, when closed, the external screen comes to life (short press) and the silent mode is turned on / off (long press), and when open, the screen with running applications is called up.

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The flip opens easily and naturally. Even though Kyocera has never equipped its clamshells with automatic opening buttons, this can be done without much difficulty. The flip has no fixed positions. To set the desired angle, you just need to bring the display part to the appropriate position. A sufficiently elastic loop will easily fix it.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Holding an open clamshell in your hand, unless you are, of course, 15-20 years old, you involuntarily recall your former youth, when the notion of industrial design still existed in the telephone industry. The Japanese even now with their boring clamshells are able to touch the strings of the soul of any person who has ever dealt with devices in such a form factor.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The brightness and resolution of the 3.4-inch display is enough for the eyes. However, in sunny weather, the TFT matrix reads worse than usual due to its outdated technology. The menu is classic, typical of all current Japanese Android clamshells. Only the menu items with the camera and digital TV 1-SEG are missing. Such a signal can only be caught in Japan. Available languages ​​are English and Japanese. Russify the interface completely will not work. Only partial localization is possible with the morelocale application. After installing it, all the applications you have installed will be Russified.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Like the DIGNO Mobile 502KC, it uses a regular earpiece. To be honest, I don’t understand the principle by which Kyocera engineers choose a model where the SmartSonic Receiver proprietary bone conduction sound system will be installed. However, this did not affect the quality in any way. The interlocutor is heard loudly and clearly.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

A light sensor and an air duct are displayed under the display.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The keyboard layout remains the same, except for only two buttons: camera and TV. In their place is now a notebook and calendar. Long holding the lower right key in certain scenarios displays a cursor that can be controlled by swiping on an invisible touchpad located on top of the hardware keyboard. The same is found in many other models. So, for example, when using an Internet browser in the absence of a touch screen, this method of manipulation will allow you to navigate the pages relatively comfortably.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

White backlighting of the keys is adjustable in the settings.

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It's not often that I have to skip the "Camera" section while writing reviews. Its absence forces the phone to be used exclusively for its intended purpose, which makes it an ultra-niche device that only a few dozen people need. Although already now I am personally considering such an option for my five-year-old daughter. The unbridled passion of children for modern smartphones leads me to the idea that DIGNO Mobile for Biz can become the first mobile phone of her own and at the same time an ideal mobile phone from the point of view of a parent. In this context, I would rename it to DIGNO Mobile for Kids.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

As a conclusion

I'm not sure that this review, as well as the phone itself, may be of interest to the main audience of this site. I hesitated for a long time whether to talk about it in this format or just limit it to ordinary news, but it was its potential as a device that did not attract the attention of my child that made me write a little more about the phone. Yes, I don’t want my daughter sitting in class distracted by taking pictures of herself or someone else and posting it on Instagram, I don’t want her to spend hours on social networks and chatting with friends instead of developing mentally and physically. Yes, I consider myself a responsible and loving parent and I am sure that many would agree with such arguments. What do you think about this? Is there a future for such phones, or is it an endangered format? Write in the comments.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz tubeless Android clamshell review

Japan is the only country where the corporate spirit is still strong and, moreover, has a huge impact on every unit involved in this unifying process. Team spirit is the basis of Japanese management. This concept includes such values ​​as unity, devotion to the ideals of the organization and a sense of belonging. And we are talking here not only about huge corporations, but also about small family companies consisting of two or more employees. In turn, the management is trying to encourage the desire of workers brought up over the centuries to be a single whole. One of these bonuses can be a free mobile phone with a corporate number.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

As you know, almost every organization has its own secrets that management would prefer not to disclose. Particular attention is paid to intellectual property, production know-how and other secrets. To protect themselves from the theft of this kind of information, management resorts to various tricks. So, for example, in Japan, bosses who are especially concerned about intellectual security force their subordinates to use smartphones with greatly reduced functionality. Mobile phones that are completely devoid of cameras are especially popular. In this way, management hopes to protect against unauthorized photography of certain things that can constitute a trade secret. And just recently, just such an unusual gadget by today's standards fell into my hands - a push-button clamshell DIGNO Mobile for Biz from Kyocera.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Specifications

The novelty was introduced in June 2016 by the mobile operator Softbank, which received exclusive sales rights. The model was taken as a basis Kyocera DIGNO Mobile 502KC, released in February of the same year. By and large, the characteristics and interface of each new Japanese Android clamshell are almost 90% similar to the previous model. In this case, the only exception is the missing camera, 1-SEG TV and the LINE messenger so beloved by the Japanese. You can learn in detail about the capabilities of modern Japanese push-button phones using the example of the Kyocera GRATINA KYF37 review, which I did earlier. I will not retell my feelings from using the exact same device. I will dwell only on the "corporate" chips that limit its functionality.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz Android clamshell review

Kyocera GRATINA KYF37

  • Operating system: OS Android 5.1.1
  • Standards support: GSM, 3G, 4G
  • Processor: 1.1 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB
  • Main display: 3.4, FWVGA, 854x480 pix, TFT, 16M colors
  • External display: 0.9", monochrome
  • Touchpad over hardware buttons
  • Memory card support: microSDHC up to 32 Gb
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (via microUSB dongle)
  • MIL-STD-810G protection
  • Water, moisture and dust resistant (IPX5/IPX8 and IP5X)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 1500 mAh (removable)
  • Dimensions: 114x51x17.9 mm
  • Weight: 130 g
  • SIM card: nanoSIM

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Kyocera DIGNO Mobile 502KC

Packages

The difference between the regular DIGNO Mobile clamshell and the "for Biz" version is noticeable as soon as you open the box. The manufacturer considered it quite logical not to provide an ordinary buyer with at least a charge. Yes, there is a possibility that you already have a microUSB cable and an appropriate adapter on hand, but why can't employees of a large Japanese company, for whom a whole batch of such under-phones was purchased, have such a kit? Here, as usual, one can trace its own Japanese logic, which is not amenable to any laws of nature.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

In addition to the phone, DIGNO Mobile for Biz comes with a complete charger. The plug on the adapter is Japanese, so for use abroad you will have to get an adapter. The absence of a separate USB cable, as I understand it, is explained by the absence of the need to use it in tandem with such a phone. There is no need to connect a corporate mobile device to a work computer, otherwise you may want to copy something forbidden to it. Agree, there is some logic in this.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Like a conventional clamshell, it uses a similar removable 1500 mAh battery. The battery can confidently provide a three-day autonomy. At the same time, there are champions who reach up to 5 days. If necessary, you can purchase a new or additional one. Conveniently? Definitely! Envy, lovers of modern smartphones.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Android Tubeless Clamshell Review Biz

The inside of the removable back cover is equipped with a silicone seal that protects the inside of the phone from water and dust. Even if you have to bathe it, the water will not pass beyond this sealant. Tested on personal experience many times. IP58 in action.

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Like 99% of Japanese phones, DIGNO Mobile for Biz has a slot for only one SIM card. This is due to fierce competition between Japanese cellular companies, thanks to which most of the phones end up in the hands of potential buyers. However, no one bothers to purchase any two-SIM device on some Aliexpress and use it with even greater pleasure. However, the Japanese try to follow the letter of the law and buy phones from their operators, because. they are ready to give them in installments on very favorable terms.

Next to the SIM card, there is a slot for a MicroSD memory card with an officially declared maximum capacity of 32 GB. The very presence of external memory here personally raised no less questions for me than the presence of charging. On the one hand, the presence in the phone of the ability to transfer data of a relatively large volume leads to certain thoughts. On the other hand, why not let the owner of even such a phone at least sometimes listen to his favorite music or watch the next TV series? A stick with two Japanese ends is obtained.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

In the upper part of the case, under the cover, there is a contact group for connecting to desktop charging, a speaker, an infrared port and an LED flash. There is a camera above the infrared window in the regular version.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The insides of the standard version of DIGNO Mobile

First impressions. Design

As in the case of DIGNO Mobile 502KC, the impressions of the exterior of the business version remain unchanged: pleasant strict minimalism, clear lines and the absence of flashy elements, compactness and pleasant tactile sensations from slightly convex hardware buttons. The only thing that attracts attention more than usual is the lack of a camera lens. It should be noted that, as it turned out, every year in Russia there is more and more need for such phones, despite the fact that these are completely niche devices. Yes, of course, if necessary, in the nearest lane for some 400-500 rubles you can buy a functionally richer push-button monoblock, and with the remaining money you can fly on a charter for a week to celebrate the purchase in Goa. However, as practice shows, the public, which, for security reasons, needs a phone without a camera, being at a respectable age, still remembers the times when the clamshell was considered a classic, and phones in this form factor are not sold anywhere except in Japan. So it turns out: if it’s beautiful, and so that the authorities do not find fault, then this is for the Japanese.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Another category of buyers, in addition to being tubeless, requires at least some kind of Android. And if you haven't read my detailed review of GRATINA KYF37, then you probably don't know that all modern Japanese clamshell phones run Android OS. The only software difference between them and ordinary smartphones is the cut out Google services, which can be easily installed if desired.

The body of the phone is plastic, glossy everywhere, except for the back wall. Traditionally, for most modern Japanese clamshells, Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz complies with the military strength standard MIL-STD-810G, which allows it to withstand a drop from a height of just over one meter onto a plywood floor. Tests have shown that the phone is ready to fall in 26 different directions with no consequences, except for aesthetics. In addition, it can withstand immersion to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

An elegant single color external display shows the time, date, number or name of the caller, network level and charge, and also reminds you of incoming SMS. A colored indicator is hidden next to the display.

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A microUSB connector is hidden on the left side under a tight plug. Through it, you can also connect wired headphones. All you need is a special audio adapter. With a standard charger, the phone will charge in 2 hours. Supports fast 2A charging.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

It will be to remove the back cover by prying it off with a special recess. Through the hole in the lower right corner, you can thread a strap or hang a keychain. Practicality and beauty have not been canceled.

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There is a single side button on the right side. With its help, when closed, the external screen comes to life (short press) and the silent mode is turned on / off (long press), and when open, the screen with running applications is called up.

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The flip opens easily and naturally. Even though Kyocera has never equipped its clamshells with automatic opening buttons, this can be done without much difficulty. The flip has no fixed positions. To set the desired angle, you just need to bring the display part to the appropriate position. A sufficiently elastic loop will easily fix it.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Holding an open clamshell in your hand, unless you are, of course, 15-20 years old, you involuntarily recall your former youth, when the notion of industrial design still existed in the telephone industry. The Japanese even now with their boring clamshells are able to touch the strings of the soul of any person who has ever dealt with devices in such a form factor.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The brightness and resolution of the 3.4-inch display is enough for the eyes. However, in sunny weather, the TFT matrix reads worse than usual due to its outdated technology. The menu is classic, typical of all current Japanese Android clamshells. Only the menu items with the camera and digital TV 1-SEG are missing. Such a signal can only be caught in Japan. Available languages ​​are English and Japanese. Russify the interface completely will not work. Only partial localization is possible with the morelocale application. After installing it, all the applications you have installed will be Russified.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

Like the DIGNO Mobile 502KC, it uses a regular earpiece. To be honest, I don’t understand the principle by which Kyocera engineers choose a model where the SmartSonic Receiver proprietary bone conduction sound system will be installed. However, this did not affect the quality in any way. The interlocutor is heard loudly and clearly.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

A light sensor and an air duct are placed under the display.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

The keyboard layout remains the same, except for only two buttons: camera and TV. In their place is now a notebook and a calendar. Long holding the lower right key in certain scenarios displays a cursor that can be controlled by swiping on an invisible touchpad located on top of the hardware keyboard. The same is found in many other models. So, for example, when using an Internet browser in the absence of a touch screen, this method of manipulation will allow you to navigate the pages relatively comfortably.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

White backlighting of the keys is adjustable in the settings.

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It's not often that I have to skip the "Camera" section while writing reviews. Its absence forces the phone to be used exclusively for its intended purpose, which makes it an ultra-niche device that only a few dozen people need. Although already now I am personally considering such an option for my five-year-old daughter. The unbridled passion of children for modern smartphones leads me to the idea that DIGNO Mobile for Biz can become the first mobile phone of her own and at the same time an ideal mobile phone from the point of view of a parent. In this context, I would rename it to DIGNO Mobile for Kids.

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for tubeless Android clamshell review Biz

As a conclusion

I'm not sure that this review, as well as the phone itself, may be of interest to the main audience of this site. I hesitated for a long time whether to talk about it in this format or just limit it to ordinary news, but it was its potential as a device that did not attract the attention of my child that made me write a little more about the phone. Yes, I don’t want my daughter sitting in class distracted by taking pictures of herself or someone else and posting it on Instagram, I don’t want her to spend hours on social networks and chatting with friends instead of developing mentally and physically. Yes, I consider myself a responsible and loving parent and I am sure that many would agree with such arguments. What do you think about this? Is there a future for such phones, or is it an endangered format? Write in the comments.

Review of Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz tubeless Android clamshell

Japan is the only country where the corporate spirit is still strong and, moreover, has a huge impact on every unit involved in this unifying process. Team spirit is the basis of Japanese management. This concept includes such values ​​as unity, devotion to the ideals of the organization and a sense of belonging. And we are talking here not only about huge corporations, but also about small family companies consisting of two or more employees. In turn, the management is trying to encourage the desire of employees brought up over the centuries to be a single whole. One of these bonuses can be a free mobile phone with a corporate number.

As you know, almost every organization has its own secrets that management would prefer not to disclose. Particular attention is paid to intellectual property, production know-how and other secrets. To protect themselves from the theft of this kind of information, management resorts to various tricks. So, for example, in Japan, bosses who are especially concerned about intellectual security force their subordinates to use smartphones with greatly reduced functionality. Mobile phones that are completely devoid of cameras are especially popular. In this way, management hopes to protect against unauthorized photography of certain things that can constitute a trade secret. And just recently, just such an unusual gadget by today's standards fell into my hands - a push-button clamshell DIGNO Mobile for Biz from Kyocera.

Specifications

The novelty was introduced in June 2016 by the mobile operator Softbank, which received exclusive sales rights. The model was taken as a basis Kyocera DIGNO Mobile 502KC, released in February of the same year. By and large, the characteristics and interface of each new Japanese Android clamshell are almost 90% similar to the previous model. In this case, the only exception is the missing camera, 1-SEG TV and the LINE messenger so beloved by the Japanese. You can learn in detail about the capabilities of modern Japanese push-button phones using the example of the Kyocera GRATINA KYF37 review, which I did earlier. I will not retell my feelings from using the exact same device. I will dwell only on the "corporate" chips that limit its functionality.

Kyocera GRATINA KYF37

  • Operating system: OS Android 5.1.1
  • Standards support: GSM, 3G, 4G
  • Processor: 1.1 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB
  • Main display: 3.4, FWVGA, 854x480 pix, TFT, 16M colors
  • External display: 0.9", monochrome
  • Touchpad over hardware buttons
  • Memory card support: microSDHC up to 32 Gb
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (via microUSB dongle)
  • MIL-STD-810G protection
  • Water, moisture and dust resistant (IPX5/IPX8 and IP5X)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 1500 mAh (removable)
  • Dimensions: 114x51x17.9 mm
  • Weight: 130 g
  • SIM card: nanoSIM

Kyocera DIGNO Mobile 502KC

Packages

The difference between the regular DIGNO Mobile clamshell and the "for Biz" version is noticeable as soon as you open the box. The manufacturer considered it quite logical not to provide an ordinary buyer with at least a charge. Yes, there is a possibility that you already have a microUSB cable and an appropriate adapter on hand, but why can't employees of a large Japanese company, for whom a whole batch of such under-phones was purchased, have such a kit? Here, as usual, one can trace its own Japanese logic, which is not amenable to any laws of nature.

In addition to the phone, DIGNO Mobile for Biz comes with a complete charger. The plug on the adapter is Japanese, so for use abroad you will have to get an adapter. The absence of a separate USB cable, as I understand it, is explained by the absence of the need to use it in tandem with such a phone. There is no need to connect a corporate mobile device to a work computer, otherwise you may want to copy something forbidden to it. Agree, there is some logic in this.

Like a conventional clamshell, it uses a similar removable 1500 mAh battery. The battery can confidently provide a three-day autonomy. At the same time, there are champions who reach up to 5 days. If necessary, you can purchase a new or additional one. Conveniently? Definitely! Envy, lovers of modern smartphones.

The inside of the removable back cover is equipped with a silicone seal that protects the inside of the phone from water and dust. Even if you have to bathe it, the water will not pass beyond this sealant. Tested on personal experience many times. IP58 in action.

Like 99% of Japanese phones, DIGNO Mobile for Biz has a slot for only one SIM card. This is due to fierce competition between Japanese cellular companies, thanks to which most of the phones end up in the hands of potential buyers. However, no one bothers to purchase any two-SIM device on some Aliexpress and use it with even greater pleasure. However, the Japanese try to follow the letter of the law and buy phones from their operators, because. they are ready to give them in installments on very favorable terms.

Next to the SIM card, there is a slot for a MicroSD memory card with an officially declared maximum capacity of 32 GB. The very presence of external memory here personally raised no less questions for me than the presence of charging. On the one hand, the presence in the phone of the ability to transfer data of a relatively large volume leads to certain thoughts. On the other hand, why not let the owner of even such a phone at least sometimes listen to his favorite music or watch the next TV series? A stick with two Japanese ends is obtained.

In the upper part of the case, under the cover, there is a contact group for connecting to desktop charging, a speaker, an infrared port and an LED flash. There is a camera above the infrared window in the regular version.

The insides of the standard version of DIGNO Mobile

First impressions. Design

As in the case of DIGNO Mobile 502KC, the impressions of the exterior of the business version remain unchanged: pleasant strict minimalism, clear lines and the absence of flashy elements, compactness and pleasant tactile sensations from slightly convex hardware buttons. The only thing that attracts attention more than usual is the lack of a camera lens. It should be noted that, as it turned out, every year in Russia there is more and more need for such phones, despite the fact that these are completely niche devices. Yes, of course, if necessary, in the nearest lane for some 400-500 rubles you can buy a functionally richer push-button monoblock, and with the remaining money you can fly on a charter for a week to celebrate the purchase in Goa. However, as practice shows, the public, which, for security reasons, needs a phone without a camera, being at a respectable age, still remembers the times when the clamshell was considered a classic, and phones in this form factor are not sold anywhere except in Japan. So it turns out: if it’s beautiful, and so that the authorities do not find fault, then this is for the Japanese.

Another category of buyers, in addition to being tubeless, requires at least some kind of Android. And if you haven't read my detailed review of GRATINA KYF37, then you probably don't know that all modern Japanese clamshell phones run Android OS. The only software difference between them and ordinary smartphones is the cut out Google services, which can be easily installed if desired.

The body of the phone is plastic, glossy everywhere, except for the back wall. Traditionally, for most modern Japanese clamshells, Kyocera DIGNO Mobile for Biz complies with the military strength standard MIL-STD-810G, which allows it to withstand a drop from a height of just over one meter onto a plywood floor. Tests have shown that the phone is ready to fall in 26 different directions with no consequences, except for aesthetics. In addition, it can withstand immersion to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

An elegant single color external display shows the time, date, number or name of the caller, network level and charge, and also reminds you of incoming SMS. A colored indicator is hidden next to the display.

A microUSB connector is hidden on the left side under a tight plug. You can also connect wired headphones through it. All you need is a special audio adapter. With a standard charger, the phone will charge in 2 hours. Supports fast 2A charging.

Removing the back cover will be more convenient by prying it off with a special recess. Through the hole in the lower right corner, you can thread a strap or hang a keychain. Practicality and beauty have not been canceled.

Remove the back cover more convenient, prying it for a special recess. Through the hole in the lower right corner, you can thread a strap or hang a keychain. Practicality and beauty have not been canceled.

There is a single side button on the right side. With its help, when closed, the external screen comes to life (short press) and the silent mode is turned on / off (long press), and when open, the screen with running applications is called up.

The flip opens easily and naturally. Even though Kyocera has never equipped its clamshells with automatic opening buttons, this can be done without much difficulty. The flip has no fixed positions. To set the desired angle, you just need to bring the display part to the appropriate position. A sufficiently elastic loop will easily fix it.

Holding an open clamshell in your hand, unless you are, of course, 15-20 years old, you involuntarily recall your former youth, when the notion of industrial design still existed in the telephone industry. The Japanese even now with their boring clamshells are able to touch the strings of the soul of any person who has ever dealt with devices in such a form factor.

The brightness and resolution of the 3.4-inch display is enough for the eyes. However, in sunny weather, the TFT matrix reads worse than usual due to its outdated technology. The menu is classic, typical of all current Japanese Android clamshells. Only the menu items with the camera and digital TV 1-SEG are missing. Such a signal can only be caught in Japan. Available languages ​​are English and Japanese. Russify the interface completely will not work. Only partial localization is possible with the morelocale application. After installing it, all the applications you have installed will be Russified.

Like the DIGNO Mobile 502KC, it uses a regular earpiece. To be honest, I don’t understand the principle by which Kyocera engineers choose a model where the SmartSonic Receiver proprietary bone conduction sound system will be installed. However, this did not affect the quality in any way. The interlocutor is heard loudly and clearly.

A light sensor and an air duct are displayed under the display.

The keyboard layout remains the same, except for only two buttons: camera and TV. In their place is now a notebook and calendar. Long holding the lower right key in certain scenarios displays a cursor that can be controlled by swiping on an invisible touchpad located on top of the hardware keyboard. The same is found in many other models. So, for example, when using an Internet browser in the absence of a touch screen, this method of manipulation will allow you to navigate the pages relatively comfortably.

White backlighting of the keys is adjustable in the settings.

It's not often that I have to skip the "Camera" section while writing reviews. Its absence forces the phone to be used exclusively for its intended purpose, which makes it an ultra-niche device that only a few dozen people need. Although already now I am personally considering such an option for my five-year-old daughter. The unbridled passion of children for modern smartphones leads me to the idea that DIGNO Mobile for Biz can become the first mobile phone of her own and at the same time an ideal mobile phone from the point of view of a parent. In this context, I would rename it to DIGNO Mobile for Kids.

As a conclusion

I'm not sure that this review, as well as the phone itself, may be of interest to the main audience of this site. I hesitated for a long time whether to talk about it in this format or just limit it to ordinary news, but it was its potential as a device that did not attract the attention of my child that made me write a little more about the phone. Yes, I don’t want my daughter sitting in class distracted by taking pictures of herself or someone else and posting it on Instagram, I don’t want her to spend hours on social networks and chatting with friends instead of developing mentally and physically. Yes, I consider myself a responsible and loving parent and I am sure that many would agree with such arguments. What do you think about this? Is there a future for such phones, or is it an endangered format? Write in the comments.