Review: Kyocera Rise for Sprint
The Rise is a low-cost device and nowhere is it more obvious than the display. It measures 3.5-inches and offers just 320 x 480 pixels. Individual pixels are quite easy to see, and there's a definite low-rez haze visible along the ragged-y edges of pictures, icons, and such. The luminosity of the display is OK. Set to the highest level of brightness, it isn't as dazzling as today's best devices, but it is readable. Outside it fares poorly, I'm afraid. I found it nearly impossible to read or use when outdoors.
The Rise does a fine job attaching itself to Sprint's 3G network. It performed slightly better than the average Sprint phone would in the New York City area. Not only did it remain tightly connected to the network, it never dropped any calls, and always connected them on the first attempt. The Rise easily made calls even under the poorest network conditions. The data always worked, too, but browsing sessions slowed down dramatically in crummy coverage areas.
The Rise is an excellent voice phone. The majority of calls I made were crystal clear and had a pleasing timbre. I didn't notice any noise, choppiness, or other problems. Further, the earpiece is plenty loud. I easily heard conversations over the din of a noisy coffee shop and bustling restaurant. The speakerphone loses a bit of quality and a bit of volume, but I'd still rate it as very good. The speakerphone will work perfectly for use in offices or in cars if you need to share the conversation. Ringers and alert tones were decent, and the vibrate alert produced a significant vibration.
AD article continues below...
With a smaller display and no 4G on board, the Rise offered plenty of battery life. It lasted nearly two days on a single charge with average use (checking email, social networks, browsing, listening to music). Using Bluetooth and GPS for navigation were the only activities that took a noticeable toll on the Rise's battery life. The Rise also includes something called Eco Mode for fine-tuning power consumption (more on that later). Power users may want to charge every night, but if you forget, you won't be staring at a blank screen come morning.
Hands-On with the Kyocera Rise
Kyocera's new Rise stands out for having a physical keyboard, when other manufacturers seem to be moving away from such things. We spent some time with it.
Kyocera's Rise QWERTY Phone Headed to Sprint and Virgin
Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA today each announced plans to sell the Kyocera Rise in the coming weeks, an Android 4.0 smartphone with sliding QWERTY keyboard. Sprint is selling the Kyocera Rise starting August 19 for $19.99 on contract.
Kyocera Intros Water Resistant Hydro, QWERTY-Equipped Rise
Kyocera took the wraps off two new phones today, the Hydro and Rise. Both phones share a similar feature set, though the form factors differ significantly.
Sprint Offers PTT to Android Phones Via New App
Sprint today announced a new application for Android smartphones that enables push-to-talk functionality. The app, called Sprint Direct Connect Now, brings PTT calling features to devices such as the Kyocera Rise and LG Optimus Elite.
Sprint Intros iD Pack for Seniors
Sprint today announced the availability of a new Sprint iD pack that is aimed at making smartphones easier to use for seniors. The Active Senior ID pack includes 20 applications and services that Sprint believes can help to improve the smartphone experience for older users.