Review: Kyocera Rise for Sprint
The Rise could have been a home run for Kyocera. Just a few failures keep it from being a really great phone.
The network, battery, and calling performance alone make the Rise worth recommending, but add in a very good keyboard and it's even better. I wish the design of the device were a bit more appealing, but in this case function truly does overrule form. Stock Android 4.0 was a pleasant surprise, and should make plenty of people who don't want a Nexus device happy.
Performance, however, suffers a bit thanks to the older, slower processor. The display pales in comparison to even other mid-range handsets. Last, the camera is unforgivably bad.
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If you don't care all that much about the extras and really just want a solid smartphone that works well as a messaging device, the Rise is worth a look. It you want a smartphone that gets everything right, the Kyocera Rise doesn't fully rise to the occasion.
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
Aug 15, 2012
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.
Sprint Offers PTT to Android Phones Via New App
Oct 24, 2012
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
Oct 16, 2012
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.
Kyocera Intros Water Resistant Hydro, QWERTY-Equipped Rise
May 8, 2012
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.