The Rise’s screen is still of poor quality and the call quality has taken a hit too.

- Brian K. , PhoneArena 

The Rise could have been a home run for Kyocera. Just a few failures keep it from being a really great phone.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

6.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 7 reviews

The Kyocera Rise is a chunky yet compact smartphone that offers a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the cheap. It’s one of the smallest handsets ever to be released to market with ICS, and that’s part of what makes it quite an attractive option. Although small, it features a speedy Snapdragon processor so users will have no problem navigating menus and running applications. However, it can be faulted for is its limited amount of RAM and internal storage—which are 512MB and 2GB, respectively.

How small is the Rise, exactly? It weighs less than 160 grams but is a bit on the chunky side, measuring 14mm thick. It comes equipped with a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display and has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that can be hidden behind its touchscreen display when not in use. The keys on its keyboard are quite large and evenly spaced, which makes typing for even long periods of time quite comfortable.

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Some reviewers complain that the Rise ships with a low quality touchscreen display and spec-wise it definitely doesn't measure up to panels found on other ICS-powered handsets. But it’s still a relatively large screen and has a good native resolution.

In a world where physical smartphone buttons are quickly going the way of the dodo, it’s refreshing to see something like the Rise. Not only does it come with a full touchscreen display but it also has a full QWERTY keyboard. And with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the default operating system, it’s an excellent model overall—a perfect fit for messaging buffs looking for a cheap new Android handset.

Need to Know: Kyocera Rise

1. Full QWERTY keyboard for user input. (The Good)

2. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the default OS. (The Good)

3. Small, low-resolution touchscreen display. (The Bad)

4. Only 512MB of RAM. (The Bad)


Specs summary

Screen
3.5"

The Kyocera Rise's screen is 3.5 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Kyocera's performance ratings are 7 days standby time, 516 minutes (2G).


Prices (Where to Buy)


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Resources


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Reviews summary

6.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 7 reviews

The Kyocera Rise is a chunky yet compact smartphone that offers a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the cheap. It’s one of the smallest handsets ever to be released to market with ICS, and that’s part of what makes it quite an attractive option. Although small, it features a speedy Snapdragon processor so users will have no problem navigating menus and running applications. However, it can be faulted for is its limited amount of RAM and internal storage—which are 512MB and 2GB, respectively.

How small is the Rise, exactly? It weighs less than 160 grams but is a bit on the chunky side, measuring 14mm thick. It comes equipped with a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen display and has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that can be hidden behind its touchscreen display when not in use. The keys on its keyboard are quite large and evenly spaced, which makes typing for even long periods of time quite comfortable.

Show more

Some reviewers complain that the Rise ships with a low quality touchscreen display and spec-wise it definitely doesn't measure up to panels found on other ICS-powered handsets. But it’s still a relatively large screen and has a good native resolution.

In a world where physical smartphone buttons are quickly going the way of the dodo, it’s refreshing to see something like the Rise. Not only does it come with a full touchscreen display but it also has a full QWERTY keyboard. And with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the default operating system, it’s an excellent model overall—a perfect fit for messaging buffs looking for a cheap new Android handset.

Need to Know: Kyocera Rise

1. Full QWERTY keyboard for user input. (The Good)

2. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as the default OS. (The Good)

3. Small, low-resolution touchscreen display. (The Bad)

4. Only 512MB of RAM. (The Bad)

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Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)


Mostly vanilla Android 4.0, screen is still poor quality, and call quality is not as good as its predecessor

from PhoneArena (3 years ago)

The Rise offers some nice features, such as a decent slide out QWERTY and a mostly vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich build, but in the end it has too many shortcomings. Despite being bigger and higher resolution than the Milano, the Rise’s screen is still of poor quality and the call quality has taken a hi... More

The Rise offers some nice features, such as a decent slide out QWERTY and a mostly vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich build, but in the end it has too many shortcomings. Despite being bigger and higher resolution than the Milano, the Rise’s screen is still of poor quality and the call quality has taken a hit too. The camera was predictably bad, but for $20 on contract you’d expect that. The Rise gets bonus points for offering Android 4.0 at a low price, but we liked the Milano and LG’s Optimus Elite better.

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5/10

The network, battery, and calling performance alone make the Rise worth recommending, but add in a very good keyboard and it's even better

from Phone Scoop (3 years ago)

For the smartphone lover who still longs for the physical touch of real keys, the Kyocera Rise rises to the challenge with its real QWERTY keyboard. Stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? Well, that's just the icing on the cake.Kyocera's latest effort for Sprint is the Rise, an inexpensive sideways s... More

For the smartphone lover who still longs for the physical touch of real keys, the Kyocera Rise rises to the challenge with its real QWERTY keyboard. Stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? Well, that's just the icing on the cake.

Kyocera's latest effort for Sprint is the Rise, an inexpensive sideways slider that ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For the messaging-minded user, the Rise is a tempting text machine.

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The competitively priced Kyocera Rise is fitting for texting enthusiasts looking for a starter smartphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

from Cnet (3 years ago)

Though it's always refreshing to see Android 4.0 run on a midlevel handset, not every Ice Cream Sandwich flavor is irresistible. While I did appreciate the Kyocera Rise's call quality and low price, outside of the relatively new OS, this device doesn't have much to offer. Unlike its wet and wild cou... More

Though it's always refreshing to see Android 4.0 run on a midlevel handset, not every Ice Cream Sandwich flavor is irresistible. While I did appreciate the Kyocera Rise's call quality and low price, outside of the relatively new OS, this device doesn't have much to offer. Unlike its wet and wild counterpart, the Kyocera Rise doesn't have the novelty of being waterproof going for it. Instead, it has a keyboard that, while attractively designed, doesn't give it enough of an edge to make its midrange specs and hefty design exciting.

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6/10

Battery sucks

(2 years ago)

I have had a lot of touch screen phones and this one is by par its good because of the keyboard the screen is a lot better then most touch screens because its not that sensitive. The cam blows so if u preferred to use the cam find a better cell and the battery life sucks huge I would give this cell... More

I have had a lot of touch screen phones and this one is by par its good because of the keyboard the screen is a lot better then most touch screens because its not that sensitive. The cam blows so if u preferred to use the cam find a better cell and the battery life sucks huge I would give this cell a 4 star rating but because the battery is very important if u have the same issues get a new cell battery saves don't save s***

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2/10

No Extra Bogus, Just Simple Android Phone

(2 years ago)

Of course, Android Phones are not really phones, but in terms of Android Phones, it is very simple and wonderfully priced. The keypad is fantastic. Highly recommend if you don't want to pay an extra $500 for a blabla sensor, easyblabla..... and that kind of thing.

Of course, Android Phones are not really phones, but in terms of Android Phones, it is very simple and wonderfully priced. The keypad is fantastic. Highly recommend if you don't want to pay an extra $500 for a blabla sensor, easyblabla..... and that kind of thing.

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10/10

A great smartphone, at an even better price of $100

(3 years ago)

Been using this phone for 3 days so far with Public Mobile. I've been reading a lot of people going on about this phone having a terrible screen resolution. IMO, the screen is perfectly fine. Everything is quite clear, clear enough for the average smartphone's user's need. I don't need 720p on my ce... More

Been using this phone for 3 days so far with Public Mobile. I've been reading a lot of people going on about this phone having a terrible screen resolution. IMO, the screen is perfectly fine. Everything is quite clear, clear enough for the average smartphone's user's need. I don't need 720p on my cell, I have a TV for that. The keyboard is good, spacebar somewhat stiff. Camera lacks autofocus, so if you often take photos with your cell, I wouldn't recommend this. Other than that, its a great phone. The stock Android 4.0 is really good, pretty fast too. 1GHz is fast enough for most. This phone should serve almost smartphone users perfectly fine. About the carrier, I've had no calls drop on me, neither with my old Public Mobile phone, the max. I do get the occasional failed text message. 8.6/10

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8/10

I love this phone because...

(3 years ago)

I love this phone because this is my first touchscreen phone and it has fast internet. My dad got me this phone for christmas and I think that it is awsome!

I love this phone because this is my first touchscreen phone and it has fast internet. My dad got me this phone for christmas and I think that it is awsome!

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9/10