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.
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)