Kyocera Rise

Kyocera this morning announced two new devices, the Kyocera Hydro (which we took a look at earlier), and the Kyocera Rise. At first the two devices don't look extremely different, they have the same screen size, and many of the same specs, but a big difference with the Rise is the inclusion of the physical QWERTY keyboard. Just like the Hydro the Rise features a 3.2-inch IPS display, but this device is not rugged nor waterproof, which gears it towards a different crowd.

Touring the hardware you will notice the set up is nothing we haven't seen, but they have added some nice touches to the device style wise to make it appealing. At the top you have the power button and headphone jack, on the left you have a volume rocker and the micro-USB charging port. On the right there is a dedicated camera key, which is something that I enjoy greatly. The back of the device is where the style really shines, with the two tone colors, and the nice glossy back that was used.

With the same 1GHz processor, and 2GB of on board storage for the device, the device does not lack speed, but it also isn't the fastest we have seen. The custom lock screen and Eco-Mode is also found on the Rise, and while only small additions to ICS, it is nice that they went above and beyond to bring something unique. The keyboard is actually very easy to use, and the keys are well spaced so that typing on them is rather accurate.

The device is geared towards a more entry level crowd, the specs and overall product show that, but that doesn't mean that it should be shun. They have done a great job with the device, and if you are looking for something entry level, want your first Android device, or want to grab something nice for your parents, this is a great option. Hit the break for some more shots and a video tour of the device.



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Kyocera Rise hands-on


Is that Phil's hands that are holding the phone? From now on, can we take pics of the new phone without Phil holding them? I just can't get a good sense of how large these phones are.

Don't get me wrong, I think Phil is an excellent writer and I enjoy reading all his articles and those at But please, can we have some proportionality? ;)

I guess this is my mother-in-law's next phone. as she has to have a physical keyboard. I was getting nervous as Sprint has not had a physical keyboard phone since early 2011.

"device does not lack speed, but it also isn't the fastest we have seen"

Basically its OEM's method of taking a nice fat dump on end user who want a replacement by any company to the Epic 4G that is getting seriously long in the tooth.

This phone isn't designed for anyone other then folks upgrading from a dumbphone. Its a low-end device that would most likely frustrate power know one's who use their keyboard and multitask the crap out of their device.

What pisses me off most about OEM's is that they insist there isn't a market for keyboard phones. A random sampling of about 40 of my friends scattered throughout the states suggests otherwise. Just about half are on keyboard phones and 2/3rds of those are on the Epic 4G the phone with the largest screen and most powerful CPU at the time. Sprint sold a crap ton of these phones. Then they came out with the HTC...blah. Can't remember the name. Had two friends go to that and both HATED the damn thing. One switched to V after a 8 months into her contract because of it. Something Samsung on Verizon.

Since then the hardware has gone downhill and with it sales. Maybe sales have tanked not because no one is interested in a keyboard phone but because no one is interested in buying crap. Its a self fulfilling prophecy.
If Sprint commissioned Samsung or if Samsung build a 4.5" quad core, 1GB RAM, 2GB ROM Epic LTE I would walk out of work right now and buy it. If another carrier such as Verizon came out with it I would drop the $200 for the ETF right now to buy it. I know at least 5 others who are dying for a new keyboard phone and would change carriers right now, as in today, if it was available.
Engadget calls keyboard phones niche. BS. There is a moderate market of power users who do a lot of typing who demand such phones. But no carrier/OEM is meeting the demand. Is the market for such devices as large as slab phones? Of course not. But there is a solid market as long as you don't hand us crap.

Ummm.... I disagree that this is one for people who want to replace their dumb phone. It's for average consumers who want a phone with a keyboard. I think we forget that power users (like those of us reading this website) are the minority of phone consumers. My wife, who has owned 3 different smart phones is the average consumer. She just wants a phone that fits in her pocket that she can check Facebook on, read email, and take pictures. She happens to prefer a keyboard, so this is right up her alley!

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