Summary: Bought this to have not only a mobile phone, but also something to do social stuff with, too. It works for all that, but it struggles sometimes. Still, it works with most things (Facebook, Twitter, Google Keep, etc.) .
Summary: I was excited about this phone when I first saw it. I read the specs and figured it would be a great "smart enough" phone. I liked the real keyboard and the operating system which were the main selling points for me. I purchased my first rise in September 2013...it only lasted for 7 months and then abruptly the screen went black and couldn't be fixed. I was already on the Virgin Mobile plan so I gave in and bought another rise In April 2014.
Summary: I ordered this phone for two reason, to stream Pandora at work and to use Google maps when traveling and it works great for those things. And that's about it. I turn e Wi-Fi off when I leave home but the phone switches it back on when it detects available networks and then it gives me the "connection error" message every time I want to use an app, so I have to go into the settings and turn the Wi-Fi back off again.
Summary: Haven't used it too much yet, but so far I have no complaints. I'm a texter so I NEED the full qwerty keyboard. This keyboard works good. the buttons have good sizing and spacing. I sometimes forget my phone in my pocket when skateboarding, and this phone has a little weight to it. I don't think it will break easily. Also the screen looks great. bright colors and very well defined. I think all phones have good screens by now though.
Summary: It is a little on the chunky side and definitely kind of old school, but it is really a wonderful little device. I love that it has both a slide out keyboard (that is pretty easy to use, whether you use the pads of your fingers or your nails) as well as a touch screen QWERTY keyboard. It does everything I need it to do -- text, check email, GPS, social media apps and of course, a phone -- and hasn't given be any issues as of yet. For the money, it can't be beat.
Summary: This phone really doesn't have any redeeming qualities other than it's cheap. The camera is terrible, it overheats, it doesn't hold a charge for very long, it freezes constantly when trying to do even basic phone functions (like texting or calling) It randomly shuts off and turns on and if it's plugged in you can't use it as it won't charge. Bottom line, don't buy this unless you absolutely 100% need a phone that very second and only have fifty bucks.
Lot of reviews, but here's my positive experience...
G. C. Carlson, Amazon
5 March 2014
Summary: UPDATE: revising my review cause of so many negative reviews. A key to the phone working well is utilizing the 'Battery' app that comes on the phone. If you get the phone and open the app it will bring up all the apps that are open. Close down the ones you don't need at the time, like Calendar, Maps, etc by clicking on it then hitting force shut down.
Summary: People kept telling me that this was an "entry" level phone and that I should go for something more "high tech", and they were wrong. There's nothing wrong with this phone, there's nothing slow about it, and I have yet to see anything that the pundits told me about this phone. I use it on a daily basis, as part of my business. I'm a freelance writer and webmaster, and use this to keep constant contact with clients and still manage to play games.