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: This phone works off CDMA technology (it's considered to be a lower standard, but this thing is working amazingly well for me). It accesses 3G wireless data speeds. And as far as I've seen, you cannot uninstall any of the apps that come pre-installed on it (I only tried a couple of the pre-installed ones...but the ones I installed myself can easily be removed).
Cons: Cheap material even for a second phone (first is an iPhone), touch is weak, icons and such not intuitive, and app play is weak. Keyboard that I wanted just cuts out after typing for a few seconds.
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: This phone is a beast. No, it's not high-powered, it's just durable (although it does beat the heck out of the Samsung Intercept. **** that phone.) I mean, I've had this phone for about 8 months, and in that time it has been dropped, kicked, and used as toddler-fodder ad nauseam. The other day, I knock it into the sink. Completely submerged.
Summary: I first got the Kyocera Rise a little over a year ago. I'm both klutzy and absent-minded, so there was no way I was going to spend $200+ on something easily breakable and easily misplaceable. For the first few months it worked OK, aside from its utter disregard for my turning off wifi or turning on airplane mode, which I figured I deserved for going cheap.