Review: Kyocera Rise Android ICS Phone is Affordable and Worthy of a Buy

Not everyone can afford the high end smartphones available in the market. That’s why Kyocera has decided to launch their budget Android ICS phone, the Kyocera Rise.

The device features a slide out QWERTY keyboard for those who prefer a physical keyboard for texting. This is also Canada’s Public Mobile’s  first ever QWERTY keyboard device that sports  Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

Kyocera Rise sports a 3.5 inch HVGA IPS touchscreen display with 480 x 320 resolution. The device weighs around 5.54 ounces, which means it is really heavy.  Kyocera Rise is 4.44 inches tall and 2.38 inches wide.

Under the hood, it is powered by a MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that is clocked at 1GHz.

The device holds a 3.2 megapixel rear camera that features a LED flash and is capable of shooting video at 30fps. The 1500 mAh battery provides up to 8.5 hours of talk time, Eco Mode software monitors and conserves battery power.

On the connectivity front, the device supports Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth, and USB 2.0. A microSD card is also attached to the device for extra storage up to 32 GB.

In addition to the basic apps, Kyocera also promises a web browser, a calculator, a clock with alarm features, a native e-mail client, a news and weather app, and a voice dialer. With all these amazing features, the device is available for just $ 149.


The Kyocera Rise looks appealing with all these features and an affordable price. It is a perfect one for those who are in search of  a low cost Android device.


  • 3.5 inch display
  • 480 x 320 resolution
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 3.2 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • Wi- Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • MicroSD
  • 1500 mAh battery


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