Kyocera Rise Review
The Kyocera Rise is a SprintID device, but running otherwise stock Android 4.0. We’ve seen a trend towards more vanilla devices from Sprint, and we applaud it. On previous SprintID offering the ID app was hardcoded into the launcher, but with Android 4.0 offering a customizable launcher the user can remove and replace it just like any other app. With the exception of the lock screen, which offers a slide to unlock and a separate slide to access the camera, the user experience is exactly the same as you’d find on the Galaxy Nexus.
The app experience is strikingly similar to a Nexus as well, with only a handful of pre-installed apps like Sprint Zone and ID. All the main features of the phone, like music, camera, contacts and calendar rely on the stock Android apps. Like the Milano, there is an Eco Mode app that is basically a quick settings app that lets you set options like backlight, brightness, haptic feedback and wallpaper to “green” settings. It isn’t anything special, but being reminded of your power consumption is never a bad thing.
A 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 powers the Rise, with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage available. It has respectable benchmark numbers, but overall performance is as you’d expect from a single-core device with only half a gig of RAM.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|LG Optimus Elite||2126||2915||35|
|LG Optimus L5||1470||2665||14,2|
|Samsung Galaxy mini 2||1922||2695||15,5|
Connectivity and Internet:
The Rise is Sprint’s first Android 4.0 device without NFC, and as a 3G device it lacks LTE, but it has all the other connection options you’d expect. Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and GPS are all on board. Web browsing was a low point, as it took the Rise a very long time to fully load web pages on both the stock browser and Chrome. Chrome definitely performed quicker than the stock browser while moving around pages though.
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- Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
- Camera 3.2 MP
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
- Storage 2 GB
- Battery 1500 mAh(8.6h talk time)