Pros 1. Slide out Qwerty keyboard.
3. Decent touch screen
4. Good Price
Cons 1. Power button gets in the way a bit when using the slide out keyboard, takes a little getting used to when you text so you don't bump it.
2. Can be a little slow at times.
Summary If you haven't had a very high end smart phone you won't really see any issues with this phone. You are buying a budget phone that works well and is well worth the money. If you compare this phone to others in its price range and class you'll find that this is one of the best you are going to get.
I have yet to have any real issues with anything, set up your "eco" options and you'll find even with using apps and browsing occasionally your battery life will last you the whole day.
Is it an overpriced Iphone? No.
Is it still a decent phone that lets you browse, play some games, listen to music, text, and make calls? Yes.
Pros Compact,sturdy,decent battery life,physical keyboard,decent camera,lack of bloatware,stock Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich,dedicated home and menu keys,16:9 camcorder,screenshots,
Cons grainy photos/video,keyboard slightly squished,memory can lag during multi-app usage,sometimes wifi kicks on accidentally,placement of usb port,lack of panorama and default camera filters,lack of NFC,haptic menu buttons
Pros Android 4.0 allows you to access all apps and games
LED flash is extremely bright...enough so to double as a flashlight
Nice size and ease to the slide-out physical qwerty keyboard makes texting super quick
The video camera takes ultra-long video
Cons I have had the phone freeze a couple times but only twice in over a week and the phone is easily reset
The camera does not take great pictures in the dark despite the flash and there is no front-facing camera for those of you who use it...I don't
Summary The phone only costs $39.99 (at retail stores) and you can keep the service for as little as $35 a month. The Kyocera Rise is comparable to many higher priced phones that don't even have a physical keyboard and goes above and beyond what I need it to do. I highly recommend it.
Pros Easy to use, runs smooth, has a LOT of space. User friendly, good looking UI. I freaking love this phone and the price is great. I don't need unlimited data, I hardly ever use data. When at home I use wifi, that's what it's there for people.
Cons Sometimes breaks up during a phone call.
Summary STOP OVERPAYING FOR ****** PHONES AND GET THIS ONE.
Pros To fix visibility go into the display settings. Turn off automatic brightness. Set keyboard timeout to "same as sleep". For battery life, go into the eco mode settings and activate each "leaf" except for the sleep and the auto-rotate options.
Cons Three major drawbacks: no memopad, no "to-do" list, and videos can stutter or stall (not sure if it's the processor or Virgin's network). Had to get accustomed to the GUI and closing/switching between functions.
Summary Got it on sale for $30 so I'm not really complaining. Everything else works fine but next time I will try a phone with a dual-core processor for smoother video.