"Not worth it after a few months."1.5 starson by Joseyboy16
Cons: Laggy processor
Low internal memory
Lackluster battery life
Mediocre call quality
Slow data speeds
Summary: I bought this phone a few months ago as an upgrade to the Venture that I had. At first, much like any other device you buy, it seemed like a noticeable improvement. Everything seemed faster, the battery life was longer, photos looked better. Now that I have had the phone for a while, my opinion has changed.Forget what I said about the phone feeling like a slider should. As of a few days ago, the phone display, the top of the slider, is now extremely wobbly and on the verge of breaking. Because of this, and the constant lag of the processor, the device loses a half a star.
The Venture was not a fast phone, but, it did manage to pull decent data speeds. This cannot be said for the Rise. Not only are the speeds slower, they also are not as consistent. With my Venture I always had full bars, mainly due to me living in a large metropolitian area that received all of Sprints data coverage, including WiMaxx and LTE. This phone has a hard time maintaining data coverage.
The Venture had terrible battery life, it was rated at 4 hours and it got 4 hours. The Rise is rated at 8 hours; this is not true if data is enabled. The venture would last 4 hours with the data enabled, the Rise lasts about 6. So, it is longer, but, not as longer as it claimed. As far as standby time goes, the Venture lasts noticeably longer. This phone lasts maybe a week without a charge if just left alone; the Venture lasted almost 2.
When it comes to the processor, things get interesting. The venture jad a 600MHz processor, the Rise has a 1GHz processor, therefore, it should be really fast when compared. Thats a lie. While the Venture is weaker, it could handle whatever I installed and did not stall. The Rise stalls constantly. I have had to reset the phone twice, and even then it it lags. I currently have 6 apps installed: Google Keep, Google Translate, Need For Speed Shift, iFunny, Google Chrome, and a Flashlight app. With sync turned of the processor simply does not cope well with multiple applications. Even if I force close everything, iFunny still has a hard time opening and functioning. This is different from the Venture, which had over 30 apps on it, most of which were saved to SD, and kept working perfectly.
The call quality was average. Voice sounded like I was on a cellphone and I am told that I sounded grainy and far away. This might be due to the fact that the microphone on the Rise is nestled in between the screen and the keyboard. The speaker phone is loud, and the speaker itself omits a strange sound when noise comes out of it, then again, that could be just my sensitive hearing adjusting.
Build quality is ok. It is thick and heavy, but, slider phones are not know for being thin and light. The keyboard is comfortable, even for someone with hands that are gargantuan.
Overall, this phone is useless, its only saving grace being that it feels like a slider should. If I would have know that this phone would be so meh, I would have just spent $30 and gone to Radioshack and got the HTC One V. Unfortunately I didn't and must live with this phone till I can buy the LG Optimus F3.
Updated on Aug 13, 2013