iPhone 5 features Kyocera Rise

As the rumored September 12 launch date of Apple’s smartphone approaches, more and more speculation about possible iPhone 5 features are beginning to surface. But today. let’s take a look at another phone vying for your attention with a feature that was hot last decade but could make a comeback — the sliding keyboard.

Remember when you felt cool sliding up your phone to reveal a qwerty keyboard? Looks like Kyocera had fond memories of sliders as well because it’s a feature that they intend to bring back to the mainstream with the aptly named Kyocera Rise.

iPhone 5 features Kyocera Rise

The Kyocera Rise is an Android 4.0 phone which features a 3.5 HVGA display, a single core 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor, a 3.2MP camera and a 1,500mAh battery that Kyocera claims will give you close to 9 hours of talk time. Sure, those specs aren’t the most impressive but the phone looks pretty sleek and comes with the aforementioned sliding keyboard which should help the device standout from a sea of black or white slabs. It’s a also a feature that could be a plus for heavy texters or people looking for that tactile feel when composing messages.

If that’s not enough reason for you to give the Kyocera Rise a second glance, maybe its price can make you reconsider. The Kyocera Rise can be had for a mere $20 with a contract. The phone is already available with Sprint and will be coming to Virgin Mobile by the end of the month. Don’t want to be tied-down to a single carrier? Well, don’t despair! You can still purchase the phone for a mere $100.

Is there still room for phones that aren’t by Apple or Samsung? Is the Kyocera Rise something you’d consider getting?

  1. I’m in Apple-land, and I want to stick my toe in the android waters. I also want to try swipe and a qwrty keyboard. The non iphone that looks best to me is the Note. But I don’t want to buck up like that without having tried an android first. This machine looks like a very decent offering. I am cheap. I want a prepaid plan. I almost bought the Optimus Slider – it is selling for $200 at Target, though it’s dropping like a rock everywhere else. This phone is the reason why. It’s faster, has a bigger screen, it has a newer version of Android, it has a flash, it’s qwrty key board is much better than described here, or so I thought when I tried it out at a Sprint store. For $100, free and clear, does anything else come close? It’s half the price of the Optimus and better in just about every detail. I figure to use it a year or so to get used to Android and hopefully then get a Note or maybe Apple and some others will have a five inch screen by then and I’ll have even more devices to choose from. As a bottom feeder right now, I don’t see anything that compares.

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