QWERTY ICS on the Rise: Kyocera Rise

Kyocera Rise

Kyocera RiseKyocera announced the QWERTY-plus-touchscreen Kyocera Rise at CTIA Wireless.

Kyocera Rise offers an easy-to-use slide-out keypad and a high-resolution touchscreen running Android 4.0. A survey by Yankee Group earlier this year revealed that 69 percent of consumers called a QWERTY keypad a "must have" or "nice to have" feature on their devices.

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Rugged Tough Caiso G'zOne Rave 2 Out for Outdoors as World Phone 11/17

Ravine 2

Ravine 2Okay you tough guys who work outside in construction, transportation, law enforcement and military there's a Verizon phone for you that  withstand extreme wear and tear.  he latest model of the Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 works outdoors and out of the country with roaming in 200 countries.

Perfect for the most rough-and-tumble hiking trails, the Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 can withstand and rise above dust and errant sprinkles, and navigate through rough, wet, dry or snowy terrain. The news release says "Obnoxious shocks are seemingly a thing of the past with this heavy-duty phone."  We were shocked by that statement.

The Casio G’zOne Ravine 2 phone meets Military Standards 810G for immersion, water, shock and dust resistant, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and low and high temperature storage.

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Kyocera DuraCore Core Ruggedness with Direct Connect & 810G

Sprint is getting gifty and thrifty with some new phone releases. Today, Sprint announced the Kyocera DuraCore.

The Kyocera DuraCore is a rugged clamshell phone with  Sprint Direct Connect and non-slip Dura-Grip surface, meeting Military Standard 810G for dust, shock and vibration.  This kind of  heavy duty stress taking is great for construction sites, security beats, and delivery routes.

Features of the  Kyocera DuraCore  include 2" screen, a  non-camera option, Bluetooth, GPS, Sprint Family locator,  SMS /MMS  and 1360mAh battery.  The news release claims that it  has a robust, bi-directional speakerphone.

The Kyocera DuraCore costs  $69.99 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.