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Sanyo Katana DLX Review

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The Katana DLX is more streamlined and fashionable than its predecessor. The plastic and metal body is available in three color choices (Pink Satin, Platinum Ice, and Champagne). The edges of the phone are more rounded and the exterior front has a shiny radial finish. The DLX has slightly slimmer dimensions, measuring 3.7”H x 1.9”W x 0.6”D and with a weight of 3.5 oz.

Sanyo Katana DLX Review
Sanyo Katana DLX Review
Sanyo Katana DLX Review
Sanyo Katana DLX Review

Sanyo Katana DLX (left) compared to Sanyo Katana II (right) - Sanyo Katana DLX Review
Sanyo Katana DLX (left) compared to Sanyo Katana II (right) - Sanyo Katana DLX Review
Sanyo Katana DLX (left) compared to Sanyo Katana II (right) - Sanyo Katana DLX Review
Sanyo Katana DLX (left) compared to Sanyo Katana II (right) - Sanyo Katana DLX Review

Sanyo Katana DLX (left) compared to Sanyo Katana II (right)


Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
Sanyo Katana DLX 3.70" x 1.90" x 0.60" 94 x 48 x 15 3,50 99.2
Sanyo Katana II 3.70" x 1.90" x 0.60" 94 x 48 x 15 3,10 88
Sanyo Katana 3.88" x 2.02" x 0.58" 98.5 x 51 x 15 3,40 96

The DLX remains a flip phone; yet opening it does require the use of both hands. The flip doesn’t open as smoothly as we would like, and you can hear several “clicking” sounds. When the phone is placed in your pocket, it feels similar to the Razr, but not as unassuming as the Samsung UpStage. The overall construction of the DLX appears to be well made and should hold up to normal everyday use.

External display - Sanyo Katana DLX Review
External display - Sanyo Katana DLX Review

External display


The front flip consists of a 1.3MP Camera (no flash), red status light, and a small 1” 65K Color TFT Display. It is unfortunate that the Katana DLX did not incorporate a larger external display. Despite its small size, we were able to read the date & time, and view the signal strength and battery level without any problems. On the left side of the phone are the Volume Up/Down Rocker and Charger/Data Port, while the right side has the Camera Button (for self portraits), MicroSD Card slot, and 2.5mm Headset port.

The main Internal Display has been updated from a 65K Color QVGA to a 262K Color QVGA with wider viewing angles. When compared to the Katana-II, the DLX did show images with greater realism and contrast, and text was shown without any jagged edges. There are five Contrasts Settings on the DLX (highest, high, medium, low, lowest) with the “high” setting chosen by default. However, when viewing in direct sunlight, even the highest contrast setting will not help much.

The blue backlit keypad is laid out well and is the same monochromatic color as the rest of the phone. At the top is the 5-way Navigational pad, which is used to access various parts of the menu. It is surrounded by the Left and Right Softkeys, Camera and Back buttons. The Numeric Keypad is spaced well and is easy to use for Dialing and Text Messaging. Overall response is good, yet the tactile feel is somewhat lacking, due to the keys having a completely smooth finish.
Internal display - Sanyo Katana DLX Review
Internal display - Sanyo Katana DLX Review

Internal display

Keyboard - Sanyo Katana DLX Review
Keyboard - Sanyo Katana DLX Review

Keyboard


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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.70 x 1.90 x 0.60 inches
(94 x 48 x 15 mm)
3.50 oz  (99 g)
Battery920 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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