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Sanyo Katana DLX Review

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Messaging:

Like most other modern phones, the Katana DLX is capable of sending and receiving Text, Picture, and Voice-SMS Messages. Text Messaging is simple and straightforward. You begin by entering the cell number or E-Mail of the destination, then type in the body of the message. This is done by using the T9 predictive text entry method. Sending a Picture Message is just as easy, except that you attach a stored picture to the message. Voice-SMS allows you to send a short 2-minute voice memo to another phone number, without having to dial the number and leave them a message. Sending and receiving E-Mail can be done through AOL Mail, AIM Mail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and GMail. There is also the option to add IMAP and POP E-Mail service. For Instant Messaging, you will be able to log into AOL, MSN, and Yahoo, and your Buddy List will be displayed on the screen.

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


Connectivity:


Sanyo Katana DLX Review
The Katana DLX is a CDMA Dual-Band All-Digital phone, which uses the 1900Mhz and 800Mhz frequencies. For data, the DLX can connect using 1x or the faster EVDO network. Since this is a CDMA phone, it does not require the use of a SIM card and can only be activated on the Sprint Network.

We were pleased to see that the DLX supports the newer Bluetooth 2.0 specification. When paired with another Bluetooth 2.0 device, this will provide better range and quality. Supported profiles include: GAP, SSP, GOEP, HSP (Headset), HFP 1.5 (Handsfree car kits), OPP (vCard Transfers), DUN (Dial up Networking), FTP (File Transfer), BPP (Bluetooth Printing), A2DP/AVCP (Stereo Bluetooth with Audio Control), PBAP (Phonebook access).
When used with our Jabra 250v headset, we were able to get up to 30 feet of static-free calls. For music playback, we were also able to get 30 feet using the Motorola HT820 Stereo Bluetooth headset.

The Katana DLX does support the Mass Storage function, which will allow your PC to transfer files to and from the phone. Unfortunately, the phone’s retail package does not include the Data Cable, so we were unable to test the feature.


Internet:

Like all other non-smartphones, the Katana DLX is limited to a standard WAP browser for Internet Access. When first accessing the Web, you are connected to Sprints Power Vision site which has 10 categories (My Account, Messaging, Downloads, News, Weather, Sports, Entertainment, Money, Find it, and Portals). You can also type in a specific web site by pressing the Right Soft Key and selecting Go to URL. Keep in mind though that standard HTTP/HTML sites will take longer to load and may not be display properly. When viewing the www.PhoneArena.com site, there were several places where the phone did not format the page correctly, causing text and images to be overlapping. Because of these formatting problems, it is recommended to only view WAP sites with this phone. When used in an EVDO coverage area, most WAP sites will load in a reasonable 5 seconds, with HTTP/HTML sites taking up to 30 seconds.

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

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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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