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Sanyo Katana DLX Review

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Performance:

We were pleased with the overall Reception and Call Quality produced by the Sanyo Katana DLX. The reception remained quite good with 3-5 bars showing as we placed calls around South Florida. We were also able to place calls in some fringe areas where the Samsung UpStage was not able to find service. The call quality in the earpiece was also good, but we could hear a small amount of background static during all calls. Even with the earpiece volume turned up, the speaker did not become distorted as most other phones do. The Speakerphone must be activated after the phone call is placed, and is automatically deactivated when the phone call ends. The speakerphone quality was also quite impressive, as there was no distortion even with the volume turned up. Just remember that the speaker is located on the back, so you must flip over the phone achieve the best speakerphone sound.

Sanyo rates the included 920mAh battery at 4 Hr of Talk Time (standby time is not provided). We were able to achieve 3Hr of Talk Time or 5 Days of Standby Time.


Conclusion:

The Sanyo Katana DLX is currently the most feature rich model out of the Katana series. The overall design of the phone as been updated with sleeker lines, a more stylish look, and is available in three color choices. The DLX now offers a 262K Color Display, 1.3MP Camera, and MicroSD card slot, which are all noteworthy upgrades from the previous models. Unfortunately, the external display remains the same small size. The DLX is also capable of good quality MP3 music playback, even though the speaker is located on the back and there are no external music controls. The Call Quality and Reception both remain the phones main strong points. There was very little static during calls and the phone was able to place calls in fringe areas, where other phones could not. Overall, the Katana DLX is a good quality phone that is designed for the average consumer that is looking for a device with many useful features.

Pros

  • Updated Styling
  • Call Quality and Reception
  • 262K Color QVGA Internal Display
  • Speakerphone
  • Menu/Software

Cons

  • Small External Display
  • Speaker is located on back of phone
  • No External Music Controls
  • Tedious Voice Tags for Voice Dialing
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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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