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Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review

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User Interface:

The UI of the Eclipse is similar to that of the VE20, which we recently reviewed.  Interestingly, On Demand is nowhere to be found so Settings and Tools are now back to separate menu items.  Instead of a Navigation option the Eclipse has Maps, which houses Family Locator and Live Search in addition to Sprint Navigation.  We like this move, except that Live Search isn’t preloaded and the download link is dead.  There are no themes on the Eclipse, so what you see is what you get.

Main menu - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review

Main menu

 


The Eclipse runs smoothly, with no menu lag or delay in opening items.  Sanyo is getting much better with their submenus and naming, which makes it less intimidating to a novice user than in the past.  We continue to enjoy the security options Sanyo employs, such as hidden contacts, locked phone book and parental control over both incoming and outgoing calls.  We’re not sure why things like that aren’t standard on all phones.

The phonebook can store 500 entries with up to 700 total numbers, 1000 email addresses and 500 websites.  As noted, it can be locked and incoming/outgoing calls can be restricted to contacts only.  Other than that it is pretty basic, just as with the DLX.

Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review


Messaging is fairly standard as well.  Users can send text, picture and video messages and check both personal and corporate email via the included Sprint Mobile Email program.  The Eclipse has basic calendar, calculator and alarm clock.


Multimedia:

Sprint’s lineup of multimedia applications is supported on the Katana Eclipse.  Sprint TV has received a slight cosmetic makeover, but still appears as you would expect a TV guide to.  Videos look ok at best on the low resolution screen, and are pretty small unless viewed in full screen mode.  They play on the external screen when closed, but that’s even smaller the display is square, not 4:3.  Sprint Radio and the Music Store are also on board, nothing new there.

Sprint TV - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Sprint TV - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Sprint TV - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Sprint TV - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review

Sprint TV



The 1.3 megapixel camera takes mediocre pictures.  Colors were washed out in all but the best lighting conditions, and indoor pictures were grainy.  Users can adjust white balance, brightness, sharpness and contrast.  Videos are similarly poor, and options are sparser.  The camera on this phone is more of a novelty than anything else.

Outdoor sample - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Outdoor sample - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review

Outdoor sample


Indoor samples - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Indoor samples - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Indoor samples - Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review

Indoor samples




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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


don't why I find it funny that the christian dior coment is hahahaha :)

posted on 10 Oct 2008, 14:57

2. (unregistered)


Dyslexia, or Yoda-speak...you be the judge

posted on 18 Oct 2008, 09:49

4. (unregistered)


#1 obviously just forgot to put "know" in there

posted on 16 Oct 2008, 13:10

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This phone is already end of life. Great job sanyo...

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Display2.0 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (141 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.60 x 1.90 x 0.70 inches
(91 x 48 x 18 mm)
3.40 oz  (96 g)
Battery840 mAh, 4.6 hours talk time

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