Sanyo PRO-200 Review
The PRO-200 is the second of two QChat devices Sanyo has available for Sprint. It is the entry-level phone in Sprint’s QChat lineup, and its features are accordingly thin. Unlike its brethren, the PRO-700, the 200 is not certified to Military Specifications. This makes it a bit smaller and consumer-friendly though, and the quality is still apparent. Of course as a QChat device the main feature is its ability to use the Nextel Direct
Included in the box you’ll find:
- Lithium Ion battery
- AC Adapter
- Holster with swivel clip
- Users guides
The PRO-200 shares the same design base as the PRO-700, but differentiates itself with its non-rugged exterior. This makes the 200 a hair smaller in width and depth, but the difference is noticeable in-hand. Like with the 700, it feels very similar to a KRZR due to its narrow, tall design.
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The 200 is not built to Military Specs, and loses the rubber housing found on the 700. Instead, the flip and keypad housing is constructed of a smooth, silver plastic. The rear of the phone, as well as the speakerphone bump at the bottom of the face, is finished in black soft-touch. This leads to a smoother in-hand experience and the 200 feels distinctly smaller than the 700 despite near equal dimensions.
The layout of the 200 is identical to the 700 due to the shared internals. The speakerphone microphone is at the top of the closed flip, below that is the LCD and on the hump is the speaker/speakerphone with the PTT status LED. The outer display is again high-contrast black and white and could probably be read on the sun. The left side features a volume rocker, NDC button and covered microUSB charging/data port. On the right you’ll find the covered 2.5mm headset jack, a speakerphone toggle key and the side end key. The back is plain, with only two recessed screw holes up top and a locking slide for the battery door near the bottom. Like on the 700, the “Nextel Direct Connect” sticker points to the NDC button.
The flip mechanism is tight and feels great, and thankfully there is no click when it is opened and closed. The internal LCD display is 1.9” and QVGA resolution. It’s on the small side, but is bright and crisp and can be read in all lighting conditions. The navigational cluster of keys is a concentric ring, with the 5 way directional pad in the middle. On the outer ring has, working clockwise from 11 o’clock, the Left Soft Key, Text, Right Soft Key, Back, End, Speaker, Send, and Web keys. The 12 key dialpad is a bit more user-friendly than the one found on the 700; numbers are slightly bigger and they seem easier to press. The keys, along with the NDC button, are all backlit in a cool blue. All of them offer a reassuring click, leaving no doubt that they have been pressed.
The PRO-200 is a well crafted phone, but its aesthetics leave a bit to be desired. Plain is the best way to describe it, some might even say retro. It is, however, the entry level QChat phone and the design is professional if nothing else, so we’re glad Sanyo has erred on the side of caution as they have never been known for their design.
the sound quality during a direct connect call is much more "robotic" and "scratchy" than my previous DC phones (i90 and i850) on both ends. it's actually quite annoying, i guess b/c i'm used to the more "true" sound i got from my old motorola phones. if this continues i will be returning it.