Sanyo PRO-200 Review
As a PTT phone the 200 was great. Call setup and latency was as lightning fast as we were used to on the iDEN network. We were able to walkie-talkie both iDEN and QChat customers with no difference between the two. However, as we noted in our PRO-700 review, there were times when the NDC service was not available while in Rev. A coverage. We tested these units at the same time- pre-national launch- so we’ll give Sprint the benefit of the doubt but hope the issue is addressed.
Bluetooth performance was surprisingly good. Users on the other end actually couldn’t tell that we were using a headset, which is rare. On our end callers actually sounded better because there was some depth to their voice, which makes us think Sanyo’s earpiece is the cause for thin audio. Audio routed through Bluetooth for DC calls as well, but the NDC button still needs to be used to talk to the caller.
Battery life is rated at 5 hours of talk time, though we fell short by about 45 minutes. Still, 4.2 hours of talk time is on the high end for CDMA devices. It should be noted that once the phone is provisioned for PTT the standby time drops significantly, down to about 75 hours. Despite a solid talk time, this will probably be a phone you’ll need to charge at least every other night, if not daily.
Like the PRO-700, the 200 does what it sets out to. It does not have any bells and whistles, advanced features or anything that will wow you. It is a basic, clear-cut PTT phone that offers simple to use features geared to the everyday customer. Like the features, the design is simple and straightforward. Perched at the bottom of the QChat lineup, the PRO-200 will find its way into many hands due to its price for users who don’t want cameras or need Mil Spec ruggedness. If you’re in the market for a basic PTT phone the PRO-200 is our recommendation.
- Good PTT performance
- Highly customizable
- Quality construction
- Rev. A data
- Battery fell short of advertised, but is still good enough
- Boring design
- Small display
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.