Sanyo SCP-2700 Review
The menu system mirrors what we recently saw on the Rumor2, which is a twelve icon menu. While it doesn’t have the One Click home screen, it does have everything else including threaded text messages. They layout is a bit different, for instance Entertainment has been replaced by Shopping (Entertainment brings you to Sprint TV and the Music Store, which the Sanyo SCP-2700 doesn’t have) and My Account has been added in place of Get Stuff. The menu runs snappily, and context menus now slide up instead of simply open. It is very polished all around. Everything we’d expect to find is present: alarm clock, calculator, notepad, unit converter, etc.
Like we’ve seen from most Sanyo phones the SCP-2700 allows the user to restrict calls. Incoming and/or outgoing calls can be limited only to special numbers or your contact list only. It also lets you lock your pictures, set contacts as secret and subsequently hide these secret contacts. To some extent this just indulges in paranoia, but they are useful tools nonetheless, especially for parents restricting their children’s cell use.
The phonebook itself is pretty standard and holds up to 600 entries. The user can store all the information you’d expect, including an address. The Sanyo SCP-2700 marks the return of a feature we’ve sorely missed: customized text ringtones. Not only that, but also custom picture messages and voice SMS as well. Nuance powers the always excellent voice command.
Camera and Messaging
As you might expect, we got less than stellar results with the camera. Color reproduction was good, but lines were ragged and the edge of the picture produced blurry results. With no microSD expansion it only holds a paltry 24 images on maximum resolution, and there is no video camera. The Social Zone application is supposed to give you one click uploads to popular (and not-so-popular) sites such as MySpace, Photobucket and others, but interestingly no Facebook.
Of course the main focus of the Sanyo SCP-2700 is messaging, and for the most part it does well. Conversations are threaded which is always great, but it’s a bit backwards since the newest message is at the top and not at the bottom as is customary. This is in line with other devices running this operating system though, not unique to the Sanyo. Like the Rumor 2 the keyboard features an emoticon button, though most other phones won’t display the smiley images. Sprint Mobile Email allows the user to check both personal and corporate email, and Sprint Instant Messaging gives the user access to AIM, Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger.
1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
This phone felt like a toy calculator. The material was like cheap plastic. The screen is tiny, the buttons are tiny, and the handset is thick. I "accidentally" dropped my laptop in this and good thing. Cheap phone, but at least it works and the battery life was obviously not bad.