Sanyo Innuendo Review

Sanyo Innuendo Review

As a follow-up to the Sanyo Incognito, the Sanyo Innuendo by Kyocera has arrived on Sprint shelves.  It boasts a few modest upgrades as well as an elegant re-design.  Still sporting a clean, mirrored face with a hidden keypad the Innuendo has slimmed down and gotten a nicely reworked keyboard.  The camera has been bumped to 3.2 megapixels and niceties like a proximity sensor has been added.  It is still a 3G featurephone running Sprint’s One Click UI.  Included with the Innuendo are the lithium ion battery, AC adapter and a 1GB microSD card.


The Sanyo Innuendo retains the same side-flip design as the Incognito and made popular by LG’s enV series of phones on Verizon.  The blue and grey mixture adds a touch of personality to the Innuendo while still keeping it classy.  We actually love the way the phone feels, which isn’t something we’ve said about a Sanyo phone since…well probably the 8400.  The back has a soft touch coat of paint which is in stark contrast to the typical plastic feel of recent Sanyo phones, and the Innuendo has slimmed down to just 15mm thin which makes for a better feel in your hand.

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Like the Incognito the keypad glows through the mirrored front when brought to life via the lock button on the top.  It is much more accurate this time around; with the Incognito we had issues simply dialing phone numbers but no such problems were found on the Innuendo.  Flipping the phone open reveals a 2.8” 400x240 display, up from the 2.6” QVGA one found on the Incognito.  The display is nice when viewed indoors, but loses almost all readability when used in direct sunlight.

Like the back of the phone, the keyboard is coated in soft touch paint.  The keys are slightly wider and definitely more pronounced than the Incognito, with better spacing.  It leads to a completely different and much better experience.  The keyboard feels very premium, something we haven’t come to expect from Sanyo.  The look is high end as well, with a very sharp white backlight coming through around the keys.

The phone opens and closes very reassuringly, but thankfully the Sanyo click is gone.  In a touch of design the left edge of the phone kind of falls away when closed, but when opened the blue trim on the two halves meet to form a stylish s-curve.  The 3.2 megapixel camera sits atop the back housing, offset next to the centered speaker.  The right side of the phone has a volume rocker and microUSB charging port, the top has the power/lock key and 2.5mm headphone jack (yeah, perplexingly not 3.5.)  The keys are very small and well integrated into the design, but they offer reassuring feedback when used.  Unfortunately the microSD card is only accessible with the battery removed.

An interesting note about the Innuendo is that it’s the first time we’ve seen Kyocera branding on a Sprint phone since looong before color phones were around.  When you open the flip you’ll find the Sanyo logo, but on the back it’s branded “by Kyocera.”  Over the years Sanyo has kind of lost its way; at one point they were the recognized market leader in handset quality, but over the years the cash-strapped company began churning out predictable phones that lacked in quality, never quite competing in the featurephone market.  You could definitely tell a Sanyo device by its build quality, but not so with the Innuendo.  The phone feels very good in your hand, the keyboard is modern with a very good feel and the click is gone when opening and closing the phone.  It’s little design touches are a reassuring sign that the Kyocera merger may finally breathe some life into the company.

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Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Why such a low rating if it has so many improvements

17. skaterbabyy96

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

Becaus it SUCKS that much!

2. SenseFTW unregistered

it's a DS phone lol

3. tannman26 unregistered

does anyone know how to change the butterflies and bird from coming up on the front of the screen? that is the worst part about my phone. i love everything else about it though.

4. Orange Juice unregistered

i would like to know th same thing as "tannman26"

12. skaterbabyy96

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

It's impossible to change that.

5. internationalhippie unregistered

i am on my third inuendo they kept burning out on me not sure what it is either

14. skaterbabyy96

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

Me too. All my screens would crack for no reason. I've never dropped it before, ever!

6. peirswon unregistered

I just ordered this phone...please tell me it wasn't a big mistake!

8. Zquatt unregistered

it was

15. skaterbabyy96

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

BIG BIG BIG mistake.

7. questionasker unregistered

is this a good phone? i get an upgrade in 8 days.

16. skaterbabyy96

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

NO this phone is absolutely terrible1

10. milez unregistered

i have the innuendo worst phone ever i had it for a week and it was already broken got a new a month ago and the first day it broke been with it since then and i hate the phone the battery lasts a long time and charges quikly but the touch screen on the front works about 1 out of 10 times i have never dropped it so it has no reason to be like that i am a tall guy wit big hands and i love that the keys are good size and spaced at the right distance in all i would give it a 2 star out of 5 i will never get a sanyo phone ever again

11. jessy5717

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

ok i got this phone from boost. Can someone please tell me how the heck do i use iiit. I have absolutely no clue how to access or innitiate the music feature. I dont see one single song on here. It says it has an mp3 player, i never owned one b4 so how do i get this phone to play songs. Am i supposed to download something like an app? I dont know how to work this. I definitly dont know how to even begin wiith watching the tv on here, or so it says it has, smh. Any help would be sooooo appreciated. Advanced apoplies, as u can see im terribly uneducated when it comes tothos mobile tecnology & tech terms so the simpler the better. Thanx, jessy my email is

13. skaterbabyy96

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

I hate this phone. My last phone was an Exclaim from Sprint and the store told me I was making a mistake because it only lasts for a few months. I had that phone with NO problems for TWO years! Now, they pretty much pushed me into getting the Innuendo. The store told me this phone was great and I would have it for longer then two years since I keep my phones well kept. Well, I'm on my 3rd Innuendo because my last 3 BROKE. I've NEVER dropped them before and every phone I had the screen would magically have cracks the next day. Do not get this phone.

18. justmyopinion

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I hate this phone now, only had it since April 3rd! I am going through Boost and the problem so far is when I text someone. For over a week, the phone says "(Failed): Error. Message not sent. Network not responding. Message saved. Please try again later." Or" Error Code ..." and my phone will freeze and shut off. Half of those error messages, my friends and family say they receive, and the others not at all. This happens several times a day- half or more of my texts this happens to. I already went back with a "past 7 day warranty"...didn't know about a warranty for longer and he says "press update under tools when you have trouble". Well, for two days since I have been doing this straight and it keeps happening! Everything else so far I loved but it is time I throw out the phone. My Samsung and Nokia's from Team Mobile I miss greatly. They finally gave out over time though.( I needed unlimited text and minutes for a good price as well) Just my opinion, don't buy this!

19. purplejbaker

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

I have had this phone for about 2 years now. It works but with the type and amount of phones out there today this is NOT the phone to buy now. The screen did crack over a year ago and left 2 large black blobs on the screen. They have grown since the day they appeared (I didn't drop the phone or anything, they just showed up one day) and now texts or anything else on the internal screen are impossible to read. Forget about any type of game either. The phone also goes into a reboot process where it will reboot for hours and hours for no reason at all. I will not get any calls or texts while it is doing this. Removing and replacing the battery does not fix this problem. The receiving sound quality is horrible and forget even thinking about using the speaker. The front touch buttons are way out of whack. Try to push a 7 and it will show up as a 1. No calibration for that either. I just use the internal keys though. Email doesn't work and never has. Phone will crash and go into reboot cycle if I surf the internet or run any programs at all. The battery lasts 4 hours if you are lucky. It does take pretty good pictures. I get my upgrade in 9 days and am looking forward to it. DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!!!
  • Display 2.8" 400 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Battery 860 mAh(4.50h talk time)

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