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.



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.



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.



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.




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