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Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review

Sanyo Katana Eclipse X 5.5

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Sanyo Katana Eclipse Review
Callers were pleased with how we sounded, saying it was better than most but not great.  They ranked us at a 7.5/10, saying we sounded a bit thin but overall good and easy to hear.  On our end the quality was not as good, and callers sounded relatively poor.  We had no problem hearing them clearly, but voice reproduction was off in just about every metric.  Reception was good on the whole, and we had no issues making, receiving or holding calls in any areas.  Battery life is rated at a very good 4.6 hours of talk time, and we were actually able to achieve just a few minutes shy of 5 hours in our testing.


We came away pretty unimpressed with the Katana Eclipse.  The materials are subpar and overall design a mess.  Illumination is not a feature that should define your phone, but unfortunately its one of the few selling points of the Eclipse.  Sanyo has long relied on good performance and customer loyalty, but with the likes of Samsung and LG putting out quality products Sanyo may find themselves left out.  The Motorola VE20 out features the Eclipse, and the upcoming Samsung Rant, Highnote and LG Lotus all offer unique features .  The Eclipse, on the other hand, doesn’t have anything compelling to offer and will most likely get passed over for competitor’s offerings.


  • Great battery life


  • Poor materials and design
  • Small, low quality screens
  • Lack of differentiating features
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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don't why I find it funny that the christian dior coment is hahahaha :)

posted on 10 Oct 2008, 14:57

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Dyslexia, or Yoda-speak...you be the judge

posted on 18 Oct 2008, 09:49

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#1 obviously just forgot to put "know" in there

posted on 16 Oct 2008, 13:10

3. (unregistered)

This phone is already end of life. Great job sanyo...

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Display2.0 inches, 176 x 220 pixels (141 ppi) TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.60 x 1.90 x 0.70 inches
(91 x 48 x 18 mm)
3.40 oz  (96 g)
Battery840 mAh, 4.6 hours talk time

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