Performance:

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.

Conclusion:

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.

Pros

  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Poor materials and design
  • Small, low quality screens
  • Lack of differentiating features

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

User Rating:

7.7
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