Sanyo Katana LX Review


Sanyo’s calling card has long been excellent reception, and the LX doesn’t disappoint. We were able to make, receive and hold calls even in low signal areas, and callers reported that we sounded loud and natural. On our end callers were plenty loud, and with the volume all the way up even too loud. The speakerphone is equally good, another signature of Sanyo over the years. The battery is rated at a more than respectable 4.8 hours (288 minutes,) but in our test we were actually able to achieve 346 minutes, or 5.76 hours.


We have mixed feelings about the Katana LX, mostly hinging on where it sits in tries to fit into the market. By entry level phone standards it is very good; the battery life is excellent, the design is compact and stylish and there are a few different color options. However, it is currently priced at $49.99 on contract, which puts it head-to-head with devices such as the text-friendly LG Rumor and the more capable Samsung M520, both of which we’d have a hard time passing up for the LX. We have a feeling that the LX will drop in price once the Sanyo 3200 is discontinued, which will make it an excellent value for what it offers.


  • Outstanding battery life
  • Excellent reception
  • Stylish design


  • Poor keypad
  • Small display
  • Overpriced

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1. unregistered

Frankly I see no reason to get the Katana LX over its predessor, the Katana II. They are the same price, but the the Katana II has the nice QVGA screen that makes Opera Mini browsing pretty good. The rest amounts to preferences in style (the Katana II is thinner and more RAZR-like).

2. shaz unregistered

they need to make it a free phone to compete, katana II does not support navigation so this is a plus with the LX.
Katana LX
  • Display 2.0" 128 x 160 pixels
  • Camera 0.3 MP VGA
  • Storage 0.007 GB
  • Battery 840 mAh(4.80h talk time)

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