Sanyo Taho Review

Interface, Phonebook and Messaging:

There is nothing special about the software found on the Sanyo Taho, but it is a bit surprising that it does not run the One Click interface found on most of Sprint’s feature phones. Instead is a standard, fairly plain homescreen with a 12 item main menu. Users are able to change the font size for the main menu, but this does not apply throughout the phone (including submenus) like with the Sanyo 3810 and Vero. The interface runs quite quickly.



For a feature phone the Taho has a pretty beefy phonebook. Users can store up to 600 contacts, and in addition to several numbers and emails you can store personal information like IM names, URL, address, birthday, company, job title and notes. Nuance provides world-class voice dialing on the Sanyo Taho.



Messaging is pretty standard for a Sprint phone. SMS/MMS is threaded and the Sprint Mobile Email client allows for access to popular web providers, Exchange and other providers via manual setup. The client also integrates with an Exchange or Google calendar, which is a more robust offering than we’ve seen on feature phones for other providers.



Camera and Multimedia:

The Sanyo Taho by Kyocera takes fairly good pictures with its 2 megapixel camera. Details were crisp for the most part, but as the distance got greater the details got a bit fuzzy. Color reproduction was good under proper lighting, but it’s no surprise that images became grainy and less crisp as lighting conditions deteriorated. The LED flash doesn’t offer much help unless you’re close to your subject. The video performance is fairly poor, only recording a max of QCIF resolution which is well below even YouTube quality.




The Taho does not have the Sprint Music Store, nor does it have a real music player. From the file manager you can play songs on the memory card, so it does actually have a player, but there is no other way to access it from the menu. This also means that the Taho does not support Sprint TV, and neither Sprint Football Live nor NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile are preloaded, though those two can be downloaded. It’s odd that a 3G phone does not have some of these apps, but we saw the same thing with the Sanyo Pro-700 so this is not unprecedented.



Ruggedness and Enterprise:

The Sanyo Taho by Kyocera withstood every test we put it through with flying colors. As a device certified to military 810G specifications, the Taho can withstand dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain and submersion in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. We threw the Taho off a second story roof onto concrete in the snow. We ran the Taho over with our car. We submerged it in a bowl of water then called it. The Taho kept on ticking. Everything went swimmingly well; in fact, the Taho even survived a dip in our fish tank!

UPDATE: Well, it actually looks like the Sanyo Taho couldn't withstand our harsh tests for ruggedness in the long run, as we found it dead in a couple of days later. It would neither turn on, nor charge. Since the device ran just fine at first after we finished with our tests, we would attribute this unfortunate event to moisture getting into the phone, as we rаn it over with a car, while it was lying in the snow. Our theory is that the increased pressure has caused its water resistance to fail, thus letting moisture reach the internal parts. We presume that the Sanyo Taho would safely come out on top of all such ruggedness tests, if they are conducted individually, but combining them would apparently have a deadly impact on the handset.



The Sanyo Taho supports some interesting enterprise features as well. For starters, incoming and outgoing calls can be restricted via password. This is a fairly standard feature on Sprint non-smartphones that is usually labeled as parental controls. These controls go a step further by restricting camera and web use. The Taho has a few other cool tricks up its sleeve as well, like the ability to lock the GPS so that the device’s location can always be tracked. Sanyo knows that this is likely to be a fleet phone for companies transitioning away from Nextel and have provided companies some tools to give them piece of mind.

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Taho
  • Display 2.0" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 1050 mAh(6.10h talk time)

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