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Sanyo Zio Review

Kyocera Zio M6000

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Interface and Software:

The Sanyo Zio currently runs bone stock Android 2.1, but will be upgraded to 2.2 in the future.  Out of the box there is no carrier customization whatsoever, save for the dock which has shortcuts to the phone, app drawer and Sprint ID and some widgets that walk the user through how to use Android.  With an increasing amount of carrier loaded apps on Android it is refreshing to see a carrier embrace the stock experience, allowing the user to choose what apps they want loaded on their phone.

Home screen - Interface of the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Main menu - Interface of the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review

Home screen

Main menu

The Sanyo Zio, along with the Samsung Transform and LG Optimus S (coming at the end of the month,) are the launch devices for Sprint’s new Sprint ID service.  The theory behind it is that users can download different ID packs, then quickly switch between them as they see fit.  Each pack is themed and contains relevant applications, wallpapers, ringtones and widgets.  The idea is to let users choose things of interests and have apps delivered to them instead of having to wade through the sometimes intimidating Android Market.  The Sprint ID will install the carrier apps, such as Football Live, NASCAR and TeleNav (curiously no longer called Sprint Navigation.)  We actually like the widgets the Sprint ID pack has a lot; they are both pretty and functional.

Initially there are only a handful of packs available- mostly lifestyle options such as fashion, golf and auto enthusiasts- but the number is already growing and at the CTIA press conference partners such as ESPN, eBay, E!, Notre Dame and MTV were on board.  Embracing the open source nature of Android, developers will be able to create their own packs in what Sprint hopes will become a large ecosystem.

The default pack is My ID, which is stock Android.  Before you can actually use the device you have to install a second pack, however, but once the download starts you can get into the unit.  At that point you can cancel the download and keep the stock Android experience if you so please.  Up to 5 downloaded packs can be installed at any time, and similarly to the Scenes in HTC’s Sense UI, when the user customizes an ID pack it is remembered even if you switch to another ID pack.  The idea is pretty solid, but as always we will have to see how the market bears out before we can deem it a success.

Sprint ID service - Sanyo Zio Review

The Zio utilizes stock Android programs for things like messaging, email, calendar, browser and voice dialing.  Of course most of these can be replaced with alternatives in the Market if the user sees fit.  We definitely recommend a high quality voice input program like Vlingo, because with the touchscreen issues typing out a message on the QWERTY keyboard was downright maddening.  Like all of Sprint’s other Android phones, it uses Sprint’s Visual Voicemail system.  Something to note is that the Zio does not support multitouch in the browser, which in this day and age is a huge omission.

Contacts and messaging - Sanyo Zio Review
Contacts and messaging - Sanyo Zio Review

Camera and Multimedia:

The Zio is outfitted with a 3.2 megapixel camera that lacks flash.  Outdoor and well-lit images turned out passable, though color reproduction was a bit off and it had issues with exposure at times.  The Samsung Transform, under the exact same conditions, consistently turned out more life-like images.  Indoor samples on the Zio show a lot of grain and blur, and as you can see from our macro test the camera was unable to focus from even a foot away.  Not helping things was that the shutter is annoyingly slow; we often had to retake pictures because the extreme lag from pressing the shutter button and image capture was so long.  The camcorder can capture video at WVGA resolution which is acceptable for a device of this class.  Image controls are sparse and video controls are even sparser.

Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review
Samples shot with the Sanyo Zio - Sanyo Zio Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Sanyo Zio Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Sanyo Zio Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Sanyo Zio Review



Low light

Sanyo Zio Sample Video:

As a stock Android device, the Zio utilizes the Android music and video players.  They are perfectly capable of getting the job done, but lack the polish and refinement of skinned versions available from HTC, in the Market or on competing platforms.  Still, with support for up to 32GB microSD cards and a decent 3.5” display, the Sanyo Zio can successfully double as a multimedia player.

Internet and Connectivity:

The Sanyo Zio uses the stock Android browser, but as we mentioned lacks multitouch.  It is an EVDO Rev. A device, so data speeds are plenty quick.  The Sanyo Zio doesn’t have the processing power behind it like the HTC EVO 4G, but its browser still moves along at a good clip. Unfortunately, with the lack of multitouch and the not very well-thought our double-tap to zoom in the Android browser, zooming in and out is not the most comfortable task to do.

The Zio also has Wi-Fi and GPS, features that have become standard on smartphones in this day and age, and is Bluetooth 2.0 compliant with support for the HSP, HFP 1.5, A2DP, AVRC, OPP and FTP profiles.

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Kyocera Zio M6000

Kyocera Zio M6000

OS: Android 2.2 2.1 1.6
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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.5 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (267 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
Size4.57 x 2.31 x 0.48 inches
(116 x 58.6 x 12.2 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1130 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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