Sanyo 7050 (Sprint) review: Sanyo 7050 (Sprint)

The SCP-7050 is quite a basic business phone in terms of features, without a camera or a music player to make things too complicated. The address book holds up to 500 entries and each entry can hold up to seven numbers, an email address, a memo, a web URL, and a home address. Each contact can be assigned one out of 17 polyphonic ring tones and also can be placed into groups. Photo caller ID isn't available, and that's just fine, considering the phone doesn't have a camera.

Other features of the phone include a vibrate mode, text and picture messaging, voice messaging, voice-activated dialing, e-mail, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, instant messaging, voice recording, an alarm clock, a stop watch, a countdown counter, a world clock, a calculator, mobile web access via Sprint Vision, built-in GPS, and support for Sprint's Ready Link push-to-talk service. There's also Wireless Backup, which lets you back up your contacts list remotely to Sprint's servers, just in case you lose your phone. Plus, you can use your phone as a modem if you're signed up on the appropriate Sprint plan.

Personalization options are somewhat limited with only a handful of background themes, screensavers, and alert tones. You can, however, download more screensavers and sounds from Sprint. Included games are a demo of Brain Juice, a selection of Gameloft games, a Pac-Man demo, Tetris, and a demo of World Series of Poker, and you can always purchase more Java (J2ME) games from Sprint as well. You can download quite a few handy applications too, such as Sprint Radio, which lets you access Sprint's audio streaming service with everything from the latest chart toppers to podcasts from NPR. Another handy application is the Telenav GPS Navigator, which gives you turn-by-turn driving directions to your destination.

We tested the dual-band dual mode (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS 800) Sanyo SCP-7050 in San Francisco using the Sprint network. We were very impressed with the call quality; audio came in loud and clear and callers could hardly tell we were on a cell phone. Speakerphone calls were impressive as well; though there was a noticeable hiss at certain points in the conversation, it was nothing to worry about.

The Sanyo SCP-7050 has a rated battery life of 4.4 hours of talk time and a tested talk time of 4 hours and 34 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Sanyo SCP-7050 has a digital SAR rating of 1.22 watts per kilogram.

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