The Sanyo SCP-2700 doesn't have a lot of features going for it, but it does do messaging very well, which suits its primary purpose. It has a basic 600-entry phone book, with room in each entry for six phone numbers, three e-mail addresses, a Web URL, a street address, and a memo. You can assign contacts with a photo for caller ID and to different caller groups as well. You can also assign one of 37 polyphonic ringtones for incoming calls, text messages, picture mails, and voice SMS. Other basic features include a vibrate mode, a speakerphone, text and multimedia messaging, an alarm clock, a calendar, a countdown timer, a stopwatch, a voice memo recorder, and a world clock. There's also a wireless Web browser, Bluetooth, instant messaging (AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo), e-mail, and voice SMS. There's also GPS support for location-based services like Sprint Navigator.
Truly, the star feature of the SCP-2700 lies in its messaging applications. It doesn't just have the standard text message functionality; it also supports threaded text messages, which are usually available on higher-end smart phones only. This means you get to view a text message within the context of a conversation, rather than as just a single message.
The SCP-2700 also supports multiple e-mail accounts from an array of providers like Sprint's own PCS Mail, AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail, as well as your own POP or IMAP e-mail account. Only PCS Mail requires a Web browser to access. Amazingly, the SCP-2700 can also receive your work e-mail. You can either use your employer's Outlook Web Access or use Sprint's own Mobile E-mail Personal Account. The latter requires a software download and a rather tedious Web interface that will link your work e-mail to the phone, so it's best if your company has OWA running.
The messaging interface is very intuitive. Navigation is easy, and you can choose how many messages you want to see in your in-box. Do note that you have to switch between different in-boxes for your different e-mail accounts. Also, for your work account, you can't get to any of your other incoming mail folders aside from the primary in-box. This can be annoying if you have filters set up to redirect your mail to separate e-mail folders.
Also on the SCP-2700 is a 1.3-megapixel camera. It can take pictures in three resolutions (1,280x960, 640x480, and 320x240), and three quality settings. Other camera options include a brightness setting, five white balance presets, plus a manual mode, sharpness control, contrast, a self-timer, up to 12x digital zoom, five picture modes, multiple shot settings, fun frames, eight color tones, three shutter sounds, and a silent option. Photo quality was poor: images looked washed out and dull with quite a bit of pixelation as well. There's no camcorder built in.
You can customize the SCP-2700 with different screensavers and ring or alert tones. It comes with a few games, like demo versions of Block Breaker Deluxe 2 and Monopoly Here & Now, and Guitar Hero World Tour. It also comes with NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, NFL Mobile Live, and Social Zone in the Applications folder. If you want, you can purchase more graphics, ringers, games, and applications via Sprint's Web browser.
We tested the dual-mode (CDMA 800/1900; 1xRTT) Sanyo SCP-2700 in San Francisco using Sprint's service. Call quality was very impressive. Callers could hear us loud and clear without a lot of background sound. We could hear them clearly as well, though there was the occasional static and hiss. Speakerphone quality wasn't as good, with a bit more of a tinny quality to the callers' voices, but we could still carry on a conversation.
The SCP-2700 has a rated battery life of 4.8 hours talk time. We only got a tested talk time of 3 hours and 11 minutes in our tests. According to FCC radiation tests, the Sanyo SCP-2700 has a digital SAR rating of 1.25 watts per kilogram.