Sanyo Katana LX review: Sanyo Katana LX


The Sanyo Katana LX has a VGA camera lens.

The Katana LX only comes with a VGA camera, which is understandable for a phone at this price range. You can take pictures in three resolutions (640x480, 320x240, and 160x120), three quality settings, and five picture modes (Normal, Beach/Snow, Scenery, Night/Dark, Soft Focus). Other settings include brightness, white balance, a self-timer, multishot, fun frames, color tone, zoom, and shutter sounds (three sounds plus a silent option). Photo quality was pretty disappointing, as to be expected. Images looked blurry and overcast. There's no built-in camcorder.

You can customize the Katana LX with a variety of graphics and alert tones for wallpaper, screensavers, and so forth. The Katana LX comes with a couple of Web applications--InStyle Magazine Demo and MSN Live Search--but you can always get more. On the gaming front, the phone comes with demo versions of Sims 2, Madden NFL 08, Midnight Pool, Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man, Tetris, and WSOP Pro Challenge Poker. As always you can download more from the Sprint store.

Performance
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) Sanyo Katana LX in San Francisco using Sprint's service. We enjoyed full signal strength in most parts of the city, and call quality was very impressive as well. Callers often thought we were on a landline, thanks to the lack of static and background noise. Speakerphone quality did not fare as well--we thought our callers sounded rather tinny, while they thought we needed to speak up a bit. We managed to pair the Sanyo Katana LX with the Plantronics Discovery 925.

The Sanyo Katana LX has a rated talk time of talk time of 4.8 hours, and a tested talk time of 5 hours and 16 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Sanyo Katana LX has a digital SAR rating of 0.783 watt per kilogram.

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