Sanyo continues its streak of solid performers for Sprint PCS with the RL-4920. This Ready Link-capable phone is designed to appeal to those looking for an alternative to Nextel's Direct Connect offerings. With its utilitarian design and its lack of camera features, the Sanyo RL-4920 is geared toward the business user who wants a functional handset free of fancy trimmings. But with a price tag as low as $19 with a two-year service agreement ($199 with no contract), Sprint is hoping this handset will find a wider audience. There's not much to say about the Sanyo RL-4920's appearance. It's a candy bar-style phone with an all-silver casing that's neither fancy nor gaudy. At 4.2 by 1.8 by 0.9 inches and 3.8 ounces, it's the average size for a Sprint candy bar-style model, and it somewhat resembles the company's . It's longer and bulkier than, say, Siemens's stylish line of handsets, but some may find the extra girth more comfortable when holding the phone during conversations.
The 1.6-inch-diagonal, 65,536-color display is vibrant and easy to read in both dark rooms and bright outdoor environments. Below it, you'll find six control keys and a four-way navigation pad. The control keys are a bit cramped, but we never had a problem with hitting the wrong button. Likewise, the backlit dial keys are well spaced, with the numbers slightly raised off the body of the handset.