Sanyo RL4930 (Sprint) review: Sanyo RL4930 (Sprint)

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good The Sanyo RL4930 has a speakerphone, support for Sprint's Ready Link push-to-talk service, long standby battery life, and analog roaming.

The Bad The Sanyo RL4930 has a dull, bulky design with tiny keypad buttons, and audio quality is inconsistent.

The Bottom Line The Sanyo RL4930 offers a couple of useful features, but if you're looking for a ReadyLink phone, there are better options available.

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Sanyo RL4930

Now that Sprint has absorbed Nextel, the carrier's Ready Link phones seem to be suffering from an identity crisis. Before the merger, the handsets were sort of Nextel-lite. You could get push-to-talk service and a rugged handset, but you didn't have to lug around a brick, totally devoid of style, and you didn't have to be chained to Nextel's businesscentric services. But now that Nextel and Sprint have joined forces, and Nextel is putting out smaller, more attractive phones, Sprint's Ready Link handsets just look a little ridiculous. Take the new Sanyo RL4930: Although it is on the bulky side, as well as sports rubber edges and PTT capability, we'd rather go with the real thing and just get a Nextel phone, such as the i355 . The RL4930 is $189, but it's cheaper with a service plan.

The Sanyo RL4930 isn't much for looks.

To be perfectly frank, the Sanyo RL4930 is not a looker. A dull candy bar shape, along with a basic-gray color scheme and a protruding antenna, makes it more like a cordless phone than a mobile device. Also, considering it measures 4.5 by 2 by 1 inches and weighs 4.4 ounces, it's not compact by any means. On the upside, a rubber coating on either spine adds a touch of durability, but the extendable antenna is rather flimsy.

The Sanyo RL4930's 65,000-color display measures 1.6 inches (128x112 pixels) and is the best thing about the handset's design. Although its overall resolution is a bit washed out, it's nonetheless fine for viewing the user-friendly menus. You can adjust the contrast, the font size, and the backlighting time, but you can't alter the brightness.

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Sanyo RL4930 (Sprint)

Part Number: RL4930BLKSPT
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  • Talk Time Up to 330 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / AMPS
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Weight 4.4 oz
  • Diagonal Size 1.6 in