Sanyo SCP-200 review: Sanyo SCP-200

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.6
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0

Average User Rating

5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Lightweight form factor; speakerphone; analog roaming; easy to use.

The Bad Weak battery life; no Web features; no call timers; no external display; small internal screen.

The Bottom Line Though the Sanyo SCP-200 is a simple, functional cell phone that will please beginner users, more-demanding customers will be disappointed.

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The Sanyo SCP-200 is an entry-level phone for Sprint PCS. Aside from the integrated speakerphone and some interesting color options (you can get it in blue or pink), the SCP-200 offers few surprises. In fact, with below-average battery life and limited features, the SCP-200 is best suited for users that value simplicity and affordability over form or function. At $169 or cheaper with service, it's also a great option for a family plan, though kids will bemoan the lack of trendy features. In most respects, the Sanyo SCP-200 is a run-of-the-mill flip phone. The 3.6-ounce mobile is compact but not dramatically so, measuring 3.3 by 1.9 by 1.1 inches with the standard battery. We're disappointed that there's no external display, which many of us rely on for caller ID, as well as to check the time and the mobile's signal strength and battery life. A stubby antenna adds girth, but the handset still fits in a pocket with ease. It also feels comfortable when held to the face while talking.

Simple cell: the SCP-200 has a spartan design.

Inside, the phone sports a relatively small, 1.6-inch-diagonal screen that is capable of showing 65,000 colors. It's hard to see in direct light, but you can change the font size and the backlight time. As with most Sanyo phones, you navigate the phone's menu via a centrally mounted round toggle that offers one-touch soft-button access to your contacts and your shortcuts. At the center of the navigation circle is the Menu/OK key. There are also dedicated buttons to quickly access your messages or to turn on the speakerphone.

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Sanyo SCP-200 - silver (Sprint)

Part Number: SCP-200SLVSPT
Low Price: $77.95 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time 195 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / AMPS
  • Service Provider Sprint Nextel
  • Weight 3.6 oz
  • Diagonal Size 1.6 in