Sanyo SCP-3200 review: Sanyo SCP-3200


The camera lens comes with a self-portrait mirror but no flash.

The VGA camera takes pictures in three resolutions--640x480, 320x240 and 160x120--with three separate quality selections (Fine, Normal, and Economy). The camera also features a 5- to 10-second self-timer; nine fun frames; four picture modes (including a night shot option); seven color tones; brightness and white-balance controls; multishot and stitch shot option; and two shutter sounds (plus a silent option). There's also a digital zoom, but it's unusable at the highest resolution. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't record video, which is a feature we'd like to see on this type of phone. Also, there's no flash, but there is a self-portrait mirror.


The SCP-3200 has decent photo quality.
Photo quality was decent for a VGA camera phone. Our images weren't blurry, and our subjects were mostly distinct. Smaller objects were a little fuzzy around the edges, and colors weren't terribly bright, but we were pleased for the most part. The SCP-3200 has 4MB of shared memory for storing your photos. You can send them to a phone number or e-mail address in a multimedia message, or you can upload them to an online Sprint account.

You can personalize the SCP-3200 with a variety of wallpapers, clock styles, background colors, animations, key tones and alert sounds. You can write a personalized greeting as well. If you want more options, you can download them from Sprint via the WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser.

Performance
We tested the dual-band, dual-mode (CDMA 800/1900; AMPS 800) SCP-3200 in San Francisco using Sprint's service. Call quality was pretty good overall. We enjoyed more than enough volume and great clarity. There was little static or interference, and we had no problem getting a signal. Voices sounded natural for the most part, though we noticed a slight metallic effect on a couple of occasions. It didn't distract from our overall experience, though. Callers said we sounded fine. They didn't report any significant problems, though the phone seemed to pick up some amount of wind noise. Also, they could tell we were using a cell phone. Automated answering systems could understand us in most environments.

Speakerphone calls were loud and clear, though we couldn't help but notice a very slight echo sound. Callers reported no issues on their end, however. Bluetooth calls were fine, and we had no problems pairing the SCP-3200 with a headset.

The SCP-3200 has a rated battery life of 3.8 hours talk time. According to FCC radiation testes, Sanyo SCP-3200 has a digital SAR rating of 1.41 watts per kilogram and an analog SAR rating of 1.40 watts per kilogram. In our tests, the battery life surpassed the rated time by about 2 hours for a total of 5 hours, 8 minutes.

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