But the SCP-3200 isn't all basics, as it offers a selection of higher-end features as well. Inside you'll find Bluetooth, PC modem support with an optional USB cable, Sprint's Ready Link PTT service, parental controls with Sprint's Family Locator, instant messaging, Sprint Mobile e-mail, and support for Sprint's navigation service. On the entertainment side, the Sanyo offers Sprint Radio and NFL Mobile. You also get demo versions of five games: Tower Bloxx, World Series of Poker, Tetris, Midnight Bowling and Pac-Man. You'll have to buy the full versions for extended play.
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.
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.
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.