The Sanyo SCP-6760 Incognito for Sprint has quite a bit in common with AT&T's Pantech Impact. On the exterior, the Incognito and Impact are a bit quirky with their touch keypads and tiny displays. Both handsets also open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard and they share several features including 3G, a music player, and a 2-megapixel player camera. Yet, we're a bit divided on the end product. We like the Incognito's sturdy build and its keyboard is as easy to use as they come, but speakerphone quality is low and the exterior touch interface is sure to draw sharp opinions. You can get the Incognito at Sprint for $49 with a service contract after a $50 mail-in rebate.
The Sanyo Incognito takes a cue from a few other cell phones before it. We've seen its horizontal flip design on handsets like the LG enV Touch, but this is the first time it's been on a Sanyo phone. The sturdy handset measures 3.7 inches tall by 2.2 inches wide by 0.7 inch thick and is a tad heavy at 4.3 ounces. Its reflective skin catches the light and doubles as a mirror, though it also attracts smudges by the ton. The flap opens just short of 180 degrees, but you can view the internal display at a slight angle when holding the phone in your hands. Also, we like that the Incognito doesn't wobble when you rest it in a table in the open position.
The face of the Incognito is more than just a shiny surface; it's also a large alphanumeric touch pad and navigation array. It's invisible when the backlighting is off, but a flick of the small switch on the left spine will activate the controls that include a standard 12-digit keypad, a back key, the Talk and End buttons, four directional arrows, and a central OK button. The keys need just a light press and a vibrating feedback lets you know that your touch has registered. The arrangement is quite spacious so you shouldn't have a problem pressing the wrong key.
Though the Incognito's design is unique, it's not always easy to use. As you'd expect, the touch surface is slippery and you'll leave a visible fingerprint with every press. We'd also like more customization options--as it is you can't change the backlighting time, the touch sensitivity, or the intensity of the vibrating feedback. We also didn't like the tiny external display. Not only is it monochrome so it won't show photo caller ID, but you can access only a few menu options. Though we admit we'd rather use the internal display under most circumstances, we'd like to see some color here at the very least.
On the Incognito's right spine you'll find the microSD card slot, Micro-USB charger port, a voice dialing control, and the volume rocker. The latter is a bit small and located too close to the bottom of the phone. The camera lens sits on the rear side next to a speaker. The Incognito doesn't allow for self-portraits. On the bottom of the device is the 2.5mm headset jack; we'd prefer a 3.5mm jack on a music phone.
The internal display measures 2.6 inches and supports 262,000 colors (320x240 pixels). It's bright and vibrant with sharp colors and graphics and the menu interface is easy to use. As on similar phones, the display has a landscape orientation for easier messaging. Sprint also adds its own spin with the carrier's OneClick interface, which offers customizable shortcuts to favorite features. You can change the display brightness and backlighting time. Users with visual impairments should note that the font size on both displays can be quite small.
Below the Incognito's display are two soft keys. Unlike on some other handsets with this design, the keys are placed directly below the corresponding commands on the screen. The keyboard has just three rows, which means letters share space with numbers and symbols. However, the keys are large and separated well from each other. We could dial and text quickly without any issues and we appreciate that the buttons aren't completely flush. In all honesty, this is one of the most comfortable keyboards that we've seen on a messaging phone.
You'll also find a navigation toggle and a fair number of shortcut and command keys. There are Talk and End/power buttons; a back control; shortcut for the camera, speakerphone, and messaging menu; a key for accessing emoticons; and a spacious, well-positioned space bar. Symbols are available through a separate onscreen menu.
The Incognito's 600-contact phone book has room in each entry for multiple phone numbers, an e-mail address, a street address, an instant-messaging ID, a URL, and notes. You also can organize callers into groups and pair them with a photos and one of 37 (72-chord) polyphonic ringtones. Sprint offers a wireless backup service for your contracts in case you lose your phone.
Essential features include multimedia and threaded text messaging, an alarm clock, a calendar, a calculator, a countdown timer, a speakerphone, a stopwatch, and a world clock. You'll also find Bluetooth with a stereo profile, a voice recorder, instant messaging, speaker-independent voice commands and dialing, USB mass storage, and PC syncing. The Incognito also supports Sprint Navigation, the carrier's Family Locater service, and most POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail accounts.