The Vero's phonebook holds 600 contacts with room in each entry for multiple phone numbers, plus an e-mail address, an instant message handle, a URL, a street address, a birthday, a company and job title, and notes. You can organize into groups and pair them with a photo and one of 37 polyphonic ringtones. Sprint offers a wireless backup service for your contacts 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 stereo Bluetooth, a voice recorder, instant messaging, speaker-independent voice commands and dialing, USB mass storage, and PC syncing. The Vero also supports Sprint Navigation, the carrier's Family Locater service.
The Vero's camera has a 1.3-megapixel resolution that takes pictures in three resolutions. For editing options, you can adjust the image quality, brightness, sharpness, contrast, white balance, and color tone. The handset also offers a digital zoom, a choice of fun frames, a multishot mode, a self-timer, and three shutter sounds. The Vero does not record video.
After shooting photos, you can save your images to the Vero's internal memory. You get 12MB, which isn't a lot, but it's enough for a basic phone like the SCP-3820. You can transfer photos off the phone via a multimedia message, upload them to an online album hosted by Sprint, or transfer them to a printer via Bluetooth or PictBridge service. Photo quality is quite good for a low-resolution camera. The Vero doesn't allow for self-portraits.
You can personalize the Vero with clock styles and screensavers. More customization options and additional ringtones are available from Sprint with the WAP 2.0 browser. The handset comes with just a ScanLife application, but you can download more apps and games.
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) Sanyo Vero in San Francisco using Sprint service. Call quality was quite good on the whole. We enjoyed clear conversations and a strong signal that wasn't interrupted by any static or interference. Callers said we sounded great. Most could tell that we were using a cell phone, but that's not a bad thing. On the downside, though the volume level was satisfactory, the audio was warbled at the highest levels. You should be able to hear in loud places, but your friend's voice might not sound completely natural.
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Speakerphone calls could get quite loud, but the audio was tinny and a bit distorted from the Vero's sole speaker. Our friends could understand us if we were in a quiet place, but we advise turning off the speakerphone when calling an automated voice-response system. Bluetooth calls were fine, though quality will depend on the headset. The Vero is compatible with M4 and T4 hearing aids.
The Vero has a rated href="http://reviews.cnet.com/2719-11288_7-290-11.html">battery life of 5.2 hours talk time. Our tests revealed a talk time of 5 hours and 42 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests the Vero has a digital SAR of 1.49 watts per kilogram.