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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
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>> Hi I'm Kent German, senior editor here at CNET.com. Today we are going to take a first look at the Sanyo SCP7000; this is a new phone from Sprint service. Sanyo phones, Sprint has a lot of them, they're actually the only major operator to carry Sanyo phones. Typically come more in the mid tier, maybe lower end range, there are a couple higher end ones like the Sanyo M1, but definitely we see a lot of these lower end phones that are just really designed for making calls. Looks a lot like other Sanyo phones before it, they do have a very large speaker grill right here, sort of dominates the front face just below that is a external display, it is Mono chrome but it shows all the information you need. There is no camera on this phone, so it doesn't support photo caller ID, but you can actually send photos with this phone as it doesn't have multimedia messaging either. Design is pretty solid overall, did like the rubber touches here, this is a push to talk phone for sprints ready Link service so it does come in a pretty sturdy design. Did like the hinge was for very oversize, very solid feeling, has an external antenna, can extend even more but as usual it's pretty flimsy. Do have a covered headset jack right here, below that is the push talk button and below that is the volume rocker. The phone does feature interchangeable faceplates, it does come with a blue and black faceplate, you can buy more though. All you need to do is you take off the blue right here, snap it off, just as easy as that and you can snap on the black. So it does allow for a little bit of personalization, we like the blue a little better it adds a splash of color to the phone. Open up, inside you'll see an internal display, found it a little small for the phone size, felt it to be just a little bit bigger, also a little brighter or a little more vibrant. It is sixty five thousand colors instead of two hundred and sixty two thousand, OK for this caliber phone but we are definitely getting spoiled by that two hundred and sixty two thousand colors. Moving down to the navigation array, do have a bit of a different design than other Sanyo phones, typically you see a round navigation toggle, this ones octagonal it's shaped like a stop sign. The shape doesn't make a whole lot of difference, but the toggle has a slight depression in the center so it is easy to dial by feel, also the OK button in the center is slightly raised so it's very easy to use when you are not actually looking on the phone. Talk key is a little odd because when you press it once instead of getting a full list of the most recent calls, you actually get only the most recent calls, so the last one you dialed with the option of voice dialing. Typically like to have a dedicated voice channeling button rather than having it mixed in with something else. Overall the phone doesn't have a whole lot on board, and does have ready Link, does have voice dialing, access to Sprint's wireless backup network, but no camera in no Bluetooth, but it does have a speakerphone. Overall very decent, a pretty good call quality and pretty reasonably priced. I'm Kent German and this is the Sanyo SCP7000.
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