CNET First Look
Sanyo Vero SCP-3820The Sanyo Vero doesn't get the highest call quality marks, but its user-friendly design and functional features make it a decent handset for basic communication.
Hi, I'm Kent German, senior editor for cnet.com. I'm here with the first look at the Sanyo Vero. This is also called the SCP-3820. Now this is a phone, of course, made by Kyocera, but they own a Sanyo brand now, so this, for all intents and purpose, a Sanyo phone. Overall, the design is pretty basic, though. I think it's somewhat attractive. It does have a plastic outer cover, so it didn't feel it was entirely sturdy. The hinge a little better and also it does have a reverse hinge. It makes no difference in usability whatsoever, but it's just note that it's there. Pretty thin profile as well. We don't see thin as a big trend in cellphones anymore, but this phone certainly fits the bill. Fit into a pocket easily. It didn't have any weight to a bag. On the front, you see the external display. It's about the size of a posted stamp. It shows the time in really big font, so I like I said that's pretty easy to see. Here in the side there is a 2.5 mm headset jack, really I'd like 3.5, even on a phone that doesn't have a lot of music features. The phone has a nice internal display, takes full advantage of the phone's size, where I like that. It's also pretty bright and vivid. Menus are easy to use, easy to navigate I can find what I wanted easily. Keypad buttons and controls are nicely designed. They are flat, but I didn't have any problems of misdials. I could even somewhat use them when I was dialling by feel. Overall, the feature said is pretty standard. This is 1.3-megapixel camera. It has Bluetooth. It has a speakerphone. It has personal organizer options, but doesn't go much beyond that. The call quality is pretty good, higher call volumes. The audio tends to get a little distorted and it can get pretty loud. The speakerphone, I wasn't impressed with it really, unusable in some ways. You gotta be really close to it and you're gonna make sure you're in a quite room, but even then, the sound can get a little distorted. People don't exactly sound like themselves. Overall, though, I think the Vero is a pretty decent phone for communication. If you need a phone with really big text on the display and on its numbers, I recommend it. I'm Kent German, and this is the Sanyo Vera first look.