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Sanyo Katana DLX review

7.6/10 AVG.
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7.6/10
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The Sanyo Katana DLX currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
1+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Wired

Sanyo's newest weapon in the mobile phone wars has a decidedly old-fashioned design. Looks aside, it's a passable multimedia phone: The interface is efficient, and built-in GPS serves up turn-by-turn directions that beat static, collision-inducing Google Maps. Support for Sprint's TV and music servi...

- Evan Shamoon, Wired


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Sanyo released the Katana DLX on July 16, 2007.


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Sanyo backs up the Katana DLX with a 1 year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Sanyo Katana DLX's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
1+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 1+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
32 MB

Internal memory is 32 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sanyo's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Katana DLX Specs

Overview
Release date July 16, 2007
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 32 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.21 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty -
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Champagne, Pink Satin, Platinum Ice
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.4 x 4.8 x 1.7 cm (3.7 x 1.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight 99 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD (TFT), 80 x 80 pixels, 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols Webmail
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
-
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Multi-shot, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio -
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sanyo SCP-8500

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Critic Reviews


Wired

It's a passable multimedia phone

from Wired

Sanyo's newest weapon in the mobile phone wars has a decidedly old-fashioned design. Looks aside, it's a passable multimedia phone: The interface is efficient, and built-in GPS serves up turn-by-turn directions that beat static, collision-inducing Google Maps. Support for Sprint's TV and music services means you'll never be bored at the DMV again. It also comes in pink, if that's how you roll...

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Sanyo's newest weapon in the mobile phone wars has a decidedly old-fashioned design. Looks aside, it's a passable multimedia phone: The interface is efficient, and built-in GPS serves up turn-by-turn directions that beat static, collision-inducing Google Maps. Support for Sprint's TV and music services means you'll never be bored at the DMV again. It also comes in pink, if that's how you roll.

WIRED: Easy-to-carry, 0.6-inch-thick design. Sharp QVGA screen. Sensible button layout. Keys have nice bounce. Included 128-MB microSD card is better than nothing.

TIRED: Kinda fugly. Uninspiring build quality. Mediocre 1.3-megapixel camera. No external music controls. Rather pricey considering what you actually get.

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User Reviews


Phonedog

cool phone

from Phonedog
Pro: the phone is cheap, and it gives a lot. MP3, videos etc. Con: the micro sd covers are made of rubber so the stretch when you open them a lot and become hard to close. Using experience: 1 years i really like this phone i sometimes go on you tube and watch videos or rush hour 2 straight from the memory card
Pro: the phone is cheap, and it gives a lot. MP3, videos etc. Con: the micro sd covers are made of rubber so the stretch when you open them a lot and become hard to close. Using experience: 1 years i really like this phone i sometimes go on you tube and watch videos or rush hour 2 straight from the memory card Less
Amazon

poor battery power

from Amazon
Well, the battery power is bad. I had it for 1 months and only use it every once in awhile. I turn it off to charge and let it charge for days but it keeps dieing on me. *NO I'm not on analoge roam* I got this phone after the guy at the srpint store said it was 'illegal' for me to upgrade and he'll...More
Well, the battery power is bad. I had it for 1 months and only use it every once in awhile. I turn it off to charge and let it charge for days but it keeps dieing on me. *NO I'm not on analoge roam* I got this phone after the guy at the srpint store said it was 'illegal' for me to upgrade and he'll report b/c it was criminal to upgrade. I know, I figured it was because he wanted me to get rid of my old plan and get a new one. My old plan has unlimited texing and internet. I was given this phone. So, as I had the phone for no more then several months, I noticed that when I charged it completely, the battery power would die quickly. I'd text a few messages, it die. I made sure that I didnt leave any applications running and it still die. It was off when it charge and it didnt work. I tried different charges for the phone and it wouldnt charge, yet when I placed other phones *of the same brand on it* they would charge. Mine may be a defect but this was rediculous. Not to mention, I set my purse down and it fell out, the battery popped out easily. I had to tape it on for it to stick. Im taking it back but hope they dont report me b/c 'upgrades are illegal at sprint.' =S or so what they tell me at the stores here. Less
Amazon

Phone is awesome

from Amazon
This phone does email, really nice photos, fun random apps, streams TV well. Fits well in your pocket and is nice and flat. I have dropped mine several times on concrete and it works just fine and takes an amazing amount of abuse. Standard bad things- if you are looking at the internet, of course t...More
This phone does email, really nice photos, fun random apps, streams TV well. Fits well in your pocket and is nice and flat. I have dropped mine several times on concrete and it works just fine and takes an amazing amount of abuse. Standard bad things- if you are looking at the internet, of course the screen is small. Also, and maybe (hopefully) they have fixed this bug- sending mail via Gmail tends to make the mail program crash, which makes the email program nice to read your email, but not so good to reply to. Less

Katana DLX

Best phone I have ever owned so far. Hate that Sprint quit offering it, because thier new Katana's can't hold a candle to this one.
Amazon

GREAT Kat

from Amazon
This is the second Katana I have purchased. The first one was the original. It was a wonderful phone but needing to chang plans I needed a new phone so the only choice was another Kat. This one is pretty in pink. Has much of the same stuff as the first. More colors and tones. Just as fun. Gotta love the KAT!
This is the second Katana I have purchased. The first one was the original. It was a wonderful phone but needing to chang plans I needed a new phone so the only choice was another Kat. This one is pretty in pink. Has much of the same stuff as the first. More colors and tones. Just as fun. Gotta love the KAT! Less
Yahoo

Katana Deluxe

from Yahoo
Pro: I love this phone Con: I have no cons I have had several phones through Sprint and this has to be my favorite phone. It is easy to use and I can actually hear it ringing even when I have the ringer set low. The battery last for days before you have to charge the phone. I also like the bluetooth capability it works very well with this phone.
Pro: I love this phone Con: I have no cons I have had several phones through Sprint and this has to be my favorite phone. It is easy to use and I can actually hear it ringing even when I have the ringer set low. The battery last for days before you have to charge the phone. I also like the bluetooth capability it works very well with this phone. Less
Amazon

sanyo Katana DLX 8500 review

from Amazon
I love this phone. It has everything I wanted on it. I get great reception. I have no complaints.Natalie from Ohio
Amazon

phone is nice, sprint is not

from Amazon
I recommend this phone. It works well and has some really nice features. However, I do not recommend Sprint. First, in addition to purchasing a package and phone from Amazon, Sprint charged me a $150 deposit. It's refundable, so I accepted it. However, in my area, Sprint coverage is very spotty....More
I recommend this phone. It works well and has some really nice features. However, I do not recommend Sprint. First, in addition to purchasing a package and phone from Amazon, Sprint charged me a $150 deposit. It's refundable, so I accepted it. However, in my area, Sprint coverage is very spotty. In my house, I have 3 bars with Alltel and either zero or one bar with Sprint. So I canceled my service after one day. Guess what? You have to wait SIX WEEKS to get that deposit back. And then, it's by check...they don't credit your credit card as they should. Their customer service folks are all in India and seem nice enough, if you can find someone who understands what you're asking. I'm sticking with Alltel. Less
Amazon

review is inaccurate, Telenav GPs doesn't support the katana dlx

from Amazon
One if the primary reasons I bought the Katana DLX in September was the GPS feature touted in the amazon review (and others, all got it wrong). The Katana DLX is not compatible with current offerings of the Sprint Navigation powered by Telenav. In fact, The phone is conspicuously absent from the suppo...More
One if the primary reasons I bought the Katana DLX in September was the GPS feature touted in the amazon review (and others, all got it wrong). The Katana DLX is not compatible with current offerings of the Sprint Navigation powered by Telenav. In fact, The phone is conspicuously absent from the supported devices on the Telenav website. The Sprint support people were clueless. And the app can be downloaded to the phone, it just does not work. I spoke directly with the Telenav support folks and they confirmed that the Katana DLX is not supported even though the Katana and the Katana II are supported devices. That said, I'm mostly satisfied with the phone and really like being able to connect to the internet via bluetooth using my laptop and near broadband speed. The camera feature works ok, but no flash. Call volume is fine too. Less
Yahoo

Upgrade

from Yahoo
Pro: nice phone Con: not user friendly its a great upgrade from old phone of 4 years BUT its not user friendly, it takes some time to figure it out,