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Sanyo Katana Eclipse review

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The Sanyo Katana Eclipse is the fifth in the Katana franchise and holds its own quite well.

This CDMA clamshell has a modern, glossy look and feel and comes with a mid-range feature set sure to please the casual user and pernicious alike.

Measuring only 3.6 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches and weighing just 3.4 ounces, the Eclipse is small, but small in a good way, not cramped or difficult to use.

The main display is a 2 inch, 176 x 220 pixel screen capable of reproducing the now standard 65K colors. The secondary, external display measures 1 inch and has a 96 x 96 resolution and can be used for GPS navigation. The Eclipse is rated at 4.6 hours of talk time.

The phone also has a 1.3MP camera, stereo Bluetooth 2.0 and internet access via a WAP 2.0 browser.

Also included is a 500 name capacity, customizable phone book, alarm, calendar, calculator, stopwatch and the ever present World Clock. There are voice command controls for dialing, recording and speakerphone.

The Eclipse has a unique look and a useful feature set and should please flip phone fans.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2"
Camera
1+ MP



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Sanyo released the Katana Eclipse on August 11, 2008.


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Sanyo backs up the Katana Eclipse with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Katana Eclipse has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sanyo support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sanyo's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
2"

The Sanyo Katana Eclipse's screen size is 2 inches 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
10 MB

Internal memory is 10 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
840mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 840 mAh battery. Sanyo's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Katana Eclipse Specs

Overview
Release date August 11, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 10 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.91 W/kg
Body: 0.28 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 840 mAh
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 Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.4 x 4.8 x 1.5 cm (3.7 x 1.9 x 0.6 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 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD (TFT), 80 x 80 pixels, 1 inches, 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 Yes
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 No
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 A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
12x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Frames, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
15 fps, up to 120 minutes
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers 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 Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sanyo SCP-6750

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Several Problems

My son and I both have this phone. He started having issues with his and I thought maybe it was a "fluke" because mine didn't have the issues. However, now mine is also having the same issues - turns itself off when plugged in to charge, freezes up if a text message comes in when another is going out...More
My son and I both have this phone. He started having issues with his and I thought maybe it was a "fluke" because mine didn't have the issues. However, now mine is also having the same issues - turns itself off when plugged in to charge, freezes up if a text message comes in when another is going out and have to pull out battery to get to reset itself, screen goes black for no reason . . . . not happy with this phone. Less

Excellent phone

I've had my Eclipse X for over two years. Never had a single problem. I've dropped it lots of times. I'd have to say it's just as rugged as every other Sanyo I've had. It has excellent rf sensitivity, better than my wife's Katana because she loses signal before I do every time. I just don't have a...More
I've had my Eclipse X for over two years. Never had a single problem. I've dropped it lots of times. I'd have to say it's just as rugged as every other Sanyo I've had. It has excellent rf sensitivity, better than my wife's Katana because she loses signal before I do every time. I just don't have any complaints about this phone. It's camera is excellent for phone. What's not to like? Less

All Katana Eclipse Pulled! Don't Buy!

Husband bought the Eclipse. The style and lights and other functions were a sure sale. He started having problems two weeks after he bought it. Took it back to Sprint and they did not want to replace it. Phone continually disconnects from earpiece. Sometimes it locks up when ever around water, like...More
Husband bought the Eclipse. The style and lights and other functions were a sure sale. He started having problems two weeks after he bought it. Took it back to Sprint and they did not want to replace it. Phone continually disconnects from earpiece. Sometimes it locks up when ever around water, like rivers, or lakes. Would lock up when ever he was around a Wal-Mart store. Now it locks up when ever it feels like it. Sprint finally took it back, just before our 30 days was up. Had the same problem with the replacement, and this was on the second day. Took it back Sprint and they checked the phone at their repair station and one of the reps flat said, "I don't know what's wrong and we can't fix it." Was given another phone, same thing happened. Sprint even blamed it on the 'Jawbone' earpiece. Exchanged it again (for same phone), and I was told I would not be able to get another replacement. Phone is still doing the same thing. Now Sprint says they cannot exchange phone, because it is over 30 days from last time phone was replaced. Come to find out from one of the sales reps, right after we got the last replacement, all Katana's were, PULLED! Can you believe that? Sprint told my husband he had to contact Sanyo because Sprint could not do anything. Called Sanyo who says we can send the phone to them for 3-6 weeks and if they could not duplicate the problem, they will just send it back. Some Customer Service! Swindle people by selling defective phones, knowing they are defective, and do not want to replace or give a refund. So where we stand now is, we can send the phone back and wait to see if they can determine what the problem is and repair it, and if they can't repair it, we just have to live with it. Sounds like a rip off to me, by Sprint who knows these problems exits and still sale to consumers, and Sanyo who knows the problems exits but figures they got another sucker to buy their defective products. My advice to people considering buying this phone, “DON’T”! It is not worth the drama dealing with Sanyo or SPRINT! Less

CRAP

I have had this phone for maybe 6 months and my screen is white. I have not dropped it or got water on it, it is just crap.

I hate my sanyo eclipse

its too slippery, doesn't download apps that i want. says size mismatched. there is a stupid mute button on the side of the phone that is easy to press when talking on the phone. over all this is a shitty phone. and i hate it.....

Sanyo Katana Eclipse

Nice looking phone. One problem, short life. Had this phone for 6 months and the screens have failed. Don't buy this phone.

Tick tick tick . . . . . . .

BE WARNED Seems these phones all have a life clock. My phone display died just a few weeks ago. Since it was a corporate phone I was able to obtain another one (formerly used by one of my staff who was chopped by the economy). Both phones were originally purchased at the same time. Within a week a sim...More
BE WARNED Seems these phones all have a life clock. My phone display died just a few weeks ago. Since it was a corporate phone I was able to obtain another one (formerly used by one of my staff who was chopped by the economy). Both phones were originally purchased at the same time. Within a week a similar display problem occurred with my "new' phone. In chatting with some others in the office they too have seen the same problems with both the main display and the secondary displays (small one visible when the phone is closed) of their phones. They had already had to replace them. I don’t think this is a coincidence. Come on Sanyo – product quality on longevity are still important to the user community!!!! BE WARNED Less

Sanyo-Katana-Eclipse = Fine mid-range phone

I switched from an LG 6200 to this Sanyo Katana Eclipse., and I definately like this phone better . I especially like having a removable memory card to interact with my PC or laptop. Easy transferring of pictures etc. I wish this unit had a camera flash option. The 1.3 mp takes nice pics. Video (w/...More
I switched from an LG 6200 to this Sanyo Katana Eclipse., and I definately like this phone better . I especially like having a removable memory card to interact with my PC or laptop. Easy transferring of pictures etc. I wish this unit had a camera flash option. The 1.3 mp takes nice pics. Video (w/sound) quality is good. Lots of on board ringtones ,although I don't really care for most of them . I do not use the web much so with that said I wish the "softkey" shortcut could be disabled . Too easy to launch it accidentally. Let's check back here in a years time . Less

Eclipse likened to the boy-next-door

I switched from my old Sanyo m300 to the Katana Eclipse last August, and am quite fond of this sleek but simple phone. The pros are the long battery life (lasted way longer than my old phone), the good mp3 playback, the colorful lights (pretty when receiving a call!), and it's overall easy-to-use desi...More
I switched from my old Sanyo m300 to the Katana Eclipse last August, and am quite fond of this sleek but simple phone. The pros are the long battery life (lasted way longer than my old phone), the good mp3 playback, the colorful lights (pretty when receiving a call!), and it's overall easy-to-use design. the cons are the voice playback (i.e. when you record a voice or the like, it sounds really scratchy), and the missed voicemail alerts (though it doesn't happen often, it's inconvenient). Those are the main things that stand out for me. But overall it's a hit with me! Less

Mehhhhhhhhh

The phone itself looks great and is very light. I have only had it for one day, so I can't really say too much. So far the sound is good and the settings and tools on the phone are very easy to use. The one huge problem is that the front screen crack withing 8 hours from the time I bought it. It...More
The phone itself looks great and is very light. I have only had it for one day, so I can't really say too much. So far the sound is good and the settings and tools on the phone are very easy to use. The one huge problem is that the front screen crack withing 8 hours from the time I bought it. It is very weak and any pressure or small drops will damage this phone. The drop was about 1 1/2 feet and the middle of the front screen crack and a bunch of paint scraped off. This is the first phone I dropped that has ever broken and I drop my phones constantly cause my phone is always on my lap when I am driving. so when I get out of my car it always hits the concrete and they never brake, but this one did and it's not a small crack either. If you get this phone buy a case or make sure you never ever ever drop this phone....Now Let's see if they will return it. doubtfull cause bell is terrible. Less

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