Pros I've had the Katana since it originally came out and have been amazed by the quality of the phone, durability, clear voice calling, sleek design. The original Katana sold me and I'll stay with Katana's
Cons The mirror finish shows lots of finger prints (but just get a coverage)
Summary Love it ... the Katana has maintained the same funtionality and durability as the orignal
"Really Happy"on by FunnyFozzy
Pros Great feature set for the price. On top of the standard features, I wanted blue tooth, voice recognition, and GPS capabilities in a Sanyo that feels comfortable in my pocket. Camera and looks are nice-to-haves for me.
Cons This phone doesn't appear to have the ruggedness of the two Sanyos I've owned, but I've not yet put it to test, so I'm holding off on a full five star rating!
Summary I wanted a Sanyo because I've owned two low-end Sanyos - each lasted more than the two-year contract, and I tend to drop phones. The worst that would happen is, one one of them, the battery would fly off. A simple clicking back in place and all was fine. Two sales people told me to stear clear of entry level Samsungs, so hear I am.
Beyond that - I talk a lot whild driving, so I really wanted blue tooth and voice recognition. Both work great. The texting program is good (I coldn't have a full keypad - size took priority). Battery live seems great thus far.
A couple of settings I'd love to see.
1) the ability to set the soft keys to whatever function I want. I don't have a data plan, so designating one of them to "Favorites" is a drawback.
2) I'd like to be able to set the keypad light to stay on for a longer periods of time. Perhaps similar to the options provided for the main screen. Too often I'm trying to find the "End" or "Talk" key in the dark (yes - whiile driving).
Pros I've only had it 1/2 a day so I don't know how it will preform as far as battery life or receiving signalsbut so far compared to Katana II there are no pros.
Cons Compared to the Katana II I find the following
Harder to read display
Harder to use interface
Downloading ringtones is not as easy
not as many features
Summary If you have a working Katana II don't "upgrade" you won't be happy. It's not an upgrade it is a stepdown. I'm going to try and get my old phone reactivated, I hate this one.
Pros Sanyo brand, easy interface, sweet signal.
Cons weak pictures, not many options.
Summary I work for a sprint dealer, so i've sold this model and have messed around with it. Overall the phone is "alright," meaning for the occasional user or the kids this phone is good. For the power user...you might as well look at another model.
The three colors (carbon, blue, pink) are good eye catchers. The shine on the finish attacts people and the LED display is a sweet look on the front. The area where I sell this model the phone is great for signal. This maybe because it is the Sanyo brand, or Sanyo is beefing up quality even more. The VGA camera is by far not the greatest. And I do wish is had the mico SD card slot.
As a final note, the phone is simple, easy to use, but thats because there's few major features. This does not make the phone bad, but more made for the occasional user.
Pros pretty on the outside
Cons uncomfortable keypad, low-res screen, unattractive interface, clunky typing
Summary This phone sure does look sleek while closed: that mirrored front makes the time appear out of nowhere! It's amazing. But open it up and all illusions are shattered. The screen is about as flashy as Mario Brothers 2. The menus are awkward, the camera isn't worth putting in in the first place, and while you can keep pressing "1" to insert period, comma, etc into your text message, you have to go to a special menu just to type an apostrophe. Internet is completely useless, even though the phone sometimes likes to think I'm interested in using it and tries to log me in while charging me for it. Don't judge a book by its cover.