Pros Military Spec 810G means the Taho is submersible, can handle the temperture, weather and tough punishment.
Good call quality, reception and battery life. The speaker phone is loud and clear.
Excellent front display for outdoor use, internal display
Cons Lacks some multimedia features like Sprint TV.
Summary This phone is for active outdoors people, its build for rough and tumble activities.
It's great for camping, hiking or fishing & hunting it can take the punishment. A phone that fits in with outdoors industries where smartphones and blackberries can't survive. It truly the go to phone when the going gets tough and takes on job.
This is not just another pretty stylish phone, it's a tough looking mug phone for work and play.
Pros Extreme ruggedness! I work "In the Field" and this phone is subjected to daily abuse. Also, I bluetooth this device into the intercom system on my motorcycle (40k miles/year) and it is impervious to vibration, dust and water. Replaces my Sanyo 7050.
Cons Sound can be an issue if you are used to holding the phone against your ear during a call. Hold the phone a millimeter or two away from your ear and the issue is resolved. Better yet, use the exceptional speaker phone for absolute clarity.
Summary As stated in the 'Pros' section... this phone takes durability to a new level! My Wife & I have used the same model phones for the last 4 years. Our last model was the durable Sprint Sanyo 7050. My 7050 fell from a helicopter at 100 feet and survived, so when the screen failed after 4 years of abuse, I was absolute in my decision to find another Sanyo phone of like-or-better quality. My timing was right as Sprint had just announced the Taho. After several months of use, my Wife wanted to upgrade too, but was uncertain. I demonstrated the durability by overhand throwing the phone across the room then dropping it into a sink full of water! I then called her old Sanyo 7050.....We now have two (2) Taho's in the family. I love this phone! I work in remote locations and have had connection issues with Motorola phones. Since I switched to the Sanyo brand with Sprint coverage....connectivity is not an issue. Sanyo phones with Sprint service are an amazing combination. Usually, I am the the only crew member able to make a 'voice' call when others (verizon, at&t, and t-mobile) are lucky to be able to send text messages. In addition, this phone connects Via Bluetooth without issue to both my motorcycle's Garmin 550 GPS and my Wife's BMW 330XI's I-Drive. Extreme environmental conditions like vibration, rain and dust are no match for the Sanyo Taho by kyocera. This is as good as it gets for rugged, commercially available cellular phones...and you get internet too!
This is definitely NOT the phnoe for your 20-something AT&T I-Phone user, but if your are looking for a phone that can make a call in-the-middle-of-nowhere, connect to the net and survive a freak thunderstorm or the occasional drop from elevation into a mud puddle this IS your phone!
Sprint has been good to us over the past many years. Their service is reliable and comprehensive. We look forward to several years of reliable, durable service from this compact, rugged phone.
Pros You dont have to baby this thing. It was raining outside today and I was talking on it without worries. You can drop it and it's fine. The battery lasts forever on 1 charge. Reception is awesome. Bluetooth connection works well. Grippy surfaces
Cons It's big by today's standards, no surprise there. It is smaller than many smartphones though...
Summary It's a really durable phone for talking. It's probably one of the best I've bought in a long time. You're obviously not going to get this phone if you want the things smartphones have to offer. I'm on an old sprint non-data family plan that's super cheap so I actually bought this outright for $300 (the savings in my monthly bill will make up for it in less than a year). I could see this phone being great for outdoorsy people, people out in the country with bad reception, construction/contractor folks, and even elderly (who can benefit from larger/clearer keys, better grip surfaces, and who might be prone to dropping things).
It is large by todays razor thin standards, but it's not any bigger than my wife's 3 year old flip phone nor my friends smartphone.
I hope this phone does well so the industry see's there is a market for durable regular phones so we're not all forced to upgrade to the ridiculously priced data plans.
Pros A solidly built phone that fits into your hand and has a great keypad that actually matches your fingers. Easy user interfece and easy to understand features. Excellent signal reception and crystal clear call quality.
Cons If yah want cellphone whistle features .. buy a smartphone !
Summary This is the tuff'ish styled phone for guys that want to make voice calls and if they absolutely have to, check thier email or use the Web to look something up.
When I first picked up the phone, I thought "great ! .. it actually fits my hand and the tiny button are gone on the keypad". My first call was crystal clear and I live in the boonies. Strong reception, too .. now I get 3 bars instead of 1 bar from inside my house. Customizing the phone was a piece of cake .. just follow the menu and pick your choices !
Pros Great call quality, Rugged design, Water proof, Easy to use, Great battery life, good features
Cons Feels cheep
Summary I have been using nextel phones for the past 12 years and I have tried many cdma wannabe phones. None impressed me at all, except the Taho. I just switched jobs so I no longer need the direct connect feature, but I still need my phone to be durable. This phone can stand up to just about anything I have thrown at it so far. I had never had a sanyo phone before and I was a bit worried about the quality having come from nextel. But all in all I am very pleased. The phone feels a little cheep when you first hold it, but it really is a solidly built phone. The call quality was also impressive. The keypad is very easy to see and use aswell.
If you are looking for a solid rugged phone with great call quality, or are simply a nextel fan trying to trasition from iden to cdma, the Sanyo Taho is a great choice. I would recomend this phone to anyone.