"This is the phone for which many of us have waited"5.0 starson by helodoc1
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.