Pros Reception, 2.0 megapixel camera, external speaker volume, high resolution screen, large external screen, fast menu options, storage space, stereo bluetooth, fast EV-DO speeds, overall feel & function.
Cons Wish it had even MORE storage space!
Summary This phone has just about everything you can pack into such a small package. I get excellent reception with it and have yet to drop a single call (I've had the phone for almost a month now). I loaded it up with about 100 mp3's the first day I got it and have been in stereo bluetooth heaven ever since. I used to have to pack a separate mp3 player when I went to the gym but with this phone I get to ditch that and the messy wires that came with it. I'm using a Plantronics 590A headset and the sound comes through loud, crisp and clear. I still can't believe you can get such great music clarity and volume from a wireless set-up and still not miss a call, it's the perfect combo. I've transferred a few short video clips and a couple music video's from my pc and with it's 1.3-inch 260K-color QVGA LCD 240x320 resolution display they come out AMAZINGLY clear. Everyone I've showed them to has been absolutely blown away with the resolution.
With the EV-DO network I can surf the web like I'm on a broadband network, although I found that doing this tends to put a drain on the battery. Although it's not meant to view sites like eBay I was able to track an auction I had going to get the final sale price so that was very useful.
I also wanted to mention the fast menu options as I tried a few other 3G phones in the past that were supposedly very good but I couldn't stand waiting a full second for every menu option to load. My old Sanyo 5500 would load them instantly so I got used to that speed. Because of that I had to return a Blade and I specifically did not purchase a few other advanced 3G phones I tried out at the Sprint store since I noticed they loaded at the same slow speed. I think the internal 1gb memory has something to do with that but I'm not sure, but I do really appreciate the speed with witch you can maneuver through the different menu options. That and the overall feel of the phone and intuitiveness of it’s layout and functions are excellent, but I’m sure I’m a little biased since I’m coming from another Sanyo phone, albeit an old one (5500).
There are tons of other things to appreciate about this phone like the 2.0 mp camera, space-only limited video capture times (although you have to transfer anything over 500kb(?) Via. The USB cable), superb voice activation controls etc. but this review would never stop if I went on about all of that stuff. The only thing this phone really lacks is MORE storage space, but that's only because it's such a great phone to begin with.
I read another review that complained about the phone not having an fm receiver and I don't know where he or she lives but around here we get about 25 minutes of music (the same songs too) every hour and about 35 minutes of commercials so I don't miss that at all. I can easily load all ten songs I'm missing without the commercials and have tons of space left so that doesn't make any sense to me (unless you just HAVE to hear a specific radio show or really do like listening to commercials) which, correct me if I'm wrong, is one of the reasons why the original Walkman was created back in the 80's, so that people could take the music they wanted to hear with them and not have to bother with commercials or hearing the same played out songs over and over again.
While this phone is probably not a 10 (no phone is) I'd like to give it a 10 in fairness to make up for a couple of the ridiculously low ratings I've seen for a phone of this caliber. Anyone who gives it anything lower than a 7 should not be allowed to own or operate any cell phone. It's a solid 8.5-9 in all honesty IMO. You can ALWAYS ask for more in any hi-tech item these days, but at some point you have to realize and accept that you're at the cusp of what can be practically and economically produced and sold and only time and further technological advancements will allow for a significantly better model of whatever it is you're assessing. In that respect, this phone IS the cutting edge of 3G cell phone technology these days.Updated
Nicole from Cnet seems to have missed the self-portrait feature (I guess a very important feature for women??) in the camera's menu. To take a self-portrait turn on the camera, go to options, picture mode, then select self portrait. Walla.
Also, I don't know of any LCD that's easy to see in the sun. Seems like a weird comment to make since you could basically make the same comment on any phone with an LCD display. It also seems very inappropriate since this phone's LCD is excellent and one of the best on the market with it's high resolution and contrast. Way off base there IMO.
Pros Extremely smart phone, excellent MP3 player, superior sound quality, built-in mass memory storage.
Cons Rather masculine looking and thus far there is nothing I can do to change that.
Summary I bought this phone after my Fusic was stolen. This phone smokes the Fusic. I originally bought the Fusic to replace my MP3 player at the gym, but it would get hung up on my songs and stop playing, so I gave up on having an MP3 phone. Then it was stolen, so I got this one instead. What a BRILLIANT little phone.
The memory is mass storage, not just an MP3 player. Don't get me wrong the media player plays all my songs flawlessly, and lets me sort them in to playlists, change the order they play, change the sound with the built in EQ, log on to the internet while I'm playing songs, send/receive TM's while music is playing, and basically access almost all functions of the phone during music play. But the mass storage also stores my personal photos and videos and the quality of the photos is amazing.
The volume on my calls is great. I had trouble with my Fusic. On some calls, I just couldn't get the caller loud enough and kept having to say "what?", "what?" I hated that.
I just can't say enough good things about this phone. It never ceases to impress me. From auto-completing text messages by pulling names from my contacts list, or pulling words from old text messages, to resuming music play automatically when I've completed a phone call. I am extremely pleased.
Also, when my phone was stolen, my IPAQ was stolen too. The calendar on this phone is great. Very similar to an IPAQ. You can set up multi-day events, have them repeat weekly, yearly, etc. So I won't need to replace my IPAQ.
Anyway, hope this helps.
Pros just-right internal memory and fusic-like music smarts and a comfy ear-phone mike combo
Cons can't do mac's and some features just off in execution
Summary i've had the m1 for a couple of weeks after 2 years of treo 650 ownership. so far, the transition has been smooth, with the greatest loss being the qwerty keyboard and the full internet access (power vision phones do not have built-in dun feature turned on) that i had with the treo. in return, i've gained a machine that is quick and responsive. it processes pictures and videos (be forewarned: only videos taken by phones like .3g2 files) very well.
styled like the lg fusic but beefier, the core function nevertheless remains a phone first and a music player second. the power vision streaming-tv features runs a distant third (the 2 displays are bright and decent, although a touch small), with the camera/camcorder features well out of the money. it works, but it's not spectacular. there are some hidden gems. thanks to its abundant internal memory, you can take hours of audio notes (no ditch that electronic recorder), as well as a veritable home-movie (4 weddings AND a funeral--literally). it's just that the pictures you get will not be that good. so, be forewarned.
mac-o-philes, the m1 cannot be used by macs via its usb cable as other than read-only. this is very annoying, since i prefer computers that don't suck. i thought about returning it for this reason alone, but the bluetooth connection allowed a slow-but-as-yet-acceptable work-around.
having said as much, i do like this phone very much. i previously tried out the samsung a900 for 2 weeks and thought that the design of the samsung was missing two crucial elements: memory and battery life. sanyo got both right in m1, and more.
so, don't get this phone if you are looking for cute (fusic or the pink katana) or stylish (motokrzr). rather, get this if you want a phone that's more about workign well than hype.
nota bene: the m1 does not take kindly to mpeg files. jpegs are fine. but as yet not tiffs. it likes mp3 and unlocked m4p files as well. i have not tried out a bluetooth stereo headphone, although it is an option. finally, it comes with all necesary cables.Updated
try this with your m1:
get a cassette deck music interface (like the ones you have for ipods), and connect to the m1 with your music playing. when you phone rings, the music will automatically suspend. you can then either answer or ignore (depending on how you've set up your phone). as long as your microphone is not buried, you have a defacto hands-free connection running through your car stereo. fun for the whole family, and especially for grandparents on the other end. music will automatically resume at the end of call.
as you've deduced, i really am starting to appreciate the music player more and more. it's like having a poor-man's nano, with the phone functionality built in. the music interface is very linear, but very workable. the battery time with the music player is decent. i could play from cupertino to lake tahoe, with a few conversations thrown in. however, i always travel with a phone charger. so i was not worried about draining my charge.
the reception is very good. typical sanyo. so, this is sanyo's swan song in the us cell phone market. i heard that they originally tried to make this a 2 gig unit, but settled for 1. either way, they are going out in style.
"BT design flaw"on by Hawg_Ryder
Pros Great screen/video/internet... External Speakers, good recption
Cons BT won't work without cutting in and out
Summary I am preparing to send my 4th M1 back to Sprint and am opting for a Fusic as a replacement. I finally pinned down what is going on with the phone, and it is apparently a design flaw. All of the M1's I have received drop the outgoing audio during the conversation when using a BT headset. If any audio is coming in from the person you're talking to (background noise for instance) the M1 will cut your outgoing audio off. It is very difficult for the person to understand you when every other word is being chopped off.I did extensive testing with 3 different headsets and got the same results. I loved the phone but no BT is a deal breaker for me. I suggest that anyone else experiencing the same problem contact Sprint and Sanyo. This problem is Sanyo's IMO not Sprint. Good luck
Pros Is a do it all phone. Excellent memory and lots of good features on it.
Cons The phone kept freezing on me and needed to be restarted.
Summary I actually owned two of this phones in about a week and a half. Both phones had the same problem. The screen will freeze and the phone needed to be restarted in order for it to work properly again. It was a shame since the phone is truly a do it all. In my case it was a pretty bad experience. I wish you all the luck in the world if you buy this phone.