"Great phone for people who want to *talk* on their phone"3.5 starson by smcandrew
Pros: Small; good reception
Cons: Probably not a good choice for those who want music, photos, web, and many other non-talk features
Summary: I was thrilled to find that a phone such as the Sanyo S1 is actually available. So far it has fully met my expectations. I use my personal phone to talk; I use other devices for other types of media and communication. The phone is super slim, compact, and for all its simplicity and seeming lack of design originality has even sparked phone-envy comments from others (who also commented that they don't take advantage of the full functionality their phones offer). I should note now that I personally do not like clam shell style or other "flip" phones, no matter what their features; moving parts don't do it for me in a phone - but I don't need an iPhone. I highly recommend this phone to those who use their phones primarily for talking, and particularly to those who cannot take camera phones into their workplace due to security issues (i.e. where employers are concerned about photos of prototypes, sensitive documents, etc. - may sound weird, but this is a segment out there).
Speakerphone: Worked well
Reception: Great so far (I have never had trouble with Sprint reception on previous phones)
Keypad "slipperiness": Not an issue
Exterior: Thin "rubber coat" - good protective surface that doesn't seem like to scar up quickly