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Sanyo Katana II review

8.6/10 AVG.
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8.6/10
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The Sanyo Katana II currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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Sanyo released the Katana II on July 3, 2007.


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Sanyo backs up the Katana II with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Sanyo Katana II's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
21 MB

Internal memory is 21 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Sanyo's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time.

Katana II Specs

Overview
Release date July 3, 2007
Regions available No
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 21 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.55 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Cosmic Black, Midnight Steel, Pink Fascination
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.4 x 4.8 x 1.5 cm (3.7 x 1.9 x 0.6 in)
Weight 88 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 65k
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols Webmail
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
12x digital
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Effects, Frames, Self-timer
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio -
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sanyo SCP-6650

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Phonedog

The katana 2 is a good phone. (for a while)

from Phonedog
Pro: it has a great camera!texting is nice too,the calls are very clear and so is the voice memos pluse the wallpapers are good:}and the setup or display. Con: the baterry runs out fast, the keys break of or just dont work the center button falls of the web is very slow!and the vibrate isint very well...More
Pro: it has a great camera!texting is nice too,the calls are very clear and so is the voice memos pluse the wallpapers are good:}and the setup or display. Con: the baterry runs out fast, the keys break of or just dont work the center button falls of the web is very slow!and the vibrate isint very well. Using experience: 2 years I have had this phone for atleast 2 years i love the camera phone and texting is great but my center (ok) button broke off the keys dont work they probably work for ten minutes twice a day the vibrate doesent work at all:[ i do love the features of this phones diplays but it has tons of cons! i do not recomend this phone unless you only want it for a year. Less
Amazon

Pretty in Pink

from Amazon
This phone sufficiently satisfies my cellular needs. I primarily use the phone to talk and text. I also enjoy taking, sending, and receiving pictures. Some extra features, like the alarm and calculator, come in handy also. The reception is comparable to my previous Sprint phones. The earpiece volume a...More
This phone sufficiently satisfies my cellular needs. I primarily use the phone to talk and text. I also enjoy taking, sending, and receiving pictures. Some extra features, like the alarm and calculator, come in handy also. The reception is comparable to my previous Sprint phones. The earpiece volume adjusts easily while talking. The ring volume also easily adjusts. I can hear the ringtones clearly, both downloaded and programmed into the phone. The camera offers adequate picture quality. The pictures appear clear on the phone's screen, but when expanded onto a computer screen or photograph the image gets a little fuzzy. My husband broke his Katana II in less than a year. However, my phone still works well after bouncing around in a purse and getting tossed by a toddler many times. I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone looking for a typical, quality cell phone. (sam) Less
Phonedog

A++ Phone

from Phonedog
Pro: Display, Screen is vivid and amazing, T9 Texting is very nice, Call quality and reception is superb, Opera Mobile works flawlessly, Very sturdy/rigid phone, Con: No EVDO, Wifi, Bluetooth doesn't transfer files etc, VGA Camera, lol Using experience: 2 years Phone can take a beating. 2 Years of i...More
Pro: Display, Screen is vivid and amazing, T9 Texting is very nice, Call quality and reception is superb, Opera Mobile works flawlessly, Very sturdy/rigid phone, Con: No EVDO, Wifi, Bluetooth doesn't transfer files etc, VGA Camera, lol Using experience: 2 years Phone can take a beating. 2 Years of it having sudden stops on the ground, wall, table...my son even chews on it and throws it around (he is now 9 months old). With it closed the flip part can slide a little bit..maybe 1/20th of an inch back and forth. However once opened up for use the phone is as rigid and solid as the first time I used it. It stays open, it takes a very aggressive flip to close it from the open position. If your just looking for a phone, to use as a phone. Maybe some texting(T9 works well for the most part). This is an excellent phone to get. Reception and call quality are astounding compared to my buddies iPhone or sisters Centro. Less
Amazon

Super Durable!!! Low SAR!!

from Amazon
This is the best phone that I have owned. It was really important to me to find a phone with a low SAR rating (SAR, 'specific absorption rate', is an indication of the amount of radiation that is absorbed into a head while using a cellular phone, the higher the SAR rating the more radiation that is abs...More
This is the best phone that I have owned. It was really important to me to find a phone with a low SAR rating (SAR, 'specific absorption rate', is an indication of the amount of radiation that is absorbed into a head while using a cellular phone, the higher the SAR rating the more radiation that is absorbed into the head). Motorola Razr phones typically have high SAR ratings (you can google your phone make and SAR online). Not only is the SAR for Katana II low, but it is also amazingly durable. I put my phone (by accident) through the washer for 30 minutes AND dryer for over 45 minutes and it still works perfectly (it took about a day to dry out)!!! I have also dropped it many times and it is fine (these things happen)! It is light weight and has great sound quality. I have no problems with the user interface. It is a great phone for someone who just wants a good quality, sleek phone, not a music player. The pictures it takes are of really reasonable quality. I am very very happy with my phone! Less
Amazon

Mostly Great, Some Disappointments

from Amazon
First of all, ignore my review of the Motorola V180 Quad-Band GSM Mobile Phone (Silver/Black) flip phone back in 2004. I was way too kind, and the phone was terrible. My Motorola bias was in full-swing. In fact, I think I might be finished with Motorola. The Motorola backlash is strong, and I final...More
First of all, ignore my review of the Motorola V180 Quad-Band GSM Mobile Phone (Silver/Black) flip phone back in 2004. I was way too kind, and the phone was terrible. My Motorola bias was in full-swing. In fact, I think I might be finished with Motorola. The Motorola backlash is strong, and I finally agree with it. Clunky user interfaces, poor speed, and poor battery life took their toll. The Sanyo Katana II (2007) is a welcome hardware update to the original Katana (2004). The Katana II is sleeker, more attractive, and resembles the flip phones that every Japanese manufacturer had in its home market five years ago (with external, customizable LCD displays). It is built well, and has good buttons, except for super-thin volume rocker buttons next to the display. Also, very important, it has excellent battery life. The user interface is good for an entry-level phone. But don't expect many customization options or the ability to upload pictures and ring tones onto the phone. Apparently it cannot be done with either a USB cable or Bluetooth, whether phone-to-phone or PC-to-phone. I wish I had known that before buying it. It is not a deal-breaker for me, but for perhaps half the users out there, it is. The USB cable available for this phone seems to be for charging only. My previous phone was a Motorola Q. It was beyond bad. Average battery life was a dismal 12 hours, requiring me to get an extra charger for my office. The Katana II has excellent standby time. The RAZR has been known to have a standby time of 6 or 7 days. At the time of this review, I have gone 3 days without a recharge on the Katana. The Katana II is designed to be a more affordable competitor to the RAZR. It does almost everything the RAZR does, except sync with other devices. Motorola phones might have clunky interfaces and short battery life, but they support SyncML, which allows them to sync with PCs and MACs running the right software (such as Apple's iSync). The Katana is able to receive contacts from your old phone via Bluetooth, but after that, you are own your own for adding and editing new contacts. At least Sprint offers their Wireless Backup service ($2 per month) that allows you to manage your contacts on the web. The Katana has a pretty good default selection of alerts, ring tones, and volume controls. They shouldn't have bothered with the camera, as it is as terrible as the RAZR or Q. The camera is useless. The Katana has decent memory, a limited calendar application (appointment titles are limited to 15 characters or so), and a decent WAP 2.0 browser (which is just as fast and capable as the awful version of Internet Explorer that came with the Motorola Q). The web browser is restricted to mobile versions of major websites, such as NOAA weather, the BBC, Reuters, ESPN, Facebook, GMail, and iGoogle. Pretty good for an entry-level phone. Startup time (power-on and connect to CDMA network) is 10 seconds. Shutdown time is 5 seconds. I haven't seen a Motorola phone come close to that speed. So overall, the Katana II is an attractive, well-made, thin flip phone with decent web capabilities and a simple, efficient interface. But with the Sanyo mobile phone business being bought by Kyocera, I don't expect much support for this phone from the manufacturer. The most support will come from Sprint and its Wireless Backup service. Less
Amazon

Needs work, would not reccomend

from Amazon
I recently got this phone after switching over to Sprint. The interface is boring and non-intuitive, and the buttons are difficult to press. I will be returning this phone, and do not recommend it for anyone. I switched over from an AT&T/Samsung A707 "Sync" so it could be that the old phone spoiled me for all new phones...
I recently got this phone after switching over to Sprint. The interface is boring and non-intuitive, and the buttons are difficult to press. I will be returning this phone, and do not recommend it for anyone. I switched over from an AT&T/Samsung A707 "Sync" so it could be that the old phone spoiled me for all new phones... Less
Amazon

Screen Failed Twice

from Amazon
I have this phone for my daughter and the display screens have failed twice. Phone works but no display. Spring will say that still is a functioning phone. Unless you paid for replacement ahead of time, you have to rebuy. I wouldn't buy this phone again.
Amazon

Amazing Phone..Looks Good...Sounds Good...

from Amazon
I bought my phone from a sprint store. I was a Nextel customer and had to switch to sprint. So far, I have not had any issues with either. As a matter of fact, I absolutely love my phone. It's easy to use, extremely stylish, takes great pictures (I have yet to see another phone under $200 that take...More
I bought my phone from a sprint store. I was a Nextel customer and had to switch to sprint. So far, I have not had any issues with either. As a matter of fact, I absolutely love my phone. It's easy to use, extremely stylish, takes great pictures (I have yet to see another phone under $200 that takes pictures anywhere near as good as this one). I admit, if I were to drop it there probably wouldnt be much left. But you usually can't have everything, it's stylish Vs. rugged. Also, the ringers you download sound amazing, nothing like the motorola phones I have used in the past. For text messaging, the inbox is huge so you don't have to always pick and choose which ones you can keep. I don't know if it is because of the phone or the service but calls are crystal clear. Even on a bluetooth headset. (That was really easy to set up to by the way) About the only thing I could think of to improve on would be a longer battery life. The manual did not come with recommended charging times. Battery life usually last around 18hrs. I use mine a lot for texting though so it may last longer for other things. I would definitely recommend this phone for anyone from the average user to the on-the-go techie. Less
eBay

Perfect Phone!

from eBay
I love this phone. It is perfect for me. Works great and looks great. Would buy more for more lines if I had them. The only down side I hate finger prints and it shows them easily on the very smoothe finish. But that is fine!
eBay

Great Stuff

from eBay
Couldn't be happier. Great product, in excellent shape. Came with two chargers, the house charger didn't last too long, but that's why there is EBAY! Overall, I couldn't be happier!

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