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Sanyo Katana review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Sanyo Katana currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 141 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Sanyo’s Katana is a very thin flip that features a color outer display, VGA camera, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, speakerphone and a unique in-phone answering feature for call screening.

With the Katana you also get a 700-entry address book, alarm, calculator, calendar, voice memo and a WAP browser. It also includes Predictive Text for faster input.

The Sanyo Katana allows you to text, MMS, take pictures and access the internet. You can also customize via custom graphics and ringtones, picture and ringer ID.

Anyone looking for an attractive, slim flip should include the Katana on their list.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)



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Common Questions


Sanyo released the Katana on July 7, 2006.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sanyo Katana user manual here.


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


If your Katana has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sanyo support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sanyo's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
2.2"

The Sanyo Katana's screen size is 2.2 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

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
5 MB

Internal memory is 5 MB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
820mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 820 mAh battery. Sanyo's performance ratings are 7 days standby time.

Sanyo Katana Specs

Overview
Release date July 7, 2006
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
AMPS
Data:
1xRTT
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 5 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.28 W/kg
Body: 1.05 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 820 mAh
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: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Blue Sapphire, Cherry Blossom Pink, Mystic Black, Polar White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.9 x 5.1 x 1.5 cm (3.9 x 2 x 0.6 in)
Weight 96 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 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 96 x 64 pixels, 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 Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
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 7 numbers
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Yes
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 Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
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-6600

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Sanyo-Katana cell phone

We have only had ours for about 6 months and cannot get parts for it - the charger isn't working, and we were unable to get a cable to download photos taken with it. IGP

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I got this phone for my wife about 4 years ago. I tried hooking bluetooth up on it and it won't take it. My guy from the cell store says the phone is to old. Can this be true?

Great phone .

This phone is a tank . For me, it's been out in an hour of rain , which then turned to hail. dropped it in the snow for about 15 minutes covered . Then I dropped it in a sink full of water for about 5 mins completely drenched. it's a complete tank, and it still works. Great for clumsy people, ha . I...More
This phone is a tank . For me, it's been out in an hour of rain , which then turned to hail. dropped it in the snow for about 15 minutes covered . Then I dropped it in a sink full of water for about 5 mins completely drenched. it's a complete tank, and it still works. Great for clumsy people, ha . I like it , very easy to use aswell . For the year it was made in , it works well . Less

pretty good phone

I've had this phone for about a year, i was in love with it at first, but now its a little outdated. I havent had any major problems with it, the vibrator doesnt work and when it does, its not very good. texting on it, its great, no problems, its easy to use. The internet was slow, but thats what we ha...More
I've had this phone for about a year, i was in love with it at first, but now its a little outdated. I havent had any major problems with it, the vibrator doesnt work and when it does, its not very good. texting on it, its great, no problems, its easy to use. The internet was slow, but thats what we have computers for! i would recomend this phone to anyone, yeah its not perfect, but what phone is! Less

Sanyo Katana LX

Personally, if this wasn't an Agency phone, this cellphone wouldn't be in my possession! I sure wouldn't get it for my personal use. It sucks! Give me the Motorola Razor any ol' day!!

What A Tank!

I've had my Katana for about 2 1/2 years now and I have never had any problems with it. As far as phones go, this is probably one of the best you are going to get. Obviously, if you want music and high quality pictures this isn't for you, but as far as the basics go, it rocks. The vibrate is a little l...More
I've had my Katana for about 2 1/2 years now and I have never had any problems with it. As far as phones go, this is probably one of the best you are going to get. Obviously, if you want music and high quality pictures this isn't for you, but as far as the basics go, it rocks. The vibrate is a little loud, and I've dropped it in water, so everything is kind of muted now. But it has never dropped a call, the battery life is decent, text messaging rocks, and the screen size is awesome! I don't buy my ringtones on my phone, I go to muchmusic.com and get them sent, so the ringtone volume is great. On the whole, this phone rocksssss. Also, it's freaking sexy. Less

Okay phone...

My husband and I had the exact same phone for 1 year. After the 1 year mark, he dropped his phone on concrete and it went white screen. We took it to service, and they tightened something, then it worked fine again. After about a week, It turned off, and then wouldn't turn back on. Service time again!...More
My husband and I had the exact same phone for 1 year. After the 1 year mark, he dropped his phone on concrete and it went white screen. We took it to service, and they tightened something, then it worked fine again. After about a week, It turned off, and then wouldn't turn back on. Service time again! They said there was something wrong with the motherboard and it needed to be replaced, but unfortunately, they didn't make that motherboard for that type of phone anymore because now they were selling the Katana II. So, that said, we had to buy the new Katana II. Thanks Sprint! Then we had problems with the new phone, and had to get that replaced twice! On to my phone's problems. I've dropped my phone a few times, and you can tell via the scratches and dings, but it's never done that of which my husband's did. But I am having the no vibrating problem. I turn it on "Vibrate + 8" and it doesn't vibrate. Although what I have found to kind of help the vibration to come back (pain in the butt though) remove the battery for a minute or so, put it back on, and then turn the phone on. If that doesn't work, I try to plug it into the charger for a minute or so. Seems to help a little, but it keeps fluctuating. It has a mind of its own!!! Cons: It is a terribly uncomfortable phone to talk on, there's no flash (and who really wants to carry around a phone AND a camera?), the internet is slow (you can't always have your laptop with you), the ringers aren't that great (I don't need mp3's but I would like something different than the "Asian Jingle" and "The Moment"), the back light on the sub LCD (the front LCD) stays on after it's gone to black (its still lit up slightly when it's gone to black), the battery casing is a little hard to remove (especially when you first get the phone), there is a time delay when you answer the phone and most times "hello" is missed by your listener, a lot of the time when in the middle of a conversation "lost call, signal faded" and you and your listener both have full signal, and the charger bay plug-in is in an extremely odd place; the side of the phone (which makes it hard to talk and charge at the same time). Pros: It's very thin and sleek, it has great features (like calendar calculator, and alarm clock *my fav*), it has an ok speaker volume, the display is an adequate size, it's easy to navigate, great for texting, and it's blue tooth capable. Overall, it's an OK phone, but it's got a few issues (what phone doesn't these days...). Sprint no longer sells this phone, but they do sell it's sister, the Katana LX. Less

Ughhh

I got this phone a year and a half ago, and at first I loved it. It's great for calls and texting is easy. I also find battery life good compared to some other reviews. It is very durable also, as I've dropped it many times. That being said, the vibrate doesn't always work and when it does it is just...More
I got this phone a year and a half ago, and at first I loved it. It's great for calls and texting is easy. I also find battery life good compared to some other reviews. It is very durable also, as I've dropped it many times. That being said, the vibrate doesn't always work and when it does it is just very loud and you can barely feel it. The ringer is wayyyyyy too quiet. Sometimes it rings when it's on silent. If you want a phone that uses internet well, has a decent camera, video, good quality sound, and a reliable vibrate, this is not the phone for you. Less

Meh

I've had this phone for just about two years and personally, it's alright. For somebody who only cares about text and calling, then it's good, but for somebody like me, who would like a bit more, it's not the best. The volume is super quiet, there is no mp3, which I'd like to see, and no video recordin...More
I've had this phone for just about two years and personally, it's alright. For somebody who only cares about text and calling, then it's good, but for somebody like me, who would like a bit more, it's not the best. The volume is super quiet, there is no mp3, which I'd like to see, and no video recordings. The battery also doesn't last very long, and that can get very annoying! This phone is an average cellular phone. It makes calls, receives call, sends texts and receives them. But that's pretty much it! Less

calls from my pocket..?

this is phone is lame. i got it in may 2007 and at first it was awesome. i liked the look of it, it's very slim and simple to work with. but the service sucks, the ringer is waaay to quiet, and the vibrate function is louder than it is strong. the battery life gives the word "atrocious" a new meaning....More
this is phone is lame. i got it in may 2007 and at first it was awesome. i liked the look of it, it's very slim and simple to work with. but the service sucks, the ringer is waaay to quiet, and the vibrate function is louder than it is strong. the battery life gives the word "atrocious" a new meaning. i don't like how internet connection has its own button. when i first got it, i kept pressing it by accident and then i would get charged for stupid accesses i never made. but the most annoying part of this phone is the keys on the side. i don't like how it's a redial function because it calls from my pocket. i have heard "hellos?" in my classes before and have almost gotten in trouble for it. i think it's a waste of space to have the redial OUTSIDE the phone. i really don't like this phone, but i can't get an upgrade until may 2009. but yeah, for anyone who wants a good phone, i would take a pass on the katana. Less

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