Video Tour: QChat DirectConnect
Sprint sent us two of its new phones that use the QChat-based DirectConnect service to test it out. The Sanyo Pro 200 and Pro 700 are nearly identical, with the 700 being a ruggedized version of the 200. They share the same feature set.
The handsets are slightly long in the closed position, but don't weigh too much and are certainly more attractive to look at than many of the iDEN phones on the market. Both are made of solid materials, with nice, large rubber buttons on the side for easy use. Both have soft-grip covering on the back, and won't slip out of your hand easily. The 700 is a tad bit thicker and has sturdier side panels and hinge.
The keypads are generously sized and the buttons are all easy to find and use. Perhaps the best feature is a dedicated text messaging button. Press it, and it automatically starts a new text message. Nice!
Both phones have QVGA displays. They are very impressive. Very bright, with excellent sharpness and resolution makes icons and images on the screen pop to life. The high-quality displays are a nice touch for these phones.
The menus for the phones is a standard Sprint menu. You can use the soft keys to access your favorites or contacts, and the menu key in the center of the D-pad will bring up the main menu. The main menu is a ho-hum 9-icon grid that lets you access most of the phones' features.
It is obvious that these phones are meant more for work than fun with the complete absence of any media capabilities. There is no camera, and there is no music or media player at all. That means no picture taking, no listening to music, and no watching videos. You can, however, download Java apps from Sprint's application store and surf the web at 3G speeds. The browser is the same ACCESS browser that is used on other Sprint models. It worked well, and mobile web sites loaded in no time at all.
In all, both phones are capable DirectConnect devices that offer few frills.