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Review: Sanyo Taho

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The Taho doesn't offer any surprises in the phone call department. Press the green send key to get at a list of all your calls. The most recent call in the log is highlighted with enlarged text, so it stands out nicely. Use the left soft key or text key to automatically send the highlighted number a message.

The in-call options range from the typical phone book access to 3-way calls. You can also set up to 98 speed dials if you wish.

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The contacts applications is simple and straight forward. A search bar at the top of the contact list searches in real time, and sorts as you type. I always like phones that do this, as it cuts down on the time it takes to find a particular contact.

From the contact list, the left soft key automatically initiates a text message. The right soft key brings up a short list of options, such as edit, pre-pend, delete, etc. The one feature I really like is the "set as secret" feature. When enabled, this feature will show the name of the contact, but not the number associated with it. In other words, if someone grabs your phone, they won't be able to steal the number from you very easily.

The problem here is that there's no real way to protect this setting. Anyone who knows how the Taho works can simply go into the contacts program and turn off the "set as secret" feature, which will then reveal the number. This should be a password-protected feature.

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