Yo TimmyT, thought I'd give you my two cents on your question. First off, I'm a little late when it comes to this cell phone thing. My first phone was a Samsung N400, it was a trooper most of the time, but when I started learning about all the things cell phones could do, and my 2 year contract was about up, I was really ready for a upgrade! So I spent hours on the internet, reading miles of forums, ect., doing research for my next phone. I had my eye on the Samsung A700 for a long time, love the multi-media stuff. When I asked the guy at the Sprint store what their best phone in the store was, he pointed to the Sanyo MM-7400. I took a look at it, and at the time, I didn't like the look of it at all. I picked it up, and played with it for a bit, and did come to the conclusion that dispite the looks of the phone, with rubber edgeing and all, the phone definitly had a real nice firm, solid feel about it. A week later, I was reading a forum, and some girl wrote about waiting for a phone called the MM 5600. This of course, sparked my interest, and I kid you not, I spent days and days, on the internet trying to find anything I could on this phone, and and wasn't long before I was dead set on getting it. This would be my phone for sure, and I was callin the Sprint store every week asking about it, and no one, ever even heard of it. With all the constant hype and hoop-lah on all the forums and other sites, I couldn't believe Sprint store employee's never even heard of it. The release date kept getting pushed further and further back, and I just got tired of waiting. There was plenty of info on the MM-7400 however, and began digging into that. The more I read about this phone, the more I liked it. 90% of all reviews on the phone ranged from good, to great. I wanted to get my hands on this phone again, and really play with it. I went to the local Radio Shack, where I know a employee. The phone was there, and it was soon in my hands. Then the weirdest thing happened. All of a sudden not only did the phone feel great in my hands, the appearance of it suddenly looked great to. I opened it up, and forgot just how bright, and crisp the good size screen really was. In fact, I knew right then and there that this would be my new phone. I got it for $179.00 with a 2 year contract. I got it activated a few minutes later, and was blown away on how fast the start up, or "booting" time was. This thing fires to life, ready for the web browser in about 8 seconds. The browser, which I use alot, was very fast. Of course, coming from the N400, almost anything is gonna be better, but I still knew I made a great choice for a new phone. I just tried the picture ID, which is great. Also using the voice activated dialing, no training, just say the name. It takes good pictures for a phone, and the videos are quite good for a phone, and it's cool to be able to send pix and vids to anyones PC or capable phone right from your phone. There's really to much to list as what this phone will do. Of course, the 5600 does all this and more, but I really don't need a MP3 player. The added memory slot on the 5600 is nice, but that's not a huge deal for me either. The screen on the 5600 does have better resolution, but the screens on both phones are the same size, and believe me, the screen on the 7400 is plenty bright and clear. So when I compared the features of both phones with the price difference of both phones, (about a $200 difference)I had no problem with my choice. There is one issue that bugs me, and maybe it's because of where I live, but the streaming video of news events ect. doesn't stream to well, it will freeze, pixilate, ect. a little to often for me. I'm waiting for Sprint to get their version of EVDO together, they really could use a faster system if they want a glitch free "Sprint TV." But simply put, this is one really good, solid, fast, attractive phone. It looks like no other, (which can be a good thing) and when you see someone else with one, you notice right away. I even surprised myself and purchased the other 3 faceplates, so now I have 5 colors to choose from, so you never get bored with the color. By the way, when I finally learned of the 5600's release, I went to the Srint store to check it out, hoping I wouldn't go nuts for it, and realizing I made a huge mistake, and should have waited for it. Just the opposite. It was to big, to clunky, and way to pricy. I'm sure it's a great phone, but finally seeing it just justified my decision even more. (Thank God) Anyway I hope this novel helped you, good luck.