Review: Sanyo SCP-2700
To be honest, the screen is about exactly what I expected to find on a budget-level device. It's plenty bright, with decent resolution, and looks good for the most part. I can't offer any complaints about how text or icons look, because they're all smooth, clean, sharp and colorful. The real estate is put to good use, and the screen is plenty visible out in the sun. In all, it's good, but don't expect to be blown away.
I'll grant Sprint this: Its signal is amazingly consistent where I live. Nearly every phone I test on the Sprint network exhibits the same signal coverage, and the 2700 is no different. It shows two bars of coverage in most of my house, but drops to zero bars or one bar in my basement. This is on par with most other Sprint phones. In my travels around the metro NYC area, the 2700 did an acceptable job of gathering signal, though it rarely showed me a full five bars. What really mattered was that the phone didn't drop any calls while I was testing it. It didn't, however, survive the NJ vault test. It came up empty in there. I also experienced several data calls that timed-out and a host of web pages that just refused to load. This is typical of Sprint phones, though.
Call quality was downright excellent. In my time with the 2700, I didn't hear so much as a burble, bleep or hint of static. Calls were crystal clear, and I could easily hear callers in the earpiece even when in moderately noisy environments. Ringtones and other notifications could be set to insanity-inducing levels. In other words, the 2700 is plenty loud, and you're only going to miss calls if you're in the loudest environments.
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Battery life was good. I managed to eke out a full 4 days on a single charge. That was with moderate SMS and voice usage, but not a whole lot of web browsing. With heavy use of the browser, you can expect to lose a half-day of battery life. Unless you plan to send hundreds of messages per day, you should be able to get through a weekend without bringing your charger.
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