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Best Vision phone out there (9/28/02)


Sep 28, 2002 by P B

I received the Sanyo 4900 a few weeks ago. Overall, I think it's a great phone for a reasonable price. However, keep in mind that it's a first generation phone with the SprintPCS Vision service, so prices will continue to drop and the quality of the phones will continue to improve.

Some positives notes:
- Great reception!
- Good speakerphone - It's not full duplex (it's difficult to build a full-duplex speakerphone in such a small unit), but the sound quality is remarkably good. Once you acknowledge and accommodate for the fact that the phone isn't full duplex it sounds great.
- Good phone interface
- Call screening abilities (use it like an answering machine)

Some negative notes:
- Large phone
- Display is difficult to see w/backlight off

If you need a 3G phone now this is the phone to get. Otherwise, I'd wait a few months and see what else comes out.

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Sanyo 4900 returned


Sep 5, 2002 by mj nelson

This is the fourth Sprint phone I have had and the only one I have returned. I have had a Samsung 3500 and 2 8500s.

On the up side:
Vivid color display, even in daylight.
Nice display menu.
Excellent signal strength better than most.
Light weight for it's size.

On the down side:
Voice quality was inconsistent and often bad.
Everyone complained that they could not hear me clearly.
I use voice command, and it often did not hear my commands- very annoying.
Sounded like it was not fully duplexed...can you hear me - over.
Speaker phone was so bad I could not use it to talk to anyone without them complaining.
It felt big and somewhat tinny.

I called Sprint and they sent me into a store. In all fairness, I did not give them the opportunity to see if it was a bad phone. I exchanged it for a Samsung N400. I am very happy with the N400.

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The 4900, true workhorse!


Aug 25, 2006 by Spartan 104

When I was on Sprint a few years back, this phone was the undisputed RF King. The 4900 was a true workhorse. This phone could practically pull down a signal anywhere and was pretty much indestructible. If all you needed was a reliable phone, this was it. Sure it was a little on the bulky side, screen was a little smallish but like I said before, this phone is a true workhorse. Notable features: Loud and clear speakerphone (probably one of the best speakerphones I've used yet), color screen (leaves a lot to be desired compared to phones now, but it wasn't too shabby back then), and excellent battery life. Again, another winner from Sanyo.

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What's so good about this phone?


Sep 18, 2005 by pandashekki

Okay, it could be that I got this phone a little late, so it may be just past its prime. But I seriously do not like this phone.

+The colors and display are vivid, I will give it that.

+The menu GUI is pretty neat, the whole cylindrical perspective thing.

-Otherwise, GUI for everything else and the font is just plain ugly.

-The half-duplex speakerphone just doesn't seem useful in any way shape or form. Way too many complaints from people I talk to on speakerphone.

-It's chunky. Lightweight for its size, but big.

-The phone itself is ugly too.

-Short mail instead of regular SMS text-messaging sucks. Sometimes, it takes a really long time to connect to the internet. Ok, make it a lot of times.

-Sound quality is not all that great. I thought Sanyo had a good rep for sound? Not this phone.

-Maybe it's just because I'm in Atlanta. Maybe it's just Sprint.

-Short cut for phone book is the right button?? That's jsut awkward.

-The vibrate option is only available by itself, no vibrate, or with the highest setting of ringer volume. Cannot be used with any other ringer setting.


-key guard apparently cannot be set to automatic. You have to set it yourself each time. I'm just too lazy :-P

I'm getting a new phone.

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this ph is ok not great


Oct 7, 2003 by nikki rogers

it is ok

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