The unique external OLED LCD display glows through the mirrored-finish, completely disappearing when not in use. Sprint Service This GPS-enabled phone provides optional access to Sprint Navigation for driving directions on your mobile phone--by voice and onscreen. Along the way, turn-by-turn directions will be announced in a clear voice and displayed on your phone. For example, Sprint Navigation will say, "Go 1.2 miles and turn right on Elm Street." As you approach the turn, you will hear, "Turn right on Elm Street." Sprint Navigation also provides proactive traffic alerts with one click re-routing. And it's easy to find restaurants, banks, cafes, hotels and more from over 10 million points of interest across the U.S.
Sprint Vision provides innovative wireless services like web access and email and text messaging capabilities. Plus, with the Sprint National Network, you get the nationwide coverage and excellent voice clarity. The Restrict and Lock function allows the user to restrict calls and limit access to Vision services--valuable for parents or business managers. For instance, you can restrict incoming and outgoing calls to only those numbers held in the internal phonebook, lock the camera and any pictures saved in the phone, and provides up to three "special numbers" that are always available.
Phone Features Curvier with rounder edges than the other models in Sanyo's Katana line, the Katana LX is highlighted by the unique external OLED display that glows through the mirrored-finish and completely disappears when not in use. It displays current time/date, signal strength and battery life--but not caller ID--and it also provides whimsical, short animation clips for added fun. The internal 2-inch display has a 128 x 160-pixel resolution and 65K color depth. Below the screen you'll find a circular five-way navigation pad that's complemented by a round frame of buttons, including a dedicated camera key, back button, and two soft navigation keys. The send/end and dedicated speakerphone keys reside between the navigation area and and the alpha-numeric keypad.
The phone has a small 7 MB internal memory, which cannot be expanded. The phonebook provides a total of 300 contact entries, with the capability of saving up to 500 total phone numbers and 600 email and 300 Web addresses. Other features include a speed dial list of up to 98 numbers and a call history of the most recent 60 outgoing/received/missed calls.
Handsfree communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, and file transfer. You can connect your laptop via Bluetooth and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send email, and access files from a server (requires Phone As Modem Service Plan).
The VGA camera can capture still images up to 640 x 480 pixels (with additional resolution options for 320 x 240 and 160 x 120 pixels), but it does not record video clips. Other camera features include a digital zoom of up to 16x, three quality settings, five picture modes (Normal, Beach/Snow, Scenery, Night/Dark, Soft Focus), brightness controls, multi-shot capabilities, multiple shutter sounds (including silent mode), and a self-timer. Once a picture is snapped, you can snazz it up with a variety of fun frames and play with the color tone.
Other features include: Wireless Backup to manage contacts list in the event that the phone is lost, stolen or damaged Text and SMS Voice Messaging: Instantly send and receive SMS Text Messages across the room or across the country, anywhere in the Sprint National Network. Send voice messages to any mobile phone or email address. Just select a recipient, record a message and send. Voice-Activated Dialing: Say the name of the person you want to call, and the phone dials the number automatically. T9 predictive text input makes it simpler to send messages Voice Memo/Recorder: Record and store as many as 100 different voice memos, each up to 3 minutes in length, for playback anytime. Customizable Favorites Menu: Personalize your phone based on the applications most frequently used; assign favorite device activities to the corresponding menu numbers for quick access. WAP 2.0 web browser Instant messaging and Web-based email capabilities, including AOL, Windows Live, and PCS Mail Call screening (pre-recorded or custom 12-second announcement) Bilingual user interface (English and Spanish) 72-chord polyphonic ringtones and vibrating alert Organization and productivity tools: Alarm clock, world clock, stopwatch, countdown timer, calculator Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) rating of M4/T4. Bluetooth version 2.0 with the following profiles: HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), DUN (dial-up networking), OPP (object push for business cards, calendar items, and pictures), PBA (transfer contacts), SPP (serial port profile)
Vital Statistics The Sanyo Katana LX weighs 3.4 ounces and measures 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches. Its 800 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.8 hours of talk time. It runs on the 800/1900 CDMA frequencies.