Sanyo SCP-6000
By Joachim Bamrud, Thu Feb 14 00:00:00 GMT 2002

The world's thinnest phone provides a great experience for wireless web access.

Sanyo has produced a wonder - a phone so thin, it could easily fit in any tight jeans. Yet, you're not "punished" if you want to use the data applications. In other words: You don't have to choose either/or but can have your cake, and eat it too.

Ease of use: 6/6 stars

One major advantage of the phone is that it combines a small size and weight with a decent length, which makes it easier to type and use settings when accessing te wireless web. This marks a contrast to other small phones, like the Samsung SPH-N200 ot the Motorola P280, for example.

Its navigator was also easier to use than those two phones. Another plus: A fixed button for the menu, which eanbles the screen to include two other options at any given point )(depending on where you are when accessing the wireless web).

Design/style: 6/6 stars

We haven't been this excited over a device since... our first WAP phone (the Nokia 7110). The design is simple, yet amazing. After all we're talking about a ultra-thin and very light device that can still manage to provide advanced mobile applications such as data.

Vital statistics: 6/6 stars

Network: PCS CDMA 1.9 GHz
Weight: 64g (2.29 ounces)
Dimensions: 128.77 x 39.12 x 9.9 mm. (5.07 x 1.54 x 0.39 inches)
Talk time: Up to 2.25 hours
Standby time: Up to 160 hours
Mobile Internet access: Openwave browser
Text messaging
PIM (Calendar, scheduler, alarm)
Voice-activated dialing for up to 30 numbers
Stores up to 500 numbers
16 ringer melodies
Voice memo
World clock
Bilingual (English and Spanish)
PC synchronization for downloading pictures and ringers.
Security lock with personal code

WAP browsing: 6/6 stars

The browsing software comes from Openwave and the phone we tested used Sprint PCS's service, which meant the default site was the operator's portal. A small icon on the default screen takes you directly to the web.

The screen provides for about six lines of text per item, although set in a large font, which means you typically can read about 16 words before having to scroll down. That was made easy by the four-way navigator.

The Sprint portal includes a link to Google's web-clipping service, which enabled us to see content from the HTML-web.

If color had been added, we would have been in Wireless Web Heaven.

WAP-related features: 4/6 stars

The SCP-6000 enables you to send and receive text messages. The phone we tested used the unique WAP-based messaging solution used by Sprint (called "Short Mail"), which only allows you to communicate with other Sprint clients with WAP phones. The restrictions aren't due to the phone itself, but Sprint, which in turn is following the U.S. standard.

However, since this is the only solution provided by using this phone, we therefore have to give this category a score of 4 stars (a score that would have been lower if not for the fact that the Sprint system we tested between several phones does work as it promises).

Overall: 6/6 stars

All in all, this is a must-have phone. While the price can seem somewhat steep - Sprint PCS is selling it for $299 - it's just about right when compared with other advanced or upscale gadgets on the market.