Sanyo Innuendo (Sprint) review: Sydney's first impressions

Sydney Myers
Teen Lifestyle Editor from  Dallas, TX
| September 20, 2010

The Innuendo is a follow up to the uniquely-designed Sanyo Incognito. It takes similar design cues and adds an updated look. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I received the Innuendo. Would it be another basic messaging phone or would the design work in it's favor and offer a more satisfying experience? I've had it for nearly a day and I have to say that I am impressed.  Very. I'm surprised by how much I enjoy using this phone. It's not at all what I expected and I love that.  Here are a few things I've taken note of: 

  • At first, I thought the design looked strange and quirky, like something that would make it look cheap and unappealing. I was wrong. The weird design may make it look like a Nitendo DS (TM), but it rocks.   
  • It's not that big. Several people have said that the device looks huge, but it's really not. It's the size of any other messaging phone. The phone is 4.1 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide and .6 inches thick and weighs a mere 3.8 ounces. The build quality seems very solid and it feels great in the hand. 
  • The Innuendo's 3.2 megapixel camera makes me think of one word: That's what I'm talking about! Okay, that's actually five words, but you see my point. Though it doesn't have a flash, it does feature digital zoom and captures video as well. (I'm a huge proponent of making 3 megapixel cameras a standard for messaging phones.)  
  • I'm not so sure about the 860 mAh battery. That seems a little underpowered to me. I'll have to put it through further testing to see how it performs, but the numbers themselves worry me.  
  • Though the external display is a simple 1.3-inch monochrome OLED screen, the internal display, a 2.8-inch color LCD screen, is beautiful. It may not be a Super AMOLED display, but the brightness and clarity was amazing. Simply put, it looks great.  
  • Sprint's One-Click interface is growing on me. You're given a "carousel" at the bottom of the home screen which you can customize with different tabs and shortcuts. It's a great way of giving the phone a unique feel and putting everything you need right at your fingertips.  

The Innuendo ships with a 1GB microSD card that is pre-installed in the phone as well as a microSD card adapter (very impressive). The phone supports up to 32 GB of memory. As far as music, though the device does have a music player, the phone is equipped with a 2.5 mm headphone jack, which isn't as universal as a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but it works.  

So far, I'm very impressed by the Sanyo Innuendo. I'm excited about putting it through further testing, so check back into Phonedog for the full review or you can check out the device itself at any Sprint store.

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