Sanyo S750 – Orange 3G Handset Review - Sanyo S750 Review


There are two cameras in the S750, one on the front and one underneath, though the latter only becomes active when you slide out the keys. This is a decent 1.3 Megapixel CMOS chip enabling it to capture still images up to 1,280 x 960 which makes it a bit more worthwhile than most camera phones. The large screen really helps you see the extra detail. The camera boasts a timer, and a flash and a 4x digital zoom as well as some ‘fun’ special effects such as sepia and negative. The front lens sits in front of a 310k pixel CCD for capturing video up to 176 x 144 at 15 frames per second in 3GP format.

For expansion on the 8MB of built-in memory, the phone sports an SD card, which is useful for video downloads and MP3s. There is a built in media player and you can drag and drop MP3s onto the SD card, but I discovered that you had to format it in the phone first before it would recognise tracks. Even then I could see no way to skip between tracks in the media player so it’s not exactly going to replace an iPod any time soon. The tracks did sound good on the supplied earphones at least. The audio port on the phone is an extra small ‘micro-jack’ if you will, so you can’t use your own headphones, and while the supplied ones do have a button on the cord, I couldn’t get it to do anything. The phone will interrupt your music playing when you receive a call, though you can turn that feature off if you don’t want to be disturbed.

The S750 supports Bluetooth but it’s safe to say that it’s the oddest implementation that I’ve ever come across. Unlike the simple on and off setting I’m used to from Sony Ericsson; you have to put the phone into a ‘Ready to Receive’ state, which will time out, though this can be adjusted up to 300 minutes. When you make a call you have to connect first and only then transfer the call to your headset, which is a little odd. After trial and error I was able to receive calls in the headset directly, though for some reason I had to press the button on my headset twice. I have a Motorola HS850 and on my T630 I can just flip open the headset and it will connect to the phone and answer the call. This didn’t work on the S750 though, forcing me to have the headset on the whole time. I did manage to get it to sync with Outlook over Bluetooth, though the required Intellisync software isn’t supplied and has to be downloaded from the Sanyo web site. The phone also support USB transfers but likewise, the necessary cable wasn’t supplied.

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