TOY BOX: Sanyo 8100 is a picture of consistency

I've tried several camera phones, and none have worked as consistently well as the Sanyo 8100, part of Sprint's Picture Mail line. Not for this price, at least.

I've tried several camera phones, and none have worked as consistently well as the Sanyo 8100, part of Sprint's Picture Mail line. Not for this price, at least.

In appearance, it's your standard flip phone. There's nothing particularly fetching, but it's sleek, and reasonably small considering there's a camera inside. There is an external color screen that displays number or photo caller IDs for incoming calls. Inside, the screen is 1.8 inches and color, and the numbers on the keypad illuminate when you open the phone. Regarding functionality, I intentionally said the 8100 works well "consistently," because that has been my beef with most camera phones. As far as standard phone features go, most match up. But sending and receiving digital photos from some other phones I've tried has been hit or miss. Every picture I tried to e-mail or send to another phone from the 8100, however, got there successfully, and on most attempts, within seconds. The verdict: You'll struggle to find another camera phone this good at this price. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $199.99 ($99 after rebate) Available at Sprint stores, RadioShack, Best Buy, and Circuit City Specs The 8100 is 3.33"high x 1.86" wide x 1.14" deep, and weighs 3.88 oz. Its battery provides 2.8 hours of talk and 10.7 days of standby in digital mode.

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