Cell fans will rush to new Sprint phone

I'm constantly amazed at how many functions pop up on cell phones. Simple camera phones are old hat now.

I'm constantly amazed at how many functions pop up on cell phones. Simple camera phones are old hat now.

These days, a camera is only a starting point.

Sprint is offering a new phone, the Sanyo MM-5600, that includes a 1.3 mega-pixel camera with digital zoom, along with a camcorder function.

The phone uses mini SD memory cards, which gives you a lot of flexibility for saving images and videos. It's a music player, too.

The first test for such a device, of course, is how well it works as a phone. The 5600 passes that test easily.

I've long admired the Sprint network. In fact, I presently use Sprint and am rarely somewhere that doesn't have a strong Sprint signal for my phone.

The 5600 takes nice pictures and lets you download them directly from the camera to a computer with a USB cable. This is a nice touch and it will save you extra charges that Sprint tacks on if you want to send pictures to someone over its network.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $429.99; $279.99 after available rebate

    Available at Sprint stores, sprintpcs.com

    Specs Comes with 16MB memory card, stereo headphones, and USB cable

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