Excerpt: The Sanyo Zio is a smartphone offering both high and low end features. Its minimalist design is coupled with basic but innovative functionality. The Zio is a well suited entry-level device with an attractive design and satisfactory performance. Below...
Summary: On paper, the Zio is a solid mid-range Android phone, complete with Sprint's new Sprint ID service. Unfortunately, real life testing tells another story. The Zio is laggy and incredibly slow at even the most basic tasks, leading me to believe that all types of consumers will be frustrated.
Pros: $99 price point makes Android available to the masses.
Cons: The Zio is exceptionally laggy in all tasks; battery life is mediocre; plastic body makes it feel cheap.
Summary: The proliferation of Android phones is both a blessing and curse to consumers. We expect the more expensive ones with 1-GHz processors to perform like Ferraris, and we accept that lower priced ones will run like Honda Civics--stable and reliable, but not like speed demons. However, the Sanyo Zio is slow even for a budget Android phone, and the lack of multitouch is pretty lame in 2010.
Pros: Very lightweight, High resolution screen for the price, Sprint ID packs let you personalize phone
Cons: Sluggish performance, Slow data speeds, Glossy display kicks back glare, No multitouch support
Conclusion: We really like the Sanyo Zio's looks, light weight and high resolution, crisp display. Sprint ID drags the phone down unfortunately, and we suggest that you play with the ID packs if you like, then hard reset the phone to erase all the junk those packs leave behind, and settle on just one. The main Sprint ID pack will get you all the Sprint apps without much added bloat. The Zio has good call quality, though reception and data speeds aren't impressive.
Pros: Attractive and affordable Android smartphone.
Cons: Touch screen lacks sensitivity, phone sometimes lags.