Review of Sanyo Mirro SCP3810 -Boost Mobile

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Today I’ve got another cell phone for review, the Sanyo Mirro which is a pre-paid phone on the Boost Mobile network which is part of Sprint basically. The Mirro is your basic flip phone, but it’s well made and I’ve found that the Boost Mobile network is very reliable and works well, at least for phone calls. The data usage on the network is a bit slow, and the browser doesn’t exactly render web pages that great. The phone itself is easy to use, and call quality is excellent along with battery life. Read on to learn more…


We’ll start off with the unboxing video:

It comes in a plastic pack, along with the phone you’ll find documentation and a charger.

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The name of the phone is the Mirro, which is short I would guess for Mirror as the front of the phone is like a mirror:

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On the back of the phone you’ll find the camera, speaker and of course the battery cover.

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It’s a basic flip phone, inside you’ll find the screen and a nice large keypad.

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Specifications:

Sanyo Mirro
SCP3810

Price: $79.99

The SCP-3810 delivers an elegant take on simplicity. With the easy-to-read 2.4-inch display, a user-friendly keypad, and a large menu font option, it’s never been easier to connect, talk, and text – everywhere you go.

User Friendly:
* Big, bright 2.4” QVGA LCD display
* Large keypad buttons with easy-to-read numbers
* Normal or large font option for menus
* Long battery life (up to 5.8 hours)
* Speaker-independent voice dialing
* Speakerphone with dedicated access key

Megapixel Camera:
* 1.3 Megapixel camera with digital zoom
* Supports PictBridge with optional USB cable
* Sprint Picture Mail capable – allowing quick access to publish pictures to FaceBook, MySpace and Photobucket
* Supports geo-tagging
Classic Style:
* Mirrored finish with external glow through OLED display
* Popular flip design

Excellent Battery Performance:
*Talk Time – up to 5.8 hours

Dimensions & Weight:
*Unit Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.8” x 2.0” x 0.7”
*Unit Weight: 3.9 oz.


The outside of the phone has an OLED display that shows the time and other messages.

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When you open up the phone the keypad actually lights up orange and it’s nice and bright:

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Since it’s a basic phone one wouldn’t expect the interface to be advanced, and it’s not really, but it works well.

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Under settings and tools you’ll find quite a bit:

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There is GPS built-in but it’s $9.99 for 30days or $2.99 per day, not of a deal there really is it?!

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Under MY Stuff you’ll find games, ringtones, applications, wallpapers and something called ‘Chat Flirt Fun’.

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Browsing the web with the Sanyo Mirro is a unique experience, we pages don’t exactly render correctly and they’re fairly slow to load. I hate using a numeric keypad to type letters honestly, that’s why all of my phones have QWERTY keyboards.

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I used the Mirro for both local and long distance calls and they were perfect, people said I was clear and could be heard fine. No dropped calls or interference, reception on the Boost Mobile network seems very good.

Bluetooth worked well also, no problems there.

The phone itself works well, it’s nicely made, and it’s easy to use.

Battery life is excellent, I’ve only charged it once since I got it over a week ago and it’s still going strong.

So let’s take a look at the camera, there’s not many samples because getting the pictures is rather challenging and time consuming. There is a USB port on the side, the phone dos not come with a USB cable but I grabbed one and tried it, my computer only sees the phone as a modem and not a storage device. I found that the only way to get the pictures is to email them to myself, then click the link in the email, then click retrieve picture and then click download picture. it’s then sent as a zip file, yes one picture in a zipped file which you’ll have to unzip.  There’s just way too many steps involved in getting the pictures from this phone..

Here’s a few samples taken outside and indoors in bright light:

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Those taken indoors are not good at all really, those outside aren’t bad except you can’t get close to the subject and they’re very bright.


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Conclusion:

This review was about not only the Sanyo Mirro phone but about the Boost Mobile network as well.

I’ve found that the network in my area, Pittsburgh, PA is great, perfect reception and excellent call quality. I really have no issues there, I did mention about the web browsing being slow, part of that is their network and part of that is the phone itself as the browser just didn’t seems to work correctly for me when it rendered web pages.

The Sanyo Mirro is a nice little phone that works well at making phone calls and doing what phones do. I wouldn’t use this phone for web browsing or taking pictures indoors though, or even for taking any pictures as they can be difficult to retrieve.

8

Pros:
+Very good call quality
+Excellent reception
+Simple, easy to use phone
+Nicely made phone
+Great battery life

Cons:
-Poor picture quality
-Must email pictures to get them
-Rather slow browsing

Grades:
Overall score-8-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-8-10

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  • bacon

    this phone worked really well, i’ve had it for maby…a year or two with no problems. however, just now my phone screen went black, and the buttons didn’t light up when i touched them. please please PLEASE help…

  • Chrystal

    How do insert my SIM card into the sanyo scp 3810? I cannot find any spot it fits.

    • BoostMobile8330©

      Are you for real? The 3810 runs on Sprint’s CDMA network not Nextel’s iDEN network, the 3810 has no SIM card. Please read about a product before buying.

      Sent from my BlackBerry® by Boost Mobile

  • Eric

    For quicker, full web browsing… download Opera Mini Mobile. all most like all other smart phone browsers!

    • Foxdiablo369

      how do you download Opera Mini Mobile

  • Heather

    How do I recieve messages on the boost mobile mirro ? I can send messages and the other person will get it but I am not gettin any back.

  • john

    Ive had the boost 3810 mirro for about 2-3 weeks now. Battery life is good and havent had any problems with it so far.1 issue I do have is theres not enough memory in the phone for everything

  • jake

    get opera mini for faster web browsing it worked with my sanyo scp 3810

  • Marina Lorelei

    i read in my manual that i could block private callers, but i cant figure it out;;;;;please help!!!!!!!!

  • Bertiebrat72

    i have been having problems with my sanyo mirro with the memory… i have deleted everysingle thing out of it and reset settings, reset phone, took battery for 5 minutes, and its still showing battery full. been doing this for a month and a half, and i just got the phone in july!! wtf?? im thinking i am going back to verizon!!

  • Anaruthy

    thank u 4 this review, I don’t regret in buying this phone!

  • StillStanding

    Anyone know how to get an APROSTOPHE for the text messages without going through Options, Text Mode, Symbols and then RIGHT clicking the circular button SEVEN times? I am tired of having to skip the apostrophe or write I have tried everything, even “My Words” in the “Settings/Text Entry” section, but alas, NO SYMPOLS are in that feature at all. Been using the * key for an apostrophe because it’s just…..easier.

  • Kendra

    DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
    The phone only holds about 45 pictures, there is no slot for a memory card, you can’t use any audio sounds people send you as ring tones, and the volume sucks. Basically, the phone is a huge rip off. For the things this phone is ACTUALLY good for…which is basically strictly calls and texts, but even the messaging can be off…you could get a 20 dollar simple LG phone. I also want to throw in there that I am not a fan of touch screens, smart phones, blackberries, etc. Never actually wanted one, so I’m not expecting a lot out of a phone, but this is ridiculous.
    Also, it saves words that other people text you as predictive text words AND makes them primary. I can’t type “of.” without it turning into “Ne1″ and having to scroll. ever since someone sent that word to my phone…but I have to add in my own words manually that are not already stored. It also randomly makes certain words you type all caps for no reason, despite the shift setting.  Just throwing that out there for T9 text mode users.

    • Kendra

       Oh yeah, I forgot the most important part…I have had this phone for exactly 22 days, and now my screen is completely blank even though the outter light and screen work. So I now have a $70 clock basically. Good thing I already planned on getting another one since I hated it so much, but it would have been nice if this one would have worked long enough to get a new one.

  • Jimbo

    How do you get the outer screen to “fade-to-black” after a while (like it used to do???

  • Lemontree

    I’ve had my Sanyo SCP 3810 for about 4 years. Just this past week, when talking on the phone, the battery completely drains. This does not occur if I am texting or when talking via Bluetooth in the car. Also, when I shut the phone off and turn it back on, it is fully charged again. I just purchased a new OEM battery and the same thing happened. Any ideas as to what causes this and how to correct it? Thank you.

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