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Great-looking, nearly bezel-less phone design

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from Good Housekeeping (10 months ago)

SHARP's return to the smartphone market didn't make quite the splash it maybe deserved. The AQUOS Crystal is actually a very cool-looking phone, nearly bezel-less on three sides. Aside from its snazzy looks, most other aspects are pretty run-of-the-mill. The phone has a 720p display, which won't loo... More

SHARP's return to the smartphone market didn't make quite the splash it maybe deserved. The AQUOS Crystal is actually a very cool-looking phone, nearly bezel-less on three sides. Aside from its snazzy looks, most other aspects are pretty run-of-the-mill. The phone has a 720p display, which won't look as crisp as high-end phone displays. The camera performance was also lackluster, and with only 8 GB of onboard storage, you'll probably need to buy an SD card for photos, videos, and apps. Nevertheless, we were impressed by SHARP's bold design, and we're looking forward what's next in store.

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7/10

The best value handset on Android

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from AndroidPIT (about 1 year ago)

Once you get past the fact that the Sharp Aquos Crystal isn’t as high-quality that it appears, and view it for what it is (a low-cost device), you realize how much it has to offer.It has very little competition in the entry-level category and, at 129 USD off-contract, what else can really comp... More

Once you get past the fact that the Sharp Aquos Crystal isn’t as high-quality that it appears, and view it for what it is (a low-cost device), you realize how much it has to offer.

It has very little competition in the entry-level category and, at 129 USD off-contract, what else can really compete? The closest for price is the Moto E, and it might not have Lollipop, but in all other ways the Aquos Crystal completely outshines it.

When you look at the downsides, there really aren't that many. Lack of NFC and a removable battery aren't exactly deal-breakers, and the rear design might even be all right with you.

The only real problem with the Sharp Aquos Crystal is that it initially fools you with its cool design. This isn’t an amazing new flagship; it’s an incredibly impressive value effort that will easily make its way onto “best cheap Android phones” lists from now on. It has to.

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10/10

Radically designed for budget buyers

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from Reviewed (about 1 year ago)

At the end of the day, bargain hunters will be happy with the Sharp Aquos Crystal. Though this mobile definitely doesn't do much to set any performance records, it provides the basics without really becoming much of a liability in other areas. While that probably doesn't sound exciting, it's high pr... More

At the end of the day, bargain hunters will be happy with the Sharp Aquos Crystal. Though this mobile definitely doesn't do much to set any performance records, it provides the basics without really becoming much of a liability in other areas. While that probably doesn't sound exciting, it's high praise for a device if all you're looking for is something to be your sidekick without too much fuss or fanfare. It's a $150 unsubsidized phone. It's basically impossible to ask for more for the money.

To its credit, the Aquos Crystal is amazingly well-designed for a device so inexpensive. And even though it's not a flagship phone, it definitely looks the part—from the front anyway. The Sharp Aquos Crystal is easily the coolest-looking phone I've held in recent memory. Ditching the bezels is a stunning design feature, and the chutzpah to pull a move like that on a budget phone is deserving of nothing but praise.

However, with a low price that praise comes with caveats. It's definitely a great value, but this phone is certainly not the mobile you're going to want for the next few years. It's the quintessential budget phone outside of the design. Simply put: If you want great pictures, solid processor performance, or top-of-the-line screen performance, you're looking at the wrong handset. The Aquos Crystal absolutely checks all the right boxes for a value shopper, but despite its high-end appearance it'll only last the required two years most expect if and only if your mobile is primarily used as a phone.

It's tough to find competitors that meet the Crystal on price, but we stick by the Moto G with LTE as another solid bargain phone if you're willing to spend around $50 more. It's a lot like the Aquos Crystal under the hood—but instead of being limited to Sprint's CDMA network, it can be used with AT&T, TMobile, or Verizon—including a huge list of MVNOs. 

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5.8/10

Eye-catching, but that’s it

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from Brighthand (about 1 year ago)

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is undeniably a distinctive option, and that isn’t terribly common when it comes to wallet-friendly smartphones. If you want a very unique-looking phone that’s totally unlike those of all your friends, surely Sharp’s handset can fill that role.But we don&rsq... More

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is undeniably a distinctive option, and that isn’t terribly common when it comes to wallet-friendly smartphones. If you want a very unique-looking phone that’s totally unlike those of all your friends, surely Sharp’s handset can fill that role.

But we don’t buy smartphones and keep them around for a couple of years solely because the physical design is interesting. We rely on phones throughout the day to provide the information and entertainment we seek, and fill a vital role in communication and interaction. And in a few key ways, the Aquos Crystal falls short on these promises, even keeping in mind the $240 off-contract cost.

The form factor itself creates issues, particularly when it comes to the quality of the image seen on the display (thanks to those oddly-cut edges), accidental inputs along the sides, and poor-sounding calls. Add in middling cameras and performance dips, and the Aquos Crystal becomes a difficult phone to recommend, no matter how neat and different it might seem. 

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5/10

Affordable phone with high style and powerful specs

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from Android Authority (about 1 year ago)

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is an interesting device that features a unique design and impressive hardware for its price of $150. The camera could use some work and the display isn’t the best out there, but these are minor knocks on an otherwise very good phone.We can highly recommend the Sharp Aq... More

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is an interesting device that features a unique design and impressive hardware for its price of $150. The camera could use some work and the display isn’t the best out there, but these are minor knocks on an otherwise very good phone.

We can highly recommend the Sharp Aquos Crystal to anyone looking for a good mid-range phone or even a great back-up phone. 

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Easy on the eyes and your wallet

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from Laptop Magazine (about 1 year ago)

Sharp's Aquos Crystal is a simply stunning smartphone, offering a sci-fi chic design for a low price. I love the bezel-less display, and I was pleasantly surprised by the 8-MP camera. Although this handset doesn't have the fastest CPU, it generally provided smooth performance. There are some flaws,... More

Sharp's Aquos Crystal is a simply stunning smartphone, offering a sci-fi chic design for a low price. I love the bezel-less display, and I was pleasantly surprised by the 8-MP camera. Although this handset doesn't have the fastest CPU, it generally provided smooth performance. There are some flaws, such as its below-average battery life, weak speaker and limited onboard storage, but the Aquos Crystal has something you rarely find in a phone at any price: personality.

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7/10

Attractive design and display

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from Notebookcheck (about 1 year ago)

The display and design are the heart of any smartphone as they have a significant influence on user impression. This is what the Aquos Crystal does best since its avant-garde appearance is guaranteed to capture the attention of users who are out looking for a new or replacement model. The device bec... More

The display and design are the heart of any smartphone as they have a significant influence on user impression. This is what the Aquos Crystal does best since its avant-garde appearance is guaranteed to capture the attention of users who are out looking for a new or replacement model. The device becomes even more attractive once users find that its starting price is only $150 to $200 off-contract.

Despite Sharp's unique take on the bezel-free glass display, the Aquos Crystal is ultimately a budget phone. The chassis is plastic, camera quality is average at best, volume is low with static, and enthusiasts may be turned off by the entry-level Snapdragon 400 SoC, 720p display, and lack of both NFC and wireless-ac support. Look past its edge-to-edge screen and you will find a standard Android phone underneath.

Fortunately, the trimmed off features have no ill-effects on basic functionality. System performance and responsiveness are great for an inexpensive device and Wi-Fi calling is a very useful feature that is not as widespread as it should be.

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8.2/10

Ordinary features bolstered by a daring, edgeless design

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from Cnet (about 1 year ago)

For a phone that made such a splash at its August announcement, the Sharp Aquos Crystal doesn't sport the kind of powerful hardware you see in current flagships. But among devices in its class, the $150 phone is a worthy buy. Its stand-out design makes it one of the most unique-looking handsets avai... More

For a phone that made such a splash at its August announcement, the Sharp Aquos Crystal doesn't sport the kind of powerful hardware you see in current flagships. But among devices in its class, the $150 phone is a worthy buy. Its stand-out design makes it one of the most unique-looking handsets available, the 8-megapixel camera takes good photos, and LTE data speeds were consistent in my real-world testing.

I much prefer it over the LG Optimus F3. Even though that phone is $50 cheaper, the F3 has a smaller 4-inch display and runs an older version of Android. In addition, the Crystal edges out the dated ZTE Force and Warp Sequent. Both devices have the same $150 price tag, but the former has a slower processor and poorer camera, and the latter is only 3G enabled.

True, Sharp may not be a big player in the mobile industry, with its smartphone releases coming few and far between. But with its Aquos Crystal handset, it has proved that it can make a stylish and reliable device that can compete with the midrange phones of today. And with the Crystal's edge-to-edge touchscreen, the company knows what it takes turn the heads of even the most casual smartphone consumer. 

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7/10

Absolutely beautiful and really stands out

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from PC Magazine (about 1 year ago)

You aren't going to find a prettier $149 prepaid phone than the Sharp Aquos Crystal, that's for sure. It turns heads. And if you primarily watch videos, play games, and send messages rather than talking, you'll enjoy the experience here. That said, we haven't found any low-cost phones with truly gre... More

You aren't going to find a prettier $149 prepaid phone than the Sharp Aquos Crystal, that's for sure. It turns heads. And if you primarily watch videos, play games, and send messages rather than talking, you'll enjoy the experience here. That said, we haven't found any low-cost phones with truly great voice quality on Boost.

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7/10

Bezel-less on a budget

Sharp Aquos Crystal

from Android Authority (about 1 year ago)

At just $150, this is certainly a very solid smartphone, and if you’re on a budget, definitely a device you should consider. It does have its fair share of issues in terms of camera performance and battery life, with overall performance also not the best. But what does the Aquos Crystal does m... More

At just $150, this is certainly a very solid smartphone, and if you’re on a budget, definitely a device you should consider. It does have its fair share of issues in terms of camera performance and battery life, with overall performance also not the best. But what does the Aquos Crystal does manage is to stand out in the overcrowded mid-range smartphone arena with its unique design language. While many manufacturers have been trying, Sharp has been the first to achieve something that should hopefully become the norm in terms of design in the near future.

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7.5/10

Horrible phone

Sharp Aquos Crystal

(about 1 year ago)

Terrible cameras Edgeless is an annoying gimmick Runs at 50%+ memory usage at all times Vert little built in storage space available Can't install apps to SD (kit kat issue) Cheaply made Sim slot breaks on its own, rendering 4g unusable Screen scratches very easily Power button sometimes won't let y... More

Terrible cameras Edgeless is an annoying gimmick Runs at 50%+ memory usage at all times Vert little built in storage space available Can't install apps to SD (kit kat issue) Cheaply made Sim slot breaks on its own, rendering 4g unusable Screen scratches very easily Power button sometimes won't let you turn off the screen. No root (this phone is ridiculously locked down) Terrible screen response, you'll tap some things fifty times to get it to do anything and other times it pushes whatever it wants to. Worst customer service and attitude I've ever seen from a company. Don't buy this phone.

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1/10

Its fast the coolest phone i ever seen

Sharp Aquos Crystal

(about 1 year ago)

Good quality except the camera

Good quality except the camera

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8/10

This is the WORST phone and SHARP has THE WORST customer service!

Sharp Kin One

(4 years ago)

Oh my goodness...this phone does not work after having it for only 6 months. Verizon's system does not interface with this phone. There's no place to put a memory card so everything is stored directly on the phone. You have no idea how difficult it is to get it out! I just called Sharp's custome... More

Oh my goodness...this phone does not work after having it for only 6 months. Verizon's system does not interface with this phone. There's no place to put a memory card so everything is stored directly on the phone. You have no idea how difficult it is to get it out! I just called Sharp's customer service line and even though they have a real person there to answer the phone, apparently this device doesn't qualify as one of the products they will answer questions about at 7:30 pm pacific time. Holy moly! I have never heard of anything so stupid in my entire life!!!!! I will never ever get this phone or any other product from Sharp if I can absolutely avoid it.

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1/10

Not too impressed with Kin TWO

Sharp Kin Two

(5 years ago)

I bought this phone and was impressed at first with some of its feature but when looking in my package for a users manual there was none. Not only now that microsoft doesnt own it and verizon is still selling it u do not get some of the regular feature that originally came with the phone. it is not... More

I bought this phone and was impressed at first with some of its feature but when looking in my package for a users manual there was none. Not only now that microsoft doesnt own it and verizon is still selling it u do not get some of the regular feature that originally came with the phone. it is not worth the buy no more and I believe there is a reason microsoft let the phone go.

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1/10

I agree!!

Sharp FX

(5 years ago)

I like the looks of the phone, BUT the CD does NOT go into enough detail on how to do things with it. I'm not one of those youngsters that can figure out all this stuff automatically. I'm beginning to HATE this phone!

I like the looks of the phone, BUT the CD does NOT go into enough detail on how to do things with it. I'm not one of those youngsters that can figure out all this stuff automatically. I'm beginning to HATE this phone!

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5/10

Darn!

Sharp FX

(5 years ago)

I might like my new phone IF I had a booklet that told me how to use it. The C/D that came with my phone won't download on my computer. I like the design of the phone. It performs very well on the things I can figure out on my own -

I might like my new phone IF I had a booklet that told me how to use it. The C/D that came with my phone won't download on my computer. I like the design of the phone. It performs very well on the things I can figure out on my own -

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10/10

Award Winningly Horrible

Sidekick 2008

(6 years ago)

I agree with EVERY other post. My 2008 sidekick will also randomly shut off, or the screen will go black forcing me to turn the phone off....aaaand of course when I do that I loose everything on my phone. I actually have all of my telephone contacts written down in a book so that I can re-enter them... More

I agree with EVERY other post. My 2008 sidekick will also randomly shut off, or the screen will go black forcing me to turn the phone off....aaaand of course when I do that I loose everything on my phone. I actually have all of my telephone contacts written down in a book so that I can re-enter them once a month when my sidekick messes up AGAIN. I guess I'm glad to know I'm not the only one but jesus lord we shouldn't all have to deal with this people.

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2.3/10

GARBAGE and WASTE of MONEY!

Sidekick 2008

from Amazon (6 years ago)

Please, do yourself the honest liberty of getting an iPhone if you want true internet freedom, speed, and access. I went wrong by getting this and not the iPhone. T-Mobile's service here in Texas is poor. The internet access and browser capabilities of this phone are TERRIBLE. I cannot express my di... More

Please, do yourself the honest liberty of getting an iPhone if you want true internet freedom, speed, and access. I went wrong by getting this and not the iPhone. T-Mobile's service here in Texas is poor. The internet access and browser capabilities of this phone are TERRIBLE. I cannot express my disgust any clearer. TERRIBLE. It is slow and you can barely access mobile websites! Thats the internet fall. If you want a CELLPHONE, Get anything else. ANYTHING BUT THIS. The only security feature it has is about as basic as a 2001 cellphone. Strictly locking all access. There are no blocking features nor restriction features. This is not a cellphone. There are really no easy way of setting Anything up as far as alarms (plural) you can only set One up, I dont even bother to attempt to use the calender; There isnt even a calculator; you need to download it (for free at least) from the download access link. This "phone" also lacks at least 'Quick' access for Maps, which happens to be another program you must download. The only Pro I can give it is that its EXCELLENT for chatting and sending messages. Hands down. But that is it. Period. The second pro/con is it's camera. It has one, but it also performs poorly. The only good thing it does is give you resolution options which range rather high up. Finally, the last pro is the fact that you can listen to music via an sd card. You can also 'ideally' save images there as well. So if you want to pay over $80 a month for a chat gizmo. Then by all means. If you want a real phone, look elsewhere. Sorry.

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4/10

Doesn't Deserve the Great Reviews....

Sidekick 2008

from Amazon (7 years ago)

This phone is awful!! I just got this phone in January. Six months later, I'm sending it back to T-Mobile in exchange for a different one. Thank God for the warranty.. It was a great phone up until about two months ago. It started just shutting itself off out of nowhere. I then would not be able to... More

This phone is awful!! I just got this phone in January. Six months later, I'm sending it back to T-Mobile in exchange for a different one. Thank God for the warranty.. It was a great phone up until about two months ago. It started just shutting itself off out of nowhere. I then would not be able to turn the phone back on unless I removed the battery and put it back. Also, when it did this, it would delete everything I had on my phone! It would delete all of my contacts, all of my text messages, all of my bookmarks.. everything! Only the contacts and bookmarks would all come back about an hour or two later.. but very very annoying anyway. And now, just yesterday, the phone froze and would not respond for about an hour. There was no screen and I was not even able to press any buttons or switch it off... had to remove the battery again. Then it came back on and of course..everything was deleted. And this time it would not pick up any service for another two hours or so. Horrible horrible phone with far too many bugs...bad idea!

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4/10

this phone model should be recalled.

Sidekick 2008

from Amazon (7 years ago)

This is the WORST model phone you could buy - seriously. I wonder why it has not been recalled. I got this phone right when it came out last summer because, at that time, the internet/messaging bundle was cheaper than that for Blackberry. I also really like the keyboard - I still think it's one of t... More

This is the WORST model phone you could buy - seriously. I wonder why it has not been recalled. I got this phone right when it came out last summer because, at that time, the internet/messaging bundle was cheaper than that for Blackberry. I also really like the keyboard - I still think it's one of the best out there. I wanted a phone with similar bells and whistles but didn't necessarily need the business functionality of a Blackberry. All was fine until after about two months the phone would just freeze up and restart itself. This didn't make sense as I'm not one to download many applications or overload a phone with 2657205 text messages and e-mails a day like most kids these days. A moderate amount of use should not have caused this. However, the phone would continue to do this until I removed the battery and sim card. After putting them back in, it would download messages from months ago, but would have deleted the more current ones that I had on previously. I would have to reset my settings, etc. it was a mess. This continued for several months. After many hours spent on the phone with T-mobile to attempt to resolve the issue, in addition to research on the problem online, it became clear that this is a problem with the phone - not the service, or sim card and battery (which were replaced to no avail). I also know it's a phone issue because *this happened with all 4 replacement Sidekicks that were sent to me.* I urge you to look online - just search 'sidekick 2008 restarting' or something along those lines. You'll soon find how common it is. T-mobile has since swapped out the sidekick for a Blackberry at no cost. I find that I am using this phone more often and have more applications and it has not seized up on me at all. In conclusion, the Sidekick might seem cute and convenient but it's definitely not worth it.

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2/10

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