It’s a world of smartphones. When the new Sharp AQUOS Crystal smartphone arrived, my first thought was it is gorgeous. Then I saw it was by SHARP and had to take a double look. I didn’t know Sharp made phones, but after experiencing this smartphone first had, I’m convinced SHARP is a premier player.
“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”
SoftBank and Sprint merge to bring the Sharp AQUOS Crystal smartphone to the United States. Sprint and its prepaid brands (Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA) are the exclusive U.S. carriers for this groundbreaking AQUOS device.
Let’s start with the edgeless display. It’s a conversation starter and beautiful. It’s unique, and unlike any other phone, I’ve owned. It feels solid.
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal smartphone offers a power button along the top right corner, rather than the right side. It has all the ports and buttons we’ve come to expect. It’s the metal trim bezel that makes this phone stand out.
A front-facing camera, light and proximity sensors and the notification light along the bottom edge of the display make this phone easy to access. There is no earpiece speaker on the phone. Instead, it boasts a direct wave receiver that vibrates the entire screen to produce sound.
This phone is a SHARP–as in the company that makes high-definition televisions. The display of the Sharp AQUOS Crystal stands out. It offers an LCD panel with 294 ppi. The color temperature is wow–6456 K. The white is realistic and extremely neutral. Nearly true colors.
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal operates on Androids KitKat 4.4.2. It’s straightforward and basic and easy to customize and works well with apps.
We all use our smartphones to take pictures. The AQUOS Crystal has an 8-megapixel camera. It has a slew of manual controls and shooting modes allowing it to go above and beyond what I’ve used on my other smartphones. It helps frame shots perfectly with the unique guideline. Not only that but this smartphone, really is smart.
- Memories happen very quickly and those candid moments can be difficult to capture. The Sharp AQUOS Crystal makes capturing those moments easy by automatically taking a photo when it detects a smile!
- Advanced photo features, like “Night Catch,” brighten the subject and background for nighttime shots.
- Clip Now is a feature that allows you to take screenshots with one swipe and saves them with an embedded URL for easy sharing!
I’m a big fan of music, and this is where I found the Sharp AQUOS Crystal lacking. It offers only a single rear-facing speaker. It isn’t impressive, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is disappointing either. Harman Kardon’s LiveStage with Clari-Fi Technology provides a more lifelike headphone listening experience by adding dimension to the sound.
Where the Crystal lacks in music, it makes up for with the high-quality display making this a great smartphone for watching videos.
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal comes equipped with Google Mobile services including Google Search, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google+ and YouTube! Plus AQUOS Crystal features App Pass, a U.S Sprint exclusive subscription service that allows customers access to a hand-selected catalog of premium apps and games for one low monthly fee.
And what about what a phone was originally made to do–make phone calls. The Sharp AQUOS Crystal knows that data plans can be expensive, it is designed to send text messages and calls over Wi-Fi. That’s right, you don’t need a service, just an existing home, office, or public Wi-Fi network! I love this feature, especially for my kiddos. They can boast that they have a phone, and I don’t have any additional out of pocket expenses! Miss M called her Grandma in Pittsburgh and the sound was crystal clear!
I have a smartphone that requires me to charge it throughout the day. this is not the case with the Sharp AQUOS Crystal. It has a very good battery life that powers me through a solid day of use.
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal package contains:
- Sharp Crystal AQUOS Smartphone
- microUSB cable
- Wall charger
- Start guide
- Product safety and warranty information user manual
This phone is a great starter phone. It has basic features and is priced as an entry-level smartphone.