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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.Full review
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 th... Full review
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 inexpensiv... Full review
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,... Full review
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 wi... Full review
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 Crys... Full review
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.Less
Good quality except the cameraLess
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.Less
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.Less
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!Less
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 -Less
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.Less
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.Less
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!Less
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.Less