Sharp AQUOS Crystal hands-on
0. phoneArena 19 Aug 2014, 20:50 posted on
Seeing that Sharp is attempting to get its feet into the door here in the US smartphone space, it doesn’t surprise us to find out that the company is partnering with Sprint for its first major smartphone release in the US. It’s not a juggernaut as we look deep and down into its specs sheet, but for the Sharp AQUOS Crystal, it’s astounding us for the mere fact that it’s sporting a unique quality that’s hard to find in other phones...
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1. kotan24 (Posts: 73; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Nobody has said or comment on the countless videos I have seen about this phone, where the earpice is located, at least try to make a dang call! It's a phone for God's sake!
4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
It's right there on the front of the phone, at the bottom. You flip/rotate the phone bottom to top to talk on the phone.
5. Mreveryphone (Posts: 79; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)
I saw a video saying you hear through the screen, the screen outputs some type of sound when on a call so you don't have to worry about placing your ear on a earpiece.
6. Mreveryphone (Posts: 79; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)
11. tricky (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Its bone conduction technology. Basically the entire screen is a earpiece that allows you to sound clarity even in load environments because it vibrates your bones in you ear directly without dissipating the sound like normal earpieces would.
12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The Phandroid article says this:
"Instead, the entire display acts as an earpiece, allowing users to place their ear anywhere they like for crystal clear calls."
But then the video says the display is made from "tempered plastic".
So you don't have to flip it upside down, thank goodness. You only have to press your ear against the screen... haha. The phone will need special ear grease protectors and anti-lice treatments for some people. Let's hope "tempered plastic" is easy to disinfect.
3. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 422; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
I think that screen looks pretty cool. I can now see where early wrap around screens are going to be interesting. We all want the folding screens, but things like this can be a good stepping stone to get there.
7. PressStart (Posts: 119; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)
Keyboard in landscape mode looks a little...off.
10. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)
I think I'm the only one who finds this phone ugly.....
13. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Sharp isn't going to make their $240 model the most beautiful phone.
22. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)
I know that... I mean. Just look at it. I know zero bezel design is cool and bleeding edge, but you're like taking away the phone's personality.
16. o0Exia0o (Posts: 462; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
No your not. I find it fairly repulsive also.
17. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 718; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)
Power button on top; haven't they learned anything from Sony's blunders?
18. gigaraga (Posts: 1416; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Very beautiful and sexy. How do people find it ugly please explain?
19. medtxa (Posts: 618; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
it's ugly for them maybe because uncommon, they have conservative taste that fell wrong with being different.
20. aledelcastle (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Jan 2014)
Because we have decent taste... They just wanted to make something futurist looking. They may have accomplished that, but how practical is it? I guess we'll have to wait for that.
21. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The Crystal is an interesting phone and it definitely catches the eye.
That said, the layout is unusual and perhaps strange to look at, especially after years of phones that all look basically the same.
23. parthoman (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)
i see practical inconviniences on the way and i would never let the glass touch my ear so i could receive vibration.
sometimes it looks like blackberry passport , which reminds me how eagerly iam waiting for that phone :D
24. Taters (Posts: 3842; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Too bad the screen wasn't 1080p and the specs better. I would have totally bought it.
25. kassi (Posts: 103; Member since: 25 May 2013)
get rid of the asymmetry, but this is the new standard for side bezels
26. RandomUsername (Posts: 724; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
That's a sharp phone ;)
But I wonder if they're also gonna release a high-end variant. Especially one that is waterproof.