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Sharp AQUOS Crystal versus HTC One M8: first look

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Sharp AQUOS Crystal versus HTC One M8: first look

First impressions leave a lasting mark. That’s certainly true with smartphones, seeing that we’re naturally attracted to well-made, meticulously designed phones. Arguably one of the best in that department, the HTC One M8 is still one of the more prominent Android smartphones that is known most for its impeccable design – one that’s modern, while continuing to be premium in every way imaginable. Although it’s new to the scene, the Sharp AQUOS Crystal might be classified as a mid-ranger, but don’t let that notion fool you into thinking it’s going to be sub-par with its design.

Design


Sharp AQUOS Crystal versus HTC One M8: first look
Honestly, we can totally agree that these two Android-powered smartphones are memorable for their respective designs. Even though they’re different, they each bear their own unique set of qualities to make them a cut above the competition. The more we look at the two, the more it’s tough for us to concretely select a winner when it comes to design.

Naturally, the HTC One M8’s all-metal construction exudes a premium finish, more so than the matte plastic construction of the Sharp AQUOS Crystal – while giving it that sturdier feel in the hand. However, Sharp’s new phone amazes us for its unique quality of offering a very different looking edgeless display. HTC’s design for the One M8 is no doubt iconic, but we can say that the AQUOS Crystal has a distinct look of its own to stand out over other plastic-constructed smartphones.

Display


Sharp AQUOS Crystal versus HTC One M8: first look
Reading into their specs, we get more detail from the HTC One M8’s 5-inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD-3 display. Well, it’s not to say that the 5-inch 720 x 1280 LCD screen of the Sharp AQUOS Crystal is bad, but it doesn’t have the same crisp details as we closely look at the HTC One M8’s screen. Nonetheless, from a normal viewing distance, it’s hard to tell which of them is superior.

Being a new player in the US smartphone market, we’re pleasantly surprised to notice the Crystal’s display flaunts several great qualities that rivals the panel used by the HTC One M8. In particular, they both have neutral color productions, wide-viewing angles, and strong brightness outputs – making them easy to view in all sorts of conditions. Obviously, the edgeless nature of the AQUOS Crystal’s display minimizes the amount of added real-estate to the phone, which makes it more compact in size – a truly remarkable quality to tell you the truth.

Interface


HTC pays more attention with its Sense 6.0 experience, since we feel it to be one of the more design-conscious custom interfaces for Android. Sporting a polished finish with everything, from its HTC BlinkFeed integration to the slick looking HTC widgets, there’s no arguing we prefer its presentation more than the stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat experience of the Sharp AQUOS Crystal.

Features-wise, there’s also no comparison between the two, as the HTC One M8 drives it home by providing several enhancement that deepen the overall experience. For example, its set of Motion Launch gestures are pretty useful in providing us quick access to some basic functions – like being able to quickly check the time, unlock the phone to the last thing we were doing, or voice dialing.

Processor and Memory


With its high-end, flagship status, the HTC One M8 benefits by having a more profound set of hardware – a speedier quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2GB of RAM. Meanwhile, it doesn’t surprise us to find the AQUOS Crystal outfitted with a mid-ranger esque quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. On the surface, the two offer nearly the same amount of responsiveness with basic tasks – like opening up apps, navigating through the homescreen, or surfing the web. However, we presume that the Sharp AQUOS Crystal might strain with more processor intensive stuff.

Unfortunately, one drawback for multimedia aficionados is that the AQUOS Crystal only comes with 8GB of internal storage – a stark contrast to the spacious 32GB offered by the HTC One M8, which can be supplemented thanks to its microSD card slot.

Camera


Sharp AQUOS Crystal versus HTC One M8: first look
Now this is an interesting first look comparison, seeing that the Sharp AQUOS Crystal features a larger sized 8-megapixel camera – while the HTC One M8 has a 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera. As much as we’d like to say that the higher count will attribute to more detail, it’s really tough to say until we actually snap similar photos and compare their qualities. However, we do feel as though that there’s more “fun” to be had with the HTC One M8’s camera, mainly because of its duo camera and the set of cool shooting modes/effects it has to offer shutterbugs.

Expectations


As it currently stands, the HTC One M8 has already proven itself to be a viable contender in the competitive smartphone market. With its premium construction and high-end goodness quality, it’s constantly a device that’s always in the thick of things – even though it’s been available for some time now. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Sharp AQUOS Crystal is entering the space with no established brand recognition in the US. However, Sharp might be able to dig itself a good foundation, since the AQUOS Crystal is priced competitively – while also astounding us for its unique edgeless display.



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posted on 20 Aug 2014, 11:53 5

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Somehow Sharp made that dimple back look good :p

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 11:56 2

2. nebsif (Posts: 37; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


ur "solid" m8 is already chipping, gg, the bezel is strong in that one.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:02

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


gg nw ez

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 14:47 1

12. vincelongman (Posts: 1615; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


And that is why more phones need to stop using aluminum
Its soft, easy to scratch and chip
Steel is much more durable

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 15:24

13. Ashoaib (Posts: 2389; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I have seen aluminum chipping badly on my collegues iphone 5s.. luckily he broke his phone last week with an impact of fallen iron

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:42

16. medtxa (Posts: 272; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


which is more scratch prone I wonder aluminum or polycarbonate?

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 04:42

22. vincelongman (Posts: 1615; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


They are very very similar, more or less the same

posted on 22 Aug 2014, 07:46

26. romeo1 (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Scratches are easy to get on both but polycarbonate is more flexible so if you drop you phone it wouldn't dent as easily as aluminum. But aluminium feels more "premium". But the htc and sony phones made from polycarbonate also feels "premium" especially the xperia s with the nano coating

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 15:25 1

14. Ashoaib (Posts: 2389; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


m8 is looking like a phablet infront of sharp

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:54

17. medtxa (Posts: 272; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


just see drop test for htc m8. just one drop and there is already scratch on the metal body, there is no way you can fix that. and you stuck with m8 metal chipping body forever. that's just really suck.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:01

3. anuragudaybhat (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


aquos with sense 6.0 might look awesome!!!

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:38 4

5. B-power (Posts: 92; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


May I ask why phonearena is comaring this mid-ranger to high-end phones. I know it has a very good design but what else is so good that it gets compared to high-end phones?

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 16:03

15. sgodsell (Posts: 1406; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I think John V. went to the Sprint event and was carrying a HTC One (M8) to the event and using it as his daily driver. Actually you can see when he recorded the video comparison of the 2, that he was still at the event. So he did just that compare the one he had on him and the new Sprint Sharp device. I know you really can't compare a high-end to a mid-level phone like the Sharp. But you have to take it with a grain of salt as they say.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:39

6. B-power (Posts: 92; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Other than the price.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:51 1

7. Python212 (Posts: 363; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


Sharp AQUOS Crystal looks gorgeous! My beloved M8 looks like a damaged good next to it.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:56 1

8. dorianb (Posts: 422; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


It's on Sprint, so fail.

Tell me when the unlocked GSM version is available

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:56

9. drkarim (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Where is the speaker in sharp??

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 13:28

10. Genza (Posts: 254; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


The loud speaker is on the lower back side of the phone and they are using piezoelectric ceramic actuator connected to the phone’s screen module for the ear speaker.

You can read this if you want to know more.
http://www.kyoceramobile.com/smart-sonic-receiver/

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 13:46

11. xplayer57 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


Great article! That bezel less display *_*

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 21:12

18. Taters (Posts: 3534; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


If the aquous was 1080p with a s801 or s805 and thinner, I wouldn't care about the next Nexus. Too bad it's low end.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 04:26

21. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 75; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


They have a high-end version, it's will probably come to the US later.

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 16:04

24. cc2400 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


they do have one. called aquos crystal x. 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 22:36

19. romeo1 (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


In videos on youtube it looked very uncomfortable to use probably because it has almost no bezel. I'll try it when its in the stores to see for myself. But i like the big bezel beneath so you can watch a movie comfortable

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 03:58

20. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 263; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


I know it nearly has no bezels and it a piece of art and bla bla bla but frankly? it looks more like a 5 inch mini-tv than a smartphone, the M8 is huge for it's size but has many extras my only complaint and the main reason why I did not get an M8 was the camera and as i adore cameras my GS5 would seriously smoke the M8. back to the subject though, the M8 is really the better phone between these two but anyways gotta applaud sharp for this it's awesome

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 16:03

23. cc2400 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Aug 2014)


I really hope that it does well enough that we see more sharp phones here in the US. Sharp also makes a 5.5 version (named crystal x) of this phone, with even better internals. 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. And looking at them side by sice the 5.5in version is hardly any bigger!

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 23:07

25. a_tumiwa (Posts: 295; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


OMG 2 pretty design phones side by side.
Apple and Samsung, please design something good like them!!!

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