Do you wish Japanese smartphones were more popular in the West?

Sharp Aquos Compact — one of many great Japanese devices we've highlighted in the past

Sharp Aquos Compact — one of many great Japanese devices we've highlighted in the past


Within our biweekly column on amazing tech from the far reaches of the globe, Monsters from Asia, one can most often find reps from China. Occasionally, however, we step on a new announcement from Japan, with often great devices being promised to locals, and so we feel compelled to highlight them.

Unlike Chinese devices, who are starting to propagate in the West, Japanese phones remain quite exotic, with the obvious exception of Sony. For the most part, local phones will be made available to the islanders of Japan, but that's about it. And since they're pretty expensive, online stores dedicated to them are pretty rare, and often under-stocked. 

The only exception so far is Sharp, which pushed the unique Aquos Crystal to Sprint's network in the US, though that's likely the byproduct of Sprint being owned by Japanese Softbank, which had exclusivity on the local flavor of the Crystal. So, again, Japanese devices are rare outside of... well, Japan, and we can't remember the last time we've spotted someone pocketing a Fujitsu.

Even a cursory glance through the list of devices we've previously highlighted, however, may convince you that Japan has got quite a few things down cold. For example, almost without exception, Japanese devices are dust-tight and water resistant, while packing some pretty large batteries. That right there are two quite practical features that we're seeing more and more demand for. For those and any other reasons, do you wish that Japanese smartphones were made more popular in the West? Why, precisely?

Don't just vote, discuss!

Do you wish Japanese smartphones were more popular in the West?

Absolutely!
79.87%
Meh! Won't say no to more variety, but probably wouldn't end up buying one...
14.7%
Nope. We have it good enough as it is.
5.43%

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43 Comments

1. g2a5b0e unregistered

Choice is always good for the consumer.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

That has nothing to do with my comment. Don't reply to me just to get your comment near the top. That's a douche move.

26. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Here and there it does have to do with your comment bruh, but even if it doesn't, no need to be hostile or say it's a douche move, relax.

34. Acer_Predator unregistered

He knows why I did it and he STILL is hostile.. He need pills...

37. g2a5b0e unregistered

I am relaxed. I was just stating a fact. You can't detect my tone through text.

39. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

For you to point it out means it bothered you enough to reply, enjoy life, f**k him and move on if his reply didn't interest you, or do what I do: point out how random their comment is versus saying it's a douche move and what not.

40. g2a5b0e unregistered

Thanks for the advice.

33. Acer_Predator unregistered

So you know why I did it and you still stupidly ask why I replied to your coment ar you retarded or what ..

38. g2a5b0e unregistered

Show me where I asked a question & ask yourself who is really retarded here. You don't even know the difference between a statement & a question.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

That plus ever since I started following and using smartphones in 2010...there has been alot of innovation from overseas. And not to forget the innovation from before 2010...

42. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Hell yeah!

2. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

better than seeing chinese phones

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You're just butthurt to see Chinese is superior than others. Fujitsu Sharp Toshiba are all the past, as well as their technology. yet overpriced. the design is also old and same old, stuck at the flip phone era. Japanese phones are past period

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Chinese phones have done a 180 in quality. You can get a good LTE equiped phone from China now at half the price of samsung apple and lg.

14. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i'd say 70 to 90 but not 180. even if they managed to create 180 quality, their bloatware are atrocious. they're also mired by spying tricks. but then again, all of these quality advancements are completely offset by china's ridiculous aggressive claims on the south china sea. i don't mean to make this a political issue but i just can't avoid it. china's being an ahole that i can't support their products.

29. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man...

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

nobody should bankroll the chinese expansionsism. so even if i disagree with your comment that chinese phones are inferior, i will just blindly agree. hahahhahaha

3. dimas

Posts: 3253; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

US is the only country who's got limited access to different phone brands that's why apple is confident that people will buy them. Give US the ala carte and people will be happy that they have more choices than buying expensive flagships.

21. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sorry, that just ain't even close to true. Apple's ecosystem is expensive and their users are very invested in it. That keeps them coming back to the bitten fruit products. I can see Apple peaking, but there sales are likely to remain steady for the near future.

4. samgsam15

Posts: 50; Member since: May 09, 2014

I'm lucky to live in India since here we can have our hand on almost every phone. No carrier contracts to bind you. You get most of the brands: Indian, American, Chinese, Japanese, Korean etc. Also, a lot of people will happily buy a second hand phone at good price(specially an iPhone).

35. OneMinusOne

Posts: 3; Member since: May 11, 2015

ya..so lucky to have phones at nearly double the price of US.

43. samgsam15

Posts: 50; Member since: May 09, 2014

Only if you consider buying an iPhone. If you buy any other phone then the difference isn't too much. And if you are comparing the prices with US then don't forget to compare unlocked phone prices. The difference isn't much now.

5. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

No. Japan hated Nokia and the never got a foothold there. Imagine that. So inbred market. Japanese buy only Japanese stuff. It's like US but much worse.

15. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Actually, the Japanese favor the iPhone. Overwhelmingly so.

17. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

The Japanese love to copy American culture, that is a fact. That is the only reason that the iPhone is popular there. That fad will fade away in due time.

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Fandroids coming up with more stupid reasons why iPhone sales so good

36. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not a fan of android but, he has a point, the Japanese DOES love copying american culture.

7. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

More choices the better.

25. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Of course. But I don't see the point here? The Japanese OEMs are not stupid. They have made their researches and know how much they could penetrate other markets. So if they see point and profit , they would start selling in other markets without this poll. Right?

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