No, you don't need to turn the Sharp Aquos Crystal around to take a phone call
posted by Chris P. / Aug 20, 2014, 3:34 AM
Now, whether you'll end up liking the Sprint-bound Aquos Crystal is a matter of taste. Our observations so far are that people either downright love the design, or outright reject it. Either way, it's undeniable that Sharp is creating intriguing hardware, but we noticed that quite some people were worried about the practicality of it.
phone in order to take calls. The answer, however, is different.Unsurprisingly, top on that list is one simple question: "Where the heck is the earpiece?!". That's understandable, for the Crystal appears to have skipped on such an essential piece of hardware. In fact, so big is the confusion, that many thought that what is actually the loudspeaker on the bottom is really the earpiece, and that you'll have to turn around the entire
See, the Aquos Crystal really doesn't have an earpiece on the top like pretty much every other phone on the planet. But you won't have to turn it around to pick up a call. Instead, the company is using a direct wave receiver which actually vibrates the entire screen in order to create sound, a bit like bone conduction headphones (e.g. Google Glass).
One pro for that approach (apart from untying the hands of the design and engineering teams) that Sharp is fond of bringing up is that it doesn't matter where you place your ear, so long as it is on the screen. Regardless, we can't help but wonder about call quality. What's more, seeing as the proximity sensor is located on the bottom, the Crystal's software is basically forced to lock the screen during calls to prevent misclicks, and we still don't know how well that will work in the long run. But, hey, those are questions that will be answered another day. For now, just relax knowing that you won't look a fool whenever talking on the Crystal.
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posted on Aug 20, 2014, 3:42 AM 22
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Now this is amazing!! Innovation at it's finest!!! Kudos Sharp!
posted on Aug 20, 2014, 3:48 AM 7
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Keeping mum about the innovation unlike Apple. Though I'm more concerned about call quality and battery life as it uses a direct wave receiver which actually vibrates the entire screen in order to create sound.
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posted on Aug 20, 2014, 10:32 AM 0
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Ahh glad other company do this first rather than apple start claiming it is their invention and patent it.
posted on Aug 20, 2014, 3:49 AM 10
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Phone from Japan is a big NO for me
posted on Aug 20, 2014, 4:14 AM 0
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I don't know what your Chinese government propaganda says, but Japanese people don't what anything bad for you. Just the fact that you were in war in the past makes you hate them? Dude. Finland has been enemies with basically all of its neighbours. And now what? We're the best friends even with the mighty Russia, because we know that they are extremely important for our economy for example.
posted on Aug 20, 2014, 4:35 AM 3
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Hate is not healthy, do not forget what I said. Just forget the past. Japan is now "punished", because they do not want to marry and have children. At this rate, the population will be only half within around 30 years.
posted on Aug 20, 2014, 10:34 AM 0
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the bottom of the phone is kept like that for Apple to eliminate it in future and declare a patent for a complete bezel less device,i really wonder!,when they can apply directwave technology for the earpiece,its questionable why they failed to hide the visible sensors panel at the bottom,microphone can be placed at the frame build,similarly the proximity and image sensor too under the screen,couldn't understand the logic in full,they developed the bulb and still saying a candle is better then the bulb.
posted on Aug 20, 2014, 4:18 AM 1
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one of the pros of small bezels is compatibility/one handed usability. Now the bottom bezel is a big NO, half of it could've gone to the top. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice device but it could've been better. I don't know how this will look in a case, hope the frame is made of Kevlar or carbon fiber.
posted on Aug 20, 2014, 5:42 AM 0
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Definitly new and interesting, however I see some practical problems. And I seem to recall somewhere being mentioned that the vibrations can give durability problems, could be that they have fixed it though. As for the misclick thing while calling, a lot of telephone services, or support phone numbers require you to enter numbers to get to the right destination, Hopefully there is practical way of doing this that doesn't trigger the proximity sensor constantly or what it has. So it is going to be interesting once this phone gets into the hands of consumers and they can give feedback, since I have absolutely no clue if this kind of phone will be practical for actual phone usage.
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This is shaping up to be a solid midrange phone. You can't get much better for $250. I can't wait until they ship it to us so I get to use it. Hopefully sales are good so they send us the 1080p version as well. I'm wondering if Son and the new CEO of sprint are going to start bringing phones in from Sony and other manufacturers.
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