Sharp AQUOS Crystal

82
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Sharp AQUOS Crystal review: mid-range brains meet striking looks

The AQUOS Crystal is Sharp's first phone to land in the US in ages, and it's a looker thanks to that amazing screen design. It isn't just handsome, though: The Snapdragon 400 ticking away inside gives it enough oomph to keep up with most people's daily grinds. Alas, if you're not a fan of Sprint, you'll have to look elsewhere for your bezel-less phone fix.

Pros
  • Striking bezel-less screen
  • Decent performer
  • Above-average battery life
  • Can be had for a low price
Cons
  • Both cameras are mediocre
  • Lots of bloatware
  • Exclusive to Sprint and its MVNOs
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
5 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])

Power

Talk time
3G (up to13 hour)
Battery type
Li-ion (2040 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (8 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes

Storage

Internal memory
8 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes

Media

Media playback
yes

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML
Email
yes (Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Display

Screen size
5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
1.5 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)