Sharp FX Plus
A new smartphone on the market
Those of you who want to test a smartphone for the first time should get themselves Sharp’s FX Plus, because of its good call quality, price and 2GB of external memory. This device is certainly not for people who have already used a number of smartphones and want another one which will feature superior performance, speed, battery, options and so on. We tested this smartphone for you and here are our thoughts on it on this review.
3.2″ HVGA TFT touchscreen
When it comes to appearance, the Sharp FX Plus somewhat resembles the original Sharp FX. But, compared to that one, this one has a soft-touch matte black finish, rounder body and measures 4.7″ x 2.4″ 0.6″. Another difference is the fact that the new FX Plus gets smudged much too easily and quickly. Concerning its feel, this smartphone was very comfortable to hold both on the horizontal and vertical. The 150g it sports made it a bit heavy during our test.
Manufacturers added a 3.2″ HVGA TFT touchscreen to their latest device; its 480 x 320 pixels and support for 262.000 colors both offer nice vibrancy and colors. As for keyboard, the people behind Sharp FX Plus preinstalled a virtual one, divided into Swype and the default Android.
Web applications access
There are 7 home screens and each of them can be customized to fit the user’s needs. The buttons were a bit flat; this meant that, when writing e-mails or SMS, it took us longer than usual.
Moving on to buttons, ports and such, the FX Plus has the camera and power buttons on the right and the microUSB charging ports and volume key on the left. The 3-megapixel camera lens sits on the rear, while on top is placed a 3.5mm headset jack. Finally, beneath the back cover we found a microSD card slot.
What concerns features, the device presented on this page sports the standard phonebook (but limited to the phone’s available memory space), Google Talk, Gmail, Wi-Fi, GPS, voice search, Bluetooth, clock and many more. As for applications, worthy of mention are the following: Facebook, Twitter, Polaris Office, AT&T Navigator and much more.
600MHz processor speed
The memory is made of a card with 2GB; they could be extended up to 32GB. There were also 512MB of internal memory. The processor used by the device we’re reviewing is a 600MHZ. Needless to say, the power it offered wasn’t superb; as a consequence, the device would lag behind quite a number of times.
The 3-megapixel camera mentioned above didn’t deliver impressive photos. The ones who looked the best were those we took outside and in spaces with good light; those pictures snapped indoors appeared yellowish and, when moved, the camera produced blurriness. The videos we recorded looked grainy and without beautiful colors.
Medium battery life
The general audio call quality of this smartphone was good whenever we were in areas with strong signals: voices had no distortions and volume was superb. The same things can be said about the speakerphone. 3G speeds were around 20 seconds to 37 seconds to connect.
Unfortunately, the 1240mAh battery wasn’t improved. The Sharp FX Plus delivered around 3 hours of talk time and 10 days of standby time.
All in all is easy to have a conclusion of this review. The new Sharp’s FX Plus is an entry-level which should be avoided by users looking for a great smartphone.
|3G Network||UMTS / HSDPA 850, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|2G Network||GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|Weight||149 grams or 5.29 ounces|
|Dimensions||119 x 59 x 14 mm|
|Input/ User Interface|
|Input||4-Row QWERTY Keyboard|
|Type||HVGA Touchscreen Display|
|Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate|
|Predictive Text Input|
|Proximity sensor for auto turn-off|
|CPU||Single-Core 600MHz Processor|
|Internal Memory||Pre-Installed 2GB microSD Card|
|External Memory||microSD Card Slot For Memory Expansion Up To 32GB|
|Operating System||Google Android 2.2 Froyo OS|
|Camera||– 2048×1536 pixels|
|– 3 Megapixels|
|Browser & Messaging||HTML, XHTML, WAP 2.0|
|Predictive Text Input, SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Video Recording Capability||Yes|
|Talk Time||Up To 3 Hours|
|Standby Time||Up To 10 Days|
|Type||Li-Ion Standard battery|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth & USB||Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP & v2.0 micro USB|
|Headset||3.5mm stereo headset jack|
|3G||HSDPA – Up To 7.2Mbps|