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. Sharp-FX-Plus

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.

Review conclusion

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.

Technical specifications

Form FactorQWERTY-Slider
3G NetworkUMTS / HSDPA 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
2G NetworkGSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
Weight149 grams or 5.29 ounces
Dimensions119 x 59 x 14 mm
Input/ User Interface
Input4-Row QWERTY Keyboard
TypeHVGA Touchscreen Display
Multi Touch
Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Predictive Text Input
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
CPUSingle-Core 600MHz Processor
Internal MemoryPre-Installed 2GB microSD Card
External MemorymicroSD Card Slot For Memory Expansion Up To 32GB
Operating SystemGoogle Android 2.2 Froyo OS
Camera– 2048×1536 pixels
– 3 Megapixels
Browser & MessagingHTML, XHTML, WAP 2.0
Predictive Text Input, SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Video Recording CapabilityYes
Talk TimeUp To 3 Hours
Standby TimeUp To 10 Days
TypeLi-Ion Standard battery
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth & USBBluetooth v2.1 with A2DP & v2.0 micro USB
Headset3.5mm stereo headset jack
3GHSDPA – Up To 7.2Mbps