Available prepaid in the US from Boost Mobile for $150 (which converts to about £93 and AU$171) or free with Sprint after users sign a two-year contract, the Sharp Aquos Crystal is a unique Android 4.4 handset with an edge-to-edge display.
The device's touchscreen runs all the way to
the edge of the phone, which adds a futuristic look to the handset. Other than its lack of a bezel though, the 5-inch
display is pretty standard with its 720 pixel resolution and 293ppi.
The Crystal measures 5.17 inches tall, 2.64 inches wide and 0.4-inch thick, and it weighs 4.97 ounces. Compared to the big-screen devices of
today, its size is extremely pocketable. One-handed navigation is easy
to manage, and I had no problem sliding it into front jean pockets.
At more than a half an inch thick, the phone's chin is deep, and it
houses the 1.2-megapixel camera and microphone. (To take a selfie, a
small dialogue pops up that instructs you to flip the handset upside
down -- helpful if you want to avoid an unsightly double-chin.) There
also isn't an in-ear speaker, which is usually located above the
display. Instead, the Crystal uses audio wave technology.
In addition to running Android 4.4.2, the phone has 8GB of
internal memory, 1.5GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of external storage support. It's also outfitted with Harman Kardon technology, which promises to boost a user's audio experience.
Sharp may not be a big player in the mobile industry, with its
smartphone releases coming few and far between. But with its Aquos
Crystal handset, it has proved that it can make a stylish and reliable
device that can compete with the midrange phones of today. Click here for more CNET reviews for Sharp phones.