The Good The Sharp FX Plus is a side-sliding Android smartphone with a decent keyboard, good call quality, and 2GB external memory preloaded.
The Bad Battery life is short on Sharp's FX Plus, and the 600MHz processor slows things down. The keyboard keys are also a tad flat.
The Bottom Line The Sharp FX Plus is a budget Android 2.2 smartphone for certain first-timers, but when it comes to some features, you get what you pay for.
Sharp FX Plus (AT&T)
It's good to see tier-one carriers giving smaller manufacturers a chance. The Sharp FX Plus for AT&T follows in the footsteps of the original. Like its predecessor, the "Plus" version is also a side-slider phone with a full QWERTY keyboard, but with it, Sharp moves into the smartphone realm by giving the FX Plus an Android engine. Sure, it's only Android 2.2 Froyo instead of the most recent Gingerbread, but Android's reliability and openness go a long way toward making the FX Plus competitive for Wal-Mart customers, where it's sold exclusively in retail stores and online at Walmart.com.
Although we had serious concerns about the handset's battery life, the price is a sub-$30 steal at $28.88.
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