The Aquos Crystal by Sharp is their first smartphone launched in the US. It is the perfect specimen of the amazing design by Japan and the smartphone with its appealing appearance comes to Sprint in an affordable budget range for about $250.
This budget-friendly device sports an elegant 5-inch almost bezel-less display screen with a 720p resolution. Its overall look makes it quite comparable with today’s flagship phones featuring the Android Operating System. Its edge-to-edge display screen comes with a very sleek bezel and is one of the best element of the smartphone. Apart from the screen, the design features a plastic rounded back making it easy to grip and comes with two color choices for the shell around its back that can be deep black or shiny white sporting a metallic look.
Although the smartphone is not for those who look for ultra-strong features when it comes to the specifications. The phone comes with efficient hardware including a quad-core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The display resolution is 1280×720 pixels with a 1.5GB RAM. The in-built storage space is 8GB and it is expandable to 128GB. The 8 megapixel camera comes with appreciable exposure and delivers average pictures but the front-camera is is a bit over-sharp. The capacitive screen is placed behind a plastic display. According to Sharp, the phone can give a 13 hours of talk time backup and comes with a 2,048 mAh battery.
When it comes to the software, the Operating System supported by the phone is Android 4.4.2 and comes with some pre-installed applications. With a $5 subscription by Sprint, one can get access to the premium apps whereas 4G LTE network and Harmon Kardon audio processing are included as default services with the purchase of the smartphone. Apart from these, Sprint is coming up with a few beneficial data plans in affordable prices. A 20 GB data plan for $160 for four lines has been proposed in order to promote the sales.
The casing of the phone is handy and removable. But, in order to provide the display screen its edge-to-edge look with a very thin bezel, the front camera has been placed near the bottom end of the smartphone which isn’t quite impressive to some of the users as the phone needs to be turned upside down to get proper pictures. Also, whenever the user switches to the front camera, the phone displays a message for turning it upside down. Although the edges and curvy look of the phone from the back make it a bit thicker than most top smartphones but it helps in creating enough space for some of the ports and internal hardware. The power button finds its placement at the top of the phone with the volume controls being on the left.
Overall, the smartphone is definitely a good option for a lot of users and specially the design-oriented ones and is recommendable for those who wish to get the look of the high end heavy smartphones in almost half the price. But, the phone quite visibly delivers the feel of being a budget phone.