Sharp Aquos Crystal: Conclusion

December 9, 2014 by Andrew Hayward Reads (3,629)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 5
    • Ease of Use
    • 5
    • Design
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Value
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 5.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Sharp Aquos Crystal front

Sharp Aquos Crystal

The Sharp Aquos Crystal is undeniably a distinctive option, and that isn’t terribly common when it comes to wallet-friendly smartphones. If you want a very unique-looking phone that’s totally unlike those of all your friends, surely Sharp’s handset can fill that role.

But we don’t buy smartphones and keep them around for a couple of years solely because the physical design is interesting. We rely on phones throughout the day to provide the information and entertainment we seek, and fill a vital role in communication and interaction. And in a few key ways, the Aquos Crystal falls short on these promises, even keeping in mind the $240 off-contract cost.

The form factor itself creates issues, particularly when it comes to the quality of the image seen on the display (thanks to those oddly-cut edges), accidental inputs along the sides, and poor-sounding calls. Add in middling cameras and performance dips, and the Aquos Crystal becomes a difficult phone to recommend, no matter how neat and different it might seem.



All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.