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.