I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review.
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal is the first AQUOS wireless phone available for the US. Sharp is known worldwide for its unique electronics, and their AQUOS Crystal smartphone is no different. This device promises high-end value at an affordable price tag. Exclusive for Sprint and its prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, the AQUOS Crystal is priced at just $149!
Some of the key features of the AQUOS Crystal are:
- 5-inch edge-to-edge HD screen
- Wi-Fi Calling allows users to use their voice and messaging services over existing home, office and public Wi-Fi networks
- 3G/4G mobile hotspot capability supporting up to eight Wi-Fi®enabled devices simultaneously
- Google Mobile™ services
- OfficeSuite: Easily edit every Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents
- Harman Kardon’s LiveStage™ and Clari-Fi™ technology
- Clip Now takes screenshots with one swipe and saves them with an embedded URL for easy sharing
- Dual Cameras: 8MP rear-facing camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera
- App Pass – a U.S. Sprint exclusive subscription service that allows customers to access a hand-selected catalog of premium apps and games for one low monthly fee
I was surprised to learn Sharp made a wireless phone. I’ve always recognized them for their televisions. We actually just purchased a Sharp AQUOS TV during Cyber Monday sales! The sophisticated design of the edgeless HD screen blew me away. And so did the price! The Sharp AQUOS Crystal comes equipped with Google Mobile services including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Google Talk, Google Calendar and YouTube! I use all of these services pretty much daily so it is convenient having those at my fingertips.
Harman Kardon’s LiveStage with Clari-Fi Technology lets me jam out while cooking or cleaning by offering a crisp, rich sound. It’s awesome! Another favorite is the stunning picture quality. I am always taking photos and videos everywhere we go and having unique camera features like Framing Advisor, Shutter Detect, which automatically snaps a photo when it detects a smile and Night Catch, which brightens both subject and background for those tricky nighttime shots, are very convenient. The picture below was taken during evening hours while my child was in movement and thanks to Night Catch it brightened the photo automatically for me.
Included in the camera editing features is a slew of photo effects for personalizing all of your pictures. Seriously this phone rocks!
Sprint Spark Network
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal has the added benefit of running on Sprint Spark Network, which enhances the phone’s LTE service, allowing for high quality video and other high bandwidth applications, like online gaming, virtual reality and advanced cloud services.
AQUOS Crystal Specifications include:
- Dimensions: 5.16 x 2.6 x 0.40 inches
- Weight: 4.97 ounces
- Display: 5-inch HD frameless LCD display (1,280×720)
- Battery: 2,040mAh Lithium-Ion battery
- Memory: 1.5GB RAM; 8GB ROM; SD card up to 128GB (sold separately)
If you’re in the market for a quality smartphone without the high price tag, I definitely recommend checking out the AQUOS Crystal. It’s available exclusively for Sprint, and its prepaid brands.