It is well known that this device is only $149 bucks on both Sprint and Boost and at this price it is a phenomenal deal and one that is hard to pass on if you are looking for a device that is sleek and powerful
yet different, and by different I meant zero bezel, the edge to edge screen really messes with your mind as it doesn't feel like a 5" display!
I recently read a great review from Engadget. Here are a few excerpts from that review:
Let's just get it out of the way now: The AQUOS Crystal looks fantastic. t's the only phone I've ever tested that prompted random bystanders to
either gawk or give it a double take as they walked by. One look is enough to reveal why: Those people were ogling the 5-inch 720p screen sitting up
front... and more specifically, the lack of just about anything surrounding it. Squint hard enough and you'll see just the faintest hint of a bezel running
around the screen, so small that it may as well not be there. The effect is utterly striking -- it feels like you're holding some sort of J.J. Abramsian
Star Trekfloating-screen prop in your hand instead of a smartphone you can buy from a store right now.
Since a full seven-eighths of the phone's face is nothing but screen, Sharp had to get creative when it came time to load it up with the usual
accoutrements. Take the Crystal's earpiece, for instance: There isn't one. Well, not a traditional one, anyway. Rather than try and squeeze one
in above the display (and ruin that lovely floating effect), Sharp included what it calls a Direct Wave Receiver that essentially turns the entire
front glass panel into an earpiece. It's hardly a new concept -- Kyocera's been playing with the idea of speaker-less phones for a few
years now and Google Glass has a bone-conducting transmitter -- but Sharp's solution sounds better than you might think.
It'd be pretty stupid of Sharp to use a subpar screen when it removed nearly everything that could possibly distract you from it. Thankfully, it's got the chops to
make some impressive displays, and the 5-inch LCD panel it crammed into the Crystal doesn't disappoint. First, the elephant in the room: Yes, the screen only
runs at 720p, and no, that's not a bad thing. It's plenty bright when you need it to be and colors are well-saturated, though whites aren't as crisp and blacks
aren't as sumptuous as they are on more premium devices. Still, pictures and videos pop when there's no border restraining them -- even poking through your email feels just a little wondrous."
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