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Once my contract had run out on my last mobile phone, I decided to splash out a bit and go by a new phone on pay-as-you-talk. I got a Sharp GX10i. I paid £250 for it. This was 2 years ago. Although, I have since seen it for sale for £219! This phone is exclusive to Vodafone. I did, in fact, by this phone from the Vodafone shop.
The phone weighs in at 107 grams. To look at it is very sleek and pretty. It's grey in colour and has an oval shaped screen on the front which displays the time, date etc. It's one of those flip phones. It has the Vodafone logo imprinted on the front of the phone. There is also a small aerial.
The main reason I purchased this phone was because of the built-in camera. I have had a lot of fun with my camera! You will see the lens on the front of the camera. When taking a photo, just point the lens to the required shot, and you will see the movement of your camera on the display screen. To take a photo just press the main button which is situated above the numbered pad. Photo's take quite well if you are close up. Although I have noticed that it helps if the area you are taking the photo in is lit up really well, or in the sunshine. Otherwise the photo's will come out quite dark. Sometimes I have taken pictures and they have come out quite blurry.
Photo's can be saved onto your phone. You can also zoom in on the camera to get a closer shot. There is also a timer on the phone. When you set the timer, it will take the picture 10 seconds after setting. Very cool! Although I haven't actually tried this yet. The photo's are taken in colour.
Under my phone are any pictures/photo's you have saved. There is alo My Sounds. If you download any ringtones they will be stored here. From here you can download more tunes as well. There are also My Bookmarks, My Text Templates, and Memory Status.
FUN & GAMES
I've had some fun with fun and games! Here you will find Java games and Other Games. If you download any games, they will be stored under Java games. You will also find Melody Maker and Tone Editor here if you want to create your own tunes. All tunes are polyphonic.
From here you can choose your profile. These are normal, meeting, activity, car and silent. I have mine on normal. If you go into any of the modes and select 'edit', you can then edit the ringtone, vibration, keypad tones, warning tone, power on/off sounds. When turning the phone on and off it makes a sound, which can be turned off if you wish. There are already 10 different ringtones already installed on the phone, along with 5 different patterns, like a ringing phone, lower volume ringing tone etc. There are also 12 different sound effects, ie, a dog barking. The volume control for your ringtone is also in profiles.
The organiser is quite good. In here is the calculator, calender where you can save entries, a clock and alarm, voice memo and help list. With the voice memo you can record your own voice.
In call manager you will find the phonebook, Call Register and Diverts.
In settings there are the phone settings, like wallpaper, language, brightness, greeting message etc. There is also the network settings, internet settings, infrared, security and master reset.
There is also Vodafone live! and Vodafone. With Vodafone live! you will connect to the Internet and download ringtones and pictures. You can also check your horoscopes, chat and send & recieve messages. I've downloaded a couple of ringtones from here, although I don't connect very often.
The phonebook I find very cool! You can store up to 500 names. You can save them to either the Sim Card or the phonebook. Under one entry you can save up to 3 phone numbers, 1 email address, what group they are (ie, family, friends, business), any information and a photo. If you have a photo of someone in your phonebook, then when they call you, their picture will appear on the screen. You can manage 2 phonecalls at once by putting one call on hold. Conference call is a call with more than 2 people. You can include up to 5 people in a conference call.
With messages, you have the choice of sending MMS or SMS. MMS is if you want to send pictures or photo's. I have tried and tested sending a photo to my mum's email address. It worked, and she got the photo okay. She said it looked good too! Sending an SMS is easy. You have the choice of typing your message out using each key, or predivtive texting. With MMS you can also add sound. You can choose the tone you like for incoming messages.
On the screen you can have any picture which is stored in your phone. If you have a nice photo which you have taken, then you could have that as your wallpaper. I've got a picture of my dad on mine. On the side of the phone is the volume control for the earpiece. When you buy the phone you will get the earpiece plug in amongst your accessories.
In all honesty, I'm as happy as larry with this phone! It's very cool! To look at, it's very neat. The photo's take reasonably well. Trouble is, it's expensive! It may take you a little while to get to grips with this phone, but generall speaking, it is quite easy to use.
Thanks for reading!
This review can also be found on Ciao under my username there LOUISE90.
Vodafone offers great Sharp phones, ever since the launch of the GX10 it has been quite successful as it was one of the "first camera phones", with a decent look and useful functions. However, the release of the GX10i only brings triband in. Unless you're the type of person that likes wondering around worldwide, such as to America or Asia or around Europe, there is simply no reason to get this phone if you already own a GX10. Put that aside, if you didn't own a GX10, then it is worth buying the GX10i. The different color of the GX10i is quite attractive, giving it a shine of grey. The camera was decent back in the time it was released. However, there is no function differences between the 2 phones. It acts more or less the same, I have yet to notice a difference (and wasted £250). A great deal of games is available from Vodafone Live!. Most cost between £2-5, but I have got to admit that the games are good. This is especially true when you're out and about and waiting, firing up one of these games will surely keep you entertained. With quick loading times and music and sound effects, games come up instantly! Reception is good. I find that I'm able to get reception in most places, except the underground, of course. The phone doesn't cut off and you can continue your conversation without interruption. Battery life goes well for 2 days of average use before you need to charge it again. Otherwise, I charge mine every 3-5 days or so. However, with the limited memory available, and soon it will get clogged up with games (they take up the most memory), you'll find yourself deleting games/pictures/sounds just to make room for more games/pictures/sounds. The camera can take pictures at 0.1 Megapixels so don't be expecting to use this camera to take fantastic pictures. The phone doesn't come with a connection cable so you can download pictures onto your P
C. The cable isn't even sold by Vodafone. I've only found it a eBay so far ... however it does come with a cable and CD for the modem software/drivers so you can use the phone as a modem. There's also a ringtone editor, allowing you to edit ringtones. Overall, a decent phone with lots of features. Shame about the camera and lack of memory.
When this phone was out new, I had to have it; so eventually I did. At the beginning before I purchased it, from reading the reviews and just looking at it, I thought ?this is the phone for me?, it was stylish and had the features that most phone lovers desired. Having the phone now, I can honestly say it is ?fantastic?, not only does it look good, but the features are great and you stand out from the crowd with it. The picture quality is outstanding and the ringtones you can get are pretty good. If you're a slight technophobe it doesn't really matter, everything is displayed clearly and it's easy to use. If you are like me and are interested in the downloads feature for java games or polyphonic ringtones etc... this is also very good as there are no faults to it. O.k. so the phone must have flaws, well for me the flaw would be, that after a year or so of owning it, you start thinking, ?it?s time for a change?; that?s fair enough but when you are paying the asking price for it, especially if you are a pay as you go customer, it?s very expensive for a years satisfaction.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- For years I have always been a fan of Nokia phones but decided to take out a contract and thought for once I would change over to a flip phone with a built in camera and the Sharp GX10i was on special offer at the tme so decided to go with it and thankfully I wasn't disappointed. Although the phone isn't that slimline it is full of great features including Camera, Polyphonic Rings tones & Alerts plus the ability to play Java games which even though do drain the battery if played for longer than about 20 mins its still great to be able to be able to play such games similar to those you used to play in the Arcades when you were kids. My contract is up in the next few months and I totally intend on upgrading to the GX30 which I understand is more or less the same phone except for even more quality features. Phone Features: Features Built in 110K pixel digital camera with 5 exposure levels and a 2 stage digital zoom with storage for up to 80 digital pictures 120x160 dot, 65,536 colour Transmissive TFT (Thin Film Transistor) LCD display 16 chord polyphonic ringing tones Super smooth transformations using enhanced animation JAVA makes your phone more than just a phone by downloading applications and games Feature rich external and flip up displays Side volume control Camera shutter release and call answering This phone is definetly quality for money (approx £179.99), Especially if you get it on contract!
good points and bad points - Advantages: nice big screen, brilliant cam, good games but its hard to find free java games which will run - Disadvantages: no bluetooth , can only use the cable for downloading or uploading pictures , all texts are saved to sim so lnot many can be saved
Introduction I wanted one of these phones for ages, and I kept on putting the idea into my parent?s heads that it would be a good idea for me to have that lovely phone!! So there I was on Christmas day, and I stared at the last present, thinking of what it could be. Unable to hold the excitement in I ripped open the wrapping paper and saw the box it came in. I jumped up and hugged and thanked everybody!! On the front, when you flip the phone closed there is a mirror, very small mind but still, it means I can check my hair quite often!! * * * * * * * * * * What it is For those who have never heard of this phone before, well it is a flip ? top mobile phone with an integrated camera on it. The phone was made by Sharp. I hadn?t heard of Sharp before, but in the club book it looked great, and well I suppose it is great!! * * * * * * * * * * Looks Well the colour of this phone is darkish silver ? not grey!! (Really it?s not)!! On the inside, you can have the screen practically any colour you want it to be, or you can have the screen as one of your photos. All of the buttons are silver and the ones with numbers on have black numbers. And I suppose you already guessed this, but anyway the call button is a green phone on a silver background and the end call button is a red phone on a silver background. But enough about colours!! When the phone is flipped closed, at the top there is a rounded rectangle explaining the time, date, battery, and reception. At the bottom there is a small light that bleeps when certain things happen and next to that there is a little mirror for self portraits and next to that is where the camera is. (Makes sense for the mirror and the camera to be together)!! On the inside there is a big screen taking up the top half of the phone that shows the same as what the front screen shows. On the bottom half of the phone there are loads of l
ittle buttons to control what you do. Then at the very bottom it says by SHARP in small writing. There is also a black aerial on the top of the phone. It is short and stubby, so don?t worry about it getting in your way. You can barely ever notice it, well only when the phone is flipped closed!! On the bottom there is a small, rectangular flap that when you open there are two gold bits at either end and in the middle is where the charger for the phone goes (charger comes with phone). The charger is a different shape to normal it is a near flat, black rectangle. * * * * * * * * * Menu There are ten options on the menu to choose from: 0 Messages (compose, inbox, outbox) 1 Camera (take, look at existing pictures) 2 My phone (look at different things saved on phone) 3 Fun and games (download games, other games) 4 Profiles (ring tones, alerts) 5 Organiser (alarm, calendar, calculator) 6 Call manager (Phonebook, call register) 7 Settings (calls, phone, security) 8 Vodafone Live! (Download, shop) 9 Vodafone (prices, services) To get on to the menu you have to press the circle in the middle of all the scroll buttons. You only have to press the button once to get on the menu. To navigate through the menu you have to press the up and down scroll buttons, not the side to side buttons because doing that will take you off of the menu and back onto the main screen. * * * * * * * * * * Security To make you feel that your phone is safe, you can add a pin code for when you turn it on, I don?t know how many numbers it can be but I know that the numbers can not be in sequence, like 1234. The phone is like this for extra security reasons. There is also a pin code that you can put on for when you flip open the phone. So like if someone went to have a look at your phone they would not be abl
e to open it without a pin code!! How safe is that. (Handset lock) There is also the option of barring calls. You can bar calls such as: Foreign calls, local and home, incoming calls and outgoing calls. Take note on how this paragraph is quite long!! That means good security!! Lot?s of it!! But you have to admit it is really good, there is even a handset lock!! To get onto security, Click on the circle and go down until you see ?settings? press select when you get there. A different menu will turn up, go down to security. And take your pick from the four options: PIN entry, Handset lock, Change pin 2 or Call barring. * * * * * * * * * * Price Now be prepared, the price is a downfall, it is expensive. The price ranges from £250 to £400. It is a lot I admit, but I suppose it is worth it, I mean think about it, a flip ? top phone with an integrated camera!! Come on that sounds great, well it is for me, but you know!! * * * * * * * * * * Conclusion Well, I have to say I absolutely love this phone, it is great. It has everything, oh and something that I failed to mention ? it is colour screen, sends and receives picture messages, and it can send e ? mails!! The price may be high and expensive, but I would say it is definitely worth around £300. I definitely recommend this to any one really. But I would say teenagers would want it more than adults or younger children. It is so great!! Hope I helped!!
I first saw this phone advertisted by David Beckham, and straight away I wanted one for myself. If it was good enough for the Beckhams it would be good enough for me! The screen is colour and is perfectly clear. The camera built in wasn't as good as I thought it would be, as it takes a really steady hand to take a clear picture, but then again being one of the better camera phones around you have to way up the pros and cons in general. I'd say the pros out way the cons. Texting is easy having predicta txt available, and being able to put an picture of your choice as screen saver really personalises the phone. Having built in internet means you can down load ringtones and games (good when travelling around). I feel this phone pretty much does everything you could want it to and is I good buy in my eyes.
Despite the myth I had that I could not work any non-Nokia phones, I went ahead and purchased the Sharp GX10i. (if its good enough for becks, its good enough for me!) At first it was a little hard to understand, but once you get to grips with the centralised controls its quick and easy to access all the functions, which include: Some surprisingly exciting games, changeable profiles, an organiser containing calendar, reminders and alarm options, phone book with massive 500 name capacity, and a thing I had never used before, Vodafone live, which is like internet but for your phone, sadly I found it very slow and not of much use! The ring tones are polyphonic and can be downloaded off the internet and from various numbers you can ring. The next main feature (which is my favourite) is the integrated digital camera. The pictures are obviously not going to be as good as a top of the range digital camera but are still very clear and detailed, especially outside in good light. My phone could store about 30 pictures, which can also be send to friends, e mailed to people and saved as backgrounds. The only problems I?ve had with picture messaging is that pictures sometimes take ages to send (upto 2 minuets sometimes). However, they can be send to any picture enables phone (i.e. nokias). All in all I would say that this is a good phone and well worth the money.
This phone is not worth buying. i bought the phone in october and i had to trade it in because it diddnt have the things that i wanted. first it diddnt have bluetooth, and the polyphonic ringtones werent up to scratch. i updated to the motorole a835 on 3. this phone is fantastic. bluetooth, mp3 player, video downloads, and the chance to video conferences. take my advice and upgrade either to 3 or to the sharp gx20. either way, the sharp gx10i is not the phone worth buying
I recently bought a GX20 so do not have the GX10i any more. It was actually stolen hence i upgraded to the GX20 but thats another story. the GX10i is a fantastic peice of work for those who cannot quite afford the newly-released GX20, which is by far the best phone on the market right now. The GX10i however, is similar in many ways and i would recommend it to anyone. The camera is probably still the best outwith the GX20, i thoroughly recommend it!