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I had this phone for over a year and it didn't once let me down, not something you can say of a lot of phones that are currently out.
Firstly, the negatives. The camera is quite simply useless, as is the video capture. If you are looking for quality in this area then stop reading here, this isn't the phone for you. The keypad may also not be especially practical for those with larger fingers or who have trouble navigating a small keypad. Also the screen, it scratches really quite badly as compared with other phones.
However there are positives, it's not all doom and gloom for the Sharp. If you want a phone that is simple as can be then this is for you. It texts well and I never found a problem with the sound quality in phone calls. Another plus is the rugged durability. For such a small thing (that I think looks quite good) it is unbelievably durable. I have dropped mine so many times it should have been broken a long time ago but it has carried on soldiering on like a loyal dog.
Would I buy it again? No, not because it's a bad phone but because I need the gadgets and toys on newer phones. If you don't then I siggest you give this phone some considerable thought.
This phone is a little bit outdated now but it is still a decent phone. I have had mine about 4 years, lost count now! It does everything a phone needs to do. It has a fairly decent camera for its time, i'm not entirely sure what mega pixel it is. The photos look quite good and colour looks good.
You can receive and send phone calls, send and receive texts fine, go on the internet if you need to, take photos and videos and you can create ringtones. It does everything i need a phone to do.
I personally bought this phone because it was a very good phone back then and i got it half price at £75.
The phone is quite strong, i have dropped it a dozen times and it is still fully working! The phone isn't very heavy either and looks alright. It doesn't take an enormous amount of time to charge the phone.
The phone interface is very simple to use and not complicated at all!
I'd say that this phone is mainly for people who want a phone that is cheap and cheerful! There are many more phones out there with higher specs but the GX15 is so simple to use!
Having had this phone for over 4 years now, i can still say that i'm very pleased with it.
It does all that i need it for, take pictures, send txts, make phone calls, access the internet, and create videos and ringtones. It also has rather impressive battery life as well.
These days there are so many phones out there with dozens more features, but how many people can honestly say they've bought the phone because it meets their basic needs rather than looking cool.
This phone, may be somewhat dated, but even in this day and age, it still has all the basics of what makes a good phone.
The only reason that you might want to say no to this model would be if your more interested in taking pictures. This phone can take good pictures, but nowhere near the detail of that which most phones can do nowadays.
So if your after a phone with a decent camera, then don't look here.
I've now used that phone for over a year and I'm pretty pleased with it. I got it free with my contract with Vodaphone, so I wasn't expecting too much, but it fully replaced my Sony Ericsson T610 that died a silent death from unknown reasons.
The general build quality is high as I keep my phone most of the times in my pocket together with a bunch of keys and it hasn't suffered too much. The only bad thing is the silver paint chipping off, which gives the phone a dodgy look now.
The quality of the screen is good, very readable most of the times, except in bright sunshine. The camera is descent, but the 640x480 resolution won't be enough to take anything else than 'funny' pictures.
User interface is generally intuitive. The only grief I would find is that it's sometimes inconsistent. Another thing is that you can't really customize the interface like you can on the Sony Ericsson T610 (changing text and background colours, menu titles, etc.). Here the customization is limited to the backgound picture.
I think this gx15 looks quite good because its a good shape. I found that it is hard wearing. Its got a really good quality screen, a good menu screen. Its multi media friendly with an easy to choose wallpaper setting. Also it has a good alarm clock setting. Its got a decent game application of trance pinball. Overall I would say its a simple to use phone with most features a mobile should have.
This phone belonged to my husband and to be honest, i wish i'd bought it first! the camera takes excellent quality pictures and videos, the features are easy to use and the battery lasts for ages which is great on a night out. This phone also has a bluetooth link that you can use to tie into your pc and download all those pictures you hoped you had deleted from the night before. This phone is so much simpler than any other that ive come across, so much so that when my husband lost his, he ran out to try and get another one!
Ever since the arrival of the Sharp GX10 in this country to launch the Vodafone Live service in late 2002, the British public has had a fascination with Sharp as a mobile phone manufacturer. However, all has never been exactly what it seems. The GX10 only became famous due to relentless promotion by Vodafone using the publicity of David Beckham to sell thousands of handsets. Underneath it all, the Panasonic GD87, also on Vodafone Live, was probably a better phone. The public is generally unaware that Sharp has brought a number of firsts onto the European mobile market, and we should be grateful for the co-operation between Vodafone and the Japanese manufacturer over the years, since this is the result.
The Sharp GX20 was the first mobile phone in Europe with a QVGA screen (240x320 pixels), which is only now starting to become commonplace at the top end of the market. It also featured a manual zoom and a video camera, both features which have taken a while to reach the masses. The GX30 introduced a huge number of firsts, such as a 262,000 colour display, a Megapixel camera, a memory card slot and an MP3 player to ignorant Europeans, who for many years appear to have been short-changed in relation to the Japanese, who have had mobile phones with these features for a considerable length of time. Sharps newest model, the 902, is currently the highest specified mobile phone on the market in this country, and introduced us to the world of the 2.0 Megapixel camera on a mobile phone, now copied by the Sony Ericsson K750i. The fact that it is also 3G and has a radio gives it the edge over everything else on the market. However, with a price tag of anything up to £240, even on a contract, it is beyond the reach of most users. So what have Sharp produced to meet the needs of the average consumer, someone who cannot afford all the latest features, but wants some of their high-tech expertise to rub off on a reasonably priced, mid-range handset? The answer can be found in the GX15, only the second conventionally shaped phone (as opposed to flip phone) the company has ever produced for the GSM market.
Manufactured in China for Sharp by a company called Xera, the GX15 features a surprising amount of functions in a relatively small package. The fact that this can now be picked up on Ebay for under £50 only seeks to sweeten the already rather attractive deal the GX15 offers the average consumer. Despite its diminutive dimensions, which are of an almost identical size to a Nokia 6100, the GX15 contains a surprise number of features, such as Bluetooth, video recording, Java games, a decent MIDI ringtone player and a host of other things. Granted, the Vodafone Live menu is not to everyones taste, but it all seems to work very well. The version I have is the black version, although the silver version probably looks better, but to keep costs down I decided to avoid it. Strangely, the keypad appears to have green backlighting, but having seen quite a few Japanese phones with colour screens which also have this feature, it would appear to merely be normal. The screen itself supports 65,000 colours, and is precisely half the resolution of the GX20, GX25, GX30 and 902 models at 120x160 pixels, the same as the original GX10. However, this does mean the screen is still superior to that contemporary best-seller, the Nokia 6230. Even if my other phone, a Siemens CX65, has better resolution, the Sharp screen overall seems to display pictures better, appear far less pixelated, and very bright. Known for making LCD televisions and digital cameras, it is clear that Sharps attention to detail extends down even as far as the GX15.
The camera on the GX15 is quite brilliant, and employs a similar module to the GX20. For the money, it seems that the pictures are just about the best which a VGA module can produce, and Megapixel cameras still appear to be around the £100 mark even in the first phones in which they appeared, so if photography is a major concern, then the GX15 certainly would do the job. The screen actually does a fairly decent job of displaying photographs, although as always the colours may look a little wrong when the picture is displayed on a computer. There is also video recording, although due to the distinct lack of memory on the GX15, no user will be able to store too many videos on their particular handset. This is something of a shame, given the excellent multimedia features which Sharp appear to have given their cheap handset. It is possible to edit the photographs to make them look different in all sorts of ways, as usual, to associate the pictures with different contacts and to use the pictures as animations when the phone starts up or shuts down, for example. This is one of the ways in which the GX15 is shown to be a phone which it is possible to customise to an almost infinite extent, and came as a pleasant surprise when I had purchased it. However, the lack of memory is rather a serious issue.
Although in no way as bad as my old Siemens S55, which had less than 1MB of internal memory, Sharp (or Xera) seem to have thought it best to include only 1.8MB of memory with the phone. With no possibility of expansion, this may not be enough for some. Although it is possible to connect to other devices, such as other phones, computers or PDAs, with relative ease using any one of about four different methods, what can actually be stored on the phone is actually very little indeed. Strangely, the GX15 does not support WAV or AMR files as ringtones in the same way as many other phones these days, although it will store them and play them. An MP3 player is a bit much to ask at this price level, so perhaps it was thought that since MIDI files are so small, that not much memory was needed. In any case, the Sharp MIDI chip, which I believe is a Yamaha FM synthesis model, is excellent. The MIDI files have a raw edge to them which is reminiscent of the old FM-synthesis compatible sound card in the PC I had about ten years ago. The only trouble with this is that the volume of the ringtones is so quiet that the vibration alert is a must to prevent missing calls all the time. I am not sure entirely why this is.
That said, there can be just about any ringtone set for any kind of event on the phone. Start up, shut down, incoming call, incoming message, keypad, low battery alert and alarm can be set to anything which is required, which is probably the greatest degree of customisation I have seen on any phone. However, it is quite confusing going through the plethora of options to simply get a loud ringtone which vibrates and an audible message alert. Maybe a phone which allows its user to adjust how long the ringtone sounds when they get an incoming message is going a little bit too far! Equally, the wallpaper can be set to any number of different things, although there are only three standard schemes. It is a shame that the menu scheme cannot be changed from the standard Vodafone one, however. It is all very well having these alerts, but they are useless if the phone itself does not function properly. Fortunately, basic operations on the GX15 are swift and simple to carry out.
The main menu in all Sharps (and other Vodafone Live phones for that matter) seems to be laid out in the classic 9x9 grid pattern, but with some really uninspiring icons, and only using about three or four colours. No wonder a lot of people want to get the non-branded version of the software on their phone. That said, the GX15, unlike so many modern phones, operates very fast indeed, maybe even faster than the old Nokia 3310, which did not have many features at all. Sharp has certainly invested in a decent processor for the handset, and it makes everything a much more pleasant experience than on something like the Sagem MYV-75, where things seem to take a long time. Strangely, things appear a lot more logical and easier to get to on the Sharp than they do on something like a Nokia 6230, where the menu switches from central D-pad to softkey for no good reason. The controls themselves on the GX15 are simple to operate, and the flip-phone style D-pad is a joy to use, rather than the vague joysticks of so many of its competitors. Certainly there is no problem with changing from another make of phone to this one. The only other phone which was this quick and simple to use was my old Mitsubishi M320, which I loved, and regret I ever sold! The only problem I can see is that the two softkeys cannot be changed from their original functions from the standby screen, which on a modern Siemens phone, for example, is one of the joys of having it.
Text messaging on the GX15 is normally very good, but there are one or two unusual things about this phone that I have not come across anywhere else before. The first is that there is nowhere which says how much storage space has been used for messages. On every other phone I have had, there has been a memory meter, as Motorola calls it, which shows how many messages are on the SIM card, and how many are in the various folders of the phone. I expect that the storage capacity for text messages is quite large, but there does not appear to be any way of finding out just how large that is! Similarly, on every other modern phone I have had, the handset will not break up words between lines, but keep them as a whole. For some reason, the GX15 can have half a word (or even only a few letters from a word) on one line and the rest of the word on another, which does look a little messy. This only appears to be when writing a message as opposed to reading one, however. There is a character counter, too, but it is helpful to remember that each message is about 160 characters, since the phone does not automatically tell the user when each new message has been started. The keypad is a great help to fast messaging, being responsive and of just the right size. Making calls on the GX15 is also generally very pleasant.
The phone book is easy to scroll through, and has many fields for contact information. Unlike the original Sharp phones, this can also store up to 750 numbers on the phone. Having a conventional keypad, unlike many other handsets these days, also makes for fewer mistakes when trying to dial phone numbers. The call quality seems to be good enough, although the reception is not as good as my old Sagem MYV-75, and this is helped by separate buttons on the side of the phone for volume control. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a speakerphone mode on the GX15, but since the phone supports Bluetooth, a compatible headset is certainly an alternative.
In fact, Sharp appear to have made this phone with more connectivity options than any other handset before. The Bluetooth not only supports the headset profile, but can be connected to anything one cares to mention, the infra-red works fine between different phones, and can transfer ringtones, pictures and videos as well as contacts, and there is also the option of MMS and a fairly cheap data cable. Internet is also particularly good on the GX15, and seems much faster than on my Siemens CX65 for some reason, which is probably why my bill was so large last month, after trying out E-mail access whilst on holiday. It is a shame, however, that two of the games provided as standard on the GX15, which supports Java to a good standard, so I am told, are only demos. Invader Groove is one of them, and seems to be a Space Invaders clone. I appear to be too reticent to pay for the full version, however. There also appears to be a version of the old Wall Breaker game from In-Fusio on the phone, which is called Arkanoid for some reason, but this again is only a demo. The full game on the phone is called Trance Pinball, and seems distinctly average. I can only hope that my next phone has better games than this. Thank you, Vodafone!
As mentioned before, the GX15s reception, although not as bad as some other phones I have had, appears to be nothing like as good as my old Sagem MYV-75, and this is something I do miss. The battery life, like on the fabled Sony Ericsson K700i, also appears to be alarmingly substandard, and appears to last for an absolute maximum of three days. This is certainly not a phone to have when a power socket is not available every night! Admittedly, it is not the worst I have ever had, but given that my old Sagem MYV-75 could manage four days without any problems, this is quite poor. Also poor is the fact that although there is an energy-saving mode, it appears to have little effect on conserving the battery, and does not display anything other than the time. It also does not show if there are any missed calls or waiting messages unless the user interacts with the phone, which is something of a drawback.
The GX15 also has basic functions, such as call lists (although not as detailed as those from Siemens), a calendar, a rather good alarm clock which can about six different alarms in a day with different ringtones, a currency converter and a calculator. These all appear to work as they should without any problems, and it is even possible to customise what kind of picture is in the background when the alarm goes off or when there is an incoming call. All this is quite unnecessary, but rather splendid at the same time.
Overall, the GX15 is one of the best phones I have ever had. Even its build quality seems to be good, which is not something I can say of many of the phones I have owned. It may not have very good reception or battery life, lack a speakerphone and have some strange quirks which one would not find in any manual, but for £56, I find it hard to complain. This is certainly one of the best phones I have ever had, and I look forward to future offerings from Sharp if they can lose a little bit of the Vodafone branding!
The Sharp GX15, a brilliant phone, which has almost everything a person could want in a mobile. Camera, video recorder, picture messaging, internet(vodafone live), java games, bluetooth(to transfer data to other bluetooth devices) , infrare(to transfer data to other infrared enabled pda's)
So this is the main features of the phone. I love this phone, i recently bought it and i'm over the moon with it. i picked it up for around £95, but now ive seen it in some shops like comet for £80!!! its such a bargain for what you get.
Features (in detail)
The Camera (bult in) on this phone is absolutely fantastic for the price. A megga 350,000 pixel resolution, and 4x digital zoom, which makes images and video look great on the fab 65,000 colour screen TFT (the TFT screen has a size of 120x160 so wuite a large display)) . The built in camera allows still images or video media recording, which also records audio at the same time. The only downside to the video recording is that it is limited to 100kb recording which on high qaulity is only 10 seconds, but still good for those special occasions or at those parties when your m8's are totally pissed out their heads and need to be reminded of what they were up 2 the night before :P
There are to qaulity types for photos, normal and fine, fine being the best qaulity. In addition to this, once a photo has been taken, you can add really cool frames, or objects to the image, e.g. moustaches, crowns, speachbubbles, etc. Plus there are several retouching features which allow you to emboss and image, tile it, and other cool image effects. :D BRILL! Also a fab feature, any photos you take, you can store as your wallpaper, or send via BT (bluetooth) or Irda (infrared)
A brilliant feature which this phone includes, is Bluetooth, for those who don't know what Bluetooth is, its a feature whereby you can conect to other Bluetooth enabled devices and transfer and send data to one another free of charge! so it means you can send various data, e.g. images, animations, video, conatcts, business cards etc etc. (Infrared is also a feature incldued in the phone, which allows you to do the same thing as BT but with Infrared enabled devices. (in this case, this phone is only capable of connecting with PDA's, as i have tried to connect it with another infrared phone and i had no joy )
There is also GPRS enabled internet access for faster loading and downloading of data. This is all part of the fantastic Vodafone live feature. Vodafone Live provides the suer with many many features. as follows
Games, ( a wide range of downloadable games)
Ringtones, ( a wide variety of downloadable ringtones)
Pictures, (lots n lots of categorised downloadable pics)
News, (get the latest news direct to your mobile)
Sport, (get the latest football results, or any other sport)
Find and seek, (look for pub,s restaurents or places with this very helpful feature)
Chat, (chat with the world, on vodafones very own chat service, meet and make friends)
Search, (need to find out about certain info, or document? this is a very good search engine for any of your interests)
There are some very helpful applications pre-installed onto the mobile phone, with vodafone services, where you can request different information, such as live football scores, weather, news and gossip, help menu which directs you to customer services, or online help pages which give you direct access to a wide veriety of FAQ's and technical queries.
There is a multiple alarm function which allows you to set up to 6 different alarm times each with different tones when they are activated.
A helpful calculator for those times when you ned to wokrout the total cost of products your buying in shops etc. The calculator supports all the basic functions; addition, subtraction, division and multiplication capabilities. Alongside the calculator there is also an exchange rate function. (to be perfectly honest this is a very poor part of the phone, the exchange rate is totally naff, and you havnt got any pre-set numbers, so its a bit retarded, but i think you'll survive with one f**k up :D)
A very good feature included in the applications menu is the voice recorder, which is great for memo's and a way of storing important mesasges to be listened to at later times. This feature supports continous audio for upto 30 seconds, which aint half bad jimmy!! :)
Another great thing, if your getting bored with the current ringtones you have, or you can't afford to buy new ones, why not create your own with the nifty built in Melody editor, which allows you to create quite professional sounding melodies which can be saved as ringtones. Included in this fantastic melody editor, you can change the tone of the melody, with a range of literally hundreds of instrument sounds. I love this feature hehe!! You can also set the tempo of the melody and other little features to create your very own personalised ringtone!!
And for the last of the application menu there is a phone help option which for beginners of the GX series, can find out what all the keys are, and find out what shortcuts are on the keypad.
In the messages facility of the phone, theres many wonderful features. You can create your typical sms message, with included optional T9 funtion (T9 is an automatic, predicive text function which allows fast typing for urgent messages). Or if you want to go one step further, why not send an MMS (multimedia message) wherby you can send, pictures, animations, sound, videos and any type of document as an attachemnt to any other MMS enabled phone. :D you can even send a Live Postcard which is a bril facility for those oh so special occasions. Trouble is, it cots £1.50, so don't do it without serious thought.
like all phones, youve got your typical, Inbox, outbox and a draft feature, where you can save incomplete or, just save any mesage you want to, for later viewing, or later editing.
Theres a My Items folder which contains, all Pictures, Games, Sounds, Videos, Text templates and bookmarks you have downloaded or stored on your phone. Along with this there is a memory status feature which is very helpful as it tells you how much memory you have left, and how much memory is being used up by certain media, e.g. Applications, Pictures, Sounds or Videos. One of the downsides of the phone is that it only has a total internal memory of 1.8 MB and 1.3MB useable memory, but its sufficient if you only want pictures and some video on your phone and nothing too outrageous.
Also within this phone, there is a built in calender for saving dates and times, and what you would use a calender for. A contacts list which can store upto 500 numbers on the phone and 250 on the sim card so great if youve got many many contacts. In cooperation with this feature, you can store upto 3 numbers for each contact which is very efficient, plus you can save an image to their name, so that whenever they call you there face comes up on the screen in full. (dont know wether thats a good or bad thing :P) In the contacts menu list, there is many functions, such as;
Add new contact. (Add a new contact to your phone or sim card).
Call log. (which gives you a list of all the numbers or contacts, form incoming or outgoing calls).
Speed dial List, (select shortcut keypresses which when pressed call the contact you have selected. Up to 9 contacts).
My nubmers. (gives you the opportunity to view your mobile number, if you have forgotten it you plonker :P)
Call timers. (brilliant feature which lets you view the total tiem of previous phone calls outgoing or incoming etc.) This can be reset.
Data Counter. (allows you to see just how much data has been transfeerd from or to your phone in total. This can be reset)
There is a settings option on the phone which gives you all the options and funtions to tamper with your phone for optimum effect. With this option you can enable or disable the following things;
Profiles (silent, in car, headset, normal etc.)
Sound(, ringer volume, alerts, vibration, keypad tones, multimedia volume etc.
language settings, change the lannguage of the interface. (english, german, french, italian, spanish, dutch, portugese, and to others i dont know lol!)
Network, (change the network your phone is registered to, only if your phone is unlocked to all networks)
And a master reset function which requires a passcode, and when activated is like a system restore and deletes all added data from the phone and resets it to default ssettings.
This phone has got 3 great java games already installed on it, these include a demo of Invader Groove 6 which is a brilliant java game which is basically space invaders with several difficulty levels. A demo of Arkanoid, which is a java version of the 80's game Breakout. But the trouble is you have limited levles for these demo's. Fortunatley there is a very good java game included, which is called Trance Pinball, which is the full version, and is a very addictive game. And if thats not enough you have got the option to download more and more games from vodafone live!!! EXCELLENT!! if you like your java games or applications.
The phone can also have screensavers installed onto it, but unfortunatley there is none defaulty installed on the phone so you need to download them. Note: all applications and games and screensavers cost around £3 and some cost even more, so make your choice wisely!!!
Oh yes and there is one more problem with this phone, the battery life is next to none, with only around 6 hours of constant use battery, and 6 days on standby, so not the best for endurance. but you cant have everything. Lifes not like that lol!
So in conclusion, i feel that this phone is totally awesome with only a few improvements needed. If you want a phone with, 0.3 Megapixel camera, 65k colour screen, video recording, and brilliant bluetooth and GPRS capabilities all for under £100, this phone is for you!!!!!!
Mike G. :D