Product Type: Sharp mobile phones
Newest Review: ... save for the Bluetooth file transfer not happening; although Sharp did release a GX30i which did support it. Back in 2004 this was pro... more
Good First Smartphone!
Member Name: DanB7290
Advantages: Was a smartphone before it was cool, simple and easy to use, cheap in 2012.
Disadvantages: Didn't support Bluetooth file transfer
I got one of these back in 2004, and at the time, flip phones were still popular, and this had the highest quality camera of the time, so instantly it was cool.
It was pretty straightforward to use, not as much as an iOS device is in this day and age, but back then it was pretty simple. The screen had a decent resolution, which was handy because this had a 1MP camera. This sounds like absolutely nothing these days; the camera on the front of most phones will do better. But in 2004, this was the best camera you could get in a phone.
The phone I had prior to this was a bit strange; it had a camera, but there was no way to get the photos onto your computer. This was much simpler, as it took an SD card. Not micro SD, the full size SD, which in this day and age is unthinkable as it's too big and impractical, but back then it worked brilliantly.
It could double up as a music player, which was pretty cool as back then neither I nor my parents could afford an iPod, and the iPhone hadn't been invented yet. Although reflecting on it, there were no EQ settings available, and the phone could only take up to a 256mb SD card, so it was rather limited. Still, it meant less stuff in my pocket at school.
The only bit where it fell down was Bluetooth. Sure, it worked fine for the headsets, and in car systems, but at school everyone shared everything via Bluetooth, and this didn't support file transfer, which irritated me quite a lot, so I ended up swapping it out for a Sony K750i, which did. But these days, my iPhone doesn't support file transfer by Bluetooth, so I guess on balance, it didn't matter.
All in all, as a 'my first smartphone' it was pretty good, save for the Bluetooth file transfer not happening; although Sharp did release a GX30i which did support it. Back in 2004 this was probably amongst the best phones out there, and if you're looking for a smartphone for your children here in 2012, but don't want to spend too much money, then look out for one of these on eBay.
Summary: A brilliant "my first smartphone"
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