Sharp GX1 Review

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Mike.'s review of Sharp GX1

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Sharp GX1

“The Sharp GX1 mobile phone's first impression is WOW!...”

Written on: 07/12/2002 by Mike. (1 review written)

Good Points
Sharp, colourful and large screen, Slim and slinky feel. Sturdy hard wearing cover {On the GX1} Short charge time, Beautiful sound, Great Reception.

Bad Points
Complex Navigation.And thats about it.

General Comments
The Sharp GX1 mobile phone's first impression is WOW! It's a beautiful phone with a smart built in camera, the buttons feel good, and the screen is pretty big. It comes with a hands free kit and a charger as standard. Inserting the battery and the sim is easy enough. After you've plugged it in, you can begin. A wonderfully vivid screen is what meets you. The camera itself is surprisingly good. It's sharper than my Intel Webcam. Although it uses a mirror so if your walls are bright, take this as a warning!

Finding your way about can be a bit scary the first time, has lots of little nooks and crannies in the navigation system, but after an hours use youve adapted. Wonderfull MIDI 16chord ringtones can be downloaded {Although im a bit confused about if im using GPRS or WAP eek!} Packed with the latest technology, the phone is great.



O2 has an excellent signal here in scotland, and the phones call/sound quality is brilliant. There are only three games, and Java games are a no go as this aint a java fone.



Compared to other handsets

The gx1 vrs Gx10 = Almost identical, apart from the flipyness on the GX10 and the GX10 has an easier scratching cover.



The GX1 vrs T100 = The T100 is not really anything special, and the GX1 outrates this phone by a mile.



The GX1 vrs the NOKIA 7650 - Tough competition, i prefer the GX1 because it's sleeker and isn't so big.

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Phone Boy Mitch.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 22/12/2002

The review is very helpfull. It made me make up my mind about getting the gx1. 10/10

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108889_Chris.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 19/06/2003

if you connect to wap via gprs then you probably dont pay per minute anymore but per kilobyte
<br>but it is indeed very confusing sometimes!
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82732_Carl.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 24/03/2003

Wap is a surf application, which you can use with GPRS, or just via GSM. GPRS is faster. So GPRS and Wap are different things. I'm sorry but i dont know if you can use wap with GPRS, with your 500 min free WAP minutes. In Holland we don't have that with O2.

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82469_Craig.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 23/03/2003

Hi i've hust ordered a GX1 and should be getting it very soon. I'm a bit confused about the old WAP and GPRS stuff, can you access the internet using the GPRS or just with WAP. The other thing; as with O2 i get 500mins free WAP access will i be able to tell if i'm connecting using the WAP or the GPRS? thanks

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81755_...'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 21/03/2003

nevermind... that was just dumb of me!

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81534_Carl.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 20/03/2003

You can change the resolution in de camera mode, en then in de options menu, you can find:
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<br>1.PictureGallery
<br>2.....
<br>3.Choose Light situation
<br>(and the option that answers your question:) SELECT FORMAT.
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<br>(I'e a dutch menu, so maybe your english version is a bit different.)

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81393_...'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 20/03/2003

I have a GX 1 and I don't have a clue what you are on about?!?!? picture resolutions?!?!?! You have a ZOOM feature but I haven't found a resolution change yet... i haven't played with the camera that much though, but where is it? The maximum size a pic has been is 6K... cheers.

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77552_Jane.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 05/03/2003

I have just purchased a GX1 and am very pleased with it. Just one problem - I have downloaded a ring tone which is sitting in my SMS inbox - I don't have a clue how to move it into the sound gallery or turn it into a ringtone - at the moment it is a message full of letters etc which I assume is the melody - must I copy this melody editor or is there an easier way.

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76188_Carl.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 27/02/2003

There are ringtones! But the sound gallery is only for sounds that you have downloaded of recorded. When you press the# button for a few seconds, you can edit a profile, and then select a ringtone!

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Kendo.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 26/02/2003

Can anyone tell me if there is a case for the GX1 as i do a job wich means i need to keep my phone clean and safe...thanks for all your help

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Wubbs.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 23/01/2003

Thanks for the great reviews and opinions. I literally got this phone a few hours ago thinking i was ordering a GX10(shows you what I know)!, and am having a few problems. There is no built in ringtones! Is this just me or am i going crazy? It says "no file" when i go into sound gallery!If this is another markering ploy by O2 can anyone recommend any wap sites i can download them from? What is the use of the infrared link if you cannot send pics or midi files? Thanks.

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66297_Carl.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 18/01/2003

I have the phone to, and I can see also al little line in the middle of the screen, but not only in camera mode. But it isn't very annoying. The camera quality is quite good, but you need good light. The reception is good, i can't discover a difference with my old phone( NOKIA 3330) It's true that the only way to take good pictures is in the highest resolution, because the middle en lowest resolution has bad quality.
The good thing about the phone is the price. I bought it in The Netherland( only with O2) for 299 euro, inclusing 50 euro prepaid.
The screen of the phone is really good and very large, an SMS fits completely in the screen, without scrolling. The games are not very spectacular, but they are not bad. It's a pity that the phone doesn't have JAVA, but if you look at the price it's not bad, you can't have everything...:-)

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66021_Ste.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 17/01/2003

i think the sharp gx-1 is an excellent phone!! One quick question, does anyone get a slight line across the middle of the screen when in camera mode?

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65830_Mike.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 16/01/2003

John, The pictures are not anywhere NEAR 18mb, Infact about 16kb, thats nothing.
The picture quality at the time of print is the superior quality in all mobile cameraphones, and of course the standby is reasonably shorter than the average phone because of the large colour screen, MIDI ringtones and camera.
The phone is a great investment...BUT!!!!
The scam of no pc connectivity is a major problem for most, it is a move from the major phone companies and is expected to be put into place by all O2, Vodafone Orange and T-MOBILE phones in the near future, without this there would be landslide losses for the ringtone companies and for the providers.

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63460_Gx1 User.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 08/01/2003

I bought this for my girlfriend and agree with all said above BUT one big problem is that you can only use the IR for connecting to the GPRS... you cannot upload pictures taken with the phone to your PC!! A cunning ploy by O2 and sharp to make us pay through the nose for saving pictures (if they're 40p a pop you might as well get film developed!)
I urge everyone to complain as I think this is very cynical on Sharp and o2's parts.

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63428_John.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 08/01/2003

The Gx1 does have 3 games. They're fine, but nothing special.
The camara is not that good (I haven't checked out the quality of other camaras on phones), but I'm comparing it to my digital camara which does very good quality photos. It's absolutely fine for photo messaging and it has a zoom setting (although not when you use the biggest picture size - you only need this if you're transferring it to a computer) and a 5 setting light meter. From the instuction booklet, you can only transfer the photos to a computer by emailing them by mms and not by the infared link. The standard photos come out very small, so I've been using the largest picture size. The pictures have been coming out a bit blurry. Good for a bit of fun, but not too practical if you need them for work or anything like that. With the large picture size (17 or 18 mb), I've only been able to attach 1 to each mms. With the standard size you can attach about 5.
The phone is very good. Good reception and the colour screen is big. I hardly used wap on my old phone as you couldn't get much on the screen. I've already used it more on my new phone in 2 weeks than 1 1/2 years with the old one. You can pick up and send pop3 emails by wap, but not eg hotmail. I just set up an o2 email address on their website and this is very easy to access by wap.
The polyphonic ringtone composer is also fun.
All in all I would definitely recommend the phone as long as you don't need things like blue tooth, triband, voicedial and java - particularly at the price. It is definitely good value.

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61538_Team434.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 30/12/2002

Could I ask about the Camera on the GX-1. Can you transfer the pictures taken from the phone directly to your PC using infa-red / lead etc.. ? And what size does the picture come out as...Is the picture quality better, worse or even compared to the Nokia 7650 ? Thanks for your help.

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61298_Carl.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 29/12/2002

How are the games on the GX-1? You can't download them, but it has 3 standard, right?

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61105_Andrew Davis.'s Response to 56449_Mike.'s Review

Written on: 29/12/2002

A great phone in my opinion. I waited for about 3 months after my contract ended for a decent phone to come on to the market (which is a first - I normally line up an upgrade weeks in advance!). The Nokia 7650 may have the camera and the Nokia features but, admit it - it's ugly! The Sharp GX1, however, was well worth the wait. Great display - ideal for viewing your emails and even better for texts - view the whole thing without scrolling! Navigation is excellent - better than the Sony Ericcson effort! The only downside I can think of is battery time. Then again, once the novelty of the camera wears off it shouldn't be so bad. At the moment I'm recharging every 3-4 days where as my old Nokia 8310 was every 7 or 8 days. My advice is to buy it via 02 online - at the moment it's a bargain £79.99 (I bought it for £129.99 and it went down just 3 weeks later - not happy!).

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