Sharp FX Touchsreen Messaging Handset From AT&T

The design of AT&T Sharp FX is similar to the Quickfire which is a touch screen messaging handset with a QWERTY keyboard from AT&T. The Sharp FX has a color display of 3 inches with 240 x 400 pixel resolution. There is a FM radio in the FX. 

The Sharp FX measures 4.20 x 2.20 x 0.60 inches in dimension and weighs around 142 grams. The 3 inch touch screen display of the FX is surrounded by a thick border of black color. The touch screen is not very responsive experiencing lag. The front panel of the handset can be slid open to access the QWERTY keyboard. The battery cover conceals the micro SD expandable card slot.

The FX supports 3G data speeds and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. The instant messaging feature supports Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger and AIM accounts. The users can download music files from the AT&T Music application services. With a monthly subscription fee of $10, the users can access the Mobile TV of AT&T. the streaming TV service is supported by the Flo TV.
It captures videos with different quality settings and color effects. The users can also broadcast the live streaming videos. The handset lacks the hardware music buttons but being a messaging handset it is not a big issue.
It's a touch screen phone, a texting phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3G world phone with high-speed voice and data service.
Blue and white backlit QWERTY keys at a touch of color. A slide-out QWERTY keyboard is no longer enough for even handsets targeted at serious texters, and the FX follows the trend of a touch screen and QWERTY combination. Raised keys on the handset's QWERTY keyboard make it easier for texters to dial or type by touch.

At approximately 5 ounces, the FX is actually slightly lighter than the roughly 5.96-ounce Motorola Droid and Droid 2. The FX is approximately 2.2 inches wide, 4.5 inches tall and 0.6 inches thick. That makes the Sharp FX slightly narrower and shorter than the Motorola Droid and 2, although just a hair thicker than those handsets.

The touch screen dial-pad has large, easy-to-use keys and the screen itself is very responsive. The backlit keys on the slide-out QWERTY keyboard are raised to help users text by touch, and they feel solid and well-made. In addition to the QWERTY keyboard, there are three navigation keys on the exterior bottom end of the handset. There is a headset jack on the lower left side of the phone, a volume rocker key on the upper left side of the phone, and a 2.0-megapixel camera on the upper back of the phone. On the right side of the phone, there is a lock key near the top to illuminate the screen and bring up animation that prompts users to unlock the screen. And there is a camera key on the bottom right side to activate the camera and camcorder.

Sharp doesn't make many cell phones for Americans, aside from the better T-Mobile-branded Sidekicks and Microsoft's failed Kin. Now Sharp is stamping its logo on the FX, a messaging and mobile TV phone on AT&T that attempts to bring some of the Sidekick's magic over from T-Mobile. Like other FLO TV-powered devices, the FX is a nifty little television set.

The Sharp FX looks a few decades old, with its cluttered design, sharp edges, and numerous accent grooves. The FX's flat membrane keyboard was too stiff, and somehow managed to feel cramped despite the large keys. Other calling features didn't fare that well either. Calls sounded fine through an Aliph Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset. I couldn't test picture quality, thanks to a subscription snafu on my test handset. AT&T also requires a $20-per-month combination of messaging and data services with the Sharp FX. We're slightly less aggravated with the FX, because at least it offers two tricks the iPhone doesn't—broadcast mobile TV (at extra cost) and a hardware keyboard. The iPhone 3GS lacks mobile TV and a hardware keyboard, but it has a bigger screen, better call quality and reception, vastly superior music and video playback, can run over 200,000 apps, and can record 640-by-480-pixel videos at 30 frames per second.


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