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Sharp GX1 review

 Review: January 2001  
 

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In a nutshell: Includes an integrated digital camera in a straight design.

 

The Sharp GX1 mobile phone was one of the first camera phones and includes an integrated digital camera with 110,000 pixels, digital zoom and storage for up to 80 pictures. Whilst the GX1 features a high quality TFT display, it suffers from having a poor quality camera and no easy way of transferring pictures from the phone to a PC. It is also an unreliable phone. Also consider the Sharp GX10 which has all the features of the GX1, but with the addition of downloadable Java™ applications, and in a flip design, instead of the GX1's straight design.

Sharp GX1 features include:

  • WAP, GPRS
  • 16 voice polyphonic ringtones, ringtone composer
  • High resolution colour display (120 x 160 pixels, 65,536 colours)
  • MMS
  • Enhanced animation
  • Wallpaper
  • Caller identification
  • Built-in infra-red modem
  • Predictive text input
  • Clock, calendar, games
  • Size: 133 x 46 x 23 mm
  • Weight: 110g
  • Battery standby: 55 - 260 hours
  • Battery talktime: 2.5 - 4.5 hours
  • Vibration alert
  • Dual band

Sharp GX1 user reviews

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Reviewed by ohcheers.com from Moon on 4th Oct 2011
Terrible phone. Dropped calls, wouldn't send MMS, poor battery life. No wonder Sharp dropped out of the mobile phone market - they weren't very good at them. 6 weeks of arguing with O2 and eventually I got a free replacement with a Nokia 3650 which looked like a Ladyshave but at least it played Doom.
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Reviewed by Victor Nwadigo from UK on 30th Dec 2007
Good phone anyday, but you need to take time to study its functions and applications. it may not be want you expect but you will not be disappointed.cheers
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Reviewed by Andrew Browne from England on 27th Sep 2007
I got my GX1 when it first came out 5 or 6 years ago and it was pretty much top of the range then. Compared to a modern phone its features are poor, so I wouldn't recommend you buy one now. Although it can be a tad unreliable, once you get used to its quirks you can resolve all problems easily. I still use mine every day and am keeping it as long as I can! The ringtone editor is the best I have ever seen on any phone, but you do need to know how to read music in order to use it...
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Reviewed by mike from netherlands on 27th Jun 2006
this phone is very poor you download games! or does somebody knows how to get games FOR THIS PHONE ??? thanks but don't buy it waste of money!
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Reviewed by Daniel from The Netherlands on 11th Apr 2006
I have the phone for 2,5 years now. You have to take your time to get to know it, but then it's really ok. Oh.. and I recently discovered I can use my XboxLIVE! headset with it, how cool is that ;) makes the big 'n bulky look complete, but a nice touch
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Reviewed by shadab (max) from Bahrain (UAE) on 23rd Nov 2005
THIS PHONE IS WORSE THAN JUNK . BETTER PREFER BUYING JUNK FROM JUNKYARD ,THAN THIS PHONE .ITB HAS GOT NO RESALE VALUE N FEATURES ARE RUBBISH .ITS A TOTAL WASTE OF HARD EARNED MONEY , NOTHING ELSE........I HAD BOUGHT IT IN NOV 2004 ASA GIFT FR SOMEONE IN INDIA (AS IM AN NRI),BT NOW IT IS NOT LESS THAN A WORTHLESS METAL BOX .
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Reviewed by MPM from england on 5th Oct 2005
good if you want a phone with a simple camera and polyophonic ringtones but the if you want a phone with REALY good camera good enough to be like a normal camera then this it not the phone for you
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Reviewed by George from Nigeria on 21st Jun 2005
I have been using this phone for a year or two now, just as it was said, the problem it has is its poor image quality, the infrared device not working and the wap and also the size, a little too big and also u must be very good at music before you can compose a ringtone with this phone. but generally is a very nice phone, the ring tones, easy text sms, and so on. I recomended it.
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Reviewed by Levi Best from England on 19th May 2005
Stupid phone. I've buyed 2weeks before and i sell it now. The batery is Auwfull. I charge it and an half day later the batery of the phone are "light". Never buy it. You can buy better an Nokia 1100.
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Reviewed by Eloise from UK on 2nd Apr 2005
its not bad but like it has been mensioned the camera quality is very poor. I have had this phone for about a year and 3 months, and i have really got to know it. I could not connect to wap or send mms but only recently found out u have 2 ask 4 that and when i got my samsung e700 yesterday i got wap and mms by phoning my serice line. 02. As the sharp gx1 was my first camera phone wen i got my samsung i noticed that there are so much better camera phones out there. I really dont reccomend this phone to any1. it is very big although there is a very big screen. but it overall isnt terrible but there are alot better phones out there so have a look.
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Reviewed by tosin johnson from nigeria on 30th Mar 2005
Very good product,especialy the quality of the camera and other feautures that came along the phone.Only that i could'nt make use of my infrared facilities.why? 4 stars to sharp.email address;tosinvilla2003@Yohoo.com
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Reviewed by chris from n.ireland on 27th Mar 2005
i've had this phone 4 over 2 years and no probs until recently when cursor pad stopped working in up direction (can still use backwards most times)got nokia to replace it then t630 it was rubbish too gx1 far better than both !! going for V3 or S700i or D500 this time . will say if they are any good
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Reviewed by Matthew from United Kingdom on 20th Mar 2005
The Sharp GX1 is a bit on the big side this is because it is one of the first camera phones that come out but for it being one of the first camera phones that has come out on to the market the quality of the photos are very good. So I have rated this phone ***** 5 stars because of its quality camera.
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Reviewed by Vixy from UK on 19th Feb 2005
Ive owned erickson & nokias and thought I'd give this a whirl - What a HUGE disappointment. Composer - you need a degree in music to understand it, sms was a pain in the ass to use, sound quality was tinny on calls, its a brick and is just AWFUL. I complained to O2 within the 21 days, left it a bit and after becomming thoroughly fed up with it called them again and they gave me a nice nokia to replace it (as I'd made first complaint within 21 days) Gave it to daughter who hates it too but beggars cant be choosers hey?! Only thing I found mildly interesting as the games were poo too was the internet access, thats when it could connect.... Would never touch the brand again!
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Reviewed by jhon from america on 19th Feb 2005
ITS AVERY BAD PHONE.DONT BYE IT EVER IT REALY DISAPOINT ME ITS CAMERA QUALITY IS TO BAD IT DESTROY NATURE THAT HAS CAPTURE IN THIS PHONE SO PLZZZZZZ DONT BYE ITTTTT PLZZZZZZZ DONT BYE IT
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Reviewed by Mark Edwardson from Blighty on 7th Dec 2004
I swapped my GX1 for a Motorola MPx 200 after spending a year fretting about the Sharp's lack of connectivity/MP3 player/memory etc. What a sucker. The Sharp was able to make a call from anywhere on the planet (no exaggeration) whilst the brand spanking new/state of the art MPx200 is feeble to say the least. I'm sick of having to step outside to make a call on the Motorola. Before you slag the humble GX1 think about how much worse it could be. Don't believe me? Go see the MPx 200's review on this site.
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Reviewed by tara from up the irish on 5th Dec 2004
look, grand fone!! a bit big but im not complainin am i? I've got a sharp gx10i now it's a good fone. i'm gettin a new fone now- LG U8120. I'll see how it goes with tat. GX1 is a big fone and all sharp fones are almost-they've got alot to put in them and thats why so- THE BIGGER THE BETTER
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Reviewed by izuchukwu nwadigo from UK on 24th Nov 2004
it's a cool phone,but i still wonder why the pix quality doesn't compare favourably with those of sagem,samsung or even nokia.
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Reviewed by Adam Ebrahim from New Zealand on 28th Oct 2004
This phone is amazing.The colour is perfectly sharp and the camera is extremely high resolution.The phone is easy to use and charges very quickly(2 hours). Instead of using Vodafone Live this phone uses WAP which allows you to save pictures and sounds to your phone free of charge!.In short don't ever buy another phone because other phones (paticlarly Nokias) are a waste of time.
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Reviewed by Dano from UK on 12th Oct 2004
Have had phone for over a year now, and am in the market for a replacement, damned if i can find anything to better it though, wish sharp made a replacement which wasnt a flip (gx 20 & 30) best phone i ever had and it even survived being dropped into a full pint of guinness without any detriment to the operation, nuff said??!
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Reviewed by Omar from England on 3rd Sep 2004
i had a sharp gx1 and now have a samsung v200 and am soon getting a nokia 6230. The sharp gx1 is a really good phone it takes very good clear pictures. It is very easy to use and has lots of cool stuff on it, you wont get bord of this phone. It has a very clear display and the colour is good to, there are cool animated wallpapers too. The only problem with this phone is its size, its massive, i had this phone for around 4 months and then i got the samsung v200 because i found that the sharp gx1 was just too big and i also wanted a flipphone but if your someone who doesnt care about the size of a phone but still wants it to have the latest stuff like a camera and polyphonic ringtones this could be the phone for you.
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Reviewed by james page from england on 1st Sep 2004
i would like to know if any one know how to get all networks if so e mail me to let me know on jamesdeanpage2003@yahoo.co.uk thanks
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Reviewed by jack brenton from UK on 27th Aug 2004
a cool phone with lots of memory space. GOOD QUALITY CAMMERA
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Reviewed by rahul from india on 25th Jul 2004
the phone is excellent only the thing is the battery is unavailabe with the dealers. sharp should provide all the accesories in india as well.the bets part of the phone is its voice clearity. i just love it.not even a nokia gives such a clearity. i really would love to buy sharp phones and even recommend to my friends if the company provides accesories to every retailers.
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Reviewed by Cay from Bahrain on 4th Jul 2004
I had my GX-1 for 2 years now and I'm totally pleased with it! Never had a better phone - and I've gone through seemingly hundreds over the years. Because I work with horses, my mobiles have to be simple: indestructible, easy texting, good size so I can always find it or squeeze it between shoulder/ear to talk with my hands free - and a camera is a bonus. I also never had a problem with battery life not being enough and find the menu dead easy to operate, especially when texting! It's fast & the punctuation menu is the best of all the phones I had! 2 years ago, when the GX-1 was new, it was top notch, now it has been overtaken by other brands that offer more technology, but now you get more accessories for it, like data cables to transfer pics to a computer. So - if you want a no-nonsense phone to make phone calls and send sms' or take the occasional piccie with a phone that's different, go for the GX-1!!! But if you're into playing games, browsing the internet, downloa ding ringtones and all that kiddie stuff, then the GX-1 is not for you. Get a labtop!!!
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Reviewed by BabbitCymru from Wales, UK on 30th May 2004
As a devoted, die-hard Nokia fan, I never thought I'd like another phone. This one is OK, although it has its faults, but I'm planning to go back to Nokia next time around. Most of the major faults have already been listed - poor image quality, fast battery drain, lack of peripherals (no USB charger especially a pain for me) - but one thing I dislike from a girlie, gadget point of view is the difficulty in getting sensibly priced tones for it. I mean, 4.50 for Hotel California? Get real... Seriously, though - the GX1 isn't the greatest phone I've ever used but it's definitely better than some of the pieces of garbage I've had in the past. Frivolous, fun but not for a serious / business phone-user.
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Reviewed by leanne from UK on 27th May 2004
I think the Sharp GX1 is pretty good. Compared to other phones, the camera picture quality is quite good. I think the sound quality is excellent as all the polyphonic ringtones i download sound about a million times better than when downloaded on a nokia, for example. Yeah, its a bit of a brick, but its easy to use and has a nice big screen so can see pictures etc better. And i like the fact you can program a picture of a contact to their number, so their picture comes up when they call!
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Reviewed by nathaniel goodier from england on 27th May 2004
THE PHONE IS GREAT LEARN HOW TO USE IT DONT CALL IT IF U DONT KNOW HOW TO USE IT PROPERLY
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Reviewed by Roger from Uk/France on 25th May 2004
I want to know if anybody knows how to unlock the phone? Thanks
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Reviewed by jo from Portugal on 25th May 2004
I was thinking of getting one of these- so reviews very useful. I see a lot of people complaining about replacement battery availability- go and look on ebay, there are loads there
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Reviewed by Greg Thame from UK on 24th May 2004
> Can only store 10 text messages > Picture quality very poor > Battery life low > Games are very poor > Weight is heavy > Size is bulky > Cannot attach text to alarm > Cannot display date > Really bad decision to buy this phone, anyone who writes a good review about it is insane.
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Reviewed by Laura from England on 30th Apr 2004
Even though the Sharp had some bad points, such as the battery quality being quite poor and the message storage being small, it did have some good features. I've had to get rid of mine after a year and half. The camera was good quality and i found the menu very easy to use. Although i was told today that the reason my phone doesnt work anymore (due to water damage) is the very reason that O2 stop selling Sharp phones altogether, so although my phone served me well, i don't think i'd recommend it.
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Reviewed by Lindsay from UK on 20th Apr 2004
Got this phone on contract about a year ago,no way was I gonna pay 200+ for any phone, you can't type quick when sending text messages cause it's just too slow. It's great using it for a torch and that's about it, was going to unlock the phone and give it to my mum but I don't think I'll bother now a waste of money!!!!!
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Reviewed by martin from england on 19th Apr 2004
i have had my phone for about a year now and initially was pretty dissapointed with it as it is big, initially difficult to use, the battery is poor, the dictionairy in the predictive text is rubbish, the camera isnt too good (although when it was 1st released it was), the ring tones are stupid, it doesnt store sent texts and the text memory isnt too good, oh and the games are pointless. but it grows on you and i now really like it. no one can read your texts cause they will never learn how to use it, textin is quick when you knwow how and its individual. everyone asks me what it is. but the best thing about is it is indistructble. i have dropped it, soaked it, smashed it, scratched it, sat on it and it hasnt broke. nokias never last me more than a few months. overall i have grown to love this phone and am proud to own it. buy one if you want to be different.
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Reviewed by steve from uk on 3rd Mar 2004
totally agree with all the negative reviews this phone is toally rubbish my advice stay clear
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Reviewed by my name from some place on 21st Feb 2004
Brill phone, camera is brill evryhting bout it is brill ove it hope not 2 give it up.... ever!
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Reviewed by pst off from wales on 21st Feb 2004
this phone is #### do not buy it. It it a rip off.
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Reviewed by will from yorkshire on 19th Jan 2004
wel i have had ma phone for ages now the camra is bad compared to oters but still good. the phone rattles now if you shake it but its a tuff phone and it still works with lots of scratches. overall the phone is fun and i will want the same make in the future. ow ye i hate nokias.
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Reviewed by ANN from IRELAND on 16th Jan 2004
THE PHONE ITSELF IS QUITE EASY TO USE AND LOOKS NICE. MY FAULT WITH IT IS THAT AFTER FIVE MONTHS THE BATTERY IS MORE OR LESS GONE AND HAS TO BE CHARGED EVERY NIGHT. I HAVE GOT ON TO SHARP AND TO O2 AS IT IS AN 02 PICTUREPHONE AND I CANNOT GET A REPLACEMENT BATTERY ANYWHERE WHICH IS VERY DISAPPOINTING. THE PICTURE QUALITY ISN'T VERY GOOD EITHER. YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CLOSE TO THE PERSON AND THE LIGHT HAS TO BE JUST RIGHT OR THE PICTURE IS C***. OTHER THAN THAT THE PHONE ISN'T TOO BAD. I ACTUALLY WON THE PHONE BUT AT THE TIME IT WAS WORTH AROUND ?200 OR MORE AND IT DEFINITELY ISN'T WORTH IT ESPECIALLY WHEN I CAN'T GET A REPLACEMENT BATTERY FOR IT WHICH MAKES IT WORTHLESS AFTER SIX MONTHS WHICH ISN'T GOOD VALUE. I THINK I WILL HAVE TO GO BACK TO NOKIA AS I NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ANY NOKIA PHONE I HAVE OWNED. I DEFINITELY WILL NOT BE BUYING A SHARP PHONE AGAIN AS THE AFTER CARE IS NON EXISTENT.
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Reviewed by sheila from liverpool on 5th Jan 2004
hi after reading all the reviews i have decided not to buy this phone thanks to everythin that has been put about it it would be a BAD idea
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Reviewed by Hans from Netherlands on 30th Nov 2003
I've had the Sharp GX1 for about 5 months now and I can't say like so many people that it's bad. It has it's shortcomings but overall I think it's a pretty decent phone for the 50 euros it costed me. The big plusses are the keyboard, screen and size of the phone. It's actually a phone and not something you lose along with your change. The screen still is great and comparable to the new phones now and the keyboard is ideal for messaging with enough room for your fingers. Another good thing is the browser. It has everything you need on 10 lines. The ringtones are okay but the possibility to download any ringtone or picture through the browser makes it excellent. The big downside is the connectivity. It's only connectable to a PC for the modem function, if you want to transfer pictures for instance you have to send yourself an e-mail. But as the camera is probably intended for MMS it's not as big a problem as some people like to say. The 288x352 pixel camera is okay for messagin g, and if you need to e-mail a picture to your pc the quality isn't that bad either. If you want to take holiday pictures you should take a digital camera, or wait for the mobile phones to evolve, shouldn't take much more than a year or so. But don't blame it on the GX1, it wasn't intended for that...
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Reviewed by steve from england on 16th Nov 2003
I dont know if anyone else has had this problem...Two months ago i bought this phone and now i cant even switch it on!
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Reviewed by Ruman from England on 7th Nov 2003
I regard the the sharp gx1 as a rubbish phone! I want to get rid of it, can someone buy it for me!
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Reviewed by Harvey from UK on 25th Oct 2003
This is a good phone but big and does not have java games the camera is also not great
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Reviewed by westi from uk on 27th Sep 2003
before i start i want to say i don't like nokia phones - i've always used samsung which i find much intuitive and easy to use. The sharp gx1 comes somewhere above a nokia and below a samsung. I had no problems using it - very easy, though i do understand problems encountered by previous nokia users. The quality of the phone is excellent, screen is Vgood and the ringtone clarity is the best i've heard. I also had no problems with the predictive text which is very good once you've used it a couple of times. The two main downfalls of the phone is the lack of connectivity and the below par camera (which will either take great pics, or rubbish ones - no in between!) No data cable included and not being able to upload pics is a big disadvantage, no blue tooth either. However most people seem to buy a new phone every year or two and this phone should do me for the next 12months.
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Reviewed by whatever_girl from on 25th Sep 2003
Thanks! I just bought a sharp GX1 (being delivered tomorrow) and you've totally put me off. I will make my own decision very soon. Boo Hoo!
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Reviewed by kam from uk on 23rd Sep 2003
the phone is good but do not buy it coz of the camera i made that misatake already arnt i a stupid f***er
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Reviewed by Andi from UK on 18th Sep 2003
This phone is terrible - I am amazed that anyone is pleased with it - they have obviously never owned a Nokia before ! Bad points -> The menu system is ridiculous and completely counter-intuitive. The camera is a huge disappointment quality wise - and as said elsewhere, there is no way to download pics to PC. MMS take ages to send (when they work at all). The predictive text simply does not work as well as Nokia. You have to acknowledge everything several times. Easy to lose a composed text once it has told you it is too long for a single SMS and asked if you want to edit. Keypad cannot cope with quick sequential input. Turning the phone on and off takes silly amounts of time (almost as long as Windows). The battery life is terrible - probably due to the nicely lit screen (worse than my nearly dead 2.5 year old 3310). Alarm and calendar is useless - can't add text to alarms. The phone occasionally turns itself off. After 4.5 months of infrequent use and good care, mine has just stopped working completely. Most of the ringtones although snazzy are not very loud. The inbuilt games are incredibly dire - nice grahics - completely unplayable (when will they learn ?) The memory for texts is pretty small. Good points-> Phone looks nice and screen is very impressive (so bright - can even use as a torch at night if desperate). Front LCD is useful and practical. Flip-front design is nice - saves use of keypad lock. Thats it, I'm out. Do not buy this phone. Go for quality (Sony) or usability (Nokia).
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Reviewed by dev from scotland on 10th Sep 2003
this is a bloody gr8 phone, i love it oh yeh its sexy
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Reviewed by Yelka from the Netherlands on 4th Sep 2003
I think this phone just "stinks". No java games, no bluetooth, no fm radio and very bad quality of photo's! I'd have change the phone for a nokia 3650 and that's a lot better! Not mentioning the poor downloads you can find for the sharp, with a nokia this is simply easier. love Yelka
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Reviewed by inara from UK on 26th Aug 2003
its awful. battery life is stupidly short. can't put pictures on PC t9 is awful, doesn't rememeber words virbration isn't strong enough people on the other end of the phone can't understand you. loose all your voices definition. only good thing is it has a large screen!!
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Reviewed by MIKE from U.K on 22nd Aug 2003
Having read these reviews I feel like crying, I just bought one myself, hope the phone is good now.
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Reviewed by Whizzbang from Ireland on 19th Aug 2003
I bought one of these December last year as I wanted a colour mobile that looked nice and wasn't too expensive. Having used it extensivly for the last 9 months I have a few complaints but they are not too serious. Bad things 1. Battery life is dire. I had nokias before this and always got at least 2 days out of one charge no matter how knackered a battery was. The GX-1 works fine if you charge it every night but it you forget it will be pretty much dead by the following morning. That being said it is relatively quick to charge at about an hour which is handy. 2. Screen visibility in sun light. Practically illegible, need to shade it with you hand to read a text message. 3. Crippled IR port. The IR port can only be used as a modem. It doesn't even work as a gprs modem, only the old fashions dail up which is a pain. So no transfering images from your phone to the PC using this, they have to be sent over the network (at the operators request to Sharp from what I understand) Good things To be fair to the phone it does have it good points as well! 1. Screen is nice and colourfull with good resolution. Also the rining and startup and shutdown animations are a very nice touch! 2. Ringtones, lots of fun, good repoduction of Midis, even up to 16 channel midis which is really good! also the fact that you can browser to wap midi sites and download the ring tomes for free rather than paying 4 quid a pop for them is nice! 3 woo, shiny! it has to be said it is a nice looking phone and the screen size allows plenty of space for your wallpaper to impress your freinds (or confuse them as the case may be *cough*). 4. Menu system, The menus on the GX-1 are nice and fast! I have found on some phones that you can be waiting an age for the thing to flick from one menu item to teh next, which the gx-1 is nice and zippy with big friendly menu icons. Thumbs up. All in all it is a good phone that is let down by its battery. If you get an offer of a cheap one with a spare battery it is definitly worth a look.
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Reviewed by Richard from UK on 16th Aug 2003
I am disgusted with this `phone - its just not mobile - no hands-free (I mean a real one) no in car charger (at the time I bought mine) and the big no no is less than a day battery life. I complained about this from day one to the Carphone Whorehouse and although they were helpful and replaced battery, phone, and charger on 3 different occasions they must have known about this fault and made out mine was a one off problem. Bad service CW I am now going to seek legal advice after reading these pages confirming poor battery life, I have resorted to taking my old nokia with me as a spare.
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Reviewed by Ben from UK on 13th Aug 2003
This phone is absolute tripe. The display periodically hangs, pictures are impossible to get off of the phone (O2 MMS sucks)..dont buy one, ever.
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Reviewed by Kim from England on 1st Aug 2003
SHUSH U PEOPLE IM TRYING TO SELL THIS PHONE ON EBAY!! LOL
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Reviewed by Carrie-Anne from Scotland on 22nd Jul 2003
Why oh why did i stray from my nokia, I bought the GX1 as it was the same sort of shape and size as my 6210 and i thought for 50 it was worth getting a camera phone. My problems with it are mainly differences to my Nokia, why defaulted to pre-dective text, i hate that. Worse still that words it doesn't know can't be stored. I want a turquoise 6210 with a colour screen, camera and polyphonic ringtones. They made anything like that yet. No probs with batterie yet and have had about 5 months. *Touch wood*
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Reviewed by Pete Shand from UK on 21st Jul 2003
This was an excellent phone when I first bought it and I would rate it with five stars but now less than six months old and the battery doesn't last a day. Trying to get a replacement is a nightmare. Sharp must know there is a problem,maybe that is why the phone is being discontinued.
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Reviewed by Harry ter Mors from The Netherlands on 15th Jul 2003
If i know all this about the Sharp the i never had boughted this stupid phone. I have a palm and i like to GPRS. But the Sharp is almost the only cellphone witch does not support this.... Something else, Pictures you make can't be transported directly to your computer. I'm realy p*ssed off now.
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Reviewed by scot from - on 14th Jul 2003
the battery is rubbish! My phone is now 6 months old and cant hold its charge for longer than 8 hours in stanby. its no better now than an expensive landline! - dont even concider this phone
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Reviewed by Mike from UK on 23rd Jun 2003
my sharp gx1 arrived a couple of days ago, when it came, I couldn't wait to get it out of the box!!! First impressions it was great! High-res screen, pictures, easy to use menu system. But as I get to use it, i find a few flaws, like the lack of a email client, which would have been great, also the fact that you can sync contacts with your pc, and the only way to get pictures to your pc is paying to send an mms to your email, which is stupid considering it has an infared port. My phone I have is faulty, having problems receiving calls, o2 dont seem to know whats wrong, but once its replaced, im sure it will be a greate phone!!!
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Reviewed by Jamie Berkley from UK on 5th Jun 2003
The phone itself is outstanding, however, my battery has just died on me and finding a retailer that sells them is impossible. O2 don't supply them, Carphone Warehouse don't sell them, Sharp (who you'd think would have some lying aroud!!) don't supply them. If ya have one, cherish it, because when the battery dies, the phone is dead, literally.
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Reviewed by MF from UK on 21st May 2003
Not sure why I need a camera phone (I have a perfectly good digital camera) but the basics are good. The GRPS WAP is good (nice big clear screen and 10 lines visible). The phone lets itself down because the battery runs out every day and a half and you can't get any decent accessories. I need a USB charger (no way) and a USB data cable. All you can get is a data cable with a 9-pin DIN connector - how 20th Century can you get? And it looks as if it is being withdrawn now so little chance of Sharp getting any decent accessories out. Interference from the signal is huge (what is it doing to my brain?). If it had some add-ons it would rate above average but otherwise, get yourelf a mainstream phone.
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Reviewed by Michael from - on 16th May 2003
The phone is not only the latest edge in mms technology, and one of the first MMS Cameraphones out, but its also stylish for a phone of its size. The Pros + MMS and Novel Camera + Large, LCD screen + Polyphonic Sound + Lots of features + Great internet speeds + Sturdy Build The Cons - Quite Chunky compared to the new Samsung and Panasonic models. - Sound not loud enough, only a few polyphonic tunes give a loud enough performance. - The Battery life is only around 2 days under EXTENSIVE use
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Reviewed by Michael from UK on 16th May 2003
The phone is not only the latest edge in mms technology, and one of the first MMS Cameraphones out, but its also stylish for a phone of its size. The Pros + MMS and Novel Camera + Large, LCD screen + Polyphonic Sound + Lots of features + Great internet speeds + Sturdy Build The Cons - Quite Chunky compared to the new Samsung and Panasonic models. - Sound not loud enough, only a few polyphonic tunes give a loud enough performance. - The Battery life is only around 2 days under EXTENSIVE use
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Reviewed by Mr T from - on 9th May 2003
What a pile of ****! I'd rather use a peice of string and 2 cups than this pathetic excuse for a phone. It causes more electrostatic interference than a 20 tonne nuclear warhead, (it's the after shock i'm talking about)! The picture quality is so poor a 2 year old could draw better! Wap is unreliable so you will never get any decent ring tones in the thing. Overall I am so disappointed with the SH*T GX1.
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Reviewed by ed shearer from uk on 24th Apr 2003
excelent!!
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Reviewed by Craigy D from UK on 14th Apr 2003
I recently got a Sagem MyX5 because i wanted a colour phone, i had no problems with it except it had alot of limits to what it could do. The screen colour wasn't brilliant but it was better than those c##ppy green and black nokia things. Now im not one of these "LOVE NOKIA ONLY" people, my first phone was a nokia and i've since used 5 different models all Nokia until i went over to the Sagem, now im using the Sharp GX1. At first i was put back by reviews, especially those saying its hard to navigate in the menus and the camera is bad. Well all i can say is dont listen to them... The menu system is great and easy to use, of course learning your way around takes time like any phone and the Camera is brilliant. One thing people should get into their SMALL MINDS is that its a funcam not a real digital outfit. Its meant for on the spot pictures and its brilliant for that use. The MMS on the phone is easy and great and emailing is so easy, no need to bloody change the format of the text or anything. So far i dont have one problem with the phone after 2 months usage. The screen resolution is pure eye candy, i found that most pictures on the wapnet aren't up to the GX1's display capabilites!. If your looking for a colour phone with the camera, go for this or its big brother the GX10, ignore those nokia lovers.
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Reviewed by Ed from UK/Russia on 9th Apr 2003
Overall a nice phone that many of my friends call a "babe puller" and a "posers phone". Picture quality is acceptable only in the high resolution mode, and even then it's really nothing more than a sub VGA grainy image that will not fill at home anywhere outside your phone. Viewing the images on the phones (admirably large) display however is another matter, and having a pint of lager as my "background" image gets sighs from the girls, and cheers from the guys. Smallish, around the same size as my old Nokia 6110, 6150 and 6210 (I used to be a Nokia Guy) - it is built well, looks very nice in the silver colouring and the interface is adequate (but not outstanding). Many compare this to the Nokia 7650, but to me the 7650 looks like a small brick and sex appeal is zero. Lets face it you buy this phone just as much for image as for functionality, and on this basis, the Sharp wins hands down. Call quality is excellent (on par with the 6210) and it holds 02 pretty well. Some may be interested to know that the CELL ID feature actually works on this phone! Another cool (but network dependent) feature. 5 stars for image, 4 stars for functionality.
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Reviewed by Ed from UK on 9th Apr 2003
Overall a nice phone that many of my friends call a "babe puller" and a "posers phone". Picture quality is acceptable only in the high resolution mode, and even then it's really nothing more than a sub VGA grainy image that will not fill at home anywhere outside your phone. Viewing the images on the phones (admirably large) display however is another matter, and having a pint of lager as my "background" image gets sighs from the girls, and cheers from the guys. Smallish, around the same size as my old Nokia 6110, 6150 and 6210 (I used to be a Nokia Guy) - it is built well, looks very nice in the silver colouring and the interface is adequate (but not outstanding). Many compare this to the Nokia 7650, but to me the 7650 looks like a small brick and sex appeal is zero. Lets face it you buy this phone just as much for image as for functionality, and on this basis, the Sharp wins hands down. Call quality is excellent (on par with the 6210) and it holds 02 pretty well. Some may be interested to know that the CELL ID feature actually works on this phone! Another cool (but network dependent) feature. 5 stars for image, 4 stars for functionality.
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Reviewed by Gavin from Scotland on 8th Apr 2003
Having owned a 7659, I have to say I find the GX1 a refreshing change from the nokia. The size alone, considering it has a built in camera, is astonishing. Also, the fact that it is compatible with most ringtones and wallpapers means that the possibilities are almost endless, and keeping your phone trendy is not a problem. I change my phone once a year, and this one is a real treat. All in all, a winner!!
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Reviewed by a disappointed customer from uk on 4th Apr 2003
in all honesty there are other handsets that do the same thing as the gx1 but far better.For a start it does not support java to play games.The camera is built in which adds to ease of use, but quality wise is no better than a web cam for such a high resolution screen.The menue system leaves a lot to be desired, i would find my way better in the brazzilian jungle!other options are the 7650 or 3650 which are much better in quality and plus they use a symbian os which enables you to update and change software.
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Reviewed by Somak from United Kingdom on 16th Feb 2003
Brilliant handset with many features.The quality of the colours on the screen is almost perfect.The keypad is very comfortable and fast for messages.
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