Sharp GX20 Review
The Sharp GX20 mobile phone is the successor to the GX10/GX10i, and
comes with an improved camera with a resolution of 310,000 pixels, 4x
digital zoom, flash and storage for up to 80 pictures. The GX20 also
has a digital camcorder function. You can send and receive video clips
Other enhancements include the colour external display, ultra-high
resolution internal 65,000 colour display, improved Java support for
downloading games, and a built-in torch.
However the GX20 still suffers from having no easy way of transferring
pictures from the phone to a PC. It's also quite a heavy phone compared
with others in its class.
Features of the Sharp GX20 include:
- Integrated digital camera (with flash) & digital camcorder
- 16 voice polyphonic ringtones, ringtone composer
- High resolution colour display (240 x 320 pixels, 65,536 colours)
plus external colour display
- Multimedia Messaging (MMS)
- WAP, GPRS
- Downloadable Java applications
- Enhanced animation
- Caller identification (on external display)
- Built-in infra-red modem
- Predictive text input
- Clock, calendar, games
- Size: 95 x 49 x 25 mm
- Weight: 105g
- Battery standby: up to 220 hours
- Battery talktime: up to 3 hours
- Vibration alert
- Tri band
Sharp GX20 User Reviews
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Average rating from 100 reviews:
Reviewed by KABA from England on 9th Dec 2003
HAD THE PHONE A COULPE OF WEEKS AND AS I AM A TECHNOLOGY FREAK I KNOW
QUITE ALOT ABOUT THE FUNCTIONS OF THE PHONE. U DONT NEED A DATA CABLE
TO TRANSFER PICTURES TO UR PC AND VICE VERSA JUST USE THE INFRARED.
ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO DO THIS AND ANY OTHER FUNCTION SUCH AS CHANGING
THE LIHHT COLOUR OF THE FLASH AND TRASNFER NUMBERS FOM SIM TO PHONE
IN 30 SECONDS, SEND US AN E-MAIL AT DAVEJONES7@HOTMAIL.COM. RESPEKT!!!
By da way tis phone * all over da e700 No contest. BELIEVE!!!
Reviewed by Amy from UK on 8th Dec 2003
This phone is outstanding, what more can i say. I dont have anything
bad to say about this phone,it is brill. Ace picture quality,good camcorder,
easy to use, and i love the idea of a colour external screen! if you
are thinking of buying this phone then i sugest that you go for it!
Reviewed by Jo from UK on 8th Dec 2003
Ok, I test Mobile Phones and PDA's for a living and I own a GX20. I
would recommend them to anyone who is not bothered about Bluetooth.
It's light, small, easy to use, and has some terrific features (unbeatable
resolution on the display, good camera, video capture option, great
games available online, etc). The downsides I found are small, but:
no stopwatch (I always found this useful on my Siemens previously),
no currency converter (also very useful when I was travelling with the
Siemens). I recently seem to have developed a problem with it switching
itself off and I wonder if anyone else has experienced this? I have
never seen it on the test handsets I use. For the one who asked if they
should get a GX20 or a E710 - get the Sharp - it's miles better.
Reviewed by Mark from England on 6th Dec 2003
JUST GOT THIS FONE AND IT IS EXCELLENT AND TO TRANSFER PICTURES TO COMPUTER
FROM PHONE GET THE DATA CABLE FROM THE VODAFONE SHOP FOR 30 QUID IT
CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD ANY RINGTONE AND PICTURE FROM THE WEB( THIS CAN BE
DONE IN MIDI FORMAT( RINGTONES) IF U WANT GOOD SITES WHICH CAN BE DONE
4 FREE PLEASE WRITE TO ME firstname.lastname@example.org ps. i cant lock my phone
cause i got it on web(300 quid from comet) cause u need handset code
which i cant find cause i lost it? what is the orignial code
Reviewed by Paul from Ireland on 6th Dec 2003
If you have a laptop then use infrared to transfer your pics. The Handset
Manager software which comes with the phone works fine, though the transfer
rate is slow. Still, saves buying a data cable. Pics are 40KB - 75KB
in size at the highest setting (640x480, fine) and take about 10 secs
each to transfer. You can take around 30 pics at this setting. Quality
is great if the lighting is good.
Reviewed by mark from england on 6th Dec 2003
i brought a sharp gx20 after looking at the reviews about it on here
, i am totaly amazed about the quality of the pics and the phone itself
, it is the best phone i beleive to be on the market at the moment ,
and everything i have read about it is true, i did have a sharp gx10i
but this gx20 was well worth buying , so if your thinking about getting
a gx10i , (don't bother) pay the extra and get the gx20 . you wont be
Reviewed by Jon from UK on 5th Dec 2003
>Iain: I think that the Sharp GX20 is the best for camera quality and
ease of use but the samsung e700 phone is slightly smaller. Go with
the V500 if you want bluetooth. I have the Sharp GX20 and my mate has
the motorola v500 which looks cool but isnt that great on the inside.
Hope that helps you decide. :)
Reviewed by Iain from U.K. on 5th Dec 2003
I have just bought this phones 2day. i have had itfor about 3 hours
and it rules. just a few things though. i have bought FIFA 2004 with
it and it won't work, it says network error and unable to get FIFA.
is this because i have just got my phone or is it something else? is
their any other default wallpapers and if there is how do i get to them
as these 2 men playing footy are annoying me.
Reviewed by george_pets from greece on 5th Dec
How can I play my video files to my pc? Please answer...
Reviewed by Mick from uk on 4th Dec 2003
Hi I have not got the Gx2o but I have the Gx10i and I note some people
are asking about cables to download to computer there is away round
it. I just send it to my e-mail address so long as it is not a hotmail
address you can do this then just save the pic as a Jpg file were ever
you save your pic in your computer.I know it is expencsive way of doing
it but you really only want to put the best onces on your computer and
really it is only for fun.
Reviewed by Iain Attkins from England on 3rd Dec
Im think of getting this phone and I am wondering whether to get this
or the Samsung e700 or the Motorola v500. which is best. PLZ TELL ME!
Reviewed by mark from scotland on 3rd Dec 2003
not read this anywhere else but i was in phones 4 u yesterday ad i read
that you could take 4 photos at once, without a pause, like the sagem
myx6 i think, can anyone tell me if u can do this cheers
Reviewed by ShAnE from UK on 2nd Dec 2003
K IVE JUST GOT MY PHONE - N HAVE SUM QUESTIONS ABOUT IT... HOW DO U
CHANGE WHICH COLOUR U WANT THE LIGHT TO SHINE WEN SOMEONE CALLS YOU?
ITS ALWAYS GREEEEN!!! AND WHAT SOFTWARE WILL I NEED WHEN I TRANSFER
PHOTOS N VIDEOS TO MY PC?????? THANKS ALOT THEN
Reviewed by michelle from england on 2nd Dec 2003
when standing the gx10i and the gx20 next to each the other the difference
is outstanding. okay the colour of the gx10i is nicer but the features
and improvements of the gx20 are unbelieveable, and endless.the camara
is the main improvement, the picture is perfect compared to gx10i and
the time taken to focus on an object is cut in half.i also think the
other view finder is ace cause you can take a picture of yourself! the
flash is a brill idea and works top notch, especially as it also comes
in loads of different colours. however the picture does lose quality
when zooming in, and also the video camara display picture is not as
good as i thought it would be. the phone can store hundreds of tones
and applications and the texting is clear and easy to do.i think an
improvement to the phone would be a little cover for the camara lens
to stop it getting dirty, and also as others have said, bluetoth would
be an extra. the phone also being lighter and a bit more slimline also
makes it nicer to hold than the gx10i. i'm getting the data cable for
christmas, so hopefully i will have some good pictures in albums soon!
Reviewed by Natalie from uk on 2nd Dec 2003
Hi all, not really a review as i havent bought the GX20....YET. But
i had the GX10 which was fab untill someone nicked it during a recent
weekend away.... anyhoo was deffo going to buy this phone untill i heard
about the the new samsung E700 and now im not sure.... what do you guys
think? dont know that much about the new samsung other than that it
looks great. i had the samsung V200 which bored me after a few weeks...
oh decisions decisions... any ideas??????
Reviewed by Ben from France on 1st Dec 2003
Hi, I've juste seen that on the sharp
website : I have a gx20 and I'm really worried about that, It says
we can't transfer pics via the cable!!! Is it true ? Someone already
use the USB data cable to transfert pic from photo to pc ?? However
I really like this phone but now I wonder if It was a good thing to
Reviewed by mark from scotland on 29th Nov 2003
not got it yet but it doesnt have bluetooth qute surprisingly. bluetooth
and a radio would make this fone the best ever, but im still gettin
it, i love it!
Reviewed by wayne from england on 28th Nov 2003
* no there is no bluetooth. i admit this is a bit surprising. however
wot i find far more surprising is a fone that cant copy all entries
at once from fone to sim! u gotta do them 1 at a time! i couldn't believe
Reviewed by Binz from U.K. on 27th Nov 2003
This phone is the bomb!!!! - Best camera, Best screen, Flash & torch,
video + sound - stylish camshell. What else do ya need - really???
Reviewed by KABA from England on 27th Nov 2003
the best phone on the market at the moment. top screen, excellent camera
quality. easy to use, txt messaging just as easy as to use as Nokia's.
ive always had nokias and thought any other would be a let down but
this phone is no problem. Buy it Now.
Reviewed by Dino Mazzone from Isle of Man on 25th
does anyone out there know how to set the phone so all u have to do
is open the phone to answer a call. please someone. i am getter well
angry with it. And oh my god, how quick does the battery run down.
Reviewed by Jonno from UK on 25th Nov 2003
I dont know about any new phones coming out to replace the gx20 but
the picture quality is better than the sharp gx10. The video clips you
make urself last about 20 secs mayb a bit less. Great phone in overall
Reviewed by jon stoner from england on 25th Nov
(its more of a question) does the gx20 have bluetooth and if not why?
it seems sucth a good phone and if it doesent have bluetooth that is
a big letdown if anyone could anser my question could you put a star
at the start of the anser so i dont have to look through all the reviews
to find it thanks
Reviewed by Richard from UK on 25th Nov 2003
Well, yes, Shane, there is going to be (apparently) a GX-30. So you
could wait until 'early next year' for that, assuming it is coming then
and that it's better than the GX-20. On the other hand, there's *always*
going to be a better one on the way, unless they stop making the things
altogether, so you might as well take the plunge. As far as I'm concerned,
the GX-20 is brilliant and I'm happy to have mine. I can always upgrade
Reviewed by apples from ireland on 24th Nov 2003
aw no is there a time delay on the photos? that kind of ruins it does
it. and is this fone better than the o2 x1. im gettin the gx20 probably.
and i read that u cant turn off the sound for takin pictures which sucks
if your in scool or sumtin.
Reviewed by =-Shane-= from UK on 21st Nov 2003
ive just orderd a sharp gx20 - but im very worried that im goin to pay
£400 for this phone, then next month a sharp gx30 comes out, cuz then
i wont have the best one. can anyone give me any info if theres a betta
version cumin out, n if so will it be that much betta then the gx20?
i really dont want to spend that much money on a phone if theres a better
one round the corner. =( cant they stop makin phones now n evryone hav
Reviewed by Cora from Cheshire on 21st Nov 2003
After getting my new phone yesterday, I am more than impressed. It just
keeps amazing me. The camera is excellent quality and the video is superb.
The screen is really clear and the menus seem pretty straight forward.
Having a torch is handy for the car late at night and the phone seems
so light and nice to hold. It doesn't just look good it lives up to
Reviewed by Swukmale from UK on 20th Nov 2003
It really is as good as everyone says it is here - especially if you
have the data cable. Transferring pictures, sounds, SMS messages and
phonebook entries to and from your PC is well easy! Pic quality is really
good - OK, so not as good as a proper digital camera - but considering
it's a phone it's quite amazing! Very usable quality. Tons better than
the GX10 I had before - and I thought that was good! The movies are
fun too - shame Vodafone can't lift the transfer limit though. One small
gripe - it's difficult to read the front (colour!) display without activating
the backlight (by pressing the side volume button... you don't have
to open the phone like a previous reviewer said). It's only a small
gripe though and the other features by far make up for this and more!
It would be nice if you could transfer games and MMS messages to and
from the PC in addition to the other things also - but never mind, I
suppose we can't have EVERYTHING can we! Can we?? I can't wait for the
ne xt Sharp - I wonder what that one will do! Make the coffee?
Reviewed by n/a from n/a on 20th Nov 2003
Can anyone tell me how long the video clips you make urself last as
i really need to know. Apart from that it seems like a pretty amazing
phone. Also is the pocture quality much better than that on the gx10?
Reviewed by wayne from england on 20th Nov 2003
rob thanks for advice re the instructions for predictive text, ending
with a space. unfortunately it didn't work when i tried it. its forgotten
the words again. put a couple in last night. still remembered them this
morning, but sometime between this morning and tonight its forgot both
again. its got a worse memory than me! ah well guess the stuff it is
good at makes up for it.
Reviewed by wayne from england on 18th Nov 2003
transfered some video clips onto my pc but it doesn't know how to play
them. can anyone tell me if i can download software that knows how to
play these .3gp video files, and from where? cheers wayne
Reviewed by Lee from Liverpool on 19th Nov 2003
This is a excellent phone, why? because the quality of the screen, pics
and general build is flawless. I have my phone connected to my laptop
via usb data cabel to transfer pics, sounds, numbers etc. Also use the
GPRS modem on phone to connect to the internet via my infa red port
on laptop, the speed I obtain is 115kbps, not broadband but better than
old modems! The phone would have been a 5 star if it was'nt for the
lack of Calender Reminder option, which I badly need, so had to buy
diary to remind me of events! I also find it a bit bulky in trouser
pocket. Final thought, buy this phone for hours of entertainment, you
will not be disapointed.
Reviewed by Shane from UK! on 19th Nov 2003
hey, ive wanted gx 20 for about a month now but cant afford to buy from
a shop and its not in the lastest cataloge (which lets me pay weekly)
so i bought a samsung v200 from it insted an i was so excited bout it
coming, but wen it did i wernt too happy. the camera is good an the
colour menu is brilliant but texting is soooo hard the space button
isent the '0' button like the gx10 (my last phone) its the # button
which is very confusing. anyway 3 days after getin my v200 the new cataloge
came to my house with a very sexy sharp gx20 sittin on the bak cover
- as u mite hav guessed my v200 is already back in its box and ready
to be sent back for a transfer - really cant wait to have my gx20 =D
cuz my last phone was a gx10 n i luved that to bits. 1 more thing -
im hearing so many good things about this phone an i dnt mean to kill
the party, but surly there must be some downsides n if there is i'd
like to here them - thanx a million
Reviewed by crazy-guy from geordieland on 18th
amazing phone and even better due to it being unlocked via vodafone
themselves.a good £20 but worth it as i can send free mms and get free
gprs via my old genie(o2)sim card with unlimited wap/gprs but keep free
call allowance of contract sim.only thing is i cant find anything for
it other than on vodafone site n i aint payin £5 per tone/java game.any
cheaper or even free sites?would advise anyone to buy and am still happy
with it after 2 months.email replies to email@example.com or
inbox me if u a user.ta
Reviewed by Richard Carter from UK on 17th Nov
<====NOT A REVIEW BUT A QUESTION====> In the shop, liked the look of
the GX-20 very much - but wondered how bright the screen was in daylight.
At present I have a Sony-Ericsson T610, and in bright (or even quite
dim) daylight, the screen is completely unreadable. Is the Sharp better
than this? Advice welcome . . .
Reviewed by kAREN from ENGLAND on 17th Nov 2003
To be honest the phone is absolutly pony!Dont buy it.get a 8910i
Reviewed by Marco from Italy on 15th Nov 2003
Yesterday I got this phone.... well it's not just a phone, it's a jewel!
Reviewed by Matt from North London on 14th Nov
if i could change on thing.... *thinks* theres nothing to change, its
a absolute work of art, i couldnt be more thrilled. i have had a 3g
phone and they are NOTHING compared to this, if you dont have one buy
it... Camera 10/10 Video 10/10 out off 100 100/100
Reviewed by Robert from England on 14th Nov 2003
it has a seperate memory 4 mms and sms it can store 150 texts i think
but it also stores text's u send! brilliant phone, wicked camera if
ne of u r considering buying this and want 2 no more my email is RobertCMorley@msn.com
feel free 2 send me an email or add me 2 ur msn messenger!
Reviewed by sirclarky from uk on 13th Nov 2003
Shane, you should read Sir maggie`s review
Reviewed by Jonno from United Kingdom on 12th
>>mike: the gx20 has got a sent message box for sms as well as mms but
i dont know how many sms it can store because i dont get that many :(
lol. I know it can store more than 15 though. >>shane: the t610 is a
good phone however the photos are better with the gx20. i used to have
a t68i and it was ok. You can download pics to your computer using infrared
or a cable. The gx20 doesnt have a radio unfortunately.
Reviewed by Rob from UK on 12th Nov 2003
To add a word to the dictionary used for predictive text, hold the #
key down to turn off the predictive text function, type the word in
manually end the word with a space '_' and then turn the predictive
text back on by holding down the # key again. If you do not put a space
in after the word it will not be added. This must be updated on the
next version. Hope that helps...
Reviewed by mark from scotland on 11th Nov 2003
not bought the fone yet, but went into the car phone ware house today
for a demo of the fone and the picture quality is absoulutely superb,
the photos are outstanding and the video clips kick ass aswell! i never
done much else on the fone, but recognized there was a time delay on
the photos which can only be good if ure gettin a photo wi ur pals.
menu seems really easy to navigate around and i cant w8 to get this
fone for my xmas! the guy showed me something cool aswell, i think he
kept the fone on camera mode but turned off the internal screen and
used the external screeen for the camera view, i was very impressed.
was a little worried about size but if people r walkin by u, they aint
gonnanotcie the size wen uve got photos of that quality on it!!! dont
even think about thinkin about buyin this fone, go and get it NOW!!!!!
from vodafone shops in glasgow on payg, its £400, and same in carphonewarehouse,
but if u go onto interactive and sky digital, the phone is £349.99,
saving you a good fifty quid that u could use to get tones, pics and
java games. get this beast now any comments e-mail me or add to msn
messenger firstname.lastname@example.org cheers
Reviewed by shane from UK on 11th Nov 2003
<<<== PLEASE HELP ME! ==>>> rite basicly i have a gx10 and ive broke
it, i have contacted the suplier and they sed i can have all of my money
back (£389) so i can basicly get which ever phone i want. i need help
in deciding which fone i get i like the sound of the gx20 but is there
anyway i can conect it to my pc with a cable or sumit? and wheres the
radio? if i wernt gonna get this one i'm thinking about either the nokia
5210i or the t610. wat do u think please help =) thanks!
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 10th Nov 2003
I have the GX10, and that is my baby. Im upgrading soon but i REALLY
need to know how many sms it can store in the inbox as the GX10 could
only store about 15, which is awful :( does it have a sent messages
box for sms instead of just mms? pls email me at email@example.com,
it would be much appreciated!
Reviewed by sakis from greece on 10th Nov 2003
well, i am writing again just to tell that i found the way to transfer
my fotos to my pc. With infrared or cable and with the programm (Handset
manager) that is in the cd-rom you take with the phone, it s very easy
to make the connection and tranfer the fotos. And a last advise: buy
this baby... it s the better phone in the market! all my friends are
jellus of it.It s amazing... Trust me :)
Reviewed by Adrian from Australia on 10th Nov
All hail Sirmaggie. You are a beacon in the darkness of review drivel
and mis-information! P.S. Sharp is spelled without an 'e', soz ^_^ /
Reviewed by Martin from Scotland (UK) on 8th Nov
Hey thats 2 reviews I've wrote - Hey and this makes 3! I must really
love this phone. Either that or I'm just a geek with nothing to do all
day! No really, this is in response to Jamy from France. Thanks for
replying about the data cable/infa red dielema. But do you know if you
can change the colour of the light that flashes when you recieve a call
from Green to any other colour? Thanks in advance, Martin!!!
Reviewed by sakis from greece on 5th Nov 2003
I' ve just bought this beautiful kai impressive phone.It' s excellent.very
good screen and excellent camera! But i can not transfer my fotos to
my pc. Anyone knows how? Please help me. My mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
or answer through this rewiews.Thanks
Reviewed by Martin from UK on 3rd Nov 2003
In response to the chap earlyer that was wanting to know how or where
he can get his GX20 unlocked from Vodafone, the best place to look is
on ebay. If you go to ebay you can buy an unlocking cable and the software
to do it all for around £6. That seems pretty cheap if you ask me! "HAPPY
DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN"
Reviewed by Olivio Moura from Portugal on 3rd
I have read all about the GX20, but tell me, beside the pic qualit,
why must I not buy the Motorola v525
Reviewed by canteii cameron from United Kingdom on
2nd Nov 2003
I have'nt got the sharp GX20 but it absolutely looks fantastic. I'm
thinking of buying the GX10i on pay as you go but the only thing is
it's locked on vodaphone :( email me on email@example.com for any
Reviewed by kromez from eng on 2nd Nov 2003
dont let n e 1 tel u n e ting negativ bout dis fone. it is truly the
best fone on da market. da pik quality is incredible and the video capturing
is a much better quality then the "3" fonez. da only fone on the market
dat kan kontest the gx20 in da slightest is the nu samsung e700. but
ther is stil no komparison at all. if u r guna get a nu fone, go 2 da
vodafone shop and grab dis baby ryt now..n e queries bout da fone,,..
holla at ya boi >>firstname.lastname@example.org... e-z
Reviewed by jamy from France on 2nd Nov 2003
great phone no comments. Answering MARTIN you can transfer pics via
infra red and cable but it is faster to transfer data, pics, and ringtons
via cable. that is all. SHAWN you can unlock your phone at any Vodafone
distributor for 30 euros MAX. Or call you provider they will do it for
you if you are not on a contract.
Reviewed by Martin from UK on 1st Oct 2003
"This phone is absolutly fandabaydosey" I've red some of the other reviews
and can't understand how anyone can give this phone a low rating. The
picture quality is literally AMAZING! And not only that, it has a display
of equal quality to display your pictures on. I qwned the Sharp GX10
before this and thought that had a good screen, this just blows it away!
I remember when I was reading a review about the GX10 last year when
I was about to buy it and it said "The pictures were pretty good and
clear to see, but only could ever be used for fun - nothing more!" Well
boys and girls the GX20 has turned that statment on its head. The picture
quality and resolution is so good its not only just for taking fun snaps
that will only remain on your phone, you'll be able to take good quality
pic's wherever and whenever then put them on your pc and print them
off! Another this I like about the GX20 is that they've slimed it down.
The GX10 was great, but slightly chunkey, but the GX20 has (in my opinion)
just shaved enough off for it to be slim, sleek and sexy! "MMMMH! just
how I like them!"
Reviewed by Mjcneat from England on 1st Nov 2003
I got this phone today and I can't wait to use it. When I was in the
shop with my parents buying it, the assistant gave me a demo of the
camera and video recorder. The quality was excellent because of the
flash on the phone, which no other mobile has. I felt sorry for all
the people buying Samsung E700s. About 10 must of been sold in an hour.
They didnt realise that when they get home in the dark, the camera will
be inferior to the Sharp GX20!
Reviewed by shawn from england on 31st Oct 2003
hello i just bought this phone one week ago !! it is amazing mobile
but locked on vodafone does anybody know that where can i unlock my
lovely gx20 ?? and how much it costs ?? many thanks
Reviewed by Jason from France on 31st Oct 2003
Well, i just bought the phone and am waiting to get it. Can anybody
tell me where the website is for sharp phones (email@example.com)
Reviewed by Martin from Scotland (UK) on 30th
I had taken the time to read through all the reviews for this phone
before I decided to buy one, and let me tell you!! "this phone is the
dogs boll@cks" If your in 'ANY' doubt about which phone to buy....Let
me asure you! "This is the one to go for at the moment" The picture
quality just amazes me and as for taking pictures in the dark!! WOW!
JUST... WOW! The one thing I would like to know however is how to change
the colour of the light that flashes when your recieving a call? And
one other thing! Whats the best way of transfering things from your
pc to the phone? Cable or infa red? Please let me know, my email is
(firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks in advance!!! But hey! I'm not going out
on anything but a possative note on this phone! It's superb!!! BUY ONE
Reviewed by Craig Marduk from Hungary on 30th
I think this is now the greatest phone. The screen is more than outstanding!
Reviewed by wayne from england on 30th Oct 2003
to add to the fone dictionary problem. the problem isn't teaching the
fone new words, its the fone remembering for more than a few hours.
according to sharp you teach the fone a new word by going into multitap,
writing the word, and then back into intuitive. as advised in a previous
review. this does teach it the word. (although so does building the
word by staying in intuitive and building it a bit at a time). the problem
i got is that anything from a few hours to a day later its forgot what
it's been taught. this is my 3rd handset so i doubt its a faulty handset
problem. surprised though that nobody else is experiencing the problem.
i did have more confidence in the 3rd handset cos after teaching it
a word it kept making the following word begin with a capital, so something
different was happening, and it seemed to be remembering them. however
this stopped after a couple of days and its back to forgetting words
after a few hours. guess i just gonna have to live with it
Reviewed by abey from glasgow,scotland on 29th
not a review as such but i was just wondering if someone who has this
phone could e-mail me and tell me the best bits and not so good bits
about this phone as im looking to buy it myself. please e-mail me at
email@example.com or add me to msn messenger witht the same address
Reviewed by Antonis from Anorthosis on 29th Oct
I HAVE GX20 FROM 15 SEPT . THE CAMERA AND SOME OTHER FEATURES ARE GOOD
but SOME IMPORTANT FEATURES ARE NOT INCLUDED. 1. THE PHONE IS NOT VERY
LOUD. 2. THE ALARM IS NOT RINGING WHEN PHONE IS SWITCHED OFF. 3. REMINDER
IS NOT RINGING.DOES NOT HAVE OPTIONS FOR REMINDING. 4.NO LOUDSPEAKER.
5. BATTERY LAST ONLY FOR 2 DAYS. AND ITS LOCKED FROM VODAFONE,TOO. FOR
THE OTHER OPTIONS ITS A GREAT PHONE TO BUY. --------------------------------------------------------
Reviewed by Sirmaggie from UK on 26th Oct 2003
Hi Guys and Girls, I feel I have to correct some points in the previous
reveiws. You can transfer picture's, ringtones and tunes via infa-red.
Just set the infa-red speed on the PC to the same as the phone and use
Phone manager v7, its a free download if you dont already have it. Trust
me it works and I have done it. It works well and really is very simply.
If you can't do it buy a data cable off a website like ebay for around
£4, the GX10i cable is exactly the same as GX20. This also goes for
car phone chargers which i bought for £1.50. The only thing you cannot
transfer is games because this feature is locked by Vodafone. As for
adding words to dictionary the phone does it automatically, just turn
off predictive (Hold down # key)write the word and turn predictive back
on. Hey presto your word is there! The video quality is not DVD quality,
but I think 'Craig' (see review below) must have a had pint to many
if he has to squint his eyes because it is very good, better than th
e 3G phones. The alarm will not switch phone on, buy an alarm clock
if you want to wake up in morning!!! Once the novelty has worn off,
playing with all the features etc, The battery should be good for two
days of normal use. Texting is very, very simple and yes it does take
two more clicks than a Nokia; But its not a Nokia its a Sharpe so it
is going to be different but it certainly is not difficult in the slightest
and gives the option to save without sending with less button presses
than a Nokia. It is a great phone, dont let the people here put you
off. Well done Sharpe, I for one will not be going back to Nokia. The
newest compareable phone is the Samsung E700, while cosmictally it looks
better, it is of no comparision as the picture and screen quality is
not as good. Happy shopping all and thanks for reading. X
Reviewed by karim from UK on 21st Oct 2003
i had this phone for 2 weeks now i think it is a great phone. the camera
takes some awsome pics.But i still did not try to send my pics to my
PC. Can someone tell me if it is possible to do it. Because i know that
the GX10i u can only use the phone as a modem.i will give it 4 stars
now but if i´m able to download the PICS to my PC i will come back and
give it a 5 stars rating. I will really appreciate it if someone can
reply to me in his review THANKS.
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 20th Oct 2003
This phone is proper bo, I tell thee!
Reviewed by Oscar from Australia on 19th Oct 2003
I have just got the phone today from Vodafone, the camera is really
outstanding. Is it possible to send the pics from the phone to my lap-top
via infra-red? Can anybody teach me? Thanks!
Reviewed by paul from uk on 19th Oct 2003
Reviewed by Phil from England on 18th Oct 2003
This phone is outstanding in one respect only - the quality of its pictures.
However, using Vodafone's MMS picture messaging, pics taken in High
Quality cannot be sent due to the max 30KB limit imposed by Vodafone.
This also applies to the Video sending facility. The rest of the phone,
texting, ease of use etc is average.
Reviewed by Grim from UK on 18th Oct 2003
I'd love to give this phone 5 stars but I can't. Ok, so the screen is
excellent, the camera is of a decent quality and the general layout
is well thought of. There are however a few niggles which disappoint
me. firstly, theres only 2Mb of memory, which quite frankly is poor
(how about the use of a slot memory card?). Secondly, You don't seem
to be able to configure where the shortcut keys shortcut to. Ok, thats
no biggie but hey. hmmm, struggling for complaints now. Sod it, buy
it. Its the best phone i've ever had and i've owned a few. Seriously,
i picked mine up from Phones 4 U in the UK for 70 quid (haggle with
Reviewed by mac from Australia on 17th Oct 2003
Very excellent phone, regarding downloading pictures that is not possible.
The only thing you can do with the Infrared port is to upload contacts
and pics for wallpaper but i cannot still get the ringtones to upload
I think vodafone has locked this function in some way. Overgreat phone,
nice change from Nokias. Fast menu, nice screen.
Reviewed by Craig McDermott from Manchester, UK on
15th Oct 2003
All the hype about this phone i just don't get. Ive been using it a
week now and its ok but nothing more than that, i've put my sim back
in my 7210 as the GX20 just doesn't do the simple things. Yes the built
in camera is good and the games also. What i don't like . . . Text,
i'm used to typing then sending my msg with about 2 clicks, on this
thing it takes 5 clicks before you can send it, quicker to walk down
the pub and speak to them. If your used to Nokia then you won't like
the text facility in the sharp, end of story. Alarm, why put a phone
in an alarm you can't turn off else the alarm wont work? How stupid
is that! Infared port, Vodafone & Sharp have blocked the facility so
transfer games/pics/ringtones etc via the port, utter con just so they
can make more money! Battery, needs charging every day, no good. No
radio. Video, great you can record clips, you just try playing them
back and watching them, the quality is dreadful, squint those eyes!
Reviewed by Karim from UK on 14th Oct 2003
Message regarding predictive text input. New words can be added. When
you want to add a word, just type it as normal with the T9 deactivated
and the word is automatically added to the dictionary.
Reviewed by H from Scotland on 14th Oct 2003
There is actually a dictionary cos it remembers things it didn't remember
before, such as 'fone'. Though I'm still working out how it does this
- maybe try the word in T9 then switch to normal and type it? If anyone
works it out please say.
Reviewed by wayne from england on 13th Oct 2003
is it a bug that i have a prob with the predictive text forgeting what
i've taught it - i mean like within a few minutes or so! thought it
was the hand-set but i've had it exchanged and get the same thing. the
organiser isn't as good as i hoped. the calendar isn't great, i agree
about the fone having to be left on and not silent is a pain, (i've
got a fone that was only £40 new no contract that is capable of switching
itself on), i'm surprised there's no bluetooth, and just as surprised
there is no note writing feature included. t68i was a much better organiser.
shame it was so full of bugs. but the camera and video stuff is very
impressive. particularly not having to be in brilliant lighting to take
them. after all we wanna take most in the pub. having a torch on it
is a feature that i've always thought would actually come in useful,
and does. i would say the most valuable accessory has got to be a spare
Reviewed by mark from UK on 13th Oct 2003
great phone on the market. the camera is outstanding.
Reviewed by michael from UK on 13th Oct 2003
Good phone, but u cannot dowload the pics using infra red. u can only
use the phone as a modem like the GX10 and GX10i. But overall it is
a great phone with a great camera.If anybody was able to download the
pics to the PC using infra red please let me know. I´ll be surprised.Thanks.
Reviewed by Jack Hipperson from England on 11th
This is the best phone ever!! No exeptions!!
Reviewed by nicky from england on 10th Oct 2003
i can not get picture messages displayed
Reviewed by john from wales on 10th Oct 2003
Camera is great it has to be said games are fantastic, especially if
your use to snake on ur nokia. My two Gripes are only small but important
to me: 1.The calendar has no alarm so you cannot use as a reminder-used
my nokia 8310 reminder all the time. 2. You can not input any words
into the dictionary-damn thing my inglish will be gettin better at this
Reviewed by amy_triptyline from UK on 9th Oct
Can't get better quality screen & photos........ it even has a flash!
easy to use & much better than the gx10 as you can now download photos
to your pc. i've had a few camera phones & this is the by far the best
one out at the moment. oh & you can even make short video clips.
Reviewed by Graeme from Yorkshire on 9th Oct 2003
This phone is outstanding. I had a problem porting picks but that was
resolved by changing the IR port speed on my PC. Tell you something,
it turns a few heads this little baby. Hats off to Sharp I say!!!
Reviewed by Salema from Portugal on 8th Oct 2003
Simply the BEST that the money can buy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by s. nunes from england on 6th Oct 2003
i was worried about changing from a user friendly nokia to a different
make, but this sharp is dead easy and certainly not as complicated as
it looks. The menus are easy to navigate around. The picture quality
is excellent, it has a zoom and the macro works well. You can customise
your pictures in various ways which just adds to the fun. Great phone,
which looks and feels good and very light..the screen dwarfs the sony/ericsson
Reviewed by Maggie from UK on 1st Oct 2003
reply to C.net. how can you possably review a phone you dont own this
is just ridiculous. You can get a blue tooth add-on so you can use the
hands free on blue tooth if you require it. i have the phone and it
is quite simply outstanding. nuff said!
Reviewed by james from deen on 1st Oct 2003
great phone so far. It blew my mind
Reviewed by nik from London, England on 30th Sep
Second non-Scandinavian mobile handset to have owned. Had a Samsung
V200 before this. The Samsung started off pretty cool but after a few
weeks its inadequecies became apparent eg. very poor battery life (virtually
charging every night despite the phone having 2 battreies in the box
- pointless having 2 batteries when you couldn't charge the spare!!),
naff low light photos and generally grainy photo images, no dictionary
for new words during texting, poor texting dynamics e.g. inability of
phone to switch automatically to upper case following a full stop (which
Sony Ericsson phones do very well and according to other sources so
to do the Nokia's!), poor sound earpiece sound quality during conversations,
no caller picture id, tendency for phone to stall when selecting camera
and many other irks. Basically the Samsung V200 can be described as
a gimmick phone! I got tired of the thing and tranfered my contract
to someone else who, on the face of it, liked the phone just to get
r id of it. Even the girlfired is sick of the phone - got one for her
as well as a present!! Then there is the Sharp GX20. This is truely
an amazing imaging mobile phone. Great photo quality of varying sizes
- the largest being a standard photo size 640x480, decent video recording
including sound/audio of between 10-20secs depending on image quality,
a flash which is fantastic in total darkness (10 out of 10 for image
quality in 100% darkness!), brightness adjust where required, photo
id so you can see the image of the caller both on the external and internal
display, crystal clear images of your photos on the phones displays,
good sound quality during calls, the list is almost endless!! Oh just
to remind you that this is a phone!! Basically this phone does everything
the Samsung does do and then some!! Good size and weight, legendary
Sharp gaming, cool looking device this. As far as qualms go the Sharp
GX20 suffers the same fate as the Samsung with regards to a missing
dictionary for new words during texting. It also has a basic calender,
there is no email POP3 client, no Bluetooth technology, unable to share
data with other mobiles via infra red which is annoying - you can only
use infra red to share data via a laptop/computer, all of which the
Sony Ericsson's and Nokia's do well (when will Far East manufactures
learn from their European counterparts and vice versa?)!! All in all
you will probably want a phone for more of one thing than the other.
For imaging mainly this phone is absolutely the dogs bo*%#cksand I would
recommend it to anyone! For business mainly I would go for the Sony
Ericsson T610 or P800 or even the now classic T68i. For more acurate
star rating, I would give the Sharp GX20 5 out of 5 stars for an imaging
and fun mobile phone. For all other applications I would say 3.5 out
of 5 stars.
Reviewed by Brian from England on 29th Sep 2003
This phone is absolutely fantastic!
Reviewed by james from spain on 29th Sep 2003
I got this phone three weeks ago and it was the biggest mistake i have
made so far in buying a phone. yes the pics quality is great and u can
personalize the phone. But u cannot donload UR pics to ur PC. So can
someone tell me what is the need of having a great camera phone if u
cannot download ur favorite pics.I´m really disappointed i had the ericsson
T610 even if the camera was not that good i was able to share all informtion
between my PC and the phone using BLUETOOTH. It was very easy to download
and upload any pics or ringtons. I think ericsson is the best in connectivity
because if u dont have bluetooth u got nothing.(no pics, no games, no
ringtones, not dat transfer at alllll.If u r going to buy a phone wait
for the second generation because the stndard is set an now there is
room for improvements. Good Luck
Reviewed by Maggie from UK on 28th Sep 2003
This is a fantastic phone or should i say camera! its both! Getting
it unlocked is easy, quick call to Vodafone and they do it there and
then and charge you £20, Now use it on T-Mobile. Three very minor complaints
however. its not loud enough for me, in the car, radio going full blast,
im getting lot of missed calls (Oh Well)and you get the CD in the box
when you buy it but no data cable, whats the point in that! Data cables
can be bought online for a fraction of the price they want to charge
you in shops, so save yourself some money and have a good look around.
second fault is, you cannot download games from phone to PC or visa
versa, so if you want games you have to download them at £5 each and
when your memory is full delete them and then pay another fiver is you
want them again!!! if anyone one finds a way round this please, please
do get intouch (firstname.lastname@example.org)No blue tooth although
it does have infa-red. Bluetooth headsets will work with a plug in add-
on, currently selling for around £80, but why not have it built in,
in the first place is beyond me!Apart from these minor points it is
the best phone you can own at the moment, and ive had quite a few to
compare it with!!! Go buy it, your love it. Take care all happy shoping!
Reviewed by kari from mark on 27th Sep 2003
It is a great phone but can someone tell me how i can dowload the PICS
to my PC using Infra red. Does it work or is there a problem with it
like the other sharp versions. Thanks
Reviewed by Panny from UK on 25th Sep 2003
Had the phone for two weeks now and am thoroughly pleased with it. The
camera is excellent and theres enough gadgets on there to keep you entertained
for hours. Dream on all you boring Nokia users for quality like this!!!
Just a few points though that niggle me are the fact that you cant add
an alarm to any of your schedules in the calender and also that the
alarm wont go off when the phone is on silent. (Annoying as I like peace
when I sleep!!) And finally there is no separate outgoing and incoming
call timers as i like to check my minutes for my contract. But thats
it other than that a great phone. If anybody got any pointers let me
Reviewed by tom from england on 22nd Sep 2003
This phone is amazing. i have never owned a camera phone before and
did not think much of the quaility of the pictures, having owned a digital
camera i did not see the need for one on my phone, but i was wrong this
phone takes better pictures then my camera. The quality is unbeliveable!
but the phone does not end there, there is so much you can change on
the phone that i cant see how i will ever get board of it. There is
only one problem i can see with the phone, when writing a text message
in predictive text there is no way to input text into the dictionary
which can be a bit anoying.
Reviewed by JILL from MANCHESTER on 22nd Sep 2003
MESSAGE TO DAVE FROM ENGLAND 15TH SEPTEMBER 2003 REGARDING YOUR QUERY
ON THE CONTRAST DIMMING AFTER SOME TIME I WAS TOLD IF YOU EXTEND THE
SCREEN??? YOU CAN CHANGE TO TIMERS ON THE CONTRAST SECTION TO ELONGATE
THE TIME BEFORE IT FADES AGAIN
Reviewed by HAZ from UK on 21st Sep 2003
BEST PHONE OUT ON THIS DAY,I HAD THE PANASONIC GD87.HAVING THE SHARP
PHONE IS CLASS.LOTS OF EXRAS AND THE CAM IS BLOODY CLASS.THE TEXT SPEED
ON IT IS BETTER THAN THE GD87 AND SO IS THE BATTEY LIFE.IT GETS MY TOP
MARKS FOR A SHARP PHONE!!
Reviewed by H from Scotland on 20th Sep 2003
Don't understand what you mean about a bug - you mean how it darkens
to save battery? Just press the volume switch at the side. And I totally
agree about the disco light thing - the phone has it so why can't we
use it? Or can we? (think that's just us being greedy). But anyway,
i've been searching for the perfect phone since my Nokia 3310 contract
finished 3 years ago and was too unimpressed with every single phone
out there because of little niggles such as bad texting, pointless camera
(bad quality) but this just has no faults! Not one! I'm so fascinated
by it - I can take photo in PITCH black with the torch (i.e flash but
it turns into a v.bright torch - press and hold volume button) and photos
look the same as my £500 digital camera's quality! I'm fed up of typing
but believe me this is the best phone out there, take it from a total
perfectionist, it's one of those phones that has tiny things that make
all the difference. I thought i'd never stray from buying Nokias but
t his has changed my mind.
Reviewed by adam from uk on 20th Sep 2003
Had the phone less than 9 hours and i can see why there's "all the hype".
It's a great phone and easy to use. The picture quality is sometimes
better than my digi camera. Waiting now for a hands free kit for the
car and i'll be sorted. Buy one you will love it
Reviewed by Geoff from England on 18th Sep 2003
This is with out doubt the best phone on the market, i had a T68i before
this, 6 months ago that was a good phone, this phone makes that phone
look as bout as intelligent as a solar powered calculator! picture quality
is amazing, and after i got mine i made my girlfriend go and buy one.
If you know what i mean. Everything about this phone is excellent, i
have no niggles, its my new best friend.
Reviewed by Carla from London on 18th Sep 2003
This fone is FAB, the picture quality is amazing,the best by far.The
integrated flash makes pictures taken at night great quality too. Being
used to nokias I found txt messaging easy, every thing on this fone
is great except one thing-y does the outer light flash green when the
fone rings, regardless of mode, is there anyway to change the colour,
like the disco mode for when taking picture and video clips? Buy this
fone, it's a must!!!
Reviewed by Dave from england on 15th Sep 2003
i used to have a t100 and this is much better.better battery life,better
screen,downloadable games (pacman and tiger woods is brilliant).camera
is good with a flash that doubles up as a torch. only 2 niggles:- a
little too light in weight (doesnt feel as solid as t100)and annoying
bug when the external screen loses contrast from time to time and have
to open and close phone for screen to return to selected contrast.anyone
else have this problem? is it just my phone?would like to hear from
other owners about this little bug. but overall the best phone ive owned.
ps.make sure the network activates the gprs and mms services on the
phones as i had to ring up and ask (doh!!)