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Sharp GX30i review

 Review: November 2004  
 

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The Sharp GX30i is a mobile phone with a megapixel camera capable of video recording.



 

Review

The Sharp GX30i is an enhanced version of the GX30. Enhancements are improved Blutooth™ wireless support and MP3 player. The enhanced support for Bluetooth™ is a very welcome addition. The GX30 suffered from only being able to connect wirelessly to a Bluetooth headset or car-kit. The GX30i now has full Bluetooth support for transferring data to a computer or another phone.

The basic specification is unchanged and includes an integrated digital camera with a 1 Mega-pixel CCD with 7 stage digital zoom and 5 picture sizes ranging from 858 x 1144 to 120 x 160 pixels.

To complement the camera, the GX30i features a high resolution QVGA 240x320 pixel 262,000-colour LCD display measuring 2.2 inches. It also has a 65K colour external LCD.


Sharp GX30i features include:

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Reviewed by Celeste from England on 1st Mar 2012
I'd recommend this phone to anyone and have nothing but praise for it. I've owned this phone since 2004. It worked brilliantly but I was offered an upgrade to a different sharp model (at no cost) in 2006 which I decided to take. That phone lasted 18months before going wrong so I bought a Samsung touchscreen which again lasted 18months and stopped working completely. So I gave up with the newer phones and decided to start using my trusty old Sharp GX30i again. It's still going strong apart from the fact that the poor old battery can't stand the strain anymore and only lasts for a few hours before needing a recharge. I'm now looking around for somewhere I can buy a new battery for it as I'm sure it'll outlive all the new phones.
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Reply by Glen from england on 14th Jan 2017
I have often wondered how many people are still using a gx30i, just happened to read your review and i couldn't agree with you more! Like you i have had my trusty sharp since 04 and despite being dropped countless times and even from out of a lorry cab onto a hard floor it still carries on working faultlessly. Its become a standing joke with all my friends that i keep the same phone but if it aint broke.. Think i should start an owners club lol!

Love the fact your staying retro

glenkeable@hotmail.com

Reviewed by bai from UK on 26th Oct 2008
This phone sucks, My partner and I both bought this phone brand new from Noel Lemmings when it first came out at $900.00. Wihtin the first 3mnths of purchase, they both played up. No one told us about viruses, there for couldn't use the phone full stop. The company that manufacture this phone wouldn't give us a refund or our money back. There fore we had to go months with out a $900 phone each, Truley sucked, not to mention the added stress. Took both phones in for repair, 3mnths later they couldn't fix mine so had to replace it with a new one and my partner got his back 6mnths later coming, back worse than he had bought it brand new. This phones got poor resolution on the video, you don't get long at recording video's when you want to record for sending messages, try 3 sec's and the voice recording, only takes a verse of a song at a time,four years later we've had to buy new battery for both, both phones receive txt messages days too late, mine no longer displays e xternal date and his now turns off every time he's not using it, not to mention it has 4 bars for battery charge and when finished fully charging it, it goes straight away back to 2 bars. Do not buy this phone, in fact do not even buy SHARP. This phone doesn't even deserv a star.
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Reviewed by wini from UK on 12th Oct 2008
my husband and I had one each about three years old and all went well but all of a sudden just this week we have sos emergency only showing and have been told by vodafone nz they can't do anything about this problem and that sharp no longer making cellphones. Vodafone nz suggested ringing Japan?#!!HEELLLLOOOOO
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Reviewed by Amanat Ali from UK on 17th Jan 2008
i like it and i love it/ here is only1 problem that i can not set as ring tone pm3 fle
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Reviewed by rachel from UK on 28th Dec 2007
i love myy phonee. gx30i are the best phones 2 ring ur bf
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Reviewed by ian s from UK on 9th Dec 2007
Used every day for over 2.5 years never let me down didnt even know it had mp3,pity sharp phones dont seem to be available in uk any more.Even using same battery after all this time but I must agree bluetooth is rubbish.
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Reviewed by Sue from New Zealand from UK on 20th Oct 2007
I have just bought this phone, having read all the reviews and it is possibly the very best mobile phone I have ever had. The camera is awesome as is the screen. All functions work well and it is easy to use. The phone looks really good and I am thrilled with it.
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Reviewed by Taiwo Ejiwunmi from UK on 27th Aug 2007
i got this fone from trade fair.its great but i'm dissapointed with its little memory size and file download size. damn too low i can virtually download nothing due to low memory size allowed. I cannot connect the bluetooth to my laptop, mms could not work, the manual is not comprehensive enough. sharp pls do something about all these short comings.Why cant i download directly into my 512MB memory?
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Reviewed by luke brown from UK on 5th Jun 2007
i think the phone is fab in every little way but is it the right phone for u
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Reviewed by vaggelis from UK on 28th Apr 2007
2 good 2 be true
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Reviewed by o well from UK on 9th Apr 2007
this is the worst phone i eva eva had
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Reviewed by hater of dis phone from UK on 14th Mar 2007
i got this phone ages ago it was junk i thought having my ol non camera phone was better than it i finally bought the neew lg kg800/chocolate in pink -i love it way better
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Reviewed by steve o from UK on 18th Jan 2007
very good all you need in a phone and not to difficult to work out
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Reviewed by steve a from UK on 10th Jan 2007
very good phone its only downfall is that you cannot assign a mp3 ringtone and the vibrate alert is woefully short (15 seconds max) thus resulting in many missed calls and messages.
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Reviewed by Karen Lord from UK on 14th Sep 2006
Ive had this phone for nearly a year, The battery life is now useless and needs a full replacement, There cant be anything more frustrating. I have only been charging it when required, so I have not abused it. The picture quality is not as good as some of the cameras now. When printing the pictures off they are quite fuzzy. This phone replaced my GX30, it was expensive and I feel I should have just kept my old one. I think Battery power is a No.1 Issue that should be considered when having a phone I just wish there was a wedsite where you could show phone battery comparision all on one page.
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Reviewed by Mike from UK on 5th Apr 2006
Can I just start by saying that reveiws merely stating 'utter rubbish' or the like are really rather pointless and please don't bother. Also, my GX30i has fallen out of my pocket while i'm skateboarding many times and i've even ridden over it with only minor pysical scarring, so the carpet-drop gug is lying. In all honesty I think if you want a camera above about 1 MP in a phone, you'd be better off getting a digital camera. The battery life is good and the screen fantastic. I personally have no bluetoothing problems and i send videos and songs via it, not used infrared much but it seems to work well. Yes, it is large, but I think it is forgivable as its only real defect I can see it in it. I also really like the OS on it which is often overlooked in phones, i find it really easy to use. However I cannot say if it is good value for money on PAYG because I accuired it as an ex-contract phone. In general, I love it.
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Reviewed by Adam from UK on 15th Feb 2006
I got this phone off ebay and for the money im very impressed, here are the pros: -Top class screen 262k -Very good camera with macro mode and very good zoom range -Loud Ringtones -cool disco light and camera flash -pretty good battery life cons: -400k video restriction -its quite a large phone which some people might not like -you need a memory card reader to put mp3s on etc -signal isnt amazing -you can only accept 100k files thorugh bluetooth although there are a few restrictions, i really like this phone and im impressed with the screen and camera and overall simplicity, well done sharp!
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Reviewed by gary from UK on 21st Dec 2005
this phone is junk bluetooth rubbish.try speaking to the blurts at vodafone custumer quality is not happening try to escape your contract with them or get another phone just doesnt happen
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Reviewed by andy from UK on 28th Oct 2005
This phone i excellent the battery is good concidering the screen size and all the features on this phone. i have a 1 gigabite sd card in my gx30i and it works fine and i think you can now get 2 gig cards! One of the best things about this phone i think is that you can take the card in and out without removeing the battery or case.
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Reviewed by Fifi from UK on 12th Sep 2005
This is the best phone ive ever had! I have always had nokias which broke & were rubbish but i branched out and brought this as i wanted a flippy phone. It is the best! I have dropped it on concrete so many times and it hasnt so much as chipped. The pictures are so clear you'd think they came from a digital camera and they are MASSIAVE!!!the video isnt as clear but still great & lasts ages. the flash is fantastic, you can store hundreds of messages & photos. Only tiny thing that really annoys me is when you delete a text or a picture from your list, it goes straight back to the beginning again! Grrr! It is a year old now & still perfect!!!!
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Reviewed by michelle from UK on 11th Sep 2005
well here goes ive always had nokia phones as i can be a little bit of a simpleton at times and lets face it nokias are certainly simple or at least they were anyways when mine dropped and broke times were hard:( +i couldnt afford a new one till my friend popped up selling his GX30iphone unlocked a month old great price so i thought great popped my o2sim card in then the problems began... 1)o2 don't sponser sharp phones so had no settings for mms after nearly an hour on the phone2customer services i managed 2 get mms set up but i can only receive them not send them,2)can not connect 2 internet back on phone 2cs can now access internet have 2default original page 1st then get home page,3)now ive found out that whilst im sat with all my mates blue toothing each other mine finds there phones but i cant pair them i cant save them so therefore i cant use them oh and one last thing 4)my computer doesnt even reckognise sharp even though i brought the right leads,,, GOOD POINTS are picture qualitys really good love videoing my little boy and the size of the screen means i can read texts without putting me glasses on if any1 can help email me on silky127@ntlworld.com otherwise my poor lil gx30i will b makeing its way 2ebay xxxxxxx
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Reviewed by gaynor from UK on 29th Aug 2005
Facilities on phone absolutely brilliant and very easy to use. Very robust...dropped it a few times onto concrete and other than cosmetic damage, no other harm done but reception is very poor in certain areas around Peterborough and as I need it for work, may have to consider a different phone.
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 17th Aug 2005
How can u drop your fone on your carpet or sofa n it broke? wot did u do? stand on it? sit on it? this fone is 1 of the best out!
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Reviewed by amy tatam from UK on 9th Aug 2005
the sharp gx30i is a brilliant phone its the best ive ever had which is an overall of 45!this phone produces outstanding excellence and you will never find anyproblems with it!!
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Reviewed by clive from UK on 17th Jul 2005
I recently aquired one of these and I personally think they are in the top 3 best mobiles at the moment. The phone has full bluetooth (not like the gx30) so you can link up with hands free headset and friends phones to exchange pictures and sound etc. The 1.0 Megapixel is pretty good the pictures are printable when you download them to pc. I MUST say thet the display screen is the best out there, it's very clear and shows all the detail. I am yet to see another phone with a display as good as that. Friends have bought latest phones and still poor quality. This part is one of my favorites of the phone. The speaker is very good & you can play mp3's which is a bit rubbish as there is a limit on the file size (100KB). You can put a bigger SD memory card in so you can fit more data on the phone. The battery lifes not to good if you are playing with the phone all day but I would say its pretty much average for mobile batteries. The reception (Vodafone) is not quite as good as on my last phone but not bad. I'm using the same sim card. This is definitly one of the best out there. Buy it. The phone is not as small as some other phones but also not as big as others. The phone also feels strong and well made. 8.5 out of 10.
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Reviewed by trevor from UK on 11th Jun 2005
Wheras the GX30 was a Rolls Royce among mobile phones with only one wheel, Sharp took notice and upgraded it to the GX30i...a Rolls Royce with two wheels! It is seriously deficient in the connectivity stakes. If you only want to make calls and take photos to send to your PC, then fine. It is perfectly adequate. If your life is a little less frivolous than merely talking and taking photos, and you want it to accept pictures/files from your PC or synchronise with your calendar or phone book -forget it! It has a seriously restricted connectivity. Sharp have also climbed into bed with Vodafone on this phone. In two words - ZERO SUPPORT! Look on the internet and see all the people who cannot get the phone to connect to the handset manager. After weeks of trying I havn't managed. Sharp wash their hands of responsibility for support and Vodafone staff are clueless. It does NOT have voice recognition, making it unacceptable for hands-free in-car dialling. It has a range of pretty incoming call lights, but they cannot be allocated to groups. (I can live with that - I picked a colour and stuck with it - I like green). Files can be sent to your phone, but youre going to have to buy a card reader and trransfer little files that way because of its limited connectivity. For a real lifestyle - this is just expensive kid's stuff.
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Reviewed by carl from UK on 3rd Jun 2005
so far so good - had mine just a few days, my first time from motorola clam designs in years. i miss the chunky feel of the motorola's (i doubt the sharp is as substantial) but after wasting my time with a 3g v980 (battery life measured in minutes!) it is a relief to have a phone with normal battery life expectations. 3g seems - at the moment - utterly pointless. however, one question, i cannot get bluetooth working on gx30i with my laptop - can use bluetooth between the two manually as it were (ie, using the file manager) but i cannot get the supplied software from sharp "handset manager" to communicate between laptop and mobile. most odd. bluetooth is usually a doddle and this is first time i have not been able to resolve. could you please email me direct if know of any tips/tricks to resolve this as this is - so far - only flaw i can see with phone. yes, the camera is as amazing as people say. carl@egoboss.com
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Reviewed by Jamie Kelly from UK on 8th May 2005
For people having trouble getting the MP3 player to work all you need is a Card Reader/Writer i got one from ebay at 7 including derlivery then you install it then once installed place the sd card in it and drag your mp3 file that you want and its done then you can listen to MP3 on your phone!! its great!! real good quality!
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Reviewed by boboy from england on 7th May 2005
i just bought this phone off ebay for 130 pounds and hav had it 4 bout 2 weeks and i have 2 say its fantastic. The camera is top class and so iss video which is fantastic as i am still in school and its greta 2 take snaps of ur mates. The ringtones are fantastic with class sound. There is a way of getting ur fone to hav mp3 rings tones off ebay 4 bout 2 quid. The size of the phone is great not 2 bulky and i actually like the size of it. Screen is crystal clear and the photos come out great. Thanx for the improved bluetooth the phone nw is probbly the best around but my dad has the samsung d500 but i dnt care. All my freinds r in envy tht i have this phone so i recommend u get it. U wont b dissapointed A* all the way 5 *****
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Reviewed by Rodney from England on 2nd May 2005
Not a phone worth buying!!!
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Reviewed by Nikolas from Greece on 1st May 2005
This is just the best mobile phone I've ever seen. GX30i is the best 2G mobile phone in the world. It is the best work Sharp has done in 2G technology. Good work Sharp!
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Reviewed by neil from U.K. on 28th Apr 2005
cant work out how to use the MP3 player, there is literally nothing about how to in the instructions.otherwise it fine
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Reviewed by Oliver from Australia on 27th Apr 2005
It is the best phone i have ever had and it has great games very agile great reception. Love it !!
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Reviewed by mr kruyer from UK on 25th Apr 2005
i brought this phone.after having a gx10 fuel injection.which lasted a long time. the phone is breakproof!!! it fell of my car roof after driving off. once it nearly killed me when it fell in my bath tho.(plugged in) ( my hair is now growing back thanks..)having this phone in your pocket does you the world of good tho as its a large and prominent bulge which offsets the one on my other trouser leg.( difusses difficult situations...)but what i like most about it is that its not a nokia but a great lickle phone!!! hi mum!!:)
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Reviewed by Confuddled! from Saaarf Lundhan, UK on 22nd Apr 2005
Okkk, I'm probably being really retarded here but how do you get the MP3 player to work? It's doing my head in! The answer is probably way down on the page here somewhere but to be honest I'm lazy and I can't be bothered to scroll down that far :D Overall it's a pretty good phone but why does it have to be so goddam confusing?! Not that I'm complaining about a lie in but why doesn't the alarm go off when the phone is on silent like most other normal phones? Once more and I'll get the sack!
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Reviewed by ryan from england on 22nd Apr 2005
This is a great phone has a few down falls such as the mp3 player only plays 1 song at a time but ive found that if you zip up a album its fine. also the memory is to small need more room. Also dont buy a data cable theres no point i brought 1 and still havnt got it working u just need a card reader and a big sd card i got mine of ebay bargin.Also the bluetooth is bad the only thing ive got it working with is my head set ive tryed with my m8s they pick up my phone but when u try transfering it never works if any1 can help with this email me on ryan_palfrey@yahoo.co.uk ive found a way to do ur own ring tones and videos all you need is a 3gp converter and it will convert most video formats the converters are free do a search in google or something. The ring tones you have to convert it to midi there is a coverter for this as well but it is hard to do sample some music then convert it but it does work. in total not a bad phone good cam but you have to have a steady hand if any 1 has any good info on other ways to get videos and mp3 as ringtones please email me ty ryan
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Reviewed by daniela bower from uk on 21st Apr 2005
Just got the gx30i. not sure what to make of it yet. wanna get into the bluejscking but cant work out how to send txts through bluetooth? can u? donkey donut here!!!!! any help out there. Love the Camera pics come out gr8!!! dani.X email me. danielabower1@aol.com
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Reviewed by luke from england on 19th Apr 2005
MP3 ACE!!!!!
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Reviewed by Jamie from UK on 18th Apr 2005
EXCELLENT!! Phone is brill but few things im not happy with :( GPRS was workin the other day and now it just says GPRS not available im with O2 and have all the right settings anyone have any ideas? the battery doesnt last very long,cant scroll through pictures have to always press back button to see the pics other than that the phone is excellent and the camera is outstanding!!
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Reviewed by luke from england on 12th Apr 2005
this phone is brill. i defo recommend it. the camera is great quality and the video is very good. the only drawback is that i cant turn the shutter sound off. any ideas anyone?
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Reviewed by sam from england on 12th Apr 2005
this phone has excellant camera, and plenty of space only problem is bluetooth its hard to get your hand around how to use it. But otherwise best phone ive ever brought. fantastic ringtones and videos and music WELL DONE sharp!!!
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Reviewed by GeN from Australia on 9th Apr 2005
i think this phone is great! the camera quality is heaps good and its memory is good aswell. i think its the best phone so far ever made, because it is pretty much unbreakable and is very solid.. good job 'sharp'
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Reviewed by piper from england on 8th Apr 2005
wel i really dont on wot to say dis is da ultimate phone and worth every penny fair play sharp well done!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by eric from uk on 5th Apr 2005
Phone very good but bluetooth realy bad. could not connect to d500 or other gx30i's. Had this phone for a week now and already charged it 5 times. You can't down load any videos or ringtones over 400k and videos stall. Not what i expected from sharp. Phone going back tomorrow and exchanged for a motorola v635. Also my mates gx30i has exactly the same problems. hes changing his the day after.
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Reviewed by jim from UK on 5th Apr 2005
utter garbage!
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Reviewed by panos from greece on 31st Mar 2005
the best phone i have had and tey were a lot.good work sharp
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Reviewed by Charley from united kingdom on 30th Mar 2005
well i got it 2day and hav had 4 gd phones when i got rid of my last fone i decided i wanted a video and mp3 so i went to a vodafone store and they talked me thru wat wld b the best option so i got this fone and am very happy with it i havent been able 2 download music and in my view th 12 seconds 4 videoing isnt the greatest i wld prefer it 2 b longer
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Reviewed by JAMIE from on 27th Mar 2005
ppl dis fone is da bomb its been out 4 bout 6 mounths but ppl look at it its stil in da rankin of da top 10 best fones personally im goin to get dis fone da camera is fantastic n ppl might say oh my fone is a 1.3 mega pix cam but it dnt matter cause of da screen resoulution AND PPL ITS FLIP!!! AND SHARP MAKE DA BEST FLIP FONES AROUND 4get da s700i da screen cn easirly get scrated were as dis cnt coz its flip n get dis its dual coluor screen ppl BUY DIS FONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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Reviewed by Lucy from England on 24th Mar 2005
Wen i 1st got dis fone i loved it!! the screen was soooo clear nd sharp (the name suits da fone lol!!) the camera is brill witn gr8 functions e.g. frames, flash, etc. nd u can edit da pix which is soooo kewl by usin stamps, effects nd frames. I got it 4 xmas 2004 nd i used 2 av samsung e700 nd i thought dat woz gr8 until i got da gx30i. If u aint got it go get it-- worth EVERY PENNY!! Vodafone live! is gr8 2 coz it has gr8 features. BY DIS FONE!!
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Reviewed by dn.williams from UK on 23rd Mar 2005
Having always owned Nokia phones I hankered after a GX30i for a change, especially given the rave reviews. Lovely looking phone, however, I used it for 4 months and eventually gave it to my son as I just couldn't come to terms with the less than user friendly menu and poor signal. I'm now back with Nokia and the familiarity is a joy.
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Reviewed by Andrew.S. from England on 20th Mar 2005
This is such a brilliant phone. Excellent graphics on the camera as well as the screen. I love the MPEG4 player, it really cuts. I'd say keep up tha good work Sharp.
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Reviewed by matthew bannister from england on 18th Mar 2005
the sharp gx30i is just like the sharp gx30 but even better.This is a great phone and i will be definitley buying this.
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Reviewed by Dim from UK on 16th Mar 2005
What a briliant phone!!!
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Reviewed by Dim from UK on 16th Mar 2005
cheap and nice phone!!! 5 stars because price-quality
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Reviewed by Martyn from UK on 16th Mar 2005
I have had a software reset twice, a new fone, a new sim, and a new battery all in the space of 4 months. It has a mind of its own and has had the boffs at vodafone scratching there heads. it constantly diverts itself to answer fone without consulting me....how dare it ....if anyone would like to know how far you can throw it from a great hight then give me a shout cos mines going for red barron status if it doesnt buck its ideas up. go buy one now and we can play frisby with em on the beach. Pants......
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Reviewed by from UK on 15th Mar 2005
This phone is annoying. CALLING: No loudspeaker function - Call Durations and registers hard to access. TEXTING: CANNOT ADD WORDS TO THE DICTIONARY (retarded) - Cannot change between predictive text and normal text quickly while texting (nokia is one button) - Texts disappear after they have been sent (to send the same text again u have to find it and forward). RECEIVING CALLS: NO OPTION TO SILENCE THE RING TONE EITHER "ANSWER" OR "BUSY". CAMERA: Quite good quality, has trouble with movement. SPEED BUTTONS: No button to directly start typing a text message or to access the calender (both extremely handy and featured in Nokia phones). DATA TRANSFER: I bought a data cable - DONT! The GX30i was not recognised by my computer when i connected it to the USB cable and performed the installation of the drivers. The installation never worked because the computer could not find the drivers for the phone. In device manager it came up with GX series but that was it. What you need to do to make use of the mp3 player on the phone is buy a 512Mb or 1Gb SD Card from Ebay(i got a 1gb for 41). Next you need a SD card reader/writer (also ebay for about 5). This allows you to change data on your sd card without using the phones data transfer functions and it is a lot quicker. The bluetooth can only transfer data to and from the phones internal memory (THIS SUCKS) plus i could'nt get the phone to connect to my pc properly doing this :S I'm stuck with this phone now. You don't need to be. Nokias are better
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Reviewed by Chad from UK on 14th Mar 2005
This phone is the best phone you can buy! no questions asked, the picture quality is amazing the videos excellent, its got a flash, its the best. dont listen 2 anyone who says it isnt, i can transfere pictures videos and mp3s fine 4 the group of idiots who cant! and its a sharp not a common phone!
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Reviewed by Basharat Hussain from UK on 13th Mar 2005
GR9 GR8 PHONE!!! THE CAM IS JUS SO GOOD!!! I`VE SEEN A SAMSNG D500 CAMERA AND THIS PHONE CAM IS EXACT THE SAME, ALMOST BETTER THAN A D500, BUT THIS PHONE HAS BARE WEAKNESSES!!!! IS THERE ANYWAY WE CUD GET IN TOUCH WITH SHARP ANY1 LET ME KNOW ON bhussain27@msn.com PLZ PLZ AND WHY DOES IT ONLY HAV A 100KB DATA TRANSFER!!! WHY HAVE THEY PUT AN MP PLAYER INIT IF IT ONLY HAS A 100KB DAT TRANSFER!!!! AND THE TXTIN ISNT EASY AS SAMSIUNG PHONES ITS MISSES SOME WORDS!!! BUT THE CAM QUALITY AND MOVEMENT IN DAY LIGHT WITH COLEGE STYLE LIGHTS IS JUS THE BEST BUT AT BIGHT WITH NORNMAL LIGHTING SLOWS THE CAM DWN BUT THE QUALITY IS STILL GOOD!!!! I LUV THE DISCO LIGHT BUT HATE THE FACT THAT IT ONLY HAS 8MB MEMORY CARD!!! BUT WHERE CAN I GET A 512MB SD CARD 4RM!!!!! AND HOW MUCH WILL IT COST!!! BY THE WAY DID U KNOW?? IF U HAV A SD CAR READER THEN U CAN PUT THE CARD IN THERE AND PUT ONTO COMPUTER AND THEN!!! GET MP3`S ONTO UR PHONE BUT WHERE DO U GET AN SD CARD READER 4RM!!! LET ME KNOW PPL!!! IF ANY1 KNOWS!!! EMAIL ME!!! OTHER WEAKNESSES R THAT WEN U SHUT THE FLIP IT DNT GO OFF THE MENU AND BK INTO STAND BY WHICH IS ANOOYYIN!!! IT ALSO IS PRETTY BIG!! IT CUD OF BEEN ATLEAST HALF AN INCH SMALLER THEN WUD LOOK GOOD!!!! AND U CANT GO ONT THE FRONT SCREEN CAM WHEN FLIP DOWN!!! WHICH IS WEIRD AS SAMSUNGS CAN!!!! BUT AFTER ALL THEM WEAKNESSES THE PHONE STILL EXCELLENT!!!!
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Reviewed by Jake from Wales on 9th Mar 2005
A good phone. The java o/s is easy to use and gives the nokia standard a run for their money. Excellent camera, excellent screen reolution, good mp3 player (a bit basic). Downsides: Sound format probs with ringtones Video recording limited to 400kb! Not enough memory built into the phone No handsfree speaker Poor communication software for IrDA and serial - could do with a bit more capability Delay in camera taking pics (half a second or thereabouts) Very poor battery life (a problem with the GX series) VODAFONE have their sticky litte mitts in the design of this phone - which means that they have limited the capabilities of it to co-incide with their own marketing strategies. It would be a god-send if sharp were t release a firmware update which enable a lot of the functionality or improved the o/s to OUR liking rather than vodafone's!!! hehehe. Overall a good phone though :)
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Reviewed by Phil from N.Ireland on 9th Mar 2005
This phone is superb. Great camera quality and tons of great features. The only slight problem I have and does anyone else notice this? A low humming sound when you listen into the earpiece, even when you atre not making a call? Ive heard it on other gx30i models. What is it? Apart from this slight annoyance a super phone.
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Reviewed by AndyM from United Kingdom on 6th Mar 2005
I got the Sharp GX30i From Vodaphone on a monthly contract but was not very happy with it.. the video was small and ran very slow, MP3's could not be played with variable bit rates,no radio,could not connect to my pc via Bluetooth. I think the only thing that the phone had going for it is the 1 meg pix camera and the excellent colour screen oh yes and the ease of Sharps now tried and tested menu functions. Overhaul I was pretty miffed off. I used it for a few days then returned it back to Voda and got the fantastic Sony Erricson s700i which quite literaly knocks the spots of the Sharp Gx10i... well sharp you could have made this phone a lot better than it is... c'mon you boffins at Sharp "Get your acts together"
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Reviewed by Robbo from England on 6th Mar 2005
Wot...a...fone. It is class!! Video, bluetooth, mp3, outside screen, 1MP camera, its a classic. u gotta buy it! got it 4 me birthday n ill neva 4get it. fone teks near-perfect pics ps. u cn get dis fone PAYG for 219.99 from Carphone Warehouse!
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Reviewed by Glyn from UK on 5th Mar 2005
This phone is brilliant. I bought it for the wife and cant keep my hands off it. Thought my sony t630 was good. Mp3 player is great(holds loads of songs to the 512 mb card)Easy to load pictures and music using a memory card writer/reader (less than #10 at digimen.co.uk). I think you can only store 400KB of video to the memory card for some reason. If you can store more, can you tell me on megbeth.smith6@tesco.net cheers
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Reviewed by hayleigh from bury on 4th Mar 2005
i do not think that this phone is any thing special, the mp3 cord does not come with the phone and then costing over 45pound. the camera does sound really good but the motorola v525 has a better camera than this. DON'T GET IT the SONY ERICSSON S700i is the best phone out there TRUST!
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Reviewed by Dave Wood from Kings Lynn, England on 1st Mar 2005
Only been using it 2 days and its made me angry already!. 3 basic functions i wanted from a good fone is, 1,To be able to TEXT an entry from my fone book to a friend (buisness card in the nokia world), 2, Being able to make calls using a loud speaker (hands free) and 3, spending money on a real tone to use as a ring tone and to find out its been downloaded to MP3 which cant be used for a ring tone!. My Wife has a Motorola V550 and it does the lot, very easily. So me thinks Ebay is going to have a visit from me. 3/10 see me, could do better.(PS, if anyone out there has solutions to my problems please let me know at woody_gp800@hotmail.com. Thanks.
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Reviewed by Julie from England on 28th Feb 2005
I've had my phone for approximately 11 months now and overall am very pleased with it and agree with the majority of the positive reviews given previously. However, I do have a couple of gripes, the first being the organiser (or lack of), for some reason Sharp have loaded a basic calendar and have failed to link this to the alarm function, therefore, you are unable to set yourself reminders for birthdays and events etc. Secondly, the MP3 player is great, once you've discovered how to use it and spent more money on extra devices such as data cables etc, also no stereo headphones supplied and regluar earphones etc do not fit. Sharp have conveniently made the plug smaller - you can purchase an adapter but this only renders your stereo earphones to mono. I've tried endlessly to purchase the Sharp stereo earphones for this phone but they are not stocked in any stores and Vodafone have been unable to supply them. Also, the MP3 player runs your battery life down very quickly. Another gripe of mine is that you are unable to set the phone to play all MP3 files in sucession once only, so you are unable to use this as a sleeping aid as the player will just continue until it runs out of battery. This is still a great phone to buy but don't be fooled into thinking that because it has lots of features that they all come ready to use. Once you've paid for the phone you still have to fork out for all the rest of the devices to be able to use it properly. (Answer to previous reviewer who had problems with the prescriptive text - you don't need to keep changing the input method everytime it brings up the wrong word - just use the up scroll key to move through similar words)
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Reviewed by blazin from uk on 27th Feb 2005
dis fone is al bling mate....init,,,,,
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Reviewed by Cheryl from UK on 26th Feb 2005
I bought this phone a few weeks ago and it's great the camera is amazing, so clear and with the flash you can take pics when its dark and there still really clear. One bad thing is I got the phone unlocked so I could use 02 but i can't get GPRS or MMS to work so I can't download anything or send/recieve picture messages :( Does anyone know what i can do to get it working? Please email me on cherylparkinson@supanet.com Also on the front screen theres an icon on it, i looked in the user guide book 2 see what it meant and it says 'message alert [Text message/Multimedia/WAP' But i check in my inbox and theres no message there. And on the main screen theres another icon which means 'WAP alert' But theres no messages. Can any1 help me please??? Thanks Luv Cheryl
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Reviewed by Ken from UK on 26th Feb 2005
This is a great phone, The best i have bought in a long time. But i have a problem getting to install screensavers the phone came with none. I have purchased some screensavers but cant get them to save properly. They just save in my stuff. Is there help out there... kenis335@msn.com
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Reviewed by Allah from Saudi Arabia on 23rd Feb 2005
This phone accepts a 1 Gb SD memory card and is very impressive. The camera is great and the screen is fabulous. If you take pictures with this phone and print them noone would know it was taken by a mobile phone. Such is the quality of the 1 megapixel camera. The picture quality is the best I've seen on a mobile phone, better than the Nokia 7610 (the 7610 has better features though like MP3 ringtones, better video capture, speakerphone and longer video playback). Overall a very good phone! It's a pity bluetooth cannot access the memory card and is limited to 100 kb data transfer.
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Reviewed by Randles from UK on 22nd Feb 2005
WOW what can I say? What a FANTASTIC phone, everything iabout it is awesome. I got mine from my staff sales account at work so I got it pretty cheap. I think the 1.0 megapixel camra is the best feature by far. I took some randon pics both inside my house, outside, at work and at night, the quality is AWESOME What more can I say? WELL DONE SHARP - KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
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Reviewed by Mark from England on 18th Feb 2005
I can honestly say this is the best phone I have ever owned, Nokia have alot to live up to if they want to win me back as a customer! The mp3 player is AMAZING; although I had to endure a bit of messing around with an SD card reader, it was well worth it as the sound quality is incredible with or without the earphones, such a shame mp3s cannot be used as ringtones. The camera is first class; I previously owned a Nokia 6600, which with it's 65,000 colour screen I thought was good, the GX30i presents an unbelieveable 262,000 colour image, need I say more. The reason I am singing the praises of the GX30i is because not only does it have a host of very useful functions, it performs those functions outstandingly well. I went to a Christening a few weeks ago and rather than taking my digital camera I only took my GX30i because I knew the 1 megapixel camera would be versitile enough to guarentee me DECENT pictures. Likewise with the mp3 player, I bought a 512mb memory card whic h can store roughly 150 tracks at decent sound quality, so I no longer need my mp3 player because I know the GX30i performs equally well. Despite the price I would strongly recommend this phone, I stress again this is because the phone performs outstandingly in all aspects of it's functionality. A cracking mobile, well done Sharp.
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Reviewed by Yahweh from Israel on 15th Feb 2005
This is a great phone with a great camera which takes great pictures. The problem is the bluetooth cannot access the memory card and the handset memory can only accept files that are 100 kb. So you cannot download MP3 files onto the handset memory. You can download MP3 files through a SD memory card reader/writer with a USB cable. What is the point of having a 100 kb limitation to the handset memory if you can upgrade your memory card to 512 Mb? It also cannot play MP3 ringtones. Overall a great phone with severe restrictions. Anyone knows if the phone accept a 1 Gb SD memory card?
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Reviewed by greg harvey from england on 15th Feb 2005
i am realy realy happy with the gx30i but i am finding it so hard to put mp3 on to my mobile, i dont no if you have to get a leed or something i have a bllotooth stick but it always says data rejected please help because i realy like this phone but i dont understand why it rejects most things.
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Reviewed by Allah from UK on 15th Feb 2005
This is a great phone with a great camera which takes great quality pictures. The problem is it has severe limitations. Bluetooth cannot access the memory card and only access the handset memory. The handset memory can only accept a maximum of 100kb download. So if you want to download MP3 files you need a SD memory card reader/writer with a USB cable. What is the point of having phone which can accept a 512 Mb memory card but only accepts 100 kb downloads to the phone memory? It also cannot play MP3 ringtones. Does anybody know if the phone can take a 1 Gb memory card?
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Reviewed by CRAIG from ENGLAND on 12th Feb 2005
I REALLY DO LIKE THE PHONE COMPARED TO MY OLD ONE (SONY ERICSSON T610). HOWEVER THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE IS TRANSFERING SONGS FROM A COMPUTER/LAPTOP TO THE PHONE'S MP3 PLAYER, ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN HELP PLEASE EMAIL ME AT BALDY1UK@YAHOO.COM THANK YOU.
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Reviewed by Chloe Taylor from England on 8th Feb 2005
I knew this phone was a winner from the moment I first looked at the fantastic quality screen! The camera is crystal-clear and the flash, powerful nightlight (which also doubles as a handy torch) and large screen make them even better. Having the ability to send emails and email the pictures to my hotmail account is great too, as is the bluetooth feature. A brilliant buy, don't waste your money on anything cheaper! Oh, and the photo-caller ID is good fun too! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about this phone, faerie_girl_chloe@hotmail.com
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Reviewed by Namz from Australia on 8th Feb 2005
Love this phone. Easy to use for texts (most important thing for me!) as keys are not stiff like some phones. Nice big screen. It does need regular charging, though. Just a few questions... - Texts - if the predictive text doesnt recognise a word, what is the quick way of entering new word (currently am going thru Options, Input Method, then changing method, typing the word in, only to do that all over again afterwards to switch T9 back on. There has got to be an easier way). - Someone mentioned in an earlier review about setting up Light Colour to each group (ie, set work people as the red light, friends as disco blah blah) - does anyone know how this is done? - I am with Vodaphone. What is the cheapest way to download ringtones/pictures. The store gave me a free $30 sim to use to download stuff, and said it wld only cost me the $3.30 per picture/ringtone, and wouldnt charge me until I confirmed I agreed to that charge for the picture/ringtone... I downloaded 5 things, at $3.30 each costs = $16.50 - yet at the end I only had $2.68 left on my $30 sim!?!?! Love the phone overall, though. Its my first flip phone, and I think its great.
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Reviewed by Alex from UK on 7th Feb 2005
A very good clamshell phone with many features including an excellent camera. Unfortunately there are some downsides for those who like their media: 1) The largest video file you can play is 400kb (yes KB not MB even if you have a massive SD card) - in either .3gp or .mp4 format, and there is no full screen option. 2) You cannot set an MP3 (or a voice memo) as a ringtone without using a PC to cut it to 10secs and convert it to a low quality, low volume .mmf file. 3) The only way to put games or other applications on this phone is by downloading them, which costs. (You could upload your files with a PC to a third party site then download them with WAP to your phone I suppose!) Vodafone have for some reason imposed these limitations, perhaps for copyright reasons, and are yet to release any updates to allow the phone to reach its potential. Other than this the phone is fairly good but a little bulky. The MP3 player does shine (up to 192kbps and not variable bit rate) especially if you buy some stereo earphones (not supplied - but available online). And I love the funky disco light mode.
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Reviewed by Dana from England on 6th Feb 2005
I think that the GX30I is a fantastic phone i woild reconment it to all my friends, the camera is fantastic and the games are good, all you people that say the phone is not good you are IDIOTS!!!! Thank you, Danaxxxx :)
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Reviewed by PJ from Holland on 2nd Feb 2005
The specs say that it can handle up to 512MB sd card, currently got a gig (1gb) card running with no worries. otherwise not bad, shame i can't use mp3 as ringtones Cheers PJ
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Reviewed by Lewis from England on 30th Jan 2005
** Uploading MP3's etc ** - To do this you need to buy a memory card reader/writer. Get yourself a decent SD/MMC card as it takes either and then simply drag & drop your MP3's onto the card and play thru the speaker or hands-free. I got a 256MB SD card and reader/writer for 27.97 on pricestorm. Mail me if you want further help - lewisbrown777@yahoo.com Overall the phone is very good, shame the alarm only works if phone is on and no speaker phone (as far as I know)
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Reviewed by gary from uk on 30th Jan 2005
im really impressed with the phone but i have a couple of points i need help with. Firstly where can i get mp3s that i can put on my phone as most are to big. Second ive found that some video clips in 3gp format struggle to play if anyone can help please e.mail me garyjones_300@hotmail.com
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Reviewed by jack from england on 30th Jan 2005
the touch is amazing and despite the camera being a bit bad it is still really good
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Reviewed by juju from japan on 30th Jan 2005
it is sooooooooooooo goood it rocks and as people have said alll those gadgets
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Reviewed by Matt from UK on 29th Jan 2005
Excellent bit of kit. Does exactly what it says on the tin. For all the people who cant seem to figure out how the load MP3s onto it, its really easy, but you need a SD card reader or USB cable (card readers are about 8.00-10.00 GBP from Ebay) If you have a card reader to get MP3s on it, you must first insert your new memory card into the phone and format it using the phone, not your PC - YOU MUST DO THIS OR THE PHONE WONT DETECT A NEW CARD. Then, put the memory card into the card reader, and just drag and drop your MP3 files onto it. BUT they must be named in this format : "Artist - Song Name" (without speechmarks) or again, they wont be picked up by the phone. Just re-name them on the PC. Once you've done that, open up the MP3 players - and thats it. It will play them with our without headphones, but it does kick the battery life into touch! Brilliant phone. Won't go back to Nokia I shouldnt think.
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Reviewed by Bob Bennet from UK on 28th Jan 2005
Ordered this phone from the internet and it was delivered to my door the next day. 2 colour screens is a great touch and resolution on inside screen is particularly good - partic when taking pix with the 1.3 megapixel camera. Nice to get photos that finally don't look like they were taken with a phone! Removable SD memory card is v useful for extra memory space. Only flaw is that it's quite chunky - but then what do you expect for a phone packed with this many features!
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Reviewed by Tristan from England on 28th Jan 2005
This is simply the best phone out. The MP3 player is awsome and the video and camera quality is just exceptional. GO BUY IT NOW!!!
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Reviewed by Bob Bennet from UK on 28th Jan 2005
A top phone. I ordered this online and it was delivered to my door the next day. 2 colour screens is a great touch and resolution on inside screen is particularly good - partic when taking pix with the 1.3 megapixel camera. Nice to get photos that finally don't look like they were taken with a phone! Removable SD memory card is v useful for extra memory space. Only flaw is that it's quite chunky - but then what do you expect for a phone packed with this many features!
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Reviewed by ollie from northamptonshire on 27th Jan 2005
i absolutely love this fone it has so many gadgets that keep me entertain me for hours although still trying to find out how to download mp3s
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Reviewed by Karl from UK Leeds on 26th Jan 2005
A really good phone if your a phone lover. Good for taking photos n having fun. The features are very good, got the phone yesterday and im well impressed. Easy to use, vibrant and can be shown off with all its features. 2 down sides, camera takes 0.5 second after the button is pressed to take a pic, but is worth it wen u c it. Also exterior screen isnt colourful, but shows the pics wen sum1s phoning:) anuva gud feature.Previously i had the V525 it was good but now i have this phone its a lot better and more exiting! ul neva b bored!have fun! :-) karlos email me at KLD_COOL@hotmail.com if u now how to take the delay of the picture taking.
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Reviewed by lulu from uk on 23rd Jan 2005
outstanding outstanding! it really gave me jock i loved it so much it wos kool. my friend recel also liked this phone altho we had serious beef with vodaphone but that is now behind us!
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Reviewed by Rach from UK on 20th Jan 2005
Excellent, excellent, excellent. Thats all i can say on this phone. Go out and buy one today, you dont know what your missing. I have been a Nokia fan for years and have just upgraded to this phone. Flashing disco lights, real tones, animated wallpapers, excellent battery life, excellent video capture and camera, assigned pics and tones to each of your contacts, easy to use and comes with a memory card which is an excellent idea. BUY THIS PHONE - you wont regret it...
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Reviewed by Steve Chapman from England on 20th Jan 2005
Generally a good phone.Its bulkier than my old Nokia 6100,which is only to be expected,but the screen is leagues ahead. The navigation system is not as intuitive as the Nokia though. Some criticisms.Not much choice of ringtones unless you download them, the screen icons for signal strength etc are stupidly small given the available screen size,the keypad does not illuminate very well and the charging socket is a bit fiddly.Also I cannot find a way of switching on the speaker so that it can be used hands free like the Nokia. Overall I could not go back to the Nokia though. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by bobby da bum from austrailia on 20th Jan 2005
soooooooooooooooo good i totally recomend it
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Reviewed by Peter from Australia on 19th Jan 2005
I like this phone with its fantastic camera and picture quality. I also like the full bluetooth capability which is an improvement from the GX30. I have two problems though, one is how do I transfer data from the computer to the memory card. So far I can only transfer data from the computer to the handset memory and from the handset memory to the computer but not from the memory card to the computer or computer to the memory card. How do you get music for your MP3 player when the maximum data to be transferred is 100kb when most songs on the internet are at least 3 Mb. Please email me if you can help me at sabathiel_01@yahoo.co.uk
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Reviewed by matthew from uk. on 19th Jan 2005
i have had the sharp gx30i 4 a month now and i can say its the best fone i have had. the pucture pauses abit bit it is so clear and good. disco light/lights are really gd. video i say could be abit clearer as fones 4 cheaper have better video quality but this 1 can record 1 min videos and can save 301 on my memory card. overall a good fone. but 1 thing. can this fone download music videos or short clips or anything? as i herd it has but on vodafone live i cant seem 2 find anything. any1 help me out. mattz706@hotmail.com thx if u can.
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Reviewed by Peter from UK on 18th Jan 2005
This is a great quality phone with a great camera and great pictures. The video is also fantastic. The only problem is why does the phone only accept MP3 files to the handset and not memory card and the Mp3 files can only be up to 100Kb and not more. How do I play MP3 files when most songs are at least 3 Mb on the internet. Can anybody help me with these 2 problems. Please email me at sabathiel_01@yahoo.co.uk
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Reviewed by haitham from england on 16th Jan 2005
i got this phone yesterday as a birthday present.This phone is truly the best phone that is out. it has a brilliant camera(with flash which most phones dont have)and it has a video camera which last around a minute.its torch/flash is very powerful dont look into it it might blind you. you can change the colour of the light including disco which is all the colours flashing one at a time.you can set a ringtone with a light so it flashes to the beat and it could vibrate to the beat.i woul give this phone a 9.9 because i dont know how to get songs on to its mp3 player(which i forgot to mention).the looks of the phone are 10. i love the speaker next to the camera because when your in a room it sounds like the sound is coming from another place.the keypad is also nice.you can take pictures from the volume key which doesnt make the camera shake as much. p.s you can turn the torch on by holding the volume key for 2 seconds and then letting go.you can change colour by pressing the volume keys(not hold) and then you can turn it off by holding the volume key. i would reccommend this phone to every one thats looking for a brilliant phone
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Reviewed by Tony Weir from UK on 16th Jan 2005
This phone has a lot of high points i do not regret this purchase! for all those who said it snapped when they dropped it, you need to take BETTER care of your phones, I have dropped my one a couple of times, and nothing has happened so far. I key points i enjoy is having a SD memory card as well as a high resolution camera built into it, the photos turn out excellent when printed pro. I Highly recommend buying this phone
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