The new Aquos Mobile SH-06G signals the complete switch to highly customised Android and the abandonment of the Symbian-based OS for Sharp's flip-keitais, the feature-righ phones that drew so many, myself included, to Japanese phones.
Unfortunately, this switch, commencing with AU's SHF31 last winter, continues the trend of rolling out rather low-spec phones, unlike the amazing 12- or even 16-megapixel cameras found on earlier models.
The Aquos Mobile SH-06G is actually created to work in conjunction with the Aquos Pad SH-05G tablet. It has the flip-phone standard display size of 3.4 inches, with just about the maximum usable resolution for it: QHD, or 960 x 540 pixels. The PureLED backlighting technology has been utilised that should result in a more natural colour rendering. The dispay is revealed by pressing a button, located at the flip axis of the phone. Like in the SHF31, the touch-screen functionality has been discarded, hoping that the Touch Cruiser EX multidirectional navigation button would suffice.
The camera is a mere 5-megapixel shooter, although it comes with the Framing Advisor found in recent smartphones.
The use of Android 4.4, although seriously customised, means that various internet apps typically found for Android will now be accessible on the SH-06G, too, e.g. LINE messaging, Facebook and Twitter, Sharp's own app store, etc.
The Aquos Mobile SH-06G is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8210 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, has 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of onboard storage space, which can be expanded to up to 32 GB using microSDHC cards.
In closed position, various information can be gleaned from the 0.9-inch organic EL display having a resolution of 128 x 36 pixels.
The SH-06G measures 112mm × 51mm × 16.5mm, and weighs 123 grams. The battery capacity is 1410 mAh. It is offered in black, beige, and aquamarine. One particularly appealing design feature is the golden aluminium frame around the display.
The SH-06G is, naturally, water-proof. It also has Bluetooth and Infrared connectivity, and OneSeg TV.
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