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[November 18, 2012]

Smart and handy [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]

(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) IF you are in the market for a dual-SIM smartphone with a large screen, the Sharp SH530U is worth considering, writes Tatee Hassan.

Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp is making a foray into the smartphone market with the SH530U, which handles dual sim cards.

My review unit is white but it also comes in limited-edition Cherry Red. It has a 5-inch WVGA 480 x 800 TFT touchscreen and weighs 168.8g. Its dimension are 146.5 x 81 x 9.9 mm. It feels solid and the matt texture makes it nice to hold. Due to the lower resolution, the display may not be as sharp as some higher-end phones but it is good enough.

On the right side are the volume controls buttons while at the top is the On/Off button, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the micro USB port.

Thers's no micro-SD card, which means you are limited to the 20GB memory. The five-megapixel camera lens (auto focus) is located at the back of the phone and so is the speaker. Alas, there is no flash. But there is a VGA front camera, which will come in handy when accessing Skype.

You can't open the back cover so you have no easy access to the battery (unlike Samsung Note).

The phone is powered by the Cortex Dual Core A9 1Ghz processor. Performance is decent with 512MB of RAM. It runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and has a user interface called Feel UX.

It's different from many Android phones in that it has no multiple home screens and there is no standard touch buttons below the screen (that is, Home, Back and Menu).

Instead, you are presented with three tabs - Apps, Widgets and Shortcuts. You'll need to scroll up and down to access the different icons. It needs getting used to but works just fine. At the bottom of the screen, there are the phone, SMS, email and task list icons. When you're using an app, the icons change to Back, Home, Settings and Task list.

Apart from the larger screen, the phone can handle two sim cards. The slots are located at the bottom left of the phone. The TouchPal keyboard is a plus point.

The phone comes pre-installed with the typical Google suite of applications including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Navigation, Chrome, Google+ and Google Talk.

In addition to Google suite, you also have Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Of course, you can also download third party applications from Play Store.

It took about one hour to fully charge the phone from 77 per cent. According to Sharp, the talk time for the phone is up to nine hours. Standby time is a staggering 560 hours.

Overall, the SH530U smartphone is definitely an option if you're looking for a five-incher that offers the dual sim card option. For work or play, this is a good buy.

SHARP SH530U Manufacturer: SHARP Enquiries:, Tel: 1300 88 2744 Price: RM1,288 Verdict: 3 1/2 Physical design: 4 User-friendliness: 4 Price: 4 Features: 3 Performance: 3 1/2 (c) 2012 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.

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