Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L phone review

Are there many motorists among you who prefer right-hand drive cars to traditional left-hand drive cars? The question is rather rhetorical. Most will probably say that it is impractical to use such a car in our conditions for at least three /listing/bmw/page5?listing_id=iqgesSZ2TYxU_sr0"> reasons: difficulties in selling on the secondary market, problems with spare parts and the inconvenience of overtaking on the highway. Someone will say that all these arguments are far-fetched and he personally never had such problems with his Mark X. Try to argue with someone from Vladivostok about the advisability of acquiring a new Prado in the salon, and they will immediately answer you that you can take two similar "Japanese" for the same money. The dispute around this topic, as well as the holivar between iOS and Android fans, can last indefinitely. All for the amusement of onlookers. Today it's my turn to tell you about one such "right-handed" gadget, but from the world of phones.

NTT Docomo Autumn-Winter 2018

It was October 2018 in Japan. The country's largest cellular operator NTT Docomo presented its regular autumn-winter collection of phones from local and foreign manufacturers. In general, it is a big rarity when a mobile operator, uniting different companies under one roof, presents seasonal collections of new products every six months. In my opinion, only the Japanese did and continue to do this. Usually, operators permanently add one or two devices to the range, depending on their global release.

NTT Docomo 2009 Summer News

In that autumn lineup, 11 different devices were presented, from a Wi-Fi router to smartphones. There were no tablets. It's still a rudiment. Sharp was the only one who offered NTT Docomo subscribers a phone in the once classic clamshell form factor for Japan. I remember that about ten years ago, the range of new products of this operator was much wider, and often the number of new devices reached 20. It is understandable, then NEC, Panasonic, Toshiba, Casio were still alive. Even LG did not shy away from offering exclusive items exclusively for the Japanese market. In those days, clamshell phones in Japan still dominated smartphones, which were already starting to conquer the rest of the world with a light tread. The way the Japanese did it deserves a separate review.

It is logical that every year Japanese operators (manufacturers) offer fewer and fewer such devices. The Japanese are following the generally accepted course for classic smartphones. Clamshell Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L was presented in three colors: black, gold and pink. According to local marketers, such mobiles are mainly used by pensioners or people with some kind of physical ailments. Of course, there are also corporate clients, but their number is less significant, and therefore the range of phones for this category is even poorer.

Fujitsu F-03L vs. Sharp SHF34 vs. Kyocera TORQUE X01

Most Japanese folding beds of recent years are similar to each other both externally and technically. There are only some differences in design between manufacturers, i.e. Sharp is Sharp, Kyocera is clearly recognizable as Kyocera, and Fujitsu over the past five years has offered only the only novelty ARROWS Phone F-03L, by the outlines of which fans of the brand will immediately recognize the once famous "carbon" Docomo F-04D.< /p>

Specifications

No, modern Japanese folding beds are not about advanced technologies at all. Everything here is built on the principle of sizzling minimalism, and moreover, taking into account Japanese mobile trends of the end of the last century, and such equipment is characterized by a small external and 3.4-inch main display, hardware buttons, a recognizable interface and a compact waterproof case. In the late 00s, the Japanese began to actively join smartphones, while the share of conventional clamshells began to gradually decline. Instead of standard push-button dialers, manufacturers began to offer hybrids based on the Android OS. The only difference between clamshells of the new generation and classic smartphones is the maximum castration of their operating system. In other words, the owner of such a phone cannot, for example, connect his Google account or use other Android services familiar to all users. Installing WhatsApp, Instagram or any other software in general turns into another quest.

It must be understood that the functionality of Japanese flip phones meets the strict requirements of the target audience for which they are designed, and in this case, people of a certain age, mindset and traditions. While all progressive humanity, including most of the inhabitants of Japan, has switched to convenient and multifunctional smartphones, some still continue to use the once familiar push-button phones. In part, this state of affairs at that time was also due to the conscious reverence of the Japanese for their own age-old traditions. Like, an old friend is better than two new ones. Getting a Japanese pensioner to start using a touchscreen smartphone is not an easy task. The main educational work in this direction, of course, falls on the shoulders of local mobile operators, who, in fact, with the help of manufacturers, promote modern mobile technologies to the masses.

The main users of the Sharp Aquos K-tai SH-02L are pensioners, people with disabilities and those who, due to duty or necessity, have to be content with a minimum. As in all modern Japanese push-button telephones, there is only that which fully corresponds to the original definition of the word "telephone". Roughly speaking, out of the box Sharp SH-02L has the following functionality:

  • calls
  • sms
  • email with cellular operator domain
  • own internet browser
  • camera
  • audio player
  • line messenger
  • Digital 1-Seg TV (Japan only)
  • Osaifu Keitai local contactless payment system
  • Standard programs like pedometer, calculator, calendar, etc.

You can expand the capabilities of the trimmed operating system using the ADB toolkit and certain manipulations. Fortunately, detailed instructions are available on the network. After you install all the necessary software on your phone, it will take some time to get used to using it in unusual "push-button" conditions. The fact is that the screens of all modern Japanese "hybrids" are devoid of a sensor, which makes using the phone less comfortable. You can only move the cursor around the screen using the joystick buttons.

It is logical that such poking for a week or two can spoil a lot of nerves for a normal person. It seems that the manufacturers deliberately made such phones as inconvenient as possible in order to filter out the potential target audience and prove that, they say, look, the phone was created solely to make calls, and not sit on the potty for hours, playing toys or hanging out on Youtube .

The characteristics of such phones have hardly been upgraded over the past few years. Silent stability. This is understandable, you can’t play games on such phones normally, it’s stupid to use them as a GPS navigator, if you try to sit on the Internet for about forty minutes, you’ll break your eyes. It remains only to use it for its intended purpose. And as it turns out, lovers of such an exclusive exist not only in Japan, but also abroad. The reasons why people are willing to become mobile downshifters can be completely different.Someone simply does not need to use all the functions of modern smartphones, someone does not want to replace live communication with endless and meaningless poking at the screen, someone, perhaps, is thus protected from social temptations and every minute addiction, someone even decided to take "button" to remember the old days, especially considering that Japanese phones have a boring appearance, well, at least compared to Chinese state employees who have chosen the shelves of local stores. Considering that all Japanese operator phones have a slot for only one SIM card, some people buy them exclusively as a handset for talking and nothing more. A removable 1680 mAh battery will allow you to communicate without interruption for a little more than 10 hours, and its modest dimensions and weight will not even burden a shirt pocket. Like all Japanese operator phones, SH-02L is locked to its network. Upon official request, it can be made SIM-free, after which it will allow you to insert your SIM card into itself.

  • Operating system: OS Android 8.1
  • Standards support: GSM, 3G, LTE
  • Processor: 1.1GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB
  • Main display: 3.4", qHD, 960x540 pix, TFT, 16M colors
  • External display: 0.9", 128x36 pix, EL
  • Camera: 8 MP, CMOS, HD video recording, autofocus
  • Memory card support: microSDHC up to 32 GB
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Infrared
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (via microUSB dongle)
  • Water, splash and dust resistant (IPX5/IPX8/IP5X)
  • MIL-STD-810G shock protection (Method 516.7: Shock-Procedure IV)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 1680 mAh (removable)
  • Dimensions: 115x51x17.2 mm
  • Weight: 120 g
  • SIM card: nanoSIM

A definitely useful addition to Japanese clamshells in recent years has been extended case protection according to the US military standard MIL-STD-810G. Officially AQUOS K-tai SH-02L, in addition to painless freezing in water, is able to withstand a fall in 26 directions from a height of 1.22 meters onto a plywood floor. Of course, wherever possible, the manufacturer expressly disclaimed any responsibility for the landing failure in writing. So every time someone is about to throw their phone down the stairs, it's worth remembering the negative consequences.

Packages

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L is an average Japanese dialer with the same outstanding contents of a boring box. In addition to the instructions in Japanese and a removable battery, the owner will get a desktop stand with mains charging as a practical bonus. But the cable itself, as usual, cannot be found here. Greedy (pragmatic) Japanese are sure that you already have it. You will need a cable with a microUSB plug, so you will have to take care of the power supply yourself and in advance. The Japanese never put any headphones either. Buzova will have to listen to the imperishable music through a standard microUSB-Jack 3.5 mm adapter, which will also need to be obtained somewhere.

First impressions. Design

When you see such things for the first time, you always get the feeling that you are in the past, the distant past. Naturally, the first question is something like "Why is it necessary if there are normal smartphones?". In a good way, you should never compare such things. The owners of sensory shovels will never get along with the fans of push-button clamshells, and vice versa. They are from different worlds. And this is good and right. I often hear from clamshell owners that they are often too lazy to explain to someone why they use such "naphthalene" gadgets. These people are self-sufficient and can often afford absolutely any most modern smartphone. A folding bed is not about fashion. A folding bed is for the soul.

120 grams of live weight, outwardly outstanding and at the same time compact body, immersed in the palm of your hand, information content and the absence of any temptations. Nothing extra! In Japanese!

Shiny glossy surface will not allow the phone to slip out of your hand. The case is completely plastic, only a loop connecting the two halves is metal. The fingers of one hand are enough to use the handset in a variety of scenarios without much effort. I would pay special attention to this, because. many people may find their 6-inch smartphone to be just as convenient, if not more convenient in everyday life, than any other phone. Habit is such a thing.

Like all Japanese phones, AQUOS K-tai SH-02L is painted with metallic paint. In normal weather, the phone appears black, but upon closer inspection or under the sun, the case begins to shimmer with a deep blue Sharp, branded Navy. Because the surface is glossy, it easily takes on all the results of careless handling. There is no protective layer here. Someone manages to roll up the corresponding places in the film, but this only adds to the appearance of the phone the minor notes of the collective farm.

External longitudinal light blue EL display perfectly transmits all the necessary information: current time and date, battery level and cellular signal, icons of missed calls or messages. The only button on the whole case, located on the right side, will allow you to choose one of three options for displaying current information. With an incoming call, if the subscriber is saved in the phone book, the contact name will slowly scroll across the screen, including in Russian. If the caller's number is not stored, a numeric version will be displayed.

The external display is hard to read in bright sunlight. You have to create a shadow with your palm. Inconvenient.

At the top end there is a slot for comfortable removal of the back cover of the battery compartment and a technical hole for fixing the phone in the cradle.

On the left side there is a slot for fastening the strap and a contact group for power supply from the desktop stand from the kit.

By the way, I still do not understand the principle by which Sharp decides which phone to put the cradle with and who to deprive of this bonus. The fact is that different models of folding beds are completed differently at different times. Some people come with a stand, while others have to buy it separately. Anyone who has used such an accessory at least once will confirm its practicality, convenience and aesthetics. Decided to charge the phone - just put it on the stand, and charging will start automatically. Naturally, you need to take care of connecting the cradle itself to the network in advance. It, like the phone itself, uses a microUSB connector.

When the phone is placed on the cradle, a logical indicator light will turn on next to the outer screen. The current information on the display, by the way, is visible only for the first 5 seconds. You can revive the screen by pressing the button on the right side. No Always On for you. It will take only two hours to charge the phone to the maximum through the cradle. If the phone is connected directly via cable, it will take about an hour and a half.

At the bottom end, in splendid isolation, there is a connector for connecting a cable. It is protected from water and sand from the inside, so a plug is not needed.

And a couple more words about the side button. In addition to revitalizing the external screen after a long hold, it puts the phone in silent mode. If the phone is open, a short press brings up a list of running applications.

Unfortunately, there's something else about this phone that I still can't figure out. From model to model, Sharp designers equip their clamshells with automatic opening buttons. The thing is more than necessary, especially for those who are used to using devices in this particular form factor. I pressed the button and the phone opened itself. So, in AQUOS K-tai SH-02L there is no this button, but, for example, in the previous AQUOS K-tai SH-01J it was. By what principle it appears and disappears, I personally do not understand.

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-01J

However, opening the SH-02L is easy and convenient. The upper half does not weigh so much to make even a slight effort for such an action. In general, for many lovers of folding beds, the very fact of opening a flip is a whole ritual. Mechanical influences on the device, one of which is just the opening process, is a kind of sacrament for which many people prefer clamshells to classic smartphones. I agree, someone will twist at the temple, arguing that this is a sick fetishism. Now, when working with modern smartphones, reaching the top curtain is considered the most difficult movement, opening the flip of some kind of under-phone can be safely called a wasted action.

Folks, the fact that today someone uses folding beds that do not meet most modern requirements can and should be treated philosophically. Those who are younger did not find the times when there was simply nothing else. In the same way, in 15-20 years, the children of today's fans of iPhones and Androids will not share the euphoria of using flat brick-like smartphones, especially against the background of some future creoplasmophones. Technology advances at lightning speed. So let there be a little bit of the past left in the current world, which would be nice to remember, and even more pleasant to use it. Personally, this is how I regard the desire of some people to look towards old-school technology.

The inside of the phone is no different from what Sharp has shown before. Japanese designers only slightly "comb" the grid of controls or even change only the color of the frame, creating the effect of presence, while completely forgetting about creativity. In the last couple of years, this fact has worried me a lot, especially if you look back at the past of Japanese technical design. He literally got up and left at the moment.

Sharp SH-01J vs. Sharp SH-02L

Holding your phone open is easy and convenient. The center of gravity is located in the joystick area, exactly where the main control of the device takes place. The body does not tend to slip out or roll over to one of the sides. There is only a chance that a sloppy owner will someday sit on an open cot and simply break it in half. This is the scourge of any relatively fragile elongated device, and even more so consisting of two halves fastened with a loop.

The contents of the inside spread of the clamshell can shock almost anyone, first of all, by the miniature size of the display, as well as the number of buttons and inscriptions above them. Complete eclecticism in the understanding of the average owner of any smartphone.

Above the conventional 3.4-inch TFT display with a resolution of 960x540p is a hybrid speaker. Its volume is enough to clearly hear the interlocutor, including the speakerphone. Even considering that the loudspeaker rests against the keyboard in the folded position, it will not be difficult to hear the sound of the incoming signal. Previously, Sharp placed speakers on the back wall, and now this was already a problem. There is no selfie camera in Japanese flip phones.

After the legendary Softbank 007SH Hybrid, Sharp engineers stopped producing touch screen clamshells. Expensive, and there is no need, especially against the background of the functionality reduced to a minimum. By the way, 007SH has actually become the only full-fledged smartphone in the clamshell form factor from Sharp. Many fans of the brand have long hoped for his return in a new modern look. In vain. The project has been scrapped.

Sharp Softbank 007SH Hybrid

The display of AQUOS K-tai SH-02L, as well as other Japanese clamshells, is devoid of a sensor, which, of course, to a certain extent affects the convenience of everyday use. Well, there is no trial, as they say. Let's stick with what we have. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1. Updates come over the air, but there is no hope for the delivery of the next version. Older models are still on OS Android 5 Lollipop.

As for the quality of the display itself, for obvious reasons, making excessive demands on it is simply stupid. Small, thanks that the color screen, devoid of a wheelbarrow, nevertheless, produces a good picture. In the sun, the colors fade, but not significantly. There is no automatic brightness adjustment, so if necessary, you will have to unscrew it manually. According to the developers, it was pointless to protect the main display with glass for several reasons. Firstly, this is a budget device by Japanese standards. Secondly, when closed, the screen is already hidden. Thirdly, why? With such dimensions, there is enough plastic with a head. Whoever needs it can stick it with a film.

Interface

The Japanese, like no other nation, try to explain everything with their respect and affection for centuries-old traditions. That is why the menu of Japanese phones has remained unchanged for dozens of generations. As the manufacturers explain, all this is done for the sake of recognition and maximum comfort for potential users. By the way, this applies not only to clamshells, but also to smartphones too. It seems that the UI specialists were fired along with the designers.

The interface has two localization options: Japanese and English. You can partially Russify the system using morelocal, but the main menu will still remain in English. All applications installed by the user will become Russian. You can also Russify the keyboard by adding the classic "button" layout, linking it to the hardware buttons. Typing is unusual, but at least possible.

Nevertheless, the friendliness of the interface remains at the same level as many years ago. Of course, in order to understand what is happening, a certain knowledge of technical English is required, which, in principle, is now practically not a problem for anyone. Navigation through the menu is carried out using the joystick, and the buttons located on the sides of it control the auxiliary menus that appear in the lower corners of the screen, depending on the situation. Any loser will be able to understand and get used to such control in just an hour.

The hardware keyboard is another reason why people make a conscious choice in favor of push-button phones. Paired with a flip, this tandem excites the very receptors in the brains of fanatics that will never be touched by any smartphone. The matte lining and glossy button pads work great in contrast. At the first meeting, someone can really be frightened by the numerous hieroglyphs scattered all over the keyboard, but over time you simply stop noticing them.

It will not work to apply Cyrillic letters in any way to the buttons or the backing. Seats are close.

The standard digital layout has been enhanced with three programmable buttons. For each of them, two actions can be fixed. One works for a short press, the other for a long press. Each number button can be assigned to any of the phone book numbers. If you figure it out like this, then the new owner of a Japanese clamshell will have to poke around in the menu for no more than an hour. All the main functions of the phone are placed on the keyboard or screen, so you hardly even need to enter the menu.

If necessary, the keyboard can be highlighted in a pleasant bluish color.

There is not much design in modern Japanese, and the matte back wall of the SH-02L clearly demonstrates this. In addition to the single lens of the main camera, only the name of the AQUOS line and the logo of the Osaifu Keitai contactless payment service, which has been operating in Japan since the early 2000s, are present on it. Let me remind you that an NFC chip that works in Russia is also available here.The back wall of Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L resembles the cover of almost any smartphone 3-4 years ago. The only exclusive detail is the infrared port window. Unfortunately, it will not work to control a TV or air conditioner with it. Its main and only purpose is to transfer contacts to similar phones. Everyone except the Japanese abandoned this rudiment back in the late 90s, and only a few smartphone manufacturers decided to leave the infrared port for remote control of home appliances.

NTT Docomo Autumn-Winter 2018

It was October 2018 in Japan. The country's largest cellular operator NTT Docomo presented its regular autumn-winter collection of phones from local and foreign manufacturers. In general, it is a big rarity when a mobile operator, uniting different companies under one roof, presents seasonal collections of new products every six months. In my opinion, only the Japanese did and continue to do this. Usually, operators permanently add one or two devices to the range, depending on their global release.

NTT Docomo 2009 Summer News

In that autumn lineup, 11 different devices were presented, from a Wi-Fi router to smartphones. There were no tablets. It's still a rudiment. Sharp was the only one who offered NTT Docomo subscribers a phone in the once classic clamshell form factor for Japan. I remember that about ten years ago, the range of new products of this operator was much wider, and often the number of new devices reached 20. It is understandable, then NEC, Panasonic, Toshiba, Casio were still alive. Even LG did not shy away from offering exclusive items exclusively for the Japanese market. In those days, clamshell phones in Japan still dominated smartphones, which were already starting to conquer the rest of the world with a light tread. The way the Japanese did it deserves a separate review.

It is logical that every year Japanese operators (manufacturers) offer fewer and fewer such devices. The Japanese are following the generally accepted course for classic smartphones. Clamshell Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L was presented in three colors: black, gold and pink. According to local marketers, such mobiles are mainly used by pensioners or people with some kind of physical ailments. Of course, there are also corporate clients, but their number is less significant, and therefore the range of phones for this category is even poorer.

Fujitsu F-03L vs. Sharp SHF34 vs. Kyocera TORQUE X01

Most Japanese folding beds of recent years are similar to each other both externally and technically. There are only some differences in design between manufacturers, i.e. Sharp is Sharp, Kyocera is clearly recognizable as Kyocera, and Fujitsu over the past five years has offered only the only novelty ARROWS Phone F-03L, by the outlines of which fans of the brand will immediately recognize the once famous "carbon" Docomo F-04D.< /p>

Specifications

No, modern Japanese folding beds are not about advanced technologies at all. Everything here is built on the principle of sizzling minimalism, and moreover, taking into account Japanese mobile trends of the end of the last century, and such equipment is characterized by a small external and 3.4-inch main display, hardware buttons, a recognizable interface and a compact waterproof case. In the late 00s, the Japanese began to actively join smartphones, while the share of conventional clamshells began to gradually decline. Instead of standard push-button dialers, manufacturers began to offer hybrids based on the Android OS. The only difference between clamshells of the new generation and classic smartphones is the maximum castration of their operating system. In other words, the owner of such a phone cannot, for example, connect his Google account or use other Android services familiar to all users. Installing WhatsApp, Instagram or any other software in general turns into another quest.

It must be understood that the functionality of Japanese flip phones meets the strict requirements of the target audience for which they are designed, and in this case, people of a certain age, mindset and traditions. While all progressive humanity, including most of the inhabitants of Japan, has switched to convenient and multifunctional smartphones, some still continue to use the once familiar push-button phones. In part, this state of affairs at that time was also due to the conscious reverence of the Japanese for their own age-old traditions. Like, an old friend is better than two new ones. Getting a Japanese pensioner to start using a touchscreen smartphone is not an easy task. The main educational work in this direction, of course, falls on the shoulders of local mobile operators, who, in fact, with the help of manufacturers, promote modern mobile technologies to the masses.

The main users of the Sharp Aquos K-tai SH-02L are pensioners, people with disabilities and those who, due to duty or necessity, have to be content with a minimum. As in all modern Japanese push-button telephones, there is only that which fully corresponds to the original definition of the word "telephone". Roughly speaking, out of the box Sharp SH-02L has the following functionality:

  • calls
  • sms
  • email with cellular operator domain
  • own internet browser
  • camera
  • audio player
  • line messenger
  • Digital 1-Seg TV (Japan only)
  • Osaifu Keitai local contactless payment system
  • Standard programs like pedometer, calculator, calendar, etc.

You can expand the capabilities of the trimmed operating system using the ADB toolkit and certain manipulations. Fortunately, detailed instructions are available on the network. After you install all the necessary software on your phone, it will take some time to get used to using it in unusual "push-button" conditions. The fact is that the screens of all modern Japanese "hybrids" are devoid of a sensor, which makes using the phone less comfortable. You can only move the cursor around the screen using the joystick buttons.

It is logical that such poking for a week or two can spoil a lot of nerves for a normal person. It seems that the manufacturers deliberately made such phones as inconvenient as possible in order to filter out the potential target audience and prove that, they say, look, the phone was created solely to make calls, and not sit on the potty for hours, playing toys or hanging out on Youtube .

The characteristics of such phones have hardly been upgraded over the past few years. Silent stability. It is understandable, you can’t play games on such phones normally, it’s stupid to use them as a GPS navigator, if you try to sit on the Internet for about forty minutes, you will break your eyes. It remains only to use it for its intended purpose. And as it turns out, lovers of such an exclusive exist not only in Japan, but also abroad. The reasons why people are willing to become mobile downshifters can be completely different.Someone simply does not need to use all the functions of modern smartphones, someone does not want to replace live communication with endless and meaningless poking at the screen, someone, perhaps, is thus protected from social temptations and every minute addiction, someone even decided to take "button" to remember the old days, especially considering that Japanese phones have a boring appearance, well, at least compared to Chinese state employees who have chosen the shelves of local stores. Considering that all Japanese operator phones have a slot for only one SIM card, some people buy them exclusively as a handset for talking and nothing more. A removable 1680 mAh battery will allow you to communicate without interruption for a little more than 10 hours, and its modest dimensions and weight will not even burden a shirt pocket. Like all Japanese operator phones, SH-02L is locked to its network. Upon official request, it can be made SIM-free, after which it will allow you to insert your SIM card into itself.

  • Operating system: OS Android 8.1
  • Standards support: GSM, 3G, LTE
  • Processor: 1.1GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB
  • Main display: 3.4", qHD, 960x540 pix, TFT, 16M colors
  • External display: 0.9", 128x36 pix, EL
  • Camera: 8 MP, CMOS, HD video recording, autofocus
  • Memory card support: microSDHC up to 32 GB
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Infrared
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (via microUSB dongle)
  • Water, splash and dust resistant (IPX5/IPX8/IP5X)
  • MIL-STD-810G shock protection (Method 516.7: Shock-Procedure IV)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 1680 mAh (removable)
  • Dimensions: 115x51x17.2 mm
  • Weight: 120 g
  • SIM card: nanoSIM

A definitely useful addition to Japanese clamshells in recent years has been extended case protection according to the US military standard MIL-STD-810G. Officially AQUOS K-tai SH-02L, in addition to painless freezing in water, is able to withstand a fall in 26 directions from a height of 1.22 meters onto a plywood floor. Of course, wherever possible, the manufacturer expressly disclaimed any responsibility for the landing failure in writing. So every time someone is about to throw their phone down the stairs, it's worth remembering the negative consequences.

Packages

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L is an average Japanese dialer with the same outstanding contents of a boring box. In addition to the Japanese instructions and a removable battery, the owner will get a desktop stand with mains charging as a practical bonus. But the cable itself is, as usual, not to be found here. Greedy (pragmatic) Japanese are sure that you already have it. You will need a cable with a microUSB plug, so you will have to take care of the power supply yourself and in advance. The Japanese never put any headphones either. Buzova will have to listen to the imperishable music through a standard microUSB-Jack 3.5 mm adapter, which will also need to be obtained somewhere.

First impressions. Design

When you see such things for the first time, you always get the feeling that you are in the past, the distant past. Naturally, the first question is something like "Why is it necessary if there are normal smartphones?". In a good way, you should never compare such things. The owners of sensory shovels will never get along with the fans of push-button clamshells, and vice versa. They are from different worlds. And this is good and right. I often hear from clamshell owners that they are often too lazy to explain to someone why they use such "naphthalene" gadgets. These people are self-sufficient and often can afford absolutely any most modern smartphone. A folding bed is not about fashion. A folding bed is for the soul.

120 grams of live weight, outwardly outstanding and at the same time compact body, immersed in the palm of your hand, information content and the absence of any temptations. Nothing extra! In Japanese!

Shiny glossy surface will not allow the phone to slip out of your hand. The case is completely plastic, only a loop connecting the two halves is metal. The fingers of one hand are enough to use the handset in a variety of scenarios without much effort. I would pay special attention to this, because. many people may find their 6-inch smartphone to be just as convenient, if not more convenient in everyday life, than any other phone. Habit is such a thing.

Like all Japanese phones, AQUOS K-tai SH-02L is painted with metallic paint. In normal weather, the phone appears black, but upon closer inspection or under the sun, the case begins to shimmer with a deep blue Sharp, branded Navy. Because the surface is glossy, it easily takes on all the results of careless handling. There is no protective layer here. Someone manages to roll up the corresponding places in the film, but this only adds to the appearance of the phone the minor notes of the collective farm.

External longitudinal light blue EL display perfectly transmits all the necessary information: current time and date, battery level and cellular signal, icons of missed calls or messages. The only button on the whole case, located on the right side, will allow you to choose one of three options for displaying current information. With an incoming call, if the subscriber is saved in the phone book, the contact name will slowly scroll across the screen, including in Russian. If the caller's number is not stored, a numeric version will be displayed.

The external display is hard to read in bright sunlight. You have to create a shadow with your palm. Inconvenient.

At the top end there is a slot for comfortable removal of the back cover of the battery compartment and a technical hole for fixing the phone in the cradle.

On the left side there is a slot for fastening the strap and a contact group for power supply from the desktop stand from the kit.

By the way, I still do not understand the principle by which Sharp decides which phone to put the cradle with and who to deprive of this bonus. The fact is that different models of folding beds are completed differently at different times. Some people come with a stand, while others have to buy it separately. Anyone who has used such an accessory at least once will confirm its practicality, convenience and aesthetics. Decided to charge the phone - just put it on the stand, and charging will start automatically. Naturally, you need to take care of connecting the cradle itself to the network in advance. It, like the phone itself, uses a microUSB connector.

When the phone is placed on the cradle, a logical indicator light will turn on next to the outer screen. The current information on the display, by the way, is visible only for the first 5 seconds. You can revive the screen by pressing the button on the right side. No Always On for you. It will take only two hours to charge the phone to the maximum through the cradle. If the phone is connected directly via cable, it will take about an hour and a half.

At the bottom end, in splendid isolation, there is a connector for connecting a cable. It is protected from water and sand from the inside, so a plug is not needed.

And a couple more words about the side button. In addition to revitalizing the external screen after a long hold, it puts the phone in silent mode. If the phone is open, a short press brings up a list of running applications.

Unfortunately, there is something else in this phone that I still cannot understand. From model to model, Sharp designers equip their clamshells with automatic opening buttons. The thing is more than necessary, especially for those who are used to using devices in this particular form factor. I pressed the button and the phone opened itself. So, in AQUOS K-tai SH-02L there is no this button, but, for example, in the previous AQUOS K-tai SH-01J it was. By what principle it appears and disappears, I personally do not understand.

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-01J

However, opening the SH-02L is easy and convenient. The upper half does not weigh so much to make even a slight effort for such an action. In general, for many lovers of folding beds, the very fact of opening a flip is a whole ritual. Mechanical influences on the device, one of which is just the opening process, is a kind of sacrament for which many people prefer clamshells to classic smartphones. I agree, someone will twist at the temple, arguing that this is a sick fetishism. Now, when working with modern smartphones, reaching the top curtain is considered the most difficult movement, opening the flip of some kind of under-phone can be safely called a wasted action.

Folks, the fact that today someone uses folding beds that do not meet most modern requirements can and should be treated philosophically. Those who are younger did not find the times when there was simply nothing else. In the same way, in 15-20 years, the children of today's fans of iPhones and Androids will not share the euphoria of using flat brick-like smartphones, especially against the background of some future creoplasmophones. Technology advances at lightning speed. So let there be a little bit of the past left in the current world, which would be nice to remember, and even more pleasant to use it. Personally, this is how I regard the desire of some people to look towards old-school technology.

The inside of the phone is no different from what Sharp has shown before. Japanese designers only slightly "comb" the grid of controls or even change only the color of the frame, creating the effect of presence, while completely forgetting about creativity. In the last couple of years, this fact has worried me a lot, especially if you look back at the past of Japanese technical design. He literally got up and left at the moment.

Sharp SH-01J vs. Sharp SH-02L

Holding your phone open is easy and convenient. The center of gravity is located in the joystick area, exactly where the main control of the device takes place. The body does not tend to slip out or roll over to one of the sides. There is only a chance that a sloppy owner will someday sit on an open cot and simply break it in half. This is the scourge of any relatively fragile elongated device, and even more so consisting of two halves fastened with a loop.

The contents of the inside spread of the clamshell can shock almost anyone, first of all, by the miniature size of the display, as well as the number of buttons and inscriptions above them. Complete eclecticism in the understanding of the average owner of any smartphone.

Above the conventional 3.4-inch TFT display with a resolution of 960x540p is a hybrid speaker. Its volume is enough to clearly hear the interlocutor, including the speakerphone. Even considering that the loudspeaker rests against the keyboard in the folded position, it will not be difficult to hear the sound of the incoming signal. Previously, Sharp placed speakers on the back wall, and now this was already a problem. There is no selfie camera in Japanese flip phones.

After the legendary Softbank 007SH Hybrid, Sharp engineers stopped producing touch screen clamshells. Expensive, and there is no need, especially against the background of the functionality reduced to a minimum. By the way, 007SH has actually become the only full-fledged smartphone in the clamshell form factor from Sharp. Many fans of the brand have long hoped for his return in a new modern look. In vain. The project has been scrapped.

Sharp Softbank 007SH Hybrid

The display of AQUOS K-tai SH-02L, as well as other Japanese clamshells, is devoid of a sensor, which, of course, to a certain extent affects the convenience of everyday use. Well, there is no trial, as they say. Let's stick with what we have. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1. Updates come over the air, but there is no hope for the delivery of the next version. Older models are still on OS Android 5 Lollipop.

As for the quality of the display itself, for obvious reasons, making excessive demands on it is simply stupid. Small, thanks that the color screen, devoid of a wheelbarrow, nevertheless, produces a good picture. In the sun, the colors fade, but not significantly. There is no automatic brightness adjustment, so if necessary, you will have to unscrew it manually. According to the developers, it was pointless to protect the main display with glass for several reasons. Firstly, this is a budget device by Japanese standards. Secondly, when closed, the screen is already hidden. Thirdly, why? With such dimensions, there is enough plastic with a head. Whoever needs it can stick it with a film.

Interface

The Japanese, like no other nation, try to explain everything with their respect and affection for centuries-old traditions. That is why the menu of Japanese phones has remained unchanged for dozens of generations. As the manufacturers explain, all this is done for the sake of recognition and maximum comfort for potential users. By the way, this applies not only to clamshells, but also to smartphones too. It seems that the UI specialists were fired along with the designers.

The interface has two localization options: Japanese and English. You can partially Russify the system using morelocal, but the main menu will still remain in English. All applications installed by the user will become Russian. You can also Russify the keyboard by adding the classic "button" layout, linking it to the hardware buttons. Typing is unusual, but at least possible.

Nevertheless, the friendliness of the interface remains at the same level as many years ago. Of course, in order to understand what is happening, a certain knowledge of technical English is required, which, in principle, is now practically not a problem for anyone. Navigation through the menu is carried out using the joystick, and the buttons located on the sides of it control the auxiliary menus that appear in the lower corners of the screen, depending on the situation. Any loser will be able to understand and get used to such control in just an hour.

The hardware keyboard is another reason why people make a conscious choice in favor of push-button phones. Paired with a flip, this tandem excites the very receptors in the brains of fanatics that will never be touched by any smartphone. The matte lining and glossy button pads work great in contrast. At the first meeting, someone can really be frightened by the numerous hieroglyphs scattered all over the keyboard, but over time you simply stop noticing them.

It will not work to apply Cyrillic letters in any way to the buttons or the backing. Seats are close.

The standard digital layout has been enhanced with three programmable buttons. For each of them, two actions can be fixed. One works for a short press, the other for a long press. Each number button can be assigned to any of the phone book numbers. If you figure it out like this, then the new owner of a Japanese clamshell will have to poke around in the menu for no more than an hour. All the main functions of the phone are placed on the keyboard or screen, so you hardly even need to enter the menu.

If necessary, the keyboard can be highlighted in a pleasant bluish color.

There is not much design in modern Japanese, and the matte back wall of the SH-02L clearly demonstrates this. In addition to the single lens of the main camera, only the name of the AQUOS line and the logo of the Osaifu Keitai contactless payment service, which has been operating in Japan since the early 2000s, are present on it. Let me remind you that an NFC chip that works in Russia is also available here.The back wall of Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L resembles the cover of almost any smartphone 3-4 years ago. The only exclusive detail is the infrared port window. Unfortunately, it will not work to control a TV or air conditioner with it. Its main and only purpose is to transfer contacts to similar phones. Everyone except the Japanese abandoned this rudiment back in the late 90s, and only a few smartphone manufacturers decided to leave the infrared port for remote control of home appliances.

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L phone review

Are there many motorists among you who prefer right-hand drive cars to traditional left-hand drive cars? The question is rather rhetorical. Most will probably say that it is impractical to use such a car in our conditions for at least three /listing/bmw/page5?listing_id=iqgesSZ2TYxU_sr0"> reasons: difficulties in selling on the secondary market, problems with spare parts and the inconvenience of overtaking on the highway. Someone will say that all these arguments are far-fetched and he personally never had such problems with his Mark X. Try to argue with someone from Vladivostok about the advisability of acquiring a new Prado in the salon, and they will immediately answer you that you can take two similar "Japanese" for the same money. The dispute around this topic, as well as the holivar between iOS and Android fans, can last indefinitely. All for the amusement of onlookers. Today it's my turn to tell you about one such "right-handed" gadget, but from the world of phones.

NTT Docomo Autumn-Winter 2018

It was October 2018 in Japan. The country's largest cellular operator NTT Docomo presented its regular autumn-winter collection of phones from local and foreign manufacturers. In general, it is a big rarity when a mobile operator, uniting different companies under one roof, presents seasonal collections of new products every six months. In my opinion, only the Japanese did and continue to do this. Usually, operators permanently add one or two devices to the range, depending on their global release.

NTT Docomo 2009 Summer News

In that autumn lineup, 11 different devices were presented, from a Wi-Fi router to smartphones. There were no tablets. It's still a rudiment. Sharp was the only one who offered NTT Docomo subscribers a phone in the once classic clamshell form factor for Japan. I remember that about ten years ago, the range of new products of this operator was much wider, and often the number of new devices reached 20. It is understandable, then NEC, Panasonic, Toshiba, Casio were still alive. Even LG did not shy away from offering exclusive items exclusively for the Japanese market. In those days, clamshell phones in Japan still dominated smartphones, which were already starting to conquer the rest of the world with a light tread. The way the Japanese did it deserves a separate review.

It is logical that every year Japanese operators (manufacturers) offer fewer and fewer such devices. The Japanese are following the generally accepted course for classic smartphones. Clamshell Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L was presented in three colors: black, gold and pink. According to local marketers, such mobiles are mainly used by pensioners or people with some kind of physical ailments. Of course, there are also corporate clients, but their number is less significant, and therefore the range of phones for this category is even poorer.

Fujitsu F-03L vs. Sharp SHF34 vs. Kyocera TORQUE X01

Most Japanese folding beds of recent years are similar to each other both externally and technically. There are only some differences in design between manufacturers, i.e. in Sharp, you can immediately recognize Sharp, in Kyocera, Kyocera is clearly recognized, but Fujitsu over the past five years has offered only the only novelty ARROWS Phone F-03L, by the outlines of which fans of the brand will immediately recognize the once famous "carbon" Docomo F-04D.< /p>

Specifications

No, modern Japanese folding beds are not about advanced technologies at all. Everything here is built on the principle of sizzling minimalism, and moreover, taking into account Japanese mobile trends of the end of the last century, and such equipment is characterized by a small external and 3.4-inch main display, hardware buttons, a recognizable interface and a compact waterproof case. In the late 00s, the Japanese began to actively join smartphones, while the share of conventional clamshells began to gradually decline. Instead of standard push-button dialers, manufacturers began to offer hybrids based on the Android OS. The only difference between clamshells of the new generation and classic smartphones is the maximum castration of their operating system. In other words, the owner of such a phone cannot, for example, connect his Google account or use other Android services familiar to all users. Installing WhatsApp, Instagram or any other software in general turns into another quest.

It must be understood that the functionality of Japanese flip phones meets the strict requirements of the target audience for which they are designed, and in this case, people of a certain age, mindset and traditions. While all progressive humanity, including most of the inhabitants of Japan, has switched to convenient and multifunctional smartphones, some still continue to use the once familiar push-button phones. In part, this state of affairs at that time was also due to the conscious reverence of the Japanese for their own age-old traditions. Like, an old friend is better than two new ones. Getting a Japanese pensioner to start using a touchscreen smartphone is not an easy task. The main educational work in this direction, of course, falls on the shoulders of local mobile operators, who, in fact, with the help of manufacturers, promote modern mobile technologies to the masses.

The main users of the Sharp Aquos K-tai SH-02L are pensioners, people with disabilities and those who, due to duty or necessity, have to be content with a minimum. As in all modern Japanese push-button telephones, there is only that which fully corresponds to the original definition of the word "telephone". Roughly speaking, out of the box Sharp SH-02L has the following functionality:

  • calls
  • sms
  • email with cellular operator domain
  • own internet browser
  • camera
  • audio player
  • line messenger
  • Digital 1-Seg TV (Japan only)
  • Osaifu Keitai local contactless payment system
  • Standard programs like pedometer, calculator, calendar, etc.

You can expand the capabilities of the trimmed operating system using the ADB toolkit and certain manipulations. Fortunately, detailed instructions are available on the network. After you install all the necessary software on your phone, it will take some time to get used to using it in unusual "push-button" conditions. The fact is that the screens of all modern Japanese "hybrids" are devoid of a sensor, which makes using the phone less comfortable. You can only move the cursor around the screen using the joystick buttons.

It is logical that such poking for a week or two can spoil a lot of nerves for a normal person. It seems that the manufacturers deliberately made such phones as inconvenient as possible in order to filter out the potential target audience and prove that, they say, look, the phone was created solely to make calls, and not sit on the potty for hours, playing toys or hanging out on Youtube .

The characteristics of such phones have hardly been upgraded over the past few years. Silent stability. This is understandable, you can’t play games on such phones normally, it’s stupid to use them as a GPS navigator, if you try to sit on the Internet for about forty minutes, you’ll break your eyes. It remains only to use it for its intended purpose. And as it turns out, lovers of such an exclusive exist not only in Japan, but also abroad. The reasons why people are willing to become mobile downshifters can be completely different.Someone simply does not need to use all the functions of modern smartphones, someone does not want to replace live communication with endless and meaningless poking at the screen, someone, perhaps, is thus protected from social temptations and every minute addiction, someone even decided to take "button" to remember the old days, especially considering that Japanese phones have a boring appearance, well, at least compared to Chinese state employees who have chosen the shelves of local stores. Considering that all Japanese operator phones have a slot for only one SIM card, some people buy them exclusively as a handset for talking and nothing more. A removable 1680 mAh battery will allow you to communicate without interruption for a little more than 10 hours, and its modest dimensions and weight will not even burden a shirt pocket. Like all Japanese operator phones, SH-02L is locked to its network. Upon official request, it can be made SIM-free, after which it will allow you to insert your SIM card into itself.

  • Operating system: OS Android 8.1
  • Standards support: GSM, 3G, LTE
  • Processor: 1.1GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB
  • Main display: 3.4", qHD, 960x540 pix, TFT, 16M colors
  • External display: 0.9", 128x36 pix, EL
  • Camera: 8 MP, CMOS, HD video recording, autofocus
  • Memory card support: microSDHC up to 32 GB
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Infrared
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (via microUSB dongle)
  • Water, splash and dust resistant (IPX5/IPX8/IP5X)
  • MIL-STD-810G shock protection (Method 516.7: Shock-Procedure IV)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 1680 mAh (removable)
  • Dimensions: 115x51x17.2 mm
  • Weight: 120 g
  • SIM card: nanoSIM

A definitely useful addition to Japanese clamshells in recent years has been extended case protection according to the US military standard MIL-STD-810G. Officially AQUOS K-tai SH-02L, in addition to painless freezing in water, is able to withstand a fall in 26 directions from a height of 1.22 meters onto a plywood floor. Of course, wherever possible, the manufacturer expressly disclaimed any responsibility for the landing failure in writing. So every time someone is about to throw their phone down the stairs, it's worth remembering the negative consequences.

Packages

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L is an average Japanese dialer with the same outstanding contents of a boring box. In addition to the Japanese instructions and a removable battery, the owner will get a desktop stand with mains charging as a practical bonus. But the cable itself is, as usual, not to be found here. Greedy (pragmatic) Japanese are sure that you already have it. You will need a cable with a microUSB plug, so you will have to take care of the power supply yourself and in advance. The Japanese never put any headphones either. Buzova will have to listen to the imperishable music through a standard microUSB-Jack 3.5 mm adapter, which will also need to be obtained somewhere.

First impressions. Design

When you see such things for the first time, you always get the feeling that you are in the past, the distant past. Naturally, the first question is something like "Why is it necessary if there are normal smartphones?". In a good way, you should never compare such things. The owners of sensory shovels will never get along with the fans of push-button clamshells, and vice versa. They are from different worlds. And this is good and right. I often hear from clamshell owners that they are often too lazy to explain to someone why they use such "naphthalene" gadgets. These people are self-sufficient and often can afford absolutely any most modern smartphone. A folding bed is not about fashion. A folding bed is for the soul.

120 grams of live weight, outwardly outstanding and at the same time compact body, immersed in the palm of your hand, information content and the absence of any temptations. Nothing extra! In Japanese!

Shiny glossy surface will not allow the phone to slip out of your hand. The case is completely plastic, only a loop connecting the two halves is metal. The fingers of one hand are enough to use the handset in a variety of scenarios without much effort. I would pay special attention to this, because. many people may find their 6-inch smartphone to be just as convenient, if not more convenient in everyday life, than any other phone. Habit is such a thing.

Like all Japanese phones, AQUOS K-tai SH-02L is painted with metallic paint. In normal weather, the phone appears black, but upon closer inspection or under the sun, the case begins to shimmer with a deep blue Sharp, branded Navy. Because the surface is glossy, it easily takes on all the results of careless handling. There is no protective layer here. Someone manages to roll up the corresponding places in the film, but this only adds to the appearance of the phone the minor notes of the collective farm.

External longitudinal light blue EL display perfectly transmits all the necessary information: current time and date, battery level and cellular signal, icons of missed calls or messages. The only button on the whole case, located on the right side, will allow you to choose one of three options for displaying current information. With an incoming call, if the subscriber is saved in the phone book, the contact name will slowly scroll across the screen, including in Russian. If the caller's number is not stored, a numeric version will be displayed.

The external display is hard to read in bright sunlight. You have to create a shadow with your palm. Inconvenient.

At the top end there is a slot for comfortable removal of the back cover of the battery compartment and a technical hole for fixing the phone in the cradle.

On the left side there is a slot for fastening the strap and a contact group for power supply from the desktop stand from the kit.

By the way, I still do not understand the principle by which Sharp decides which phone to put the cradle with and who to deprive of this bonus. The matter is that different models of folding beds at different times are completed differently. Some people come with a stand, while others have to buy it separately. Anyone who has used such an accessory at least once will confirm its practicality, convenience and aesthetics. Decided to charge the phone - just put it on the stand, and charging will start automatically. Naturally, you need to take care of connecting the cradle itself to the network in advance. It, like the phone itself, uses a microUSB connector.

When the phone is placed on the cradle, a logical indicator light will turn on next to the outer screen. The current information on the display, by the way, is visible only for the first 5 seconds. You can revive the screen by pressing the button on the right side. No Always On for you. It will take only two hours to charge the phone to the maximum through the cradle. If the phone is connected directly via cable, it will take about an hour and a half.

At the bottom end, in splendid isolation, there is a connector for connecting a cable. It is protected from water and sand from the inside, so a plug is not needed.

And a couple more words about the side button. In addition to revitalizing the external screen after a long hold, it puts the phone in silent mode. If the phone is open, a short press brings up a list of running applications.

Unfortunately, there's something else about this phone that I still can't figure out. From model to model, Sharp designers equip their clamshells with automatic opening buttons. The thing is more than necessary, especially for those who are used to using devices in this particular form factor. I pressed the button and the phone opened itself. So, in AQUOS K-tai SH-02L there is no this button, but, for example, in the previous AQUOS K-tai SH-01J it was. By what principle it appears and disappears, I personally do not understand.

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-01J

However, opening the SH-02L is easy and convenient. The upper half does not weigh so much to make even a slight effort for such an action. In general, for many lovers of folding beds, the very fact of opening a flip is a whole ritual. Mechanical influences on the device, one of which is just the opening process, is a kind of sacrament for which many people prefer clamshells to classic smartphones. I agree, someone will twist at the temple, arguing that this is a sick fetishism. Now, when working with modern smartphones, reaching the top curtain is considered the most difficult movement, opening the flip of some kind of under-phone can be safely called a wasted action.

Folks, the fact that today someone uses folding beds that do not meet most modern requirements can and should be treated philosophically. Those who are younger did not find the times when there was simply nothing else. In the same way, in 15-20 years, the children of today's fans of iPhones and Androids will not share the euphoria of using flat brick-like smartphones, especially against the background of some future creoplasmophones. Technology advances at lightning speed. So let there be a little bit of the past left in the current world, which would be nice to remember, and even more pleasant to use it. Personally, this is how I regard the desire of some people to look towards old-school technology.

The inside of the phone is no different from what Sharp has shown before. Japanese designers only slightly "comb" the grid of controls or even change only the color of the frame, creating the effect of presence, while completely forgetting about creativity. In the last couple of years, this fact has worried me a lot, especially if you look back at the past of Japanese technical design. He literally got up and left at the moment.

Sharp SH-01J vs. Sharp SH-02L

Holding your phone open is easy and convenient. The center of gravity is located in the joystick area, exactly where the main control of the device takes place. The body does not tend to slip out or roll over to one of the sides. There is only a chance that a sloppy owner will someday sit on an open cot and simply break it in half. This is the scourge of any relatively fragile elongated device, and even more so consisting of two halves fastened with a loop.

The contents of the inside spread of the clamshell can shock almost anyone, first of all, by the miniature size of the display, as well as the number of buttons and inscriptions above them. Complete eclecticism in the understanding of the average owner of any smartphone.

Above the conventional 3.4" TFT display with 960x540p resolution sits a hybrid speaker. Its volume is enough to clearly hear the interlocutor, including the speakerphone. Even considering that the loudspeaker rests against the keyboard in the folded position, it will not be difficult to hear the sound of the incoming signal. Previously, Sharp placed speakers on the back wall, and now this was already a problem. There is no selfie camera in Japanese flip phones.

After the legendary Softbank 007SH Hybrid, Sharp engineers stopped producing touch screen clamshells. Expensive, and there is no need, especially against the background of the functionality reduced to a minimum. By the way, 007SH has actually become the only full-fledged smartphone in the clamshell form factor from Sharp. Many fans of the brand have long hoped for his return in a new modern look. In vain. The project has been scrapped.

Sharp Softbank 007SH Hybrid

The display of AQUOS K-tai SH-02L, as well as other Japanese clamshells, is devoid of a sensor, which, of course, to a certain extent affects the convenience of everyday use. Well, there is no trial, as they say. Let's stick with what we have. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1. Updates come over the air, but there is no hope for the delivery of the next version. Older models are still on OS Android 5 Lollipop.

As for the quality of the display itself, for obvious reasons, making excessive demands on it is simply stupid. Small, thanks that the color screen, devoid of a wheelbarrow, nevertheless, produces a good picture. In the sun, the colors fade, but not significantly. There is no automatic brightness adjustment, so if necessary, you will have to unscrew it manually. According to the developers, it was pointless to protect the main display with glass for several reasons. Firstly, this is a budget device by Japanese standards. Secondly, when closed, the screen is already hidden. Thirdly, why? With such dimensions, there is enough plastic with a head. Whoever needs it can stick it with a film.

Interface

The Japanese, like no other nation, try to explain everything with their respect and affection for centuries-old traditions. That is why the menu of Japanese phones has remained unchanged for dozens of generations. As the manufacturers explain, all this is done for the sake of recognition and maximum comfort for potential users. By the way, this applies not only to clamshells, but also to smartphones too. It seems that the UI specialists were fired along with the designers.

The interface has two localization options: Japanese and English. You can partially Russify the system using morelocal, but the main menu will still remain in English. All applications installed by the user will become Russian. You can also Russify the keyboard by adding the classic "button" layout, linking it to the hardware buttons. Typing is unusual, but at least possible.

However, the friendliness of the interface remains at the same level as many years ago. Of course, in order to understand what is happening, a certain knowledge of technical English is required, which is now, in principle, practically no problem for anyone. Navigation through the menu is carried out using the joystick, and the buttons located on the sides of it control the auxiliary menus that appear in the lower corners of the screen, depending on the situation. Any loser will be able to understand and get used to such control in just an hour.

The hardware keyboard is another reason why people make a conscious choice in favor of push-button phones. Paired with a flip, this tandem excites the very receptors in the brains of fanatics that will never be touched by any smartphone. The matte lining and glossy button pads work great in contrast. At the first meeting, someone can really be frightened by the numerous hieroglyphs scattered all over the keyboard, but over time you simply stop noticing them.

It will not work to apply Cyrillic letters in any way to the buttons or the backing. Seats are close.

The standard digital layout has been enhanced with three programmable buttons. For each of them, two actions can be fixed. One works for a short press, the other for a long press. Each number button can be assigned to any of the phone book numbers. If you figure it out like this, then the new owner of a Japanese clamshell will have to poke around in the menu for no more than an hour. All the main functions of the phone are placed on the keyboard or screen, so you hardly even need to enter the menu.

If necessary, the keyboard can be highlighted in a pleasant bluish color.

There is not much design in modern Japanese, and the matte back wall of the SH-02L clearly demonstrates this. In addition to the single lens of the main camera, only the name of the AQUOS line and the logo of the Osaifu Keitai contactless payment service, which has been operating in Japan since the early 2000s, are present on it. Let me remind you that an NFC chip that works in Russia is also available here.The back wall of Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L resembles the cover of almost any smartphone 3-4 years ago. The only exclusive detail is the infrared port window. Unfortunately, it will not work to control a TV or air conditioner with it. Its main and only purpose is to transfer contacts to similar phones. Everyone except the Japanese abandoned this rudiment back in the late 90s, and only a few smartphone manufacturers decided to leave the infrared port for remote control of home appliances.

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L phone review

Are there many motorists among you who prefer right-hand drive cars to traditional left-hand drive cars? The question is rather rhetorical. Most will probably say that it is impractical to use such a car in our conditions for at least three reasons: difficulties in selling on the secondary market, problems with spare parts and the inconvenience of overtaking on the highway. Someone will say that all these arguments are far-fetched and he personally never had such problems with his Mark X. Try to argue with someone from Vladivostok about the advisability of acquiring a new Prado in the salon, and they will immediately answer you that you can take two similar "Japanese" for the same money. The dispute around this topic, as well as the holivar between iOS and Android fans, can last indefinitely. All for the amusement of onlookers. Today it's my turn to tell you about one such "right-handed" gadget, but from the world of phones.

Are there many motorists among you who prefer right-hand drive cars to traditional left-hand drive cars? The question is rather rhetorical. Most will probably say that it is not advisable to use such a machine in our conditions for at least three reasons. reasons: difficulties in selling on the secondary market, problems with spare parts and the inconvenience of overtaking on the highway. Someone will say that all these arguments are far-fetched and he personally never had such problems with his Mark X. Try to argue with someone from Vladivostok about the advisability of acquiring a new Prado in the salon, and they will immediately answer you that you can take two similar "Japanese" for the same money. The dispute around this topic, as well as the holivar between iOS and Android fans, can last indefinitely. All for the amusement of onlookers. Today it's my turn to tell you about one such "right-handed" gadget, but from the world of phones.

NTT Docomo Autumn-Winter 2018

It was October 2018 in Japan. The country's largest cellular operator NTT Docomo presented its regular autumn-winter collection of phones from local and foreign manufacturers. In general, it is a big rarity when a mobile operator, uniting different companies under one roof, presents seasonal collections of new products every six months. In my opinion, only the Japanese did and continue to do this. Usually, operators permanently add one or two devices to the range, depending on their global release.

NTT Docomo 2009 Summer News

In that autumn lineup, 11 different devices were presented, from a Wi-Fi router to smartphones. There were no tablets. It's still a rudiment. Sharp was the only one who offered NTT Docomo subscribers a phone in the once classic clamshell form factor for Japan. I remember that about ten years ago, the range of new products of this operator was much wider, and often the number of new devices reached 20. It is understandable, then NEC, Panasonic, Toshiba, Casio were still alive. Even LG did not shy away from offering exclusive items exclusively for the Japanese market. In those days, clamshell phones in Japan still dominated smartphones, which were already starting to conquer the rest of the world with a light tread. The way it happened among the Japanese deserves a separate review.

It is logical that every year Japanese operators (manufacturers) offer fewer and fewer such devices. The Japanese are following the generally accepted course for classic smartphones. Clamshell Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L was presented in three colors: black, gold and pink. According to local marketers, such mobiles are mainly used by pensioners or people with some kind of physical ailments. Of course, there are also corporate clients, but their number is less significant, and therefore the range of phones for this category is even poorer.

Fujitsu F-03L vs. Sharp SHF34 vs. Kyocera TORQUE X01

Most Japanese folding beds of recent years are similar to each other both externally and technically. There are only some differences in design between manufacturers, i.e. in Sharp, you can immediately recognize Sharp, in Kyocera, Kyocera is clearly recognized, but Fujitsu over the past five years has offered only the only novelty ARROWS Phone F-03L, by the outlines of which fans of the brand will immediately recognize the once famous "carbon" Docomo F-04D.< /p>

Specifications

No, modern Japanese folding beds are not about advanced technologies at all. Everything here is built on the principle of sizzling minimalism, and moreover, taking into account Japanese mobile trends of the end of the last century, and such equipment is characterized by a small external and 3.4-inch main display, hardware buttons, a recognizable interface and a compact waterproof case. In the late 00s, the Japanese began to actively join smartphones, while the share of conventional clamshells began to gradually decline. Instead of standard push-button dialers, manufacturers began to offer hybrids based on the Android OS. The only difference between clamshells of the new generation and classic smartphones is the maximum castration of their operating system. In other words, the owner of such a phone cannot, for example, connect his Google account or use other Android services familiar to all users. Installing WhatsApp, Instagram or any other software in general turns into another quest.

It must be understood that the functionality of Japanese flip phones meets the strict requirements of the target audience for which they are designed, and in this case, people of a certain age, mindset and traditions. While all progressive humanity, including most of the inhabitants of Japan, has switched to convenient and multifunctional smartphones, some still continue to use the once familiar push-button phones. In part, this state of affairs at that time was also due to the conscious reverence of the Japanese for their own age-old traditions. Like, an old friend is better than two new ones. Getting a Japanese pensioner to start using a touchscreen smartphone is not an easy task. The main educational work in this direction, of course, falls on the shoulders of local mobile operators, who, in fact, with the help of manufacturers, promote modern mobile technologies to the masses.

The main users of the Sharp Aquos K-tai SH-02L are pensioners, people with disabilities and those who, due to duty or necessity, have to be content with a minimum. As in all modern Japanese push-button telephones, there is only that which fully corresponds to the original definition of the word "telephone". Roughly speaking, out of the box Sharp SH-02L has the following functionality:

  • calls
  • sms
  • email with cellular operator domain
  • own internet browser
  • camera
  • audio player
  • line messenger
  • Digital 1-Seg TV (Japan only)
  • Osaifu Keitai local contactless payment system
  • Standard programs like pedometer, calculator, calendar, etc.

You can expand the capabilities of the trimmed operating system using the ADB toolkit and certain manipulations. Fortunately, detailed instructions are available on the network. After you install all the necessary software on your phone, it will take some time to get used to using it in unusual "push-button" conditions. The fact is that the screens of all modern Japanese "hybrids" are devoid of a sensor, which makes using the phone less comfortable. You can only move the cursor around the screen using the joystick buttons.

It is logical that such poking for a week or two can spoil a lot of nerves for a normal person. It seems that the manufacturers deliberately made such phones as inconvenient as possible in order to filter out the potential target audience and prove that, they say, look, the phone was created solely to make calls, and not sit on the potty for hours, playing toys or hanging out on Youtube .

The characteristics of such phones have hardly been upgraded over the past few years. Silent stability. It is understandable, you can’t play games on such phones normally, it’s stupid to use them as a GPS navigator, if you try to sit on the Internet for about forty minutes, you will break your eyes. It remains only to use it for its intended purpose. And as it turns out, lovers of such an exclusive exist not only in Japan, but also abroad. The reasons why people are willing to become mobile downshifters can be completely different. Someone simply does not need to use all the functions of modern smartphones, someone does not want to replace live communication with endless and meaningless poking at the screen, someone, perhaps, is thus protected from social temptations and every minute addiction, someone even decided to take "button" to remember the old days, especially considering that Japanese phones have a boring appearance, well, at least compared to Chinese state employees who have chosen the shelves of local stores. Considering that all Japanese operator phones have a slot for only one SIM card, some people buy them exclusively as a handset for talking and nothing more. A removable 1680 mAh battery will allow you to communicate without interruption for a little more than 10 hours, and its modest dimensions and weight will not even burden a shirt pocket. Like all Japanese operator phones, SH-02L is locked to its network. Upon official request, it can be made SIM-free, after which it will allow you to insert your SIM card into itself.

  • Operating system: OS Android 8.1
  • Standards support: GSM, 3G, LTE
  • Processor: 1.1GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • ROM: 8 GB
  • Main display: 3.4", qHD, 960x540 pix, TFT, 16M colors
  • External display: 0.9", 128x36 pix, EL
  • Camera: 8 MP, CMOS, HD video recording, autofocus
  • Memory card support: microSDHC up to 32 GB
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Infrared
  • 3.5mm headphone jack (via microUSB dongle)
  • Water, splash and dust resistant (IPX5/IPX8/IP5X)
  • MIL-STD-810G shock protection (Method 516.7: Shock-Procedure IV)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 1680 mAh (removable)
  • Dimensions: 115x51x17.2 mm
  • Weight: 120 g
  • SIM card: nanoSIM

A definitely useful addition to Japanese clamshells in recent years has been extended case protection according to the US military standard MIL-STD-810G. Officially AQUOS K-tai SH-02L, in addition to painless freezing in water, is able to withstand a fall in 26 directions from a height of 1.22 meters onto a plywood floor. Of course, wherever possible, the manufacturer expressly disclaimed any responsibility for the landing failure in writing. So every time someone is about to throw their phone down the stairs, it's worth remembering the negative consequences.

Packages

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L is an average Japanese dialer with the same outstanding contents of a boring box. In addition to the Japanese instructions and a removable battery, the owner will get a desktop stand with mains charging as a practical bonus. But the cable itself is, as usual, not to be found here. Greedy (pragmatic) Japanese are sure that you already have it. You will need a cable with a microUSB plug, so you will have to take care of the power supply yourself and in advance. The Japanese never put any headphones either. Buzova will have to listen to the imperishable music through a standard microUSB-Jack 3.5 mm adapter, which will also need to be obtained somewhere.

First impressions. Design

When you see such things for the first time, you always get the feeling that you are in the past, the distant past. Naturally, the first question is something like "Why is it necessary if there are normal smartphones?". In a good way, you should never compare such things. The owners of sensory shovels will never get along with the fans of push-button clamshells, and vice versa. They are from different worlds. And this is good and right. I often hear from clamshell owners that they are often too lazy to explain to someone why they use such "naphthalene" gadgets. These people are self-sufficient and often can afford absolutely any most modern smartphone. A folding bed is not about fashion. A folding bed is for the soul.

120 grams of live weight, outwardly outstanding and at the same time compact body, immersed in the palm of your hand, information content and the absence of any temptations. Nothing extra! In Japanese!

Shiny glossy surface will not allow the phone to slip out of your hand. The case is completely plastic, only a loop connecting the two halves is metal. The fingers of one hand are enough to use the handset in a variety of scenarios without much effort. I would pay special attention to this, because. many people may find their 6-inch smartphone to be just as convenient, if not more convenient in everyday life, than any other phone. Habit is such a thing.

Like all Japanese phones, AQUOS K-tai SH-02L is painted with metallic paint. In normal weather, the phone appears black, but upon closer inspection or under the sun, the case begins to shimmer with a deep blue Sharp, branded Navy. Because the surface is glossy, it easily takes on all the results of careless handling. There is no protective layer here. Someone manages to roll up the corresponding places in the film, but this only adds to the appearance of the phone the minor notes of the collective farm.

External longitudinal light blue EL display perfectly transmits all the necessary information: current time and date, battery level and cellular signal, icons of missed calls or messages. The only button on the whole case, located on the right side, will allow you to choose one of three options for displaying current information. With an incoming call, if the subscriber is saved in the phone book, the contact name will slowly scroll across the screen, including in Russian. If the caller's number is not stored, a numeric version will be displayed.

The external display is hard to read in bright sunlight. You have to create a shadow with your palm. Inconvenient.

At the top end there is a slot for comfortable removal of the back cover of the battery compartment and a technical hole for fixing the phone in the cradle.

On the left side there is a slot for fastening the strap and a contact group for power supply from the desktop stand from the kit.

By the way, I still do not understand the principle by which Sharp decides which phone to put the cradle with and who to deprive of this bonus. The fact is that different models of folding beds are completed differently at different times. Some people come with a stand, while others have to buy it separately. Anyone who has used such an accessory at least once will confirm its practicality, convenience and aesthetics. Decided to charge the phone - just put it on the stand, and charging will start automatically. Naturally, you need to take care of connecting the cradle itself to the network in advance. It, like the phone itself, uses a microUSB connector.

When the phone is placed on the cradle, a logical indicator light will turn on next to the outer screen. The current information on the display, by the way, is visible only for the first 5 seconds. You can revive the screen by pressing the button on the right side. No Always On for you. It will take only two hours to charge the phone to the maximum through the cradle. If the phone is connected directly via cable, it will take about an hour and a half.

At the bottom end, in splendid isolation, there is a connector for connecting a cable. It is protected from water and sand from the inside, so a plug is not needed.

And a couple more words about the side button. In addition to revitalizing the external screen after a long hold, it puts the phone in silent mode. If the phone is open, a short press brings up a list of running applications.

Unfortunately, there is something else in this phone that I still cannot understand. From model to model, Sharp designers equip their clamshells with automatic opening buttons. The thing is more than necessary, especially for those who are used to using devices in this particular form factor. I pressed the button and the phone opened itself. So, in AQUOS K-tai SH-02L there is no this button, but, for example, in the previous AQUOS K-tai SH-01J it was. By what principle it appears and disappears, I personally do not understand.

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L

Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-01J

However, opening the SH-02L is easy and convenient. The upper half does not weigh so much to make even a slight effort for such an action. In general, for many lovers of folding beds, the very fact of opening a flip is a whole ritual. Mechanical influences on the device, one of which is just the opening process, is a kind of sacrament for which many people prefer clamshells to classic smartphones. I agree, someone will twist at the temple, arguing that this is a sick fetishism. Now, when working with modern smartphones, reaching the top curtain is considered the most difficult movement, opening the flip of some kind of under-phone can be safely called a wasted action.

Folks, the fact that today someone uses folding beds that do not meet most modern requirements can and should be treated philosophically. Those who are younger did not find the times when there was simply nothing else. In the same way, in 15-20 years, the children of today's fans of iPhones and Androids will not share the euphoria of using flat brick-like smartphones, especially against the background of some future creoplasmophones. Technology advances at lightning speed. So let there be a little bit of the past left in the current world, which would be nice to remember, and even more pleasant to use it. Personally, this is how I regard the desire of some people to look towards old-school technology.

The inside of the phone is no different from what Sharp has shown before. Japanese designers only slightly "comb" the grid of controls or even change only the color of the frame, creating the effect of presence, while completely forgetting about creativity. In the last couple of years, this fact has worried me a lot, especially if you look back at the past of Japanese technical design. He literally got up and left at the moment.

Sharp SH-01J vs. Sharp SH-02L

Holding your phone open is easy and convenient. The center of gravity is located in the joystick area, exactly where the main control of the device takes place. The body does not tend to slip out or roll over to one of the sides. There is only a chance that a sloppy owner will someday sit on an open cot and simply break it in half. This is the scourge of any relatively fragile elongated device, and even more so consisting of two halves fastened with a loop.

The contents of the inside spread of the clamshell can shock almost anyone, first of all, by the miniature size of the display, as well as the number of buttons and inscriptions above them. Complete eclecticism in the understanding of the average owner of any smartphone.

Above the conventional 3.4-inch TFT display with a resolution of 960x540p is a hybrid speaker. Its volume is enough to clearly hear the interlocutor, including the speakerphone. Even considering that the loudspeaker rests against the keyboard in the folded position, it will not be difficult to hear the sound of the incoming signal. Previously, Sharp placed speakers on the back wall, and now this was already a problem. There is no selfie camera in Japanese flip phones.

After the legendary Softbank 007SH Hybrid, Sharp engineers stopped producing touch screen clamshells. Expensive, and there is no need, especially against the background of the functionality reduced to a minimum. By the way, 007SH has actually become the only full-fledged smartphone in the clamshell form factor from Sharp. Many fans of the brand have long hoped for his return in a new modern look. In vain. The project has been scrapped.

Sharp Softbank 007SH Hybrid

The display of AQUOS K-tai SH-02L, as well as other Japanese clamshells, is devoid of a sensor, which, of course, to a certain extent affects the convenience of everyday use. Well, there is no trial, as they say. Let's stick with what we have. The smartphone runs on Android 8.1. Updates come over the air, but there is no hope for the delivery of the next version. Older models are still on OS Android 5 Lollipop.

As for the quality of the display itself, for obvious reasons, making excessive demands on it is simply stupid. Small, thanks that the color screen, devoid of a wheelbarrow, nevertheless, produces a good picture. In the sun, the colors fade, but not significantly. There is no automatic brightness adjustment, so if necessary, you will have to unscrew it manually. According to the developers, it was pointless to protect the main display with glass for several reasons. Firstly, this is a budget device by Japanese standards. Secondly, when closed, the screen is already hidden. Thirdly, why? With such dimensions, there is enough plastic with a head. Whoever needs it can stick it with a film.

Interface

The Japanese, like no other nation, try to explain everything with their respect and affection for centuries-old traditions. That is why the menu of Japanese phones has remained unchanged for dozens of generations. As the manufacturers explain, all this is done for the sake of recognition and maximum comfort for potential users. By the way, this applies not only to clamshells, but also to smartphones too. It seems that the UI specialists were fired along with the designers.

The interface has two localization options: Japanese and English. You can partially Russify the system using morelocal, but the main menu will still remain in English. All applications installed by the user will become Russian. You can also Russify the keyboard by adding the classic "button" layout, linking it to the hardware buttons. Typing is unusual, but at least possible.

However, the friendliness of the interface remains at the same level as many years ago. Of course, in order to understand what is happening, a certain knowledge of technical English is required, which is now, in principle, practically no problem for anyone. Navigation through the menu is carried out using the joystick, and the buttons located on the sides of it control the auxiliary menus that appear in the lower corners of the screen, depending on the situation. Any loser will be able to understand and get used to such control in just an hour.

The hardware keyboard is another reason why people make a conscious choice in favor of push-button phones. Paired with a flip, this tandem excites the very receptors in the brains of fanatics that will never be touched by any smartphone. The matte lining and glossy button pads work great in contrast. At the first meeting, someone can really be frightened by the numerous hieroglyphs scattered all over the keyboard, but over time you simply stop noticing them.

It will not work to apply Cyrillic letters in any way to the buttons or the backing. Seats are close.

The standard digital layout has been enhanced with three programmable buttons. For each of them, two actions can be fixed. One works for a short press, the other for a long press. Each number button can be assigned to any of the phone book numbers. If you figure it out like this, then the new owner of a Japanese clamshell will have to poke around in the menu for no more than an hour. All the main functions of the phone are placed on the keyboard or screen, so you hardly even need to enter the menu.

If necessary, the keyboard can be highlighted in a pleasant bluish color.

There is not much design in modern Japanese, and the matte back wall of the SH-02L clearly demonstrates this. In addition to the single lens of the main camera, only the name of the AQUOS line and the logo of the Osaifu Keitai contactless payment service, which has been operating in Japan since the early 2000s, are present on it. Let me remind you that an NFC chip that works in Russia is also available here. The back wall of Sharp AQUOS K-tai SH-02L resembles the cover of almost any smartphone 3-4 years ago. The only exclusive detail is the infrared port window. Unfortunately, it will not work to control a TV or air conditioner with it. Its main and only purpose is to transfer contacts to similar phones. Everyone except the Japanese abandoned this rudiment back in the late 90s, and only a few smartphone manufacturers decided to leave the infrared port for remote control of home appliances.