Sharp SH837W smartphone review

Sharp rolled out four smartphones on the Android operating system to the Russian market. Model SH530U has a large 5-inch screen (but the resolution is low), two sim cards and a high-quality assembly. The 530th refers to gadgets up to 10,000 rubles. I consider SH631W a little more interesting - a smaller screen, but more resolution, a thinner case, a better display matrix. It is worth considering if you choose a smartphone under 15,000 rubles. The next device is called SH837W. It has an even larger screen (4.7 inches) and an even higher resolution (720x1280 pixels), however, the price “flies into the clouds” - 17,000 rubles. For 22,000 rubles, the first smartphone with a FullHD screen is available - Aquos Phone SH930W, which went on sale in Russia.

Frankly, if I have no particular complaints about the prices for the 530th and 930th models, then the cost of the 631st and even more so the 837th is surprising, given not the most outstanding characteristics and, in fact, the unknown brand in our country in the "environment" of mobile devices. In any case, they are worth testing to understand whether it makes sense to consider the 631st and 837th models when choosing a new "android".

Design, dimensions, controls

If in the review of the Sharp SH530U I criticized the design of the device a little, then I liked the appearance of the Sharp SH837W. Yes, in part it also resembles the HTC One X. On the other hand, now there are so many phones that it seems to me that even Apple can’t come up with something new and unusual: by and large, the iPhone 5 is a vertically stretched iPhone 4/4S in a metal case. In any case, the 837th model looks expensive, elegant and stylish.

The monolithic body is made of fashionable in 2012 milky polycarbonate. Top and bottom it comes to the front panel. To the touch, the plastic is slightly rough, so the smartphone practically does not slip out of the hands. Fingerprints remain on it, but are not too noticeable. You can even draw something on the case with a ballpoint pen, and then easily wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth. Similar materials are used in devices from Nokia, HTC, Sony and other vendors.

The upper and lower ends are made of chrome-plated plastic.

Since the design of Sharp is frame, i.e. all the hardware and the display are inscribed in a single body, then there is no need to talk about backlash and squeaks: the assembly is excellent, the back side does not press through to the battery, it does not crunch when squeezed. For a month of using the SH837W, there were no scratches or scuffs on the case. If we continue talking about the durability of the device, then the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, at least according to the official website of Sharp. It is not known which generation exactly, but according to some information, in which I have little faith, they say that the second. In any case, during testing, no problems arose. Separately, it should be said that the front surface smoothly passes to the right and left ends, as in Nokia 920, HTC https:/ /cars45.com.gh/listing/honda/cr-v/2001 One X and others. After updating the Sharp OS to version 4.1, such a design will become useful, since it will be more convenient to launch the camera from the lock screen with a swipe from right to left.

The Sharp SH837W measures 133.9x67.6x8.9 mm and weighs 126 grams. Easily fits in the pockets of jeans, trousers and even in the breast pocket of a shirt.

At the top end there is a standard 3.5 mm audio output and an on/off button for the device. It is small, almost recessed into the body, the move is small. Due to the fact that the smartphone is large and the button is on top (and only it is responsible for activating the backlight), it is inconvenient to use it with one hand.

There are two sensors on the top of the front panel: illumination and proximity. The first controls the backlight level of the screen depending on the general lighting, and the second turns off the "touch" sensor during a call. Both work correctly. Next to them is the front camera, a small "indicator of missed events" and a speech speaker. Its volume is high, mainly low and medium frequencies are heard. The interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, there are no extraneous noises and echoes.

Removable bottom end. In order to remove it, you need to press a small makeshift button on the back (near the speaker). Under the panel are slots for a microSD memory card and a SIM card. Both are installed in special plastic slides and inserted into the corresponding grooves. In addition, there is a microphone and microUSB at the end.

After repeated extractions and re-installation of the plug, it began to play a little.

On the right there are no buttons and connectors, on the left there is a slightly recessed into the case, thin, but easy-to-use volume rocker key.

On the back side there are: a second microphone for noise reduction, a small camera eye, a metal nameplate with the inscription "Sharp" on which there is an LED flash. At the very bottom in the center is a speaker, covered with a metal mesh in the form of an arch.

Sharp SH837W and Meizu MX2

Sharp SH837W and Sharp SH930U

Display

This model uses a 4.7-inch screen (physical size 58x103 mm), HD resolution - 720x1280 pixels, density is 312 pixels per inch. For the middle and end of 2012, these are standard parameters for almost all flagship smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S III - 4.8 inches, HTC One X + and LG Optimus 4X, as well as Nexus 4 - 4.7 inches, Nokia Lumia 920 - 4.5 inches.

The sensitivity of the capacitive touch layer is excellent and works out up to 5 simultaneous touches.

The type of matrix, as indicated on the manufacturer's website, is Sharp Mobile. Unlike IPS, it has better viewing angles and color reproduction. The image is not distorted at all and does not even acquire any shades: for example, in LG Nexus 4 and Optimus 4X, when tilted away from you and slightly to the right, the picture turns yellow, and to the left it turns green. Below are screen comparisons between Sharp SH837W (left), LG Nexus 4, Meizu MX2 and Sharp SH631W.

At the right angle, the picture is more natural, in my opinion, on the Meizu MX2, the Sharp 837 gives slightly warmer shades, on the Nexus 4 the image is pale, and the display of the Sharp 631 has a high contrast (some midtones are lost).

Tilted away from itself, the Sharp SH837W matrix behaves best: brightness and color reproduction practically do not decrease. Next - Meizu MX2, Sharp 631 and Nexus 4 matrices are approximately the same.

From other angles, the Sharp 631 looks the worst, the Nexus slightly better, then the Meizu MX2, and the Sharp 837 is the best.

In general, we can definitely say that the Sharp SH837W screen matrix is ​​one of the best!

In the display settings there is an item "FeelUx Home". If you disable this option, the user interface will switch to the bare Android operating system version 4.0.

Brightness is adjusted automatically using a light sensor or manually over a very wide range.

There are several settings in the "Lock Screen" section:

  • Wallpaper. You can set default pictures to "Lock screen" or animated screensaver
  • Info area - exchanges widget
  • Notifications. You have the right to specify which notifications will appear on the "Lock Screen": events, calls, letters, messages
  • Tutorial
  • Screen backlight time

Также в настройках «Экрана» калибруются G-сенсор и E-компас.

Сравнение экранов Sharp 837 (слева) и Sharp 631 (справа)

Аккумулятор

В аппарате используется встроенный аккумулятор емкостью 1900 мАч. Какой конкретно тип батареи установлен в «Шарпе», не оговаривается. Производитель утверждает, что полного заряда аккумулятора должно хватить до 550 минут в режиме разговора и до 600 часов в режиме ожидания.

With a load of 20-30 minutes of calls per day, about an hour of listening to music, 3-4 hours of 3G Internet, the battery was discharged in 5-6 hours. Only when playing music, the battery lasts a little less than 30 hours, only when watching a video (maximum brightness, maximum volume in headphones, resolution 1280x800) - 3 hours 40 minutes.

In short, the runtime is standard for any Android device.

Communications

The smartphone works in 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. Speed ​​HSDPA - up to 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA - 5.76 Mbps, GPRS - class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4), EDGE - class 12.

SAR data can be found in the slide below:

Bluetooth version 4.0 (A2DP) available for file and voice transfer. There is a wireless connection Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n. The device can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot). In the "Settings" there is a special item "Portable hotspot". USB 2.0 (HighSpeed) or Wi-Fi-Direct is used to “transport” files.

For the entire period of operation, no network loss was noticed, Wi-Fi worked stably, when using a Bluetooth headset, everything was also in order.

In order to synchronize your PC and smartphone, you need to install Sharp PS Tools on your PC. The program is installed the first time you connect SH837W to your computer.

Memory and memory card

Sharp 837 comes with 1 GB of RAM. Free on average about 550 MB. This amount of memory is enough for most operations.

For data storage, 4 GB of Flash memory is provided, about 3 GB is available. A 16GB Class 6 microSDHC card is included. You have the right to choose the place where the data will be written: to the "micro-esdisk" or internal memory.

Camera

This uses an 8-megapixel autofocus camera module. For video calls - 1.3 MP module. The maximum resolution of photos is 3264x2448 pixels, the resolution of videos is 1280x720 pixels at 30 frames per second, regardless of the lighting level.

The minimum ISO is 100, the maximum is 1600. The maximum shutter speed is 1/18, the minimum is 1/4000. Judging by the EXIF ​​data, the aperture is f2.0, but no one writes about this cool feature. Not surprisingly, even at ISO 100, there were practically no blurry frames!

< td style="font-size:12px; font-family:'Lucida Grande', sans-serif">ISO 100
ISO 400
ISO 800 ISO 1600

Comparing the shots taken on Sharp 837, Nexus 4, iPhone 4S, SGS III, I can say that the 837 model shoots very well, in part even better than LG, but not as cool as Samsung and Apple, losing in detail .

The video is shot by a camera with autofocus and stereo sound. In general, nothing special.

The front camera works seamlessly with the Skype app.

The interface has changed a lot from the standard design.

On the bottom are the photo/camera switch, camera activation, and access to the photo gallery. Left - digital zoom, top left - settings.

Camera settings:

  • HDR
  • Slow Motion
  • Sharpness
  • Shades
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Grid
  • Quality
  • Measurement
  • White balance
  • Mode (Normal, Auto Detect, Pretty Face, Smile, Best Shot, Varying Exposure Range)
  • Shooting mode - normal or panorama
  • Scenes
  • Permission
  • Exposure
  • ISO (100 to 1600)
  • Effects
  • Geotags
  • Shutter sound

Camera settings:

  • Sharpness
  • Shades
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Flicker
  • Effects
  • Electronic stabilization
  • Focus mode (infinity, focus)
  • Duration
  • Quality
  • Exposure
  • BB
  • Effects

Video file characteristic:

  • Format: 3GP
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 Visual, 12,000 Kbps
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720, 30 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC 128Kbps
  • Channels: 2ch, 16kHz

Sample photos:

Performance

What surprised me the most was that Sharp offers a smartphone for 17,000 rubles that runs on the Taiwanese MediaTek MT6577 chipset. For example, the same chip is in the Fly IQ442 at a price of 6,000 rubles or in the ZTE V889 at a cost of 5,000 rubles. I understand that the manufacturer was trying to save money, but it was already possible to install some old Qualcomm, the same MSM8260. This is absolutely logical, because devices such as HTC One S, HTC 8X, Sony Xperia TX, Asus Padfone have this chip.

I will not "copy-paste" words from previous reviews, I will just say this: MTK6577 is not enough for HD resolution! Yes, there will be no strong brakes and glitches, but you will not achieve smoothness either. The same story with Fly IQ444, Highscreen Alpha GTR and other gadgets with similar parameters. In this case, only a gigabyte of RAM partially saves.

In my Fly IQ441 review (which has a similar chipset), I have already talked in detail about performance in games and applications.

Sharp SH837W smartphone review

Sharp rolled out four smartphones on the Android operating system to the Russian market. Model SH530U has a large 5-inch screen (but the resolution is low), two SIM cards and a high-quality assembly. The 530th refers to gadgets up to 10,000 rubles. I consider SH631W a little more interesting - a smaller screen, but more resolution, a thinner case, a better display matrix. It is worth considering if you choose a smartphone under 15,000 rubles. The next device is called SH837W. It has an even larger screen (4.7 inches) and an even higher resolution (720x1280 pixels), however, the price “flies into the clouds” - 17,000 rubles. For 22,000 rubles, the first smartphone with a FullHD screen is available - Aquos Phone SH930W, which went on sale in Russia.

Frankly, if I have no particular complaints about the prices for the 530th and 930th models, then the cost of the 631st and even more so the 837th is surprising, given not the most outstanding characteristics and, in fact, the unknown brand in our country in the "environment" of mobile devices. In any case, they are worth testing to understand whether it makes sense to consider the 631st and 837th models when choosing a new "android".

Design, dimensions, controls

If in the review of the Sharp SH530U I criticized the design of the device a little, then I liked the appearance of the Sharp SH837W. Yes, in part it also resembles the HTC One X. On the other hand, now there are so many phones that it seems to me that even Apple can’t come up with something new and unusual: by and large, the iPhone 5 is a vertically stretched iPhone 4/4S in a metal case. In any case, the 837th model looks expensive, elegant and stylish.

The monolithic body is made of fashionable in 2012 milky polycarbonate. Top and bottom it comes to the front panel. To the touch, the plastic is slightly rough, so the smartphone practically does not slip out of the hands. Fingerprints remain on it, but are not too noticeable. You can even draw something on the case with a ballpoint pen, and then easily wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth. Similar materials are used in devices from Nokia, HTC, Sony and other vendors.

The upper and lower ends are made of chrome-plated plastic.

Since the design of Sharp is frame, i.e. all the hardware and the display are inscribed in a single body, then there is no need to talk about backlash and squeaks: the assembly is excellent, the back side does not press through to the battery, it does not crunch when squeezed. For a month of using the SH837W, there were no scratches or scuffs on the case. If we continue talking about the durability of the device, then the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, at least according to the official website of Sharp. It is not known which generation exactly, but according to some information, in which I have little faith, they say that the second. In any case, during testing, no problems arose. Separately, it should be said that the front surface smoothly passes to the right and left ends, as in Nokia 920, HTC https:/ /cars45.com.gh/listing/honda/cr-v/2001 One X and others. After updating the Sharp OS to version 4.1, such a design will become useful, since it will be more convenient to launch the camera from the lock screen with a swipe from right to left.

The Sharp SH837W measures 133.9x67.6x8.9 mm and weighs 126 grams. Easily fits in the pockets of jeans, trousers and even in the breast pocket of a shirt.

At the top end there is a standard 3.5 mm audio output and an on/off button for the device. It is small, almost recessed into the body, the move is small. Due to the fact that the smartphone is large and the button is on top (and only it is responsible for activating the backlight), it is inconvenient to use it with one hand.

There are two sensors on the top of the front panel: illumination and proximity. The first controls the backlight level of the screen depending on the general lighting, and the second turns off the "touch" sensor during a call. Both work correctly. Next to them is the front camera, a small "indicator of missed events" and a speech speaker. Its volume is high, mainly low and medium frequencies are heard. The interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, there are no extraneous noises and echoes.

Removable bottom end. In order to remove it, you need to press a small makeshift button on the back (near the speaker). Under the panel are slots for a microSD memory card and a SIM card. Both are installed in special plastic slides and inserted into the corresponding grooves. In addition, there is a microphone and microUSB at the end.

After repeated extractions and re-installation of the plug, it began to play a little.

On the right there are no buttons and connectors, on the left there is a slightly recessed into the case, thin, but easy-to-use volume rocker key.

On the back side there are: a second microphone for noise reduction, a small camera eye, a metal nameplate with the inscription "Sharp" on which there is an LED flash. At the very bottom in the center is a speaker, covered with a metal mesh in the form of an arch.

Sharp SH837W and Meizu MX2

Sharp SH837W and Sharp SH930U

Display

This model uses a 4.7-inch screen (physical size 58x103 mm), HD resolution - 720x1280 pixels, density is 312 pixels per inch. For the middle and end of 2012, these are standard parameters for almost all flagship smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S III - 4.8 inches, HTC One X + and LG Optimus 4X, as well as Nexus 4 - 4.7 inches, Nokia Lumia 920 - 4.5 inches.

The sensitivity of the capacitive touch layer is excellent and works out up to 5 simultaneous touches.

The type of matrix, as indicated on the manufacturer's website, is Sharp Mobile. Unlike IPS, it has better viewing angles and color reproduction. The image is not distorted at all and does not even acquire any shades: for example, in LG Nexus 4 and Optimus 4X, when tilted away from you and slightly to the right, the picture turns yellow, and to the left it turns green. Below are screen comparisons between Sharp SH837W (left), LG Nexus 4, Meizu MX2 and Sharp SH631W.

At the right angle, the picture is more natural, in my opinion, on the Meizu MX2, the Sharp 837 gives slightly warmer shades, on the Nexus 4 the image is pale, and the display of the Sharp 631 has a high contrast (some midtones are lost).

Tilted away from itself, the Sharp SH837W matrix behaves best: brightness and color reproduction practically do not decrease. Next - Meizu MX2, Sharp 631 and Nexus 4 matrices are approximately the same.

From other angles, the Sharp 631 looks the worst, the Nexus slightly better, then the Meizu MX2, and the Sharp 837 is the best.

In general, we can definitely say that the Sharp SH837W screen matrix is ​​one of the best!

In the display settings there is an item "FeelUx Home". If you disable this option, the user interface will switch to the bare Android operating system version 4.0.

Brightness is adjusted automatically using a light sensor or manually over a very wide range.

There are several settings in the "Lock Screen" section:

  • Wallpaper. You can set default pictures to "Lock screen" or animated screensaver
  • Info area - exchanges widget
  • Notifications. You have the right to specify which notifications will appear on the "Lock Screen": events, calls, letters, messages
  • Tutorial
  • Screen backlight time

Также в настройках «Экрана» калибруются G-сенсор и E-компас.

Сравнение экранов Sharp 837 (слева) и Sharp 631 (справа)

Аккумулятор

В аппарате используется встроенный аккумулятор емкостью 1900 мАч. Какой конкретно тип батареи установлен в «Шарпе», не оговаривается. Производитель утверждает, что полного заряда аккумулятора должно хватить до 550 минут в режиме разговора и до 600 часов в режиме ожидания.

With a load of 20-30 minutes of calls per day, about an hour of listening to music, 3-4 hours of 3G Internet, the battery was discharged in 5-6 hours. Only when playing music, the battery lasts a little less than 30 hours, only when watching a video (maximum brightness, maximum volume in headphones, resolution 1280x800) - 3 hours 40 minutes.

In short, the operating time is standard for any Android device.

Communications

The smartphone works in 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. Speed ​​HSDPA - up to 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA - 5.76 Mbps, GPRS - class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4), EDGE - class 12.

SAR data can be found in the slide below:

Bluetooth version 4.0 (A2DP) available for file and voice transfer. There is a wireless connection Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n. The device can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot). In the "Settings" there is a special item "Portable hotspot". USB 2.0 (HighSpeed) or Wi-Fi-Direct is used to "transport" files.

For the entire period of operation, no network loss was noticed, Wi-Fi worked stably, when using a Bluetooth headset, everything was also in order.

In order to synchronize your PC and smartphone, you need to install Sharp PS Tools on your PC. The program is installed the first time you connect SH837W to your computer.

Memory and memory card

The Sharp 837 comes with 1 GB of RAM. Free on average about 550 MB. This amount of memory is enough for most operations.

For data storage, 4 GB of Flash memory is provided, about 3 GB is available. A 16GB Class 6 microSDHC card is included. You have the right to choose the place where the data will be written: to the "micro-esdisk" or internal memory.

Camera

This uses an 8-megapixel autofocus camera module. For video calls - 1.3 MP module. The maximum resolution of photos is 3264x2448 pixels, the resolution of videos is 1280x720 pixels at 30 frames per second, regardless of the lighting level.

The front camera works seamlessly with the Skype app.

The interface has changed a lot from the standard design.

On the bottom are the photo/camera switch, camera activation, and access to the photo gallery. Left - digital zoom, top left - settings.

Camera settings:

  • HDR
  • Slow Motion
  • Sharpness
  • Shades
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Grid
  • Quality
  • Measurement
  • White balance
  • Mode (Normal, Auto Detect, Pretty Face, Smile, Best Shot, Varying Exposure Range)
  • Shooting mode - normal or panorama
  • Scenes
  • Permission
  • Exposure
  • ISO (100 to 1600)
  • Effects
  • Geotags
  • Shutter sound

Camera settings:

  • Sharpness
  • Shades
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Flicker
  • Effects
  • Electronic stabilization
  • Focus mode (infinity, focus)
  • Duration
  • Quality
  • Exposure
  • BB
  • Effects

Video file characteristic:

  • Format: 3GP
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 Visual, 12,000 Kbps
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720, 30 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC 128Kbps
  • Channels: 2ch, 16kHz

Sample photos:

Performance

What surprised me the most was that Sharp offers a smartphone for 17,000 rubles that runs on the Taiwanese MediaTek MT6577 chipset. For example, the same chip is in the Fly IQ442 at a price of 6,000 rubles or in the ZTE V889 at a cost of 5,000 rubles. I understand that the manufacturer was trying to save money, but it was already possible to install some old Qualcomm, the same MSM8260. This is absolutely logical, because devices such as HTC One S, HTC 8X, Sony Xperia TX, Asus Padfone have this chip.

I will not "copy-paste" words from previous reviews, I will just say this: MTK6577 is not enough for HD resolution! Yes, there will be no strong brakes and glitches, but you will not achieve smoothness either. The same story with Fly IQ444, Highscreen Alpha GTR and other gadgets with similar parameters. In this case, only a gigabyte of RAM partially saves.

In my Fly IQ441 review (which has a similar chipset), I have already talked in detail about performance in games and applications.

Sharp SH837W smartphone review

Sharp rolled out four smartphones on the Android operating system to the Russian market. Model SH530U has a large 5-inch screen (but the resolution is low), two SIM cards and a high-quality assembly. The 530th refers to gadgets up to 10,000 rubles. I consider SH631W a little more interesting - a smaller screen, but more resolution, a thinner case, a better display matrix. It is worth considering if you choose a smartphone under 15,000 rubles. The next device is called SH837W. It has an even larger screen (4.7 inches) and an even higher resolution (720x1280 pixels), however, the price “flies into the clouds” - 17,000 rubles. For 22,000 rubles, the first smartphone with a FullHD screen is available - Aquos Phone SH930W, which went on sale in Russia.

Frankly, if I have no particular complaints about the prices for the 530th and 930th models, then the cost of the 631st and even more so the 837th is surprising, given not the most outstanding characteristics and, in fact, the unknown brand in our country in the "environment" of mobile devices. In any case, they are worth testing to understand whether it makes sense to consider the 631st and 837th models when choosing a new "android".

Design, dimensions, controls

If in the review of the Sharp SH530U I criticized the design of the device a little, then I liked the appearance of the Sharp SH837W. Yes, in part it also resembles the HTC One X. On the other hand, now there are so many phones that it seems to me that even Apple can’t come up with something new and unusual: by and large, the iPhone 5 is a vertically stretched iPhone 4/4S in a metal case. In any case, the 837th model looks expensive, elegant and stylish.

The monolithic body is made of fashionable in 2012 milky polycarbonate. Top and bottom it comes to the front panel. To the touch, the plastic is slightly rough, so the smartphone practically does not slip out of the hands. Fingerprints remain on it, but are not too noticeable. You can even draw something on the case with a ballpoint pen, and then easily wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth. Similar materials are used in devices from Nokia, HTC, Sony and other vendors.

The upper and lower ends are made of chrome-plated plastic.

Since the design of Sharp is frame, i.e. all the hardware and the display are inscribed in a single body, then there is no need to talk about backlash and squeaks: the assembly is excellent, the back side does not press through to the battery, it does not crunch when squeezed. For a month of using the SH837W, there were no scratches or scuffs on the case. If we continue talking about the durability of the device, then the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, at least according to the official website of Sharp. It is not known which generation exactly, but according to some information, in which I have little faith, they say that the second. In any case, during testing, no problems arose. Separately, it should be said that the front surface smoothly passes to the right and left ends, as in Nokia 920, HTC https:/ /cars45.com.gh/listing/honda/cr-v/2001 One X and others. After updating the Sharp OS to version 4.1, such a design will become useful, since it will be more convenient to launch the camera from the lock screen with a swipe from right to left.

The Sharp SH837W measures 133.9x67.6x8.9 mm and weighs 126 grams. Easily fits in the pockets of jeans, trousers and even in the breast pocket of a shirt.

At the top end there is a standard 3.5 mm audio output and an on/off button for the device. It is small, almost recessed into the body, the move is small. Due to the fact that the smartphone is large and the button is on top (and only it is responsible for activating the backlight), it is inconvenient to use it with one hand.

There are two sensors on the top of the front panel: illumination and proximity. The first controls the backlight level of the screen depending on the general lighting, and the second turns off the "touch" sensor during a call. Both work correctly. Next to them is the front camera, a small "indicator of missed events" and a speech speaker. Its volume is high, mainly low and medium frequencies are heard. The interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, there are no extraneous noises and echoes.

Removable bottom end. In order to remove it, you need to press a small makeshift button on the back (near the speaker). Under the panel are slots for a microSD memory card and a SIM card. Both are installed in special plastic slides and inserted into the corresponding grooves. In addition, there is a microphone and microUSB at the end.

After repeated extractions and re-installation of the plug, it began to play a little.

On the right there are no buttons and connectors, on the left there is a slightly recessed into the case, thin, but easy-to-use volume rocker key.

On the back side there are: a second microphone for noise reduction, a small camera eye, a metal nameplate with the inscription "Sharp" on which there is an LED flash. At the very bottom in the center is a speaker, covered with a metal mesh in the form of an arch.

Sharp SH837W and Meizu MX2

Sharp SH837W and Sharp SH930U

Display

This model uses a 4.7-inch screen (physical size 58x103 mm), HD resolution - 720x1280 pixels, density is 312 pixels per inch. For the middle and end of 2012, these are standard parameters for almost all flagship smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S III - 4.8 inches, HTC One X + and LG Optimus 4X, as well as Nexus 4 - 4.7 inches, Nokia Lumia 920 - 4.5 inches.

The sensitivity of the capacitive touch layer is excellent and works out up to 5 simultaneous touches.

The type of matrix, as indicated on the manufacturer's website, is Sharp Mobile. Unlike IPS, it has better viewing angles and color reproduction. The image is not distorted at all and does not even acquire any shades: for example, in LG Nexus 4 and Optimus 4X, when tilted away from you and slightly to the right, the picture turns yellow, and to the left it turns green. Below are screen comparisons between Sharp SH837W (left), LG Nexus 4, Meizu MX2 and Sharp SH631W.

At the right angle, the picture is more natural, in my opinion, on the Meizu MX2, the Sharp 837 gives slightly warmer shades, on the Nexus 4 the image is pale, and the display of the Sharp 631 has a high contrast (some midtones are lost).

Tilted away from itself, the Sharp SH837W matrix behaves best: brightness and color reproduction practically do not decrease. Next - Meizu MX2, Sharp 631 and Nexus 4 matrices are approximately the same.

From other angles, the Sharp 631 looks the worst, the Nexus slightly better, then the Meizu MX2, and the Sharp 837 is the best.

In general, we can definitely say that the Sharp SH837W screen matrix is ​​one of the best!

In the display settings there is an item "FeelUx Home". If you disable this option, the user interface will switch to the bare Android operating system version 4.0.

Brightness is adjusted automatically using a light sensor or manually over a very wide range.

There are several settings in the "Lock Screen" section:

  • Wallpaper. You can set default pictures to "Lock screen" or animated screensaver
  • Info area - exchanges widget
  • Notifications. You have the right to specify which notifications will appear on the "Lock Screen": events, calls, letters, messages
  • Tutorial
  • Screen backlight time

With a load of 20-30 minutes of calls per day, about an hour of listening to music, 3-4 hours of 3G Internet, the battery was discharged in 5-6 hours. Only when playing music, the battery lasts a little less than 30 hours, only when watching a video (maximum brightness, maximum volume in headphones, resolution 1280x800) - 3 hours 40 minutes.

In short, the runtime is standard for any Android device.

Communications

The smartphone works in 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. Speed ​​HSDPA - up to 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA - 5.76 Mbps, GPRS - class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4), EDGE - class 12.

SAR data can be found in the slide below:

Bluetooth version 4.0 (A2DP) available for file and voice transfer. There is a wireless connection Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n. The device can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot). In the "Settings" there is a special item "Portable hotspot". USB 2.0 (HighSpeed) or Wi-Fi-Direct is used to “transport” files.

For the entire period of operation, no network loss was noticed, Wi-Fi worked stably, when using a Bluetooth headset, everything was also in order.

In order to synchronize your PC and smartphone, you need to install Sharp PS Tools on your PC. The program is installed the first time you connect SH837W to your computer.

Memory and memory card

The Sharp 837 comes with 1 GB of RAM. Free on average about 550 MB. This amount of memory is enough for most operations.

For data storage, 4 GB of Flash memory is provided, about 3 GB is available. A 16GB Class 6 microSDHC card is included. You have the right to choose the place where the data will be written: to the "micro-esdisk" or internal memory.

Camera

This uses an 8-megapixel autofocus camera module. For video calls - 1.3 MP module. The maximum resolution of photos is 3264x2448 pixels, the resolution of videos is 1280x720 pixels at 30 frames per second, regardless of the lighting level.

The minimum ISO is 100, the maximum is 1600. The maximum shutter speed is 1/18, the minimum is 1/4000. Judging by the EXIF ​​data, the aperture is f2.0, but no one writes about this cool feature. Not surprisingly, even at ISO 100, there were practically no blurry frames!

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ISO 400
ISO 800 ISO 1600

Comparing the shots taken on Sharp 837, Nexus 4, iPhone 4S, SGS III, I can say that the 837 model shoots very well, in part even better than LG, but not as cool as Samsung and Apple, losing in detail .

The video is shot by a camera with autofocus and stereo sound. In general, nothing special.

The front camera works seamlessly with the Skype app.

The interface has changed a lot from the standard design.

On the bottom are the photo/camera switch, camera activation, and access to the photo gallery. Left - digital zoom, top left - settings.

Camera settings:

  • HDR
  • Slow Motion
  • Sharpness
  • Shades
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Grid
  • Quality
  • Measurement
  • White balance
  • Mode (Normal, Auto Detect, Pretty Face, Smile, Best Shot, Varying Exposure Range)
  • Shooting mode - normal or panorama
  • Scenes
  • Permission
  • Exposure
  • ISO (100 to 1600)
  • Effects
  • Geotags
  • Shutter sound

Camera settings:

  • Sharpness
  • Shades
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Flicker
  • Effects
  • Electronic stabilization
  • Focus mode (infinity, focus)
  • Duration
  • Quality
  • Exposure
  • BB
  • Effects

Video file characteristic:

  • Format: 3GP
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 Visual, 12,000 Kbps
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720, 30 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC 128Kbps
  • Channels: 2ch, 16kHz

Sample photos:

Performance

What surprised me the most was that Sharp offers a smartphone for 17,000 rubles that runs on the Taiwanese MediaTek MT6577 chipset. For example, the same chip is in the Fly IQ442 at a price of 6,000 rubles or in the ZTE V889 at a cost of 5,000 rubles. I understand that the manufacturer was trying to save money, but it was already possible to install some old Qualcomm, the same MSM8260. This is absolutely logical, because devices such as HTC One S, HTC 8X, Sony Xperia TX, Asus Padfone have this chip.

I will not "copy-paste" words from previous reviews, I will just say this: MTK6577 is not enough for HD resolution! Yes, there will be no strong brakes and glitches, but you will not achieve smoothness either. The same story with Fly IQ444, Highscreen Alpha GTR and other gadgets with similar parameters. In this case, only a gigabyte of RAM partially saves.

In my Fly IQ441 review (which has a similar chipset), I have already talked in detail about performance in games and applications.

Sharp SH837W smartphone review

Sharp rolled out four smartphones on the Android operating system to the Russian market. Model SH530U has a large 5-inch screen (but the resolution is low), two sim cards and a high-quality assembly. The 530th refers to gadgets up to 10,000 rubles. I consider SH631W a little more interesting - a smaller screen, but more resolution, a thinner case, a better display matrix. It is worth considering if you choose a smartphone under 15,000 rubles. The next device is called SH837W. It has an even larger screen (4.7 inches) and an even higher resolution (720x1280 pixels), however, the price “flies into the clouds” - 17,000 rubles. For 22,000 rubles, the first smartphone with a FullHD screen is available - Aquos Phone SH930W, which went on sale in Russia.

Frankly, if I have no particular complaints about the prices for the 530th and 930th models, then the cost of the 631st and even more so the 837th is surprising, given not the most outstanding characteristics and, in fact, the unknown brand in our country in the "environment" of mobile devices. In any case, they are worth testing to understand whether it makes sense to consider the 631st and 837th models when choosing a new "android".

Design, dimensions, controls

If in the review of the Sharp SH530U I criticized the design of the device a little, then I liked the appearance of the Sharp SH837W. Yes, in part it also resembles the HTC One X. On the other hand, now there are so many phones that it seems to me that even Apple can’t come up with something new and unusual: by and large, the iPhone 5 is a vertically stretched iPhone 4/4S in a metal case. In any case, the 837th model looks expensive, elegant and stylish.

The monolithic body is made of fashionable in 2012 milky polycarbonate. Top and bottom it comes to the front panel. To the touch, the plastic is slightly rough, so the smartphone practically does not slip out of the hands. Fingerprints remain on it, but are not too noticeable. You can even draw something on the case with a ballpoint pen, and then easily wipe it off with a damp microfiber cloth. Similar materials are used in devices from Nokia, HTC, Sony and other vendors.

The upper and lower ends are made of chrome-plated plastic.

Since the design of Sharp is frame, i.e. all the hardware and the display are inscribed in a single body, then there is no need to talk about backlash and squeaks: the assembly is excellent, the back side does not press through to the battery, it does not crunch when squeezed. For a month of using the SH837W, there were no scratches or scuffs on the case. If we continue talking about the durability of the device, then the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, at least according to the official website of Sharp. It is not known which generation exactly, but according to some information, in which I have little faith, they say that the second. In any case, during testing, no problems arose. Separately, it should be said that the front surface smoothly passes to the right and left ends, as in Nokia 920, HTC https://cars45.com.gh/listing/honda/cr-v/2001 One X and others. After updating the Sharp OS to version 4.1, such a design will become useful, since it will be more convenient to launch the camera from the lock screen with a swipe from right to left.

Since the design of Sharp is frame, i.e. all the hardware and the display are inscribed in a single body, then there is no need to talk about backlash and squeaks: the assembly is excellent, the back side does not press through to the battery, it does not crunch when squeezed. For a month of using the SH837W, there were no scratches or scuffs on the case. If we continue talking about the durability of the device, then the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass, at least according to the official website of Sharp. It is not known which generation exactly, but according to some information, in which I have little faith, they say that the second. In any case, during testing, no problems arose. Separately, it should be said that the front surface smoothly passes to the right and left ends, as in Nokia 920, HTC https://cars45.com.gh/listing/honda/cr-v/2001 https://cars45.com.gh/listing/honda/cr-v/2001 One X and others. After updating the Sharp OS to version 4.1, such a design will become useful, since it will be more convenient to launch the camera from the lock screen with a right-to-left swipe.

The Sharp SH837W measures 133.9x67.6x8.9 mm and weighs 126 grams. Easily fits in the pockets of jeans, trousers and even in the breast pocket of a shirt.

At the top end there is a standard 3.5 mm audio output and an on/off button for the device. It is small, almost recessed into the body, the move is small. Due to the fact that the smartphone is large and the button is on top (and only it is responsible for activating the backlight), it is inconvenient to use it with one hand.

There are two sensors on the top of the front panel: illumination and proximity. The first controls the backlight level of the screen depending on the general lighting, and the second turns off the "touch" sensor during a call. Both work correctly. Next to them is the front camera, a small "indicator of missed events" and a speech speaker. Its volume is high, mainly low and medium frequencies are heard. The interlocutor is heard clearly and legibly, there are no extraneous noises and echoes.

Removable bottom end. In order to remove it, you need to press a small makeshift button on the back (near the speaker). Under the panel are slots for a microSD memory card and a SIM card. Both are installed in special plastic slides and inserted into the corresponding grooves. In addition, there is a microphone and microUSB at the end.

After repeated extractions and re-installation of the plug, it began to play a little.

On the right there are no buttons and connectors, on the left there is a slightly recessed into the case, thin, but easy-to-use volume rocker key.

On the back side there are: a second microphone for noise reduction, a small camera eye, a metal nameplate with the inscription "Sharp" on which there is an LED flash. At the very bottom in the center is a speaker, covered with a metal mesh in the form of an arch.

Sharp SH837W and Meizu MX2

Sharp SH837W and Sharp SH930U

Display

This model uses a 4.7-inch screen (physical size 58x103 mm), HD resolution - 720x1280 pixels, density is 312 pixels per inch. For the middle and end of 2012, these are standard parameters for almost all flagship smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S III - 4.8 inches, HTC One X + and LG Optimus 4X, as well as Nexus 4 - 4.7 inches, Nokia Lumia 920 - 4.5 inches.

The sensitivity of the capacitive touch layer is excellent and works out up to 5 simultaneous touches.

The type of matrix, as indicated on the manufacturer's website, is Sharp Mobile. Unlike IPS, it has better viewing angles and color reproduction. The image is not distorted at all and does not even acquire any shades: for example, in LG Nexus 4 and Optimus 4X, when tilted away from you and slightly to the right, the picture turns yellow, and to the left it turns green. Below are screen comparisons between Sharp SH837W (left), LG Nexus 4, Meizu MX2 and Sharp SH631W.

At the right angle, the picture is more natural, in my opinion, on the Meizu MX2, the Sharp 837 gives slightly warmer shades, on the Nexus 4 the image is pale, and the display of the Sharp 631 has a high contrast (some midtones are lost).

Tilted away from itself, the Sharp SH837W matrix behaves best: brightness and color reproduction practically do not decrease. Next - Meizu MX2, Sharp 631 and Nexus 4 matrices are approximately the same.

From other angles, the Sharp 631 looks the worst, the Nexus slightly better, then the Meizu MX2, and the Sharp 837 is the best.

In general, we can definitely say that the Sharp SH837W screen matrix is ​​one of the best!

In the display settings there is an item "FeelUx Home". If you disable this option, the user interface will switch to the bare Android operating system version 4.0.

Brightness is adjusted automatically using a light sensor or manually over a very wide range.

There are several settings in the "Lock Screen" section:

  • Wallpaper. You can set default pictures to "Lock screen" or animated screensaver
  • Info area - exchanges widget
  • Notifications. You have the right to specify which notifications will appear on the "Lock Screen": events, calls, letters, messages
  • Tutorial
  • Screen backlight time

G-sensor and E-compass are also calibrated in the Screen settings.

Comparison of Sharp 837 (left) and Sharp 631 (right) screens

Battery

The device uses a built-in battery with a capacity of 1900 mAh. What specific type of battery is installed in Sharp is not specified. The manufacturer claims that a full charge of the battery should last up to 550 minutes of talk time and up to 600 hours of standby time.

With a load of 20-30 minutes of calls per day, about an hour of listening to music, 3-4 hours of 3G Internet, the battery was discharged in 5-6 hours. Only when playing music, the battery lasts a little less than 30 hours, only when watching a video (maximum brightness, maximum volume in headphones, resolution 1280x800) - 3 hours 40 minutes.

In short, the operating time is standard for any Android device.

Communications

The smartphone works in 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks. Speed ​​HSDPA - up to 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA - 5.76 Mbps, GPRS - class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4), EDGE - class 12.

SAR data can be found in the slide below:

Bluetooth version 4.0 (A2DP) available for file and voice transfer. There is a wireless connection Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n. The device can be used as an access point (Wi-Fi Hotspot). In the "Settings" there is a special item "Portable hotspot". USB 2.0 (HighSpeed) or Wi-Fi-Direct is used to "transport" files.

For the entire period of operation, no network loss was noticed, Wi-Fi worked stably, when using a Bluetooth headset, everything was also in order.

In order to synchronize your PC and smartphone, you need to install Sharp PS Tools on your PC. The program is installed the first time you connect SH837W to your computer.

Memory and memory card

The Sharp 837 comes with 1 GB of RAM. Free on average about 550 MB. This amount of memory is enough for most operations.

For data storage, 4 GB of Flash memory is provided, about 3 GB is available. A 16GB Class 6 microSDHC card is included. You have the right to choose the place where the data will be written: to the "micro-esdisk" or internal memory.

Camera

This uses an 8-megapixel autofocus camera module. For video calls - 1.3 MP module. The maximum resolution of photos is 3264x2448 pixels, the resolution of videos is 1280x720 pixels at 30 frames per second, regardless of the lighting level.

The minimum ISO is 100, the maximum is 1600. The maximum shutter speed is 1/18, the minimum is 1/4000. Judging by the EXIF ​​data, the aperture is f2.0, but no one writes about this cool feature. Not surprisingly, even at ISO 100, there were practically no blurry frames!

ISO 100 ISO 400 ISO 800 ISO 1600

Comparing the shots taken on Sharp 837, Nexus 4, iPhone 4S, SGS III, I can say that the 837 model shoots very well, in part even better than LG, but not as cool as Samsung and Apple, losing in detail .

The video is shot by a camera with autofocus and stereo sound. In general, nothing special.

The front camera works seamlessly with the Skype app.

The interface has changed a lot from the standard design.

On the bottom are the photo/camera switch, camera activation, and access to the photo gallery. Left - digital zoom, top left - settings.

Camera settings:

  • HDR
  • Slow Motion
  • Sharpness
  • Shades
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Grid
  • Quality
  • Measurement
  • White balance
  • Mode (Normal, Auto Detect, Pretty Face, Smile, Best Shot, Varying Exposure Range)
  • Shooting mode - normal or panorama
  • Scenes
  • Permission
  • Exposure
  • ISO (100 to 1600)
  • Effects
  • Geotags
  • Shutter sound

Camera settings:

  • Sharpness
  • Shades
  • Saturation
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Flicker
  • Effects
  • Electronic stabilization
  • Focus mode (infinity, focus)
  • Duration
  • Quality
  • Exposure
  • BB
  • Effects

Video file specification:

  • Format: 3GP
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 Visual, 12,000 Kbps
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720, 30 fps
  • Audio codec: AAC 128Kbps
  • Channels: 2ch, 16kHz

Sample photos:

Performance

What surprised me the most was that Sharp offers a smartphone for 17,000 rubles that runs on the Taiwanese MediaTek MT6577 chipset. For example, the same chip is in the Fly IQ442 at a price of 6,000 rubles or in the ZTE V889 at a cost of 5,000 rubles. I understand that the manufacturer was trying to save money, but it was already possible to install some old Qualcomm, the same MSM8260. This is absolutely logical, because devices such as HTC One S, HTC 8X, Sony Xperia TX, Asus Padfone have this chip.

I will not "copy-paste" words from previous reviews, I will just say this: MTK6577 is not enough for HD resolution! Yes, there will be no strong brakes and glitches, but you will not achieve smoothness either. The same story with Fly IQ444, Highscreen Alpha GTR and other gadgets with similar parameters. In this case, only a gigabyte of RAM partially saves.

In my Fly IQ441 review (which has a similar chipset), I have already talked in detail about performance in games and applications.