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It's the year 2010 #pastfuturetechnology.
For over 6 years now Sharp have been innovating and creating amazing phones for 3 networks across Japan and for a brief couple of years, for markets across the globe.
The 942SH is a good looking and sophisticated 9-series phone. It has a solid finish, comes in a number of great colours and is packed with loads of features that the everyday Japanese has come to expect by now.
What perhaps is lacking is the innovation. Just like Nokia and Sony Ericsson, Sharp is repackaging its latest tech in many variants across its networks, which provides a lot of choice to its broad consumer range. But the "wow" factor has left.
2010 is the year of the smartphone, and with the launch of the iPhone 4 we're going to see a rapid increase in smartphones and tablets, and an equally rapid decline in feature phones like these.
As for the 942SH, it comes with a large 3.3" ASV LCD, 8Mpx CCD camera, NFC Mobile Wallet (Osaifu/Suica), 1Seg TV receiver, microSDHC expansion support and the ability to install Softbank "widgets" (Softbank approved apps). I'm not 100% sure if Softbank Sharp devices also run on Symbian like their NTT Docomo counterparts, but it would make sense.
What I like most about this phone is the design – the glossy finish and external dot-LED are very elegant, and the phone has pretty much got everything one could possibly need in a phone, even for 2021 standards.
Unfortunately, I can't test out the camera as the device needs to connect to Softbank's 3G network for it to work. Bummer.