Japan and the United States build phones differently. In the U.S. we want better performance, more dazzling displays, and faster processors. Japan just makes the thing look awesome. And not many have done it better than Sharp.
No, the Super Bowl is not going to be in 3D this year. Again. But that doesn't mean you don't want a 3D set. Here's the thing: The best 2D TV is a 3D TV. The burlier image processors required to render the third dimension make everything look better.
After watching this demonstration video, I'm amazed by how incredibly good Sharps' new stabilized camera phone sensor is. It's on the Aquos SH-01D phone, but it should really be standard in every single phone out there. By law. [Thanks Karl!]
Check the size of this monster compared to human beings. It's the Sharp Aquos 80-inch LCD television. 80 bloody inches—6.66 feet! And still, it's price tag is only $5500, which feels low to me given its insane size.
Sharp's new 70 inch Aquos Quattron 3D TV isn't the biggest 3D TV out there, but it's the biggest one from Sharp. They've been making flat screens since the dawn of time, and here's my hands-on... er, eyes-on.
Sharp's jumping into the mainstream LED pool with Aquos LED (they had the pricier XS1). Sharp says theirs are better, since they make their own LEDs and use a next-gen LCD substrate. But there's no local dimming. WTF? Updated
The US International Trade Commission has ruled that some Sharp LCD displays violate a patent owned by Samsung and should be banned from being imported into the US. Although, it is probably nothing to get overly excited about.
While the downward pricing spiral may be over, manufacturers are finding new ways to move TVs, like including a free Blu-ray player worth $300 when you buy one of many Sharp LCDs.