Review: Sharp FX
The FX has a capable music player and the usual slew of AT&T-branded music applications. The branded apps include AT&T's Music Store, AT&T Radio (streamed, not FM broadcast), Music Videos and access to some music applications. The AT&T Radio worked fine, though I much prefer Pandora or Slacker. The Music ID app portends to help identify tracks, but it was only about 50% accurate for me. The Music Video app offers clips of music videos, but I didn't find the selection of artists all that compelling.
As for the music player itself, it handles the basics just fine. Sorting through playlists and playing music was a snap. The player offers barely any advanced features. There are a number of preset equalizers from which to choose, but there are no user-adjustable options. Aside from shuffle and repeat, that's about it.
Music sounds weak coming through the tinny speaker on the back. You'll be much better off using your own favorite stereo headphones. With my Shures, music sounded pretty good.
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Music via stereo Bluetooth didn't turn out so well. It worked, but only barely (sound cut in and out), and sound quality was miserable.
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