Archive for the ‘INQ Phones’ Category

A Look At The INQ Chat 3G

Monday, November 30th, 2009

INQ ChatMobile phone manufacturer INQ has just wowed us by launching a new device with a full QWERTY keyboard; something we’re willing to admit we were not expecting.

The exciting new INQ Chat 3G is the brother of the INQ Mini 3G which was launched at the same time, however the Chat makes use of a larger 2.4 inch screen, a better camera, more widgets with improved functionality and of course a fabulous full QWERTY keyboard that we can’t stop admiring.

Currently, thirty percent of INQ1 users are regularly writing email messages on a standard phone keypad, which played a huge part in the company’s decision to finally implement a workable keyboard along with a number of other features.

This is all very exciting although the name is a little bit of a snooze, but we have high hopes that by the time it lands on shelves it will have been given a new handle with a little more jazz to suit its new (for INQ, at least,) design.

The most obvious feature is of course the keyboard, but there is also integration with Facebook and Twitter, something several previous mobile phones released by the manufacturer had sadly lacked.

You might notice that the INQ Chat 3G looks quite a lot like the BlackBerry Curve; in which case you might be happy to know that it doesn’t have a price tag to match. The device will cost somewhere around £110, if rumours are to be believed, (and they usually are,) although if that changes prior to release we will be sure to let you know.

If the price tag does sit at around £110 then this is sure to be a winning device, given the lack of full QWERTY keyboards available on mobile phones in this price bracket. Fingers crossed!

INQ Mini Lands In UK

Monday, October 12th, 2009

INQ MiniThe INQ Mini 3G mobile phone is now being offered by the 3 network.

The handset has been designed as a budget mobile phone aimed at heavy texters and social networkers, as well as appealing to a younger audience with easily customisable covers, coming in eight different colours. With shortcuts for Facebook, instant messaging programs, Twitter and Skype, the handset really has a very fun vibe about it, and makes a refreshing change from all of the high tech, high cost smartphones that are flooding the market at the moment, especially following the release of Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.

The mobile phone boasts a very nice 2.2 inch touch screen display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. It has a 2 mega pixel camera, 100 MB of internal memory which can be expanded using a microSD card, up to 8 GB, and is able to sync up with both iTunes and Windows Media Player using a third party application.

The ability to use Skype is considered one of the main plusses for many teenage users, as the program is still increasingly in popularity; which one can tell when they look at the latest gaming handset to be released worldwide, the PSP GO, which itself makes use of Skype as one of its big selling points.

The INQ Mini 3G mobile phone has a price tag which is just as appealing as it’s colourful and friendly look, costing only £59.99 on pay as you go, and available for free on a £15 per month Internet Texter contract.

Given the price, look and functionality of the INQ Mini 3G, it is sure to be a big hit.

INQ Plans To Release Android Mobile Phones

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

INQ Chat and MiniThe good folks over at Mobile Choice are telling us to expect a new INQ Android handset sometime in 2010, although it seems the epecifics are still being closely guarded.

Although INQ’s CEO has acknowledged Android mobile phones competing with the iPhone generally perform poorly, he believes with all the features the Android platform offers users might be convinced to make the change. INQ are still hoping to really break in to the US market with this new handset, a feat they have yet to accomplish, however they enjoy tremendous buzz from overseas.

In wanting to provide a highly customized mobile phone they put a lot of thought into it – before choosing Android as a platform they toyed with the idea of using Windows Mobile, but found it was unable to be easily customized to the extent they wanted seen on their new handsets. The exterior of the phone is also imagined to be quite interesting, as we already know that “it won’t look like what you expect an Android phone to look like.” Although we aren’t getting any more hints than that just now, it has certainly piqued my interest.

The company INQ has been described as “small, fast and nimble” and is so confident it believes that it has the ability to brutally crush both Nokia and Motorola in the market place when its new Android mobile phone comes out.

It is yet to be seen whether or not it will perform as well it is predicting in the US marketplace, however they are currently winning the war when it comes to keeping their new product confidential; both Motorola and Nokia have seen their latest creations have pictures published online already, whereas with INQ not only do we have no idea what it looks like, we don’t even have anyone confident enough to speculate on the specifications.

Stay tuned, as soon as more is announced we’ll be posting it here!

Socializing on the Net with the INQ Mini 3G

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

inq-miniFollowing in the tradition of its successful Skypephone and highly regarded INQ1, the mobile phone maker INQ is releasing its Mini 3G smartphone as a social networking mobile phone that integrates with Twitter, Facebook and Skype as well as push mail for GM mail client and instant messaging.  The name spells two things: it supports 3G and is a mini of its brother the QWERTY Chat 3G released at the same time.

It’s really No Mini

But feature-wise, one can easily think this is no mini of anything. The INQ Mini 3G has about the same competitive features as any smartphone in its class and actually provides a better price/feature ratio than many.  Sporting a conventional candybar form, the Mini 3G has a modest 2.2” QVGA TFT screen with a capable 2.0 megapixel camera, not a stand-out for sure, but for its sub ₤100 price point, this is a winner.  It even supports 3G and 3.5G, assuring surfers on the net the best online speeds available.  You do get a very capable media players as well, though a bit shy on supporting Windows Media files.  No WiFi or GPS to brag about, but this is a budget phone to begin with.

Social Networking Integration

As a budget phone, the Mini 3G takes a step further with a unique media synchronization feature called doubleTwist that enables your laptop or desktop PC to get in sync with the phone for multimedia files as in iTunes.  But its real edge lies on its social networking features.  Unlike other mobile phones in its class, INQ Mini 3G has those social networking apps like Twitter and Facebook integrated into the phone and makes them a breeze to use.

The candybar Mini 3G looks like any conventional mobile phone and at a slim 103 x 46 x 13mm, it’s pocket-friendly enough. It’s expected to appeal to the social networking crowd wanting the best value on a mobile phone.  Get one as soon as it hits the shelves within the last quarter of the year.

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Celebrating an Affordable Social Networker – the INQ Mini 3G

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

inq-miniFor the Budget Social Network Fan

INQ has recently released a Twitter mobile phone that should appeal to many among social network fans out there.   Coming up on the heels of its highly successful and multi-awarded INQ1, the new INQ Mini 3G tales on a real marketing challenge of providing all the features that matter to most people while making it as pocket-friendly as possible.  Right after its official launch this month, the internet started to litter with dozens of unofficial hands-on reviews.  Here are some of the highlights.

Value Features for Everyone

The INQ Mini 3G looks like any ordinary candybar mobile phone out there.  It’s also quite light on the pocket. INQ actually offers it as a toned-down version of the Chat 3G arriving on the market at about the same time. What makes the Mini 3G interesting is its feature/price ratio which puts it above many mobiles in its price point.

There’s no WiFi or GPS features.  But that’s quite understandable for a budget phone.  Positioned as a social networking mobile phone, the Mini 3G gets the job done with built-in apps that support popular social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The INQ Mini 3G has these social networking apps integrated into the phone unlike many others that have them as add-ons.   It also supports instant messaging such as Skype as well as integrates with Windows Live.  It can also synchronize with your desktop media files and iTunes.  Not bad for a budget mobile phone.

From its name Mini 3G, the handset supports 3G so you can browse at high speeds and allows 3G tethering.  While its 2.2” QVGA TFT display and a 2 megapixel camera won’t make it stand out, the Mini 3G takes on a more trendy market that loves to customize their mobile phones with interchangeable body covers.  The INQ Mini 3G won’t disappoint here as it has after-market covers in various designs and colors.

The new INQ Mini 3G makes it to stores within the last quarter of the year and should be a great addition to your Christmas shopping list.

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INQ set to launch new social networking phones

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

inq-chatINQ have announced two new phones that they have aimed primarily at users of social networking sites. While many phones are now incorporating these services into built in apps or downloadable apps, INQ state they wish to make the use of these services as easy as sending an SMS message.

INQ’s ‘Facebook phone’ the INQ1 was hugely popular and the manufacturer is now trying to built on that by offering the same integration for other online content on their new phones that they offered for Facebook on the former. The two new low-priced handsets will feature apps for Twitter, eBay and Skype as well as Facebook. There will also be full integration with Windows Live and full syncing capability with iTunes and Windows Media Player.

On top of this, both handsets will be able to use their HSDPA and 3G tethering capabilities to allow easy downloading and streaming of online audio and video. Both come with a built-in media player that has some good compatibility although a major let down is that INQ did not think to include a 3.5mm audio jack.

Among other features included are a GPS (in the Chat 3G), and a 3.2 megapixel camera for the Chat 3G and a 2 Megapixel camera for the Mini 3G. INQ had noted that about 30% of INQ1 users made regular use of email despite only having an alphanumeric keypad and so a decision was made to include a full QWERTY keyboard on the Chat 3G in the style of a BlackBerry phone.

The Chat 3G features a 2.2” display and the Mini 3G a slightly larger 2.4” display. While some of the technological specifications may not wow many people compared to the competition, INQ will be one of the first companies to bring features that integrate social networking that are normally reserved for high-end devices to more affordable phones. Both handsets will be released towards the end of the year in the fourth quarter.