INQ1

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INQ1
Compatible networks UMTS 2100, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, HSDPA, 3G
Availability by country December 2008
Memory 50MB internal Expandable to 8GB microSD
Display 2.2in QVGA
Rear camera 3.2 Megapixels
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, USB (with Mass Storage Mode and Modem dongle support)

The INQ1 is the first product of the Hutchinson Whampoa subsidiary, INQ. The INQ1 was released in December 2008 as a social-networking phone. Retailing at a cheaper price than competitors such as the iPhone, Blackberry Storm, G1 and Nokia 5800, it also contains slightly fewer features than other 3G 'smartphones'.[1] It is thus marketed as an entry-level phone for users wanting to access websites and web-base applications from their mobile.[2] The phone was created for the 3 phone network.[3]

The INQ1 integrates a range of services such as Skype, Last.fm, Ebay, Facebook, Myspace and Windows Live Messenger. The inclusion of Facebook in a prominent position has led to its description as 'the Facebook phone'.[4]

Reaction[edit]

The phone received generally positive reviews upon release. Some were extremely positive, with its low price, easy integration of multiple social networking features and light weight all being quoted as positive features.[1] [5][6] In particular, the phone was seen as successful for a manufacturer's first handset.[2]

The phone was awarded 'best handset' at the 'Mobile World Congress' in February 2009 [7][8]

Features[edit]

In the box[edit]

  • Handset
  • Battery
  • Battery cover.
  • Personal stereo hands free kit (via mini-USB connector).
  • USB cable.
  • Mains charger (USB connector).
  • CD–ROM for PC connection.
  • 3 user guide.
  • Quick start guide for Skype.
  • Additional guides

Supported functionality[edit]

  • Bluetooth stack with OBEX file transfer and A2DP support
  • Streaming video (can receive TV channels, watch movies or YouTube over the 3G network)
  • Streaming audio
  • Free Skype-to-skype calls
  • E-mail
  • T9 dictionary
  • 3.2Mpx camera
  • Video recording
  • Audio recording
  • MP3 player (can also play WMA and AAC files)
  • Memory: 50Mb onboard
  • External memory: Micro SD up to 8Gb
  • PC Suite synchronization (With Vista support)
  • HSDPA support: Up to 2.6Mbit/s
  • HSDPA modem dongle
  • Podcasting with Mobilcast (unofficially supported)
  • Supports Java ME applications such as Opera Mini and many Java ME games.
  • Facebook always on application, change your status and easily access your profile, friends, inbox, pokes and more.
  • Charging via standard mini USB cable. (though its own charging unit (wall plug) and USB to mini USB cable are included, any standard mini USB cable can be used to charge the phone)
  • Brew games

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Review: 3's INQ1 The Guardian; Accessed 25-02-08
  2. ^ a b NQ1 - social networking phone Hopping, Clare 08-02-09; Accessed 25-02-09
  3. ^ 3 launches 'Facebook phone' for Christmas Wray, Richard; The Guardian; 13-11-08; Accessed 25-02-09
  4. ^ Can Microsoft make its future mobile? Weber, Tim; BBC News; 15-12-08; Accessed 08-02-09
  5. ^ Facebook phone: 3 INQ1 review Techradar.com; Accessed 25-02-09
  6. ^ INQ1 - Social Networking Phone Review Whatmobile; Accessed 25-02-09
  7. ^ Best Handset Winner INQ1 to Launch in Four More Countries PCWorld; 19-02-09; Accessed 25-02-09
  8. ^ Facebook mobi is Best Handset The Sun; 20-02-09; Accessed 25-02-09

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