Friday, November 14, 2008

You're never alone with an INQ1

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

The INQ1 is a slider designed with just one thing in mind: social networking. It features access to a series of communication apps, including Facebook, Windows Live Messenger and Skype.

Scrolling icons on the main menu provide direct access to said social networking apps, a very basic web browser and Google tools. Facebook’s layout is different from the website's design, but proved easy to navigate.

For example, INQ automatically adds contacts from Facebook to its address book – and from other apps – so that a user’s avatar appears when they call you. A Facebook friend’s status, such as “Will is eating chicken”, will also appear in your INQ1 contacts menu.

When we tried the phone out at its London launch, we found the 2.2in, 320 x 240 screen difficult to read text on. It's not touch-sensitive, either.

The INQ1 will be available free on a £15-per-month ($25/€20) 3 contract which gets you unlimited web, texts and 75 minutes of calls. It’ll cost £80 ($150/€100) on a pay-as-you-go basis. An availability date hasn’t been confirmed yet.

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