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Nick Owen
posted on 10 Jun 2009, 09:38

8.3

INQ1 So-So

I have had the INQ1 for a little over 3 weeks now and I have very mixed feelings about it. Its functionality is exceptional, access to Facebook, MSN Messenger, Skype & the internet are all simple to use and but a few buttons away. However the phone receives such poor signal, regardless of location that it makes these functions often frustrating to use, whilst also cutting phone calls on occasion.
 
The most notable issue with the phone is its very poor battery life. Whilst this may be extended by not automatically connecting to MSN/Facebook/Email etc, this would limit the initial purpose of the phone.
 
There are also a number of silly bugs that distract from this otherwise excellent phone. For example, when closing the handset to end a call it does not automatically lock the keypad, which kind of eliminates the purpose of using it for hanging up the phone to return to your pocket. Also on the note of sliding, the phone does feel loose and slaps about when open, making one think that it will break.
As one could imagine from a phone with a price tag so low, there are some quality issues, the speakers are awful, as are the earphones supplied (also unable to use 3rd party replacements) and the camera is so dire it makes me hark back to my first camera phone, which also had no flash.
 
The handset also crashes occasionally, however the phone restarts fairly quickly and this causes a lot less hassle than you would imagine.
 
However, bad things said and out...  

Design 8/10
Features 10/10
Performance 7/10

Pros

  • Lots of functions
  • Excellent social phone
  • Awesome contact list
  • Just plain excellent
  • Even with such critical failures, the phone is not just excellent, it is amazing for its price

Cons

  • POOR signal reception
  • Poor battery
  • Silly bugs
  • Crashes occasionally

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