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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 23, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

    Review: The INQ phone

    Ciara O'Brien

    The INQ phone - with integrated Facebook, Skype and MSN Messenger

    The INQ phone is designed to appeal to those who can’t bear to be disconnected from Facebook or Bebo or longer than is necessary. Who need to be hooked into Skype or MSN Messengerfor large parts of the day because .. well, just because. In other words, it was designed to appeal to someone just like me.

    Exclusive to Three in the Irish market, the phone integrates Facebook, Skype and MSN throughout the handset, even down to the phonebook. Your Facebook friends and your real-life friends can be synced so your phonebook contains their profile pictures, their skype names and MSN details, so all their contact info is at your fingertips. You can also upload pictures directly to Facebook.

    On the outside, the phone resembles some of the Nokia sliders we’ve come to know and love, although it doesn’t appeal to all. But it’s sturdy, and best of all it charges through a standard mini USB connection, so you’d rarely get caught out without a charger of some description, as long as you are near a PC.

    The INQ also includes a 3.2 megapixel camera, video camera and voice recorder, with RSS feeds for news junkies.

    The graphic interface may not be as slick as some of the other phones out there, but it’s a minor quibble really. The important applications are on a widget-based interface on the home screen, with access to Google applications, Facebook and Bebo all included.

    One of the good things about the INQ is that you can also use it as a broadband modem, if you get caught short without an internet connection.