3 INQ1 Review - 3 INQ1 Review


I do have some gripes about the design, though. The INQ1 has 50MB of built-in memory and a microSD card slot for adding more. The card slot is very inconveniently located under the battery making swapping cards time-consuming and it is a fiddle to pop a card out of its slot. And the one-piece headset with in-ear buds uses the same side-mounted miniUSB port as the mains power and PC cable. I really would have liked a 3.5mm connector.

The camera shoots stills at 3.2-megapixels. It is a bit lacking in features and could do with being a whole lot better at its job. There is no flash so indoor shots were sometimes rather disappointing. The cat was photographed without any household lighting on a rather dull day, but that’s not abnormal and the photograph quality is poor.

The coloured dish, photographed under normal household lights, is far clearer and brighter than photos I took of groups of people (and cats!) indoors. It is a staged shot and by far the less likely of the two to be set for uploading to Facebook.

Outside the camera coped better, but not wonderfully. The chair shows the level of detail I’d expect from a 3.2-megapixel camera, but the colour rendering is a bit off.

When it comes to music, sound quality through the handset speaker is not that wonderful and the player is a bit basic in terms of features, but it does hang together. Last.fm is pre-loaded so you can use that as an alternative to your favourite tunes.

I found the battery got me through a day well enough, but making it through two was sometimes a struggle. Anyone very keen on being as totally connected as this phone allows may find daily charging is the best regime.


This is a nicely constructed slider with a fairly good range of apps on offer and two very enticing special tariffs. There are a few niggles which hopefully will be ironed out in the next version but as a first effort from the INQ/3 partnership it is impressive.

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