All About Symbian have, in their Insight #48 podcast, turned their attention to the INQ1. Rafe Blandford gives an assessment of the device, before more general discussion with Steve Litchfield and Ewan Spence on what 3 is aiming to do with the INQ brand.
To hear the AAS thoughts on the INQ1 and the related issues of integration, address book 2.0 and social rivers head to the podcast. The INQ1 topic is first up in the running order.
The Skype Gear blog has been given access to the INQ1 handset and, after a brief whizz around the features, they turn their attention to what they do best – Skype.
Andrew Brennan is the man with his hands on and he’s created the rather excellent video below that peruses the INQ1’s UI, before demonstrating the Skype functionality.
Initially Miss Geeky was awash with excitement about the possibilities of the INQ1, however after a hands on session she admits to not having to cope with a burning desire to own one.
Her post, Dried On Paper Revealed explains why and Miss Geeky’s ‘pass’ where the INQ1 is concerned isn’t a negative reflection on the device itself. Believing that the price point on the device really makes the INQ1 stand alone in the market. It is the reliance on the discretion of manufacturers as to what social sites makes it onto the handset that puts her off currently, “I’m sorely missing Twitter on this phone and I would have loved all this integration applied to that app.”
Despite this, you can’t really argue with her optimism regarding the INQs that will follow. Miss Geeky gets the reasons behind the INQ1’s conception, “The next step of mobile communication should be social network communication and this is the first phone to focus on just that.”…
The Platform, a venue of tech-centric joys, has been talking INQ1.
Understanding what the device can do, and the potential it has, informs the title of the post in question - INQ1 means mobile social web is for everyone. Tim, the voice behind The Platform, makes the anecdotal point that his sister would probably like the INQ1, and then takes it a step further. “My sister doesn’t necessarily want to pay for a Nokia N96 or an iPhone just so she can access Facebook from her phone. And why should she? Facebook doesn’t require a fast processor, a touch screen, a GPS. It just needs a well executed software solution.”
Tim goes on to explain that this makes the INQ1 good for consumers and carriers alike, to read why and have your say, go here.
Have you’ve been waiting to see the INQ1 in action? Well, look no further. Stuart Miles of Pocket-Lint got his mitts on one at last weeks launch and gave the world this video…
Agree with the issues over the lack of a qwerty?
The Guardian’s business blog has reviewed the INQ1 and starts with some impact –
“Should the INQ1 – 3’s new “Facebook phone” – be mentioned in the same sentence as the iPhone, G1 and Storm? I think it should.”
Richard Wray’s words ring resoundingly, especially when you consider the INQ1 in terms of price and functionality. He feels that the device may not be as ‘cool’ as a Blackberry Storm or an iPhone, but that isn’t really the point. It is in fact that the INQ1 “could introduce a lot of people to the potential of real social networking on a mobile phone.”
Do you believe the INQ1 can compete with such lofty competition?
Gizmodo sum up the mass appeal of the INQ1 better than most:
“If you’re the type of person who gets withdrawal symptoms when you’re not on Facebook every 30 minutes, then you’re going to love the latest phone from 3.”
That will be everyone, right?
Head to Martin Lynch’s Gizmodo article for some extremely quotable work from INQ CEO, Frank Meehan. He talks of the need for the mobile market to return to communication – essentially the ways people interact everyday – email, Messenger, Facebook, Skype. That’s the perspective the INQ1 was built from. As Martin points out though, this may mean “never getting a good night’s sleep ever again.”
Only announced officially yesterday, the INQ1 has made quite the debut. This has, however, not stopped ITProPortal looking ahead to the handsets that will follow in it’s wake, notably the INQ2.
In doing so they’ve put together a list of implementations they’d like to see on the next incarnation of the INQ. The changes they suggest are the sort of things that would make the handset more competitive with higher end smartphones. Whether this is the right direction for INQ is currently undecided, but the list is intriguing – a touchscreen – surely a cert for INQ 2009?
If you’re feeling like a futurologist, why not add your own thoughts.