TrustedReviews’ piece on the INQ1 is jammed with images of the handset. So, if it’s clear as crystal visuals you’re after, this is the place to go.
Making a point that the UI can’t be underestimated in terms of whether or not a handset has the potential for success, TrustedReviews believe that the INQ1 is ahead of the game in this department. This though, is not the best bit. That is the price point. “Ultra affordable”, and for a handset they describe as a “game changer” it’s hard not to be excited. Do you agree with the ‘game changer’ tag? Get more details of pricing and the INQ1’s good stuff here.
Mobile Industry Review have done what they do best, and reviewed the new kid on the block – the INQ1.
Mentioning the launch (a fine, fine event) that took place in Shoreditch yesterday, MIR describe 3’s social networking phone as being “packed to the rafters with instant access” to the online services we use daily. As well as discussing the background of the INQ1, MIR is thorough on the device itself, from hardware up to UI.
The full review is here, but I’ll give you their final thoughts now:
“We can’t stress enough that this does appear to be a bit of a revolution in the way a phone has been delivered. It’s great to use very well laid out and simple to understand. We look forward to more INQs on the horizon. Hurrah!”
The Guardian has given the INQ1 a run down, confirming details and defining facts. The overiding piece of news has to be the price point though. They put, in black and white:
“The INQ1 will be free for anyone willing to sign up to an 18-month contract at just £15 a month. For that they will get unlimited Facebook and Skype calls, as well as access to Windows Live Messenger and up to 1GB a month of web access, plus unlimited texts, unlimited email, unlimited calls to other 3 customers and 75 minutes of calls to other networks a month.”
Whichever way you cut it that’s a lot of phone for your £15 p/m. They also delve into where the potential appeal lies; citing the Facebook user increase from 5 to 15 million, it is the integrated use of the hugely popular social media site that’ll be tempting people to purchase. Has it got what it takes? Full Guardian piece is here.
Steve O’Hear turns his thoughts to Facebook and whether or not it’ll be the mobile web’s killer application. Especially considering mobile variations of the site are now being used by around 15 million worldwide.
As part of the discussion he cites his article at Last100 relating to the much talked about INQ device. This leads to the idea of data as the new voice and text for all consumers, not just those at the top-end of the market. It’s interesting stuff. What are your thoughts? Will Facebook be the future of mobile web?
3G.co.uk has given the second incarnation of the 3 Skypephone, the S2, a good ol’ comprehensive reviewing!
Split into clearly defined sub-headings you’ll be able to find what you need to know from the review in a flash, ah-aaaa. And if words aren’t your thing then the star ratings give you an instant overview.
To see how the 4/5 of rating the S2 received stacked up, click here. The device has been in the public domain for a bit now, how are you finding it?
IntoMobile’s Ben Robinson used to help fix the downed networks that inevitably keeled over come Christmas and New Year hyper texting activity. Now this has been addressed by a few fixes Ben mentions, he has a new worry, data connection.
Taking the INQ1 as his example Ben perceives the morning of the 25th December being one that will have a “flood of data-connection requests”. Is this something network planners have prepared for? Let’s hope so, for the sake of little Johnny.
Tech venue Cnet has reported on the latest development for 3 Australia, prepaid mobile broadband for 12 months.
Prepaid mobile broadband is available through other operators, but only over a 90 day period as the maximum. 3’s offering of a year paid up front for mobile broadband is a first in Australia.
Last year Children in Need raised £350,000 thanks to people donating their old mobile handsets. The scheme is making a return this year, so if you’ve got some past it device going mouldy in a drawer, then why not bag it up and post it off to Children in Need – with each phone being worth between £4 and £80, why would you not?
Pocket-Lint makes the point that in this time of crunching credit it is a grand way to donate, and Mobile Industry Review explains how the values of each handset is decided, should such things concern you.
The company behind the project is Regenersis who specialise in the recycling of handsets. Should you want to get involved, just send your device to “Freepost BBC Children in Need”, or pick up your freepost envelope at any 3 Mobile store.