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iNQ Chat 3G

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 December, 2009, 12:00am

The iNQ Chat 3G looks like a fancy Blackberry with its full Qwerty keyboard, but it's actually just a basic 3G mobile phone.

But 'basic' these days means it still offers 3.6 Mbps high speed data connections, and comes with a 2.4-inch colour display, a 3.2-mega-pixel camera in the back, and Bluetooth. It supports many popular applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, Web browsing and even GPS.

The phone's menus use icons, and applications and content can be easily accessed using the large navigation ring.

As its name suggests, this phone is designed for chat, and you can communicate with your friends via MSN, Skype and others.

It is definitely not the sleekest model around. Like Blackberries, you'll have to tolerate the extra size for the benefit of the keyboard.

On the other hand, it's still pretty thin at only 12.8 mm, so it's a bit like Nokia's full keyboard model. You also get exchangeable back covers in a variety of colours.

But the most impressive thing about the phone isn't its functionality, it's the price. At HK$633, this is one of the most powerful devices in its price range.

If you want to go mobile with online applications like Facebook, then the Chat 3G is a Christmas wish come true.

Pros: full Qwerty keyboard, access to online applications, most affordable device in its category

Cons: chunky design, average camera


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