INQ Cloud Facebook phone from Telus
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INQ Cloud Facebook phone from Telus

Until recently I had never heard of INQ..a British phone manufacturer that practically  invented the socially connected smartphone. With the Cloud Touch INQ has dressed geeky Android 2.2 up in social clothes so it can hang with the cool dudes. It starts with the box which you won’t want to throw away.

Out of the box the Cloud Touch is a slab of white plastic with a 3.5″ touchscreen. It is clearly a budget phone, although most phones in this range are 3.2″ the bigger screen highlights the low resolution 480 x 320 pixel display. It is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor and features only 140Mb of internal memory. Certainly not a superphone but it does the job and is meant to be cool..and that it is.

The main home screen is all Facebook..a live widget of your Facebook News Feed keeps you up to date and it is topped by smaller live widgets for People, Dates, Notification and Places. It is the ultimate connection machine.

You will notice a couple of extra buttons on the side of this phone. The one on the top left pops up a comprehensive information screen that gives you access to WiFi controls, Bluetooth, available memory, battery life and more. The button on the lower right starts up DoubleTwist with AirSync app that allows you to sync your iTunes content with your Mac or PC.

All his social networking can play havoc with a small data plan. A built-in WiFi feature will help you stay connected while saving battery juice at the same time. When you sign into a WiFi hotspot the phone saves the GPS location. When you leave the hotspot, the WiFi connection is switched off automatically, until you wander into the next location that’s saved on your phone. The Cloud Touch comes with a database of free WiFi hotspots. INQ claims that leaving GPS on and turning Wi-Fi off can increase the phone’s battery life by 15 per cent, as compared to leaving Wi-Fi on and GPS off.

Overall this is a budget smartphone with decent performance and a number of neat features. It will appeal to the uber connected, especially Facebook aficionados.

The INQ Cloud Touch is available exclusively from Telus and is currently free with a 3 year plan and $229.99 with no contract.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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