The rumours are now fact, and the Facebook phone is well and truly official – 3′s social networking bargain-phone is here! We’ve manhandled it and put INQ’s new social integration to the test. Come and take a peek!
The handset itself feels solid, although there’s little special about the design. This is a standard issue slider, with a 3.2 megapixel camera and not much else to shout about. Sure, it’s 3G and boasts HSDPA, but it’s the software inside that’s really special.
The INQ1 takes Facebook further than any phone before, even the iPhone. Its app is a proper offline version, so you can tap out messages to friends and even write on their wall when the phone lacks a signal. Those updates will then sync as soon as you get back online.
Likewise, the deep-level integration of social networking makes this a dream for those with friends all over the place. Contacts are automatically merged with Facebook profiles, Skype IDs and even Flickr accounts. Dive into one of your mates’ entries and you’ll see their current status, whether they’re available for a Skype call, and any updates to their photos or RSS feeds.
Take a look at the photo gallery below for a better idea of how the handset works in practice.
TBC | From £free | 3