For a smartphone with a 600 million person audience, it could have been made a little better. This is the INQ Cloud Touch, a smartphone with some potential to become a true hit and INQ Cloud Touch now available for pre-order in UK. Read on to find out more on this phone called the Facebook phone.
One phone for millions of people to use. This is the ready-made customer base of the INQ Cloud Touch. It is useful for no one else. It is focused on the services of Facebook, not on anything else. This smartphone looks like an iPhone 3G. The screen size is the same and the overall aspect looks like one also. The main difference is a few more buttons on the front, underneath the display.
Taking a look at the display, the INQ Cloud Touch is sporting a three and a half inch touch screen. This is the same as the iPhones. The difference is the clarity of the screen. The Touch actually has some problem with pixellation, thanks to the low 480 by 320 resolution. By comparison an iPhone 4 has 960 by 640 pixels of clarity. The granular screen of the Touch smartphone is still useable. It has an accelerometer, a proximity sensor and multi touch input. This model has no manual keyboard, but INQ is preparing a model called the INQ Cloud “Q” that will have a manual keyboard. For now, this model will use the virtual keyboard ( the display ) for all typing.
The camera for the INQ Cloud Touch is an unimpressive five megapixel photo snapper. There is no secondary camera. There is no flash for the camera, but there is geo tagging and auto focus. Geo tagging is the feature of assigning a GPS coordinate in the taken photos. That way it is possible to locate where it was taken later. This feature can be disabled in the menus of the smartphone for security. The Touch can take video, but not in high definition formats.
INQ gave the Cloud Touch a 600 megahertz chip. This is a bit of a disappointment. Most upper level smartphones can do at least 800 megahertz and commonly 1 gigahertz. A Qualcomm MSM 7227 is the name of the chip. The internal memory is another weak point. It has just 4 megabytes of storage. INQ gladly included a flash memory chip in the box with the Touch. The card has four gigabytes of storage space. The MicroSD card slot can handle a memory card of up to eight gigabytes.
The INQ Cloud Touch is hooked up to sufficient networks to satisfy most people. The smartphone has Wi-iFi, 3G, bluetooth, GPRS and EDGE radios. There are no 4G features. There is also no FM radio. The external connections are the 3.5 millimeter head phone jack and a Micro USB port.
INQ provided a user interface over the free Google Android mobile operating system in this smartphone. It makes it look much better and creates the right atmosphere to get down to business with Facebook. The front and center feature is the Facebook visual news feed. The five most contacted friends are automatically included in the list of friends, but more can be added. Universal search is a nice feature and searches the whole phone from one bar. For some reason INQ gave this smartphone an old version of Android; Android 2.2 Froyo OS. The newest version directed towards smartphones is Android 2.3 gingerbread . Hopefully the INQ smartphone will be able to upgrade after it releases.
A 1300 mAh battery is bringing the juice to the circuits of the INQ Cloud Touch. It will give an average amount of talk time. This is on pre-order at the moment. It is possible to buy it for £299.95 pounds without a SIM card and will start shipping from April 6. The QWERTY version of the INQ Cloud Touch phone is expected to be available in June 2011.