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INQ Cloud Touch review

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Price when reviewed : £210
inc VAT

A fun, refreshing take on Android, the Cloud Touch will appeal to Facebook addicts and smartphone novices, and includes some novel ideas that we hope to see more widely adopted


Android 2.2, 3.5in 320×480 display

We haven’t seen a handset from INQ since the colourful INQ1 launched in March 2009, which is a shame as the company’s user-friendly approach to smartphones is a refreshing change. The Cloud Touch takes a similar tack; INQ has taken Android 2.2, added some funky designs and made Facebook the phone’s primary focus. The result is a phone aimed squarely at those who don’t see their smartphone as a computing device, but as a glorified address book.

Starting up the phone for the first time, we were taken through a slightly longer setup procedure than is normal with Android phones – mainly due to the addition of deep Facebook integration. The main home page is filled with Facebook widgets, including individual icons for each of Facebook’s main functions, such as People, Events, Notifications and Places. These functions are also available as apps in the main application tray, so you can jump straight to your Facebook profile, your newsfeed or your messages.

INQ Cloud Touch

There’s also a small application tray that sits at the bottom of the screen and holds six icons; it’s independent of the home screens, but you can scroll it sideways to access more icons. It contains a shortcut to the main app tray and icons for Contacts, Messaging, Camera, Browser and yet more Facebook shortcuts. Long-pressing these icons lets you move or delete them, and you can drag new icons from a home screen onto this tray. INQ has customised the icons for the standard Android apps, which we’d normally complain about, but in this case the designs are so fun and colourful that they fit in with the rest of the phone’s design.

The phone’s lock screen is innovative, and reminded us of the lock screen on HTC’s Sense 3.0 UI. There’s a large lock icon, which you can drag out of its dock to unlock it as if you were pulling it from a pool of tar – and a haptic response provides suitable feedback for this metaphor. Two more apps can be launched in the same way – the camera and INQ Type.

INQ Type is a clever built-in application that, according to the quick start guide, lets you “search, share or save”. It might not seem obvious at first, but in practice it saves a lot of time. It opens into a simple search box, with three tabs underneath. If you tap on the Search tab, a drop-down lets you choose where to search – All, Web, Apps or Contacts.

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Price £210
Rating ****


Main display size 3.5in
Native resolution 320×480
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 5-megapixel
Video recording format 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 512MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 4096MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/1900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, UMTS
Size 114x62x13mm
Weight 122g


Operating system Android 2.2
Microsoft Office compatibility none
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support AMR, AAC, AAC+, E-AAC+, MIDI, MP3, WAV, OGG
Video playback formats MPEG4, H.263, H.264
FM Radio yes
Web Browser Webkit, Opera
Accessories headset, data cable, charger
Talk time 6.5 hours
Standby time 10.2 days

Buying Information

SIM-free price £210
Price on contract £30-per-month, 18-month contract
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