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INQ Chat 3G review

3.8/10 AVG.
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3.8/10
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The INQ Chat 3G currently has an Informr score of 3.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Brew Mobile Platform
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.8"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile Syrup

Overall, this device is an entry level QWERTY that’s perfect for messaging and keeping connected. Sometimes while in use I felt the phone lagged a bit and was responding slow. It’s available at TELUS but if you have $80 I would splurge get the HTC Desire instead. However it’s a...

- Ian Hardy, Mobile Syrup
Tracy and Matt

If you are looking for an inexpensive phone for chatting to your friends on Facbook, Twitter, MSN or Skype then the INQ Chat 3G may well be worth considering.If, however, you want a phone that can do a bit more on the internet and do more than just the odd bit of web browsing then there are devices...

- Joff, Tracy and Matt
TechRadar

Overall the INQ Chat 3G is a real Jekyll and Hyde phone. On the one hand, the sheer amount of things it can do is astounding - Facebook, Twitter, Skype et al, and all for under £100. And it functions as a modem to boot - something we really like.However, it's just so slow and pokey sometimes t...

- Gareth Beavis, TechRadar
Cnet

The INQ Chat 3G is surprisingly stylish for an inexpensive phone, and its Qwerty keyboard and simple user interface make it a doddle to use. But it's up against some stiff competition from the similar-looking BlackBerry Curve 8520, and, apart from its handy social-networking apps, it has few feature...

- Flora Graham, Cnet
TrustedReviews

The cheap and colourful INQ Chat 3G is a perfectly adequate device for general messaging and phone use with an impressive keyboard and decent call quality. But the budget phone's 2.4in screen only has a resolution of 320 x 240 and its operating system is generally slow so not the best device for web...

- Edward Chester, TrustedReviews


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Common Questions


INQ released the Chat 3G on December 12, 2009.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the INQ Chat 3G user manual here.


INQ backs up the Chat 3G with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Chat 3G has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact INQ support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find INQ's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
2.8"

The INQ Chat 3G's screen size is 2.8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
100 MB

Internal memory is 100 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. INQ's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

Chat 3G Specs

Overview
Release date December 12, 2009
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA 3.6
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor
Internal Storage 100 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.6 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1150 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black and Red, Black and Yellow, Black, Black and Green, Black and Blue, Black and Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.6 x 5.2 x 1.2 cm (4.2 x 2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Mini-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Yes ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Mobile Syrup

The INQ Chat 3G is being billed as “Canada’s Ultimate Social Phone”

from Mobile Syrup

Overall, this device is an entry level QWERTY that’s perfect for messaging and keeping connected. Sometimes while in use I felt the phone lagged a bit and was responding slow. It’s available at TELUS but if you have $80 I would splurge get the HTC Desire instead. However it’s a perfectly suited device for Koodo’s lineup....

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Overall, this device is an entry level QWERTY that’s perfect for messaging and keeping connected. Sometimes while in use I felt the phone lagged a bit and was responding slow. It’s available at TELUS but if you have $80 I would splurge get the HTC Desire instead. However it’s a perfectly suited device for Koodo’s lineup.

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Tracy and Matt

It's worth considering If you're looking for an inexpensive phone for social networking

from Tracy and Matt

If you are looking for an inexpensive phone for chatting to your friends on Facbook, Twitter, MSN or Skype then the INQ Chat 3G may well be worth considering.

If, however, you want a phone that can do a bit more on the internet and do more than just the odd bit of web browsing then there are devices out there that would suit you better...

More

If you are looking for an inexpensive phone for chatting to your friends on Facbook, Twitter, MSN or Skype then the INQ Chat 3G may well be worth considering.

If, however, you want a phone that can do a bit more on the internet and do more than just the odd bit of web browsing then there are devices out there that would suit you better.

And don't for a minute be fooled in to thinking that just because it could pass as a BlackBerry in basic looks that it can do anything like the BB can. This handset certainly has a place but it's not in the same space as BB, Windows Mobile or Android handsets.

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TechRadar

The sheer amount of things it can do is astounding

from TechRadar

Overall the INQ Chat 3G is a real Jekyll and Hyde phone. On the one hand, the sheer amount of things it can do is astounding - Facebook, Twitter, Skype et al, and all for under £100. And it functions as a modem to boot - something we really like.

However, it's just so slow and pokey sometimes that we struggled to use it - there's just too much going on and we kept worrying the processor would burst into flames under the pressure...

More

Overall the INQ Chat 3G is a real Jekyll and Hyde phone. On the one hand, the sheer amount of things it can do is astounding - Facebook, Twitter, Skype et al, and all for under £100. And it functions as a modem to boot - something we really like.

However, it's just so slow and pokey sometimes that we struggled to use it - there's just too much going on and we kept worrying the processor would burst into flames under the pressure.

We hope this is a direction INQ is keen to keep pushing, as it really works - just not in the Chat 3G.

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Cnet

Surprisingly stylish for an inexpensive phone

from Cnet

The INQ Chat 3G is surprisingly stylish for an inexpensive phone, and its Qwerty keyboard and simple user interface make it a doddle to use. But it's up against some stiff competition from the similar-looking BlackBerry Curve 8520, and, apart from its handy social-networking apps, it has few features

Read full review

The INQ Chat 3G is surprisingly stylish for an inexpensive phone, and its Qwerty keyboard and simple user interface make it a doddle to use. But it's up against some stiff competition from the similar-looking BlackBerry Curve 8520, and, apart from its handy social-networking apps, it has few features

Read full review

Less

TrustedReviews

A perfectly adequate device for general messaging and phone use

from TrustedReviews

The cheap and colourful INQ Chat 3G is a perfectly adequate device for general messaging and phone use with an impressive keyboard and decent call quality. But the budget phone's 2.4in screen only has a resolution of 320 x 240 and its operating system is generally slow so not the best device for web browsing.

Read full review

The cheap and colourful INQ Chat 3G is a perfectly adequate device for general messaging and phone use with an impressive keyboard and decent call quality. But the budget phone's 2.4in screen only has a resolution of 320 x 240 and its operating system is generally slow so not the best device for web browsing.

Read full review

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Electricpig

Shockingly good value

from Electricpig

For next to nothing, the INQ Chat 3G mimics an impressive amount of all the features of a true smartphone. If you’ve got reception, you’d be mad to skip this for any Samsung or LG messaging dumbphone.

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For next to nothing, the INQ Chat 3G mimics an impressive amount of all the features of a true smartphone. If you’ve got reception, you’d be mad to skip this for any Samsung or LG messaging dumbphone.

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Pocket-lint

A phone that will get you connected quickly and cheaply

from Pocket-lint

No, this isn't the Apple iPhone or the HTC Hero, it's not trying to be that. This is a phone that will get you connected quickly and cheaply. If that sounds like what you are after, then this is worth a look.

Read full review

No, this isn't the Apple iPhone or the HTC Hero, it's not trying to be that. This is a phone that will get you connected quickly and cheaply. If that sounds like what you are after, then this is worth a look.

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User Reviews


LMAO

Quite possibly the worst phone created.

The main problem is its speed. It lags terribly, from startup and all the way to when it is fully functioning. Popups, menus and the like are all delayed from when you actually select them. The phone saves texts, and has a cap of 500. It is frustrating to have to delete a bucketload of messages (on t...More
The main problem is its speed. It lags terribly, from startup and all the way to when it is fully functioning. Popups, menus and the like are all delayed from when you actually select them. The phone saves texts, and has a cap of 500. It is frustrating to have to delete a bucketload of messages (on top of the terrible, terrible lag) every few days or so. Internet is slow, everything is slow. Every action this phone performs, including calling, is slow. It should be called the INQ Slow 3G. There is nothing good about it. The 'OS' is horrible and whoever made this phone should be fired and buried. I won't give it a 0 because it functions to a certain degree, but it really is terrible. A Samsung or an iPhone is expensive, granted. But they are infinitely more reliable. I will be stuck with this phone for a while, though. Just remember that it's absolute garbage. Buy at your own risk. Less
Willy_22369

Crap phone really crap

I can't believe how crappy this phone is. Keyboard is useless, when typing odd letter just pop up like hit the "I" and it will type a "Q"or some other letter. If you have the haptic feedback on sometimes it will continue to vibrate. more times than not it will just freeze up and you need to remove bat...More
I can't believe how crappy this phone is. Keyboard is useless, when typing odd letter just pop up like hit the "I" and it will type a "Q"or some other letter. If you have the haptic feedback on sometimes it will continue to vibrate. more times than not it will just freeze up and you need to remove battery and reboot. And don't even get me started on the battery life, if I get 4 hours of stand by I am lucky. Definitely NOT a reliable phone. Had it for just a little over a month and Telus will not take it back, even after showing the sales person the problems. Save your self the headache and get something else, I would give this piece of crap a -10 it the rating would let me Less

Crap quality!

We have had our INQ chat phone for just under a year. My husband was talking to me when the phone suddenly cut out. Then, the screen was black and nothing happened. We took it back to Telus to get fixed and the company came back and said that it wasn't fixable and it was our fault, but they want to...More
We have had our INQ chat phone for just under a year. My husband was talking to me when the phone suddenly cut out. Then, the screen was black and nothing happened. We took it back to Telus to get fixed and the company came back and said that it wasn't fixable and it was our fault, but they want to give us another phone for $150! Who knew talking on the phone would break it and its garbage now! Less

Not even worth a rating

Im only on here to let people know that if you buy this phone you will regret long before your plan is over! it definitely is not even worth 0/10. this phone takes soo long to turn on, it freezes when you type too fast ( then turns off ), and if you bump it on the top of the phone it shuts off as well. I do not suggest this phone for anyone.
Im only on here to let people know that if you buy this phone you will regret long before your plan is over! it definitely is not even worth 0/10. this phone takes soo long to turn on, it freezes when you type too fast ( then turns off ), and if you bump it on the top of the phone it shuts off as well. I do not suggest this phone for anyone. Less

i love this phone..BUT

The life on the battey is driving me crazy,there is just no life span on it.. I call Koodo they gave me a new one and i still have the same problem.. This dam battery is no good..

I hate this phone...

I hate this phone.. My inbox text message time is off by three hours .. I can't change it.. sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't ..

i have a inQ cell how do you erase ur text msgs

heo do you erase ur text msgs

Worst. Phone. Ever.

I purchased this phone through Telus, and it's the worst phone I've ever seen/used in my life... The phone lags and has a short battery life, which makes it very frustrating.
This is the worst phone I have ever had. I am a patient person, but this phone lags at insane amounts, and especially when I need to text someone quickly or snap a picture in the moment. The camera quality is terrible, and like I said, it's slow and lags. Veeery slow. I highly recommend not getting thi...More
This is the worst phone I have ever had. I am a patient person, but this phone lags at insane amounts, and especially when I need to text someone quickly or snap a picture in the moment. The camera quality is terrible, and like I said, it's slow and lags. Veeery slow. I highly recommend not getting this phone. Even if it's free, I recommend not using it. I have only had it for four months and am ready to set it on fire. Less

i got this phone in October and it is the worst phone i have ever used. it is slow, it lags, it takes 1 min for words that i typed to come up on the screen, it takes 1 min for it to take a picture every thing loads slowly. worst phone i recommend any other phone but this one.

I Advise Avoiding This Phone

This phone has a significant software problem when sending SMS text messages on the Telus network. I live in BC-- despite the phone's clock being set properly to correct local time (Pacific Time Zone), text messages are time stamped three hours ahead (i.e. Toronto time). Two different models of this...More
This phone has a significant software problem when sending SMS text messages on the Telus network. I live in BC-- despite the phone's clock being set properly to correct local time (Pacific Time Zone), text messages are time stamped three hours ahead (i.e. Toronto time). Two different models of this phone have had this issue-- users at getsatisfaction.com have identified the defect for the past couple of months without a fix coming from INQ (see http://getsatisfaction.com/inqmobile/topics/unsynced_clocks for more on this). My advice if you do any texting is to not buy this brand and model of phone. Less

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