The INQ Chat 3G takes the popular, inexpensive It's an addition as delicious as gravy on a pile of mashed potatoes, but the Chat 3G doesn't live up to the BlackBerry devices that it emulates.and slaps a full Qwerty keyboard on top.
The Chat 3G is available from 3 for £90 on a pay-as-you-go deal, or £15 per month on a contract.
Look at the Chat 3G from an angle and you could easily confuse it with a BlackBerry -- it has the distinctive landscape screen and Qwerty keyboard. That look has proved popular with business-focused phones from the Nokia E71 to the HTC Snap, but the Chat 3G targets the twittering Facebook addict rather than the email-happy business suit.
Like its predecessor, the INQ 1, the Chat 3G is no smart phone, but it comes pre-loaded with a pack of social-networking apps that help you keep connected on the go. The user interface is bright, simple and playful, with colourful images highlighting the menu options. Navigation is straightforward, thanks to a five-way function key, and, although the screen doesn't have a very high resolution, text is clear and easy to read.
The addition of a Qwerty keyboard means that text messages and status updates are easy to type out. The keys lack the angled texture of the ones on the top-of-the-line , and there's no space between them. But they are as puffy as plush pillows, so we had no trouble pecking out our missives at top speed.