INQ Mini 3G review: INQ Mini 3G

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Small and light, the Mini is an attractive handset, especially given its budget price

We also like the way that the phone's inbox gathers together all of the messages, pokes and conversations from these apps in one place. Another neat touch is a button on the right-hand side of the handset that calls up a small menu that lets you quickly switch between any of the phone's apps. This means you can, for example, jump straight from Facebook to Twitter without missing a beat.

Occasionally sluggish
Nevertheless, we did have a couple of small issues with the phone. Despite its support for 3G, downloads can take a while to start, and sometimes the phone randomly slows down or pauses for a couple of seconds. Also, the first time we went to run the Facebook and Windows Live Messenger apps, we were taken to a download screen, as neither is fully pre-installed on the phone. But, in all fairness, the Mini does make downloading them a straightforward process.

The camera is also something of a letdown, as it only has a 2-megapixel resolution. There's no LED flash and it lacks autofocus too. Indoor snaps taken in low light look dreadful, as they tend to be very grainy and often quite blurry. While outdoor photos look better, they're still only barely useable, although probably good enough for posting on Facebook or Twitter.

We've no complaints when it comes to call quality. The earpiece is loud enough for you to be able to hear callers clearly even when you're walking along busy streets, and the microphone does a good job of making you intelligible to callers on the other end of the line. Battery life isn't too bad either. You'll get around 2.5 days of moderate use out of the handset before it'll need recharging.

The INQ Mini 3G is far from a perfect phone. It can be sluggish at times and its interface isn't as easy to use as it could be. But, with its decent range of social-networking apps, cute design and good call quality, we think it's something of a bargain at its current asking price.

Edited by Charles Kloet