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The Good Doesn't cost much.

The Bad Cheap design; no 3G or Wi-Fi; tacky keyboard; basic functions are a pain to use.

The Bottom Line The Mojo Chat aims to be a BlackBerry on a budget, but it's just cheap and nasty. It feels like it should be given away with a pack of cereal. Avoid it as you would a punch in the face.

3.5 Overall

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The Mojo Chat is a budget phone with BlackBerry-style aspirations, but its quality is as low as its price. Even the kids this phone is clearly aimed at will stick their noses up at its tacky exterior and awkward features.

The Chat is available for around £25 on a pay as you go deal, exclusively from Tesco.

Case and keyboard

The Chat's designers clearly hope that whatever magic made BlackBerry handsets popular will rub off on this pitiful pay as you go offering. The Chat certainly needs it, because it's not a phone that makes a promising first impression.

The cheap glossy case has all the class and elegance of a wet weekend in Blackpool, and the device's appearance is hardly likely to cause your heart to flutter. The chrome-effect buttons under the screen look incredibly tacky, too.

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The Chat's biggest selling point is actually one of its main weaknesses. The cheap Qwerty keyboard is a dog.

Even the phone's major selling point -- its Qwerty keyboard -- is a let-down. The keys are raised, which makes them easy to tap, but they're far too close together, and you'll often find yourself accidentally pressing two at once.

To make matters worse, the buttons emit a horrible clicking sound when pressed. Although the keyboard certainly improves your overall typing speed, it's not particularly pleasant to use, and it's a far cry from the BlackBerry standard that the Chat seeks so hard to emulate.


Once you've got over the Chat's off-putting appearance, you'll be ready for the second wave of disappointment. The Chat's operating system is reasonably straightforward to use, but almost every activity is harder than it should be.

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The urban branding is supposed to attract youngsters, but we doubt they will be fooled.

With all those buttons plastered on its front, you'd expect the Chat to offer at least some form of email functionality, but it doesn't. There's the option to install email programs via the phone's Java system, but we couldn't get Google's Gmail Java app to work, no matter how hard we tried -- and we consider ourselves to be pretty knowledgeable about mobile phones.

No 3G or Wi-Fi

With email out of the question, you're stuck with text messaging and the grisly prospect of sending email via the phone's archaic Web browser. No 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity means you only have GPRS data transfer to rely on -- and the passage of time hasn't made it any faster, in case you were wondering. Bluetooth is supported for local file exchanges, however.

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