Conclusion: It feels like INQ has handpicked some of the best things that Android has to offer – Facebook, Spotify, SwiftKey – and wrapped it up in an eye-catching and easy to use custom user interface. We think that the INQ Cloud Touch will be a hit with its intended target audience of young(ish) Facebook addicts. Those craving a powerhouse smartphone will probably want to look elsewhere – the 800 MHz processor and lack of support for higher end games and apps won't satisfy.
Summary: At this time of year, I always try to find some technology ideal for young ’uns going off to university, and this extremely attractive smartphone from INQ, a lesser and rather underrated manufacturer, could be perfect for the new student. Well, OK, let’s put that differently: it could be the perfect compromise for when your offspring wants an iPhone, but you can think of about 30 reasons not to give an 18-year-old a £500-ish piece of technology for pocket or handbag.
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: Overall the INQ Cloud Touch offers up an interesting twist on Android: this isn’t a copycat device, it is original in its design and there are some very positive benefits that INQ have brought to the table. The info button is really useful, the look and feel of the Facebook widgets make Facebook more immediate and if you’re a Spotify user then the direct Spotify control will bring a smile to your face.
Pros: Facebook integration, info key, affordable, direct access to Spotify via button
Cons: Some of INQ's features are begging for more functionality, the battery life is poor, and the screen isn't especially good, Wi-Fi iffy at times