There are not a lot of smartphones out there with a hardware QWERTY keyboard these days. Yet, I believe that there is a strong market for devices in that category. The Tecno Q1 targets that market. I have a unit here, dressed up in black.
The Q1 feels like a tank, meaning it is well built and should withstand quite some abuse. It is wide and feels a bit big in the hands. Chunky is the word, I believe. There is a 5 megapixel camera at the back, and it has microUSB and 3.5mm audio ports at the top. The pack comes with an 8GB microSD card, headset, micro-USB cable and adapter, and a dark transparent back case for the phone.
Powering it on, the startup sequence is decent. I experienced a culture shock of some sorts. The 2.6-inch display feels cramped in use. Having used full touchscreen smartphones of 4 inches and above for many months doesn’t help that transition. After a while, I adjusted though, after all my wife’s BlackBerry has a smaller 2.44 inches display and I get by with it. I feel though that the display could have been larger if the space was better utilised. A 3-inch display would have easily fitted in here.
I am still setting up the Q1 now, so there’s not much to tell you about performance and all that. Besides email and WhatsApp which I already have up and running – and both work well without issues – I haven’t put it to much use yet. I must say that I am still getting used to the chunky size and the keyboard too. It feels a bit different from what I am used to. I will have more details in the proper review, so hang around. In the meantime, I am off to push this dude through every hoop I can find. You know how I roll 😉
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.