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Thread: Nokia X Review

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    Nokia X Review

    In the MWC event that took place recently Nokia surprised the crowed by officially announcing the first android smartphone by Nokia. Nokia unveiled three devices in the X series namely, Nokia X, Nokia XL and Nokia X+. All the three devices are android smartphone designed by Nokia and Microsoft together. Do not mistake it to be google certified, because it is not.

    It won’t feature the core android feature like playstore, gmail etc. but there are some good alternative that have been designed for the X series. Speaking of Nokia X, it’s an entry level phone by Nokia with some good features. Let’s have a look in to the details of the phone and find out if it can give a good competition to the other entry level smartphones in the market.


    Nokia X Specifications:

    • 4inch WVGA display
    • 480◊800 pixels
    • Micro SIM support
    • 1GHz dualcore Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play
    • 512MB RAM
    • MicroSD card support up to 32GB
    • 3MP rear fixed focus camera
    • OneDrive support
    • Unique Nokia fastlane experience
    • Dual SIM support
    • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS
    • 1500mAh battery
    • Colours: bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white.


    Design and Packaging:

    Nokia X has a polycarbonate body which fits easily in to hands and feels good too. The front of the phone is covered by 4 inch screen with 2 finger multi touch enabled. It has the dimension of 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm and weighs around 128.7g.It has the usual set of slots like 3.5mm headphone jack, USB v2.0 slot, micro SD slot and SIM slot. It has a couple of sensors too like Accelerometer, proximity sensors. You won’t find a front camera in this one.



    There is a 3MP rear camera at the back but without any flash. The designing of the phone is quite good and the matte plastic has its own funky look. The phone is backed by 1500mAh removable battery. So in case the battery doesn’t last much for you, you can always replace it. The phone is powered by 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipsetand supported by, not so impressive, 512MB RAM. It has inbuilt storage of 4GB expandable up to 32GB using micro SD card. It supports connectivity like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot.

    The build quality is awesome and thankfully the plastic is not very prone to attracting the fingerprints. Different colour options like Bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white are available.
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    Display / Screen:

    Nokia X comes with a WVGA 4inch IPS LCD display which is common in low cost smartphones. To control the pricing there is no gorilla glass protection or other protective features. So you would have to depend on a good screen guard for longer durability. The display is bright and contrast is also good. Sunlight readability is fine and viewing angle is also good compared to the other low cost handsets.


    There was slight colour washout while watching the videos from side. It has 233 ppi which is good for a 4inch display and the subjects on the screen are quite clear. 4inch display is good to watch videos and also for playing games. With the display technology getting cheaper most of the manufacturers are coming out with an average of 5inch display these days. Considering that, Nokia could have also given its users a huge display, but never mind, 4inch display is decent and also handling the device gets easy when it’s small.

    Operating System and UI:

    As mentioned before the android OS is so designed that Nokia X would support most of the android apps now. It wouldn’t feature Google apps like Google play or Gmail; instead the phone would have Microsoft one drive, Nokia store, Yandex store and other Microsoft apps. Also on the positive note, the phone would support Nokia HERE Maps. Users can access all the android apps and download them easily. The live tiles give it a windows powered Lumia effect with android below it.

    Live tiles help in easy navigation and give a relaxed view. One good things added here compared to the windows phone is the pull down bar that you find in the android device, however, it’s only for changing settings. The Fastlane feature added to this device allows you to keep your most used apps at the top allowing quick access. It is done by using back button or by swiping left or right from the home screen.it also gives usual notifications like a preview of text message; missed call detail etc. Fastlane also allows you to block certain notifications. Also you can add a shortcut of the social network you usually use so as to have quick accessibility.


    Hardware and Performance:

    The Nokia X is powered by 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset with Adreno 203 GPU which is quite good for an entry level phone. It is supported by a 512MB RAM which is not very appreciative. Among the three phone launched in the X series, Nokia X has the lowest RAM while other two features a 768MB RAM. As far as storage is concerned, the internal memory is 4GB which is further expandable with the help of microSD card to 32GB. Download a few apps and media and there is no space left for anything else, this is a problem with 4GB memory.

    The dual core processor is good for supporting most of the android apps. However, heavy games and apps won’t be running smoothly given the low RAM and internal memory. On the whole, the processor handled most of the task without any problem. Though the RAM is small, it handled multi-tasking and most of the functions well.
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    Camera:

    There is not much to say about the 3MP camera that the Nokia X holds. It is a fixed focus camera and gives average output. Bright light images are good but the low light images are too dark and dull due to lack of flash. There are not many features in this camera. You can try out some modes to get different styles of images. The phone lacks front facing camera.

    Now-a-days most of the low cost handsets features 5MP camera at the least. May be, Nokia is trying to keep its cost too low by providing 3MP that too without flash. Video recording is possible at 480p@30fps. Apart from all this, it supports panorama mode and has face detection feature too.

    Battery:

    The phone is backed by 1500mAh battery which is good enough to for entire day on average use. However, if you use the phone for gaming and carry out few hours of video streaming then you might have to charge before the day ends. It gives up to 10.5hrs of 3G talk time which is great. The average standby time of the phone is 17 days.

    Third party battery saver apps are now available, so you can use them to stretch the battery life. Keeping the connectivity options like Bluetooth off would save a lot of charge. Since it removable, you can even replace it when needed.

    Conclusion:

    Nokia X would be priced a little above Rs. 8,5000/- which you might find attractive for a 1GHz dual core processor and a 4inch display. The RAM is a bit low and internal memory of 4GB is also a concern. Battery life is good for average users. As far as design is concerned, it’s quite cool, with a wide variety of colours to choose from.

    Since concentration of the phone is towards OS rather than its design, for those wanting a different user interface from the usual android interface, it’s a good option. If you are still not a big fan of android but want cheap device from Nokia, you could always opt for the Lumia 520. If you choose to buy Nokia X you would be getting 10GB of one drive storage and one month unlimited Skype calls.
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