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    Nokia XL Review

    Introduction:

    The news for which whole world was waiting for in MWC 2014 is now here. Nokia has announced its first phone to run Android apps effectively. Nokia is making use of Nokia X Platform 1.0 version OS for its new flagship which is compatible to run most of the .apk files on this phone. Huge surprise from Nokia came on MWC 2014 event where every company was showing their technologically advanced devices. Everyone was stunned with this announcement that new Nokia device will run on Android platform, most of the people still thought that it is a rumour but after demonstration with the phone, everyone had to believe Nokia’s hard and smart work to retain market. Nokia is going to launch three phones which will run all Android apps on it, Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Nokia X and Nokia X+ are entry-level devices but Nokia XL will be placed on mid-range segment.

    Nokia XL will own 5 inch display, exceptional hardware for midrange segment phone, good phone memory and good battery backup. We will walk through all the features and specifications of the phone. Before testing Nokia XL, lets check out its Highlights:

    • Dual SIM support
    • 5inch WVGA display
    • 480×800 pixels
    • 1GHz dualcore Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play
    • RAM: 768MB
    • MicroSD card support up to 32GB
    • 5MP rear camera with auto focus and Flash
    • 2MP front camera
    • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS
    • 2000mAh battery
    • Colours: bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white



    Design and Packaging:

    Nokia phones have good design for its flagship and so this phone will also hold good build quality. Phone at a glance will remind you about the Nokia Lumia series, as you will find that phone has vibrant and bright colours. Nokia XL is 5 inch display which means phone is big with the dimensions of 141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm and 109 cc (5.57 x 3.06 x 0.43 in). Most of the 5 inch phone of Nokia and Nokia Lumia series has same body structure of rectangular shape;it’s the same with Nokia XL also, it is big rectangular phone with huge black screen in the front.

    Phone comes with Dual-SIM feature and both the SIM should be GSM only, no CDMA support for Nokia XL. Nokia XL feels good in hand and doesn’t look like cheap material. Body of Nokia XL is full plastic but plastic is of good quality; instead of shiny plastic found in most of the mid-range phone it has a matte effect. From the front view you will notice that above screen there is camera, sensor and ear-piece. Bottom of the screen has one home button which is common in Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Back of the phone has the Nokia trademark and above that is arranged a 5MP camera and flash.

    Below of the Nokia trademark lays the speaker of the phone. Below the phone there is a USB or charging connector slot and microphone pinhole. Above the phone you’ll find 3.5mm audio jack for headphones. Left side of the phone has nothing but right side edge has power on/off button and volume control button.
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    Display / Screen:

    Nokia XL is placed in the mid-range phone segment and according to that display features has been offered in phone. Nokia has come up with huge screen phone at lesser price which will create boom in the sale of this phone. 5-incher Nokia XL has display technology of IPS LCD touchscreen with resolution of 480x800 pixels. Phone has vibrant colours and bright display, thanks to IPS LCD screen. Phone has good viewing angle and touch has a very good response.

    Display of the phone is multi-touch screen but has limit of using only two-fingers, which means more than two fingers will not be recognized on Nokia XL. WVGA resolution screen has 187ppi which means the screen is huge in size but pixel density is very low making the phone inclined towards the cheaper side. Nokia has not provided any screen protection like Gorilla Glass or Scratch resistant feature, you will have to take care that phone is handled carefully and smoothly else it will result in scratch on your display.

    Viewing angle is the most important feature of display, thanks to IPS LCD technology used in Nokia XL which made this phone’s display look good from different angle with very little visible colour washout.

    Hardware and Performance:

    Nokia has carefully designed the hardware part necessary for operating OS and other processing instruction given by user. Though the phone is targeted for mid-range segment but the hardware arranged on this phone is really good. Hardware and other features are fixed with respect to the price of the phone but you will observe that Nokia has come out with best hardware for mid-range segment phone. A good phone is said to be good when it is gathered with superior chipset, processor and RAM. Performance of the phone solely depends on these hardware only.

    Nokia XL has excellent hardware, as you will see that Nokia has installed Snapdragon S4 Play chipset which consist of Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor for handling multiprocessing task on your phone. RAM of 768MB making multitasking on the phone very easy and GPU of Adreno 203 will take care of all graphic related instruction like HD movies and HD games installed on your phone. With so complex hardware, phone will definitely perform good even if you are working on different process or working on many tabs, work will be accomplished very fast and efficiently without any stutter or lags.

    Camera:

    These days we see a rise in the demand for high MP camera smartphones. Better the camera more is the demand for that phone on the other hand the price of the phone also rises with the megapixels of camera. Camera phone was started with VGA resolution and that was very powerful camera in phones but now Nokia has reached to 41MP camera in its Lumia series and Sony provides camera of 20.7MP in its flagship.

    Nokia XL comes with 5MP camera with LED flash which means you can click fine picture not only in day light but also in dark or low light. Camera can shoot video at 480p resolution which is quite normal in mid-range segment. Nokia XL has front camera which can be used for video calling and video chat, 2MP camera on front is enough for video call. Camera has good features like panorama, ¼’ camera sensor and face detection to make perfect image every time.
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    Operating System and UI:

    Hard work of Nokia developers has finally showed its colour. With the announcement of new Nokia X platform 1.0 which is ready to support almost all Android apps, Nokia lovers are going to be very happy with the news. Rumours was already spread that Nokia will make OS which is compatible with Android apps but at MWC 2014 Official spoke person confirmed this news that Nokia will launch new device which will have unique OS that can run most of the Android apps in it.

    Nokia’s Unique Nokia Fastlane experience is the interface which will allow you to have smooth access to all your Android apps installed on your phone. Along with UI, you will have One Drive to save all your data. Microsoft and Nokia has developed OS which will run Android apps but this apps is not official Google project and this is the reason that Nokia will still use Microsoft’s virtual cloud storage. UI is really good and those who would like to have a different android experience can try this one out.

    Battery:

    2000 mAh battery is installed in Nokia XL and is enough to support all the hardware fixed in this phone. Nokia XL is only phone in the Nokia X series which has so powerful battery backup. Nokia XL has good display, powerful processor, RAM and GPU which makes phone to utilize more battery and so Nokia had installed 2000mAh battery.

    Multiprocessing and Multitasking makes phone to utilize more power and data connection of the phone consumes more battery. Battery in the phone will serve you for more than 13hours on 3G network and for more than 16hours on 2G network.

    Conclusion:

    Nokia X series phone is really a good surprise for all Nokia lovers. Nokia has done great job by launching new OS which will run all Android apps in it. Nokia XL has good hardware feature and specifications which efficiently supports all the computing instructions. Nokia has provided average display which is not expected now, given that the display technology is getting cheaper now.

    Camera of 5MP is good for day light but when you click images on dark or low light then you will notice noisy image. So if you love photography it’s not the best option for you. Battery of phone is powerful one. Performance of the phone is really good and the X series Unique Nokia Fastlane Experience will be something new in the market that should attract the crowd.
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