Nokia X Review, The First Droid

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Nokia XThe Finns from Nokia have recently released a rather peculiar phone that certainly raises a few eyebrows due to the software it holds in its feature package. I’m talking about the Nokia X, the first Nokia smartphone that comes loaded with Android. Well, it’s not the typical Android platform, if that’s what you’re thinking about, as even if it’s built on the Android Open Source Project, being based on Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean, it really doesn’t look like it. The user interface is Nokia X 1.0 and brings a fresh touch to the midrange area, being a nice combination between what a typical Lumia brings and the Asha line regarding looks. If you’re searching for a decent budget phone, this one might be it.
In its retail box, the Nokia X comes with only its charger and a single-piece pair of headphones. Some user manuals are on board too, of course, but no microUSB cable.
In terms of design, the Nokia X measures 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm and is pretty lightweight too, having a weight of 129 grams. The smartphone has a pretty simple appearance, yet doesn’t feel cheap or something like that and is easy to manage with one hand. It feels pretty solid too, even though it’s entirely made from plastic. Its back features a matte finish that offers a good hand grip and keeps fingerprints away from sticking to your handset. The battery cover is removable and you can change it with a differently colored one, according to your personal taste.
The frontal part of the Nokia X is dominated by a 4 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a 233 ppi pixel density. The image quality is pretty decent, with vibrant colors, yet the contrast and viewing angles are pretty mediocre. The sunlight legibility isn’t the best around, also, but for a device in this price range you can hardly get anything better.
Let’s get to the most important aspect, its software. Like I previously said, the Nokia X is based on Android, the interface being officially called the Nokia X Software Platform 1.0. A custom Nokia launcher greets you and the Google services are missing, being replaced with Microsoft ones. The launcher reminds us of Windows Phone and the Asha platform, having a Glance screen that displays notifications and a lockscreen that offers you access to the homescreens when swiping it: the Fastlane and the app drawer. The Fastlane displays your recent activities, such as opened applications, recently installed ones, recently accessed web pages, messages and emails, calls and more. It can be personalized, allowing you to choose what you don’t want it to keep track of. You also get some standard Android widgets, such as the clock, mail, calendar, Facebook and others.
In terms of hardware, the Nokia X comes packed with a Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, having a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex A5 processor, Adreno 203 GPU, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The phone is a decent performer, due to Nokia’s efforts of optimizing the platform, and it won’t be bothering you with any lag issues if you don’t exhaust it with a lot of tasks. For its price range, it’s more than expected.
For taking pictures, the Nokia X comes loaded with a 3.15 MP fixed-focus camera that produces pictures of a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. The camera application features settings for resolution, sharpness, white balance, exposure compensation, ISO, face detection and others. The image quality is pretty decent for a 3MP performer.
The video camera produces 480p videos at 30 fps and is also a limited performer when it comes to details and anything like that.
When it comes to connectivity capabilities, the Nokia X holds support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band 3G with HSPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Hotspot, microUSB 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and EDR.
For surfing the web, you have a Chrome based Nokia Xpress browser that delivers an impressive user experience as it loads the pages very fast. It offers several settings for enhancing your browsing time.
Some other nice applications and goodies offered by the Nokia X are a GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Nokia HERE Maps, which has support for offline maps and offers free lifetime voice guided navigation, some decent media players, a stereo FM Radio with RDS support and more.
For a low-end device, the Nokia X does an excellent job and it actually seems unfair for it to be called that way. If you’re low on finances, yet wish for buying a decent smartphone that can also offer dual-SIM support, this fellow might be one of the best choices you can make.
Nokia X front and back

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