Nokia X Review: Nokia meets Android

main_Nokia_XThe Nokia X is the first device made by Nokia to use the Android operating system. This handset is powered by dual core processor and dual SIM slots. The Nokia X priced at Rs. 8,500 but you can purchase Nokia X for Rs. 7,027 from Flipkart.

Nokia currently performing well in the market with the Lumia and Asha series but they figured Android was going to be their new bread and butter. After their latest acquisition from Microsoft, Nokia decided that they need to venture a little deeper into their existing interface and surprisingly decided to make the Nokia X Android phone. For starters, the Nokia X is based on the lines of the current Asha Series.

It costs Rs.7,027 – has a 4-inch screen and a brand new interface that looks nothing like normal Android. Back covers are interchangeable and Nokia provides you with 6 swanky colours. But is it any good? Lets take a closer look…

Box contents

  • Handset
  • User Guide
  • Travel Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Earpiece
  • 1500mAh battery

Design and Build
The Nokia X powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the interface is a mixture of both the Lumia and Asha series. It is called the X Platform as Nokia are currently experimenting on how they can evolve it further. As it is Android based, all the apps are made available for this series through Nokia Store. For the value at which this phone is priced, it’s is a complete value for money. The only other drawback is that the phone has a 512 mb RAM to support the phone, but then again for the cost, you can’t expect more.

The 4 inch IPS screen is with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. Touch is smooth. Nokia Glance Screen and double tap options are also available. There are accelerometer, light and proximity sensors.

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usb jack

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The volume rockers and the power button is on the right side, micro USB port at the bottom and 3.5mm audio jack on the top. The rear and the sides are with matte finish. The X is available in 7 different color options.  This is a dual SIM handset with dual standby mode. It’s a chunky little boxy phone – 10.4mm thick.

There’s also a microSD memory card slot, which is a must as the phone only has 4GB of internal storage. This handset comes with a 1500 mAh battery

OS and Software
The Nokia X runs a heavily customised version of Android 4.1.2, and it looks nothing like normal Android, Nokia named it Nokia X Platform. It borrows heavily from Windows Phone, using a home screen of tiles that show everything on your phone.

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There’s another side of the interface too. Fastlane is a scroll of your recently used apps and phones features. This part of the phone seems to be there to help out if your Nokia X home screen.

Nokia X offers a bunch of Nokia and Microsoft apps, such as the Here navigation suite and OneDrive online storage. You also get a handful of other pre-installed apps including BBM, Skype and few games. You can also sideload your own Android apps.

Camera
There is a single camera of 3MP resolution(fixed focus) with no flash. The quality is okay. You can record videos in 864 x 480 pixels resolution.

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Bundled Offer
Nokia and Airtel have announced a data-bundling offer for the Android-based X smartphone buyers. According to the scheme, Airtel prepaid customers buying the Nokia X smartphone will get 500MB of free Airtel 3G data per month for 3 months.The offer will be applicable for existing as well as new Airtel prepaid subscribers. Also for those buyers who are in non-3G circles, Airtel will run similar benefit scheme on 2G data.

Verdict
The Nokia X is most exciting because of its Android software. The Nokia X is currently priced at Rs. 7,027/- and is actually, a total value for its money. The phone comes pre-packaged with a whole load of Microsoft apps. The phone also comes with only 4GB inbuilt memory and is expandable upto 32 GB. However, it’s the design and hardware we like most here, as the limited app support need a bit of time to develop.

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