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Nokia X

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Nokia X
 

The Nokia X is one of the first smartphones to run on Android as announced by the Finnish mobile tech giant in time for this review. Powered with low cost hardware, and Nokia’s own tweaked version of Android 4.1, it maybe the Android device you are looking for in the low $100 range. It’s more like a Nokia Asha phone with a Windows Phone look-alike launcher called Fastlane, and don’t forget, Nokia X is a dual SIM phone. Let’s take a look at some of the important aspects of the phone.

DESIGN:
The Nokia X design doesn’t differ much from the Nokia Asha 500. With square corners, straight edges, a large bezel, a removable plastic case having a matte finish, it feels good to hold in your hands. Nokia X comes in various colors, taking inspiration from its Lumia line-up; it comes in white, black, blue, yellow, red and green. Also, just below the screen, there’s only one physical key to go back, just like the Asha 500. With only a volume rocker and power button on the right edge, the left edge remains devoid of any buttons. And finally, there’s are the standard 3.5mm audio jack at the top and the micro USB slot at the bottom of the device.

HARDWARE:
The X has a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD display. Powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Play processor clocked at 1GHz, along with 512 Mb of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, the Nokia X can be supplemented by a microSD card. The battery inside the is a meager 1500mAh, which will be capable of working for about a day with moderate usage. It lacks a front facing camera and it has a not-so-impressive 3.2 megapixel rear camera without a LED flash. In the inside, it packs two slots for the SIM cards and a slot for the microSD card.

SOFTWARE AND UI:
Nokia is calling its forked version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean the Nokia Software Platform v 1.0. This version of Android is unlike anything anyone has ever seen where the Google services have been replaced by Microsoft offerings and a custom Nokia launcher, Fastlane. That means you will be restricted to access Google Play Services like Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube and so on. Speaking of Fastlane, it has a tile-based, Windows Phone like interface. Tiles showing all the apps that you have installed on the phone. On swiping to the left or right of the home screen you get to access a timeline of all the recent activities including notifications. You can tap pull down the status bar to show notifications for missed events and quick toggles for sound profiles, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile data. On the lock screen, recent notifications can be swiped from left to right to jump on to the application or from right to left to clear the individual notification from the lock screen. Just like Lumia devices, Nokia X too features a Glance screen that lets you view the date, time and symbols for each notification awaiting you. Also, the Nokia X has a double tap to wake feature too and a ton of goodies that Nokia has pre-loaded, including Nokia’s Mix Radio and HERE Maps with support for offline maps and navigation. Nokia is also offering 10GB free space on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service. Nokia has its own app store called the Nokia Store that replaces the Google Play Store allowing users to download apps for their device.

CONNECTIVITY:
For connectivity, the X is a basic, entry-level 3G device suited for developing markets, though it sports a limited number of frequencies. It comes with quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band (900/2100) HSPA, which maxes out at 7.2 Mbps down and 5.76 Mbps up. You’ll also get WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. It uses a microUSB port for both data connections and charging, however there is no USB on-the-go support.

CONCLUSION:
The Nokia X. The first and the most basic Android smartphone by Nokia. A pretty decent device from the outside and the inside. No doubt, it’s a beginner’s device. Better than the droids from not-so reputed OEM’s at that price range. If you need to buy a smartphone from the $100 range, this is one of the best devices out there.

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