On February 24th at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain 2014, When Stephen Elop announced Nokia X, at first glance it looked like a Lumia running on Android OS. Elop communicated Nokia X as an entry level smartphone for connecting next billion to Microsoft services and Android apps.
The next billion are the segment of consumers who are looking for their first purchase of smartphone with affordable price and basic smartphone feature and entering into smartphone experience.
Nokia X is mainly targeted for those first time smartphone users and also for consumers who want value for money for their purchase.
Nokia X is positioned as an entry level smartphone with Microsoft services and Android apps. So lets look at how effective and value for money, Nokia X is for the consumers.
Nokia X comes in six different color options: bright red, bright green, cyan, yellow,black and white. My Nokia X is in white color and it definitely looks stunning. Nokia X retail box includes single piece micro usb wall charger and red pair of headsets. It unfortunately doesn’t include micro usb cable.
4″ IPS LCD WVGA capacitive touchscreen, around 233 ppi
1.0 GHz dual-core Cortex-A5 processor, Adreno 203 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, GPS
Proximity sensor, accelerometer, display auto-rotation
4GB internal storage (1.2GB available to the user)
Design and Build:
The design of Nokia X is nice and it feels solid and premium in the hands. The dimensions are 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm, it weighs about 129 g. There are volume keys and lock key on the right side of the phone while 3.5 headphone jack is located at top and micro usb port on bottom. There is 3.15 Megapixels fixed focus camera on back along with one loud speaker grill located at bottom right hand side corner. The white version looks really nice and its compactness allows for a perfect one hand usages.
The front of Nokia X consists 4 inch IPS display with WVGA resolution. Unfortunately the display doesn’t come with Gorilla glass protection. There is only one capacitive key which is the back button.
Nokia X display is a 4″ IPS LCD of WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) resolution, which is around 233 ppi. It is actually enough for comfortable web browsing, media viewing and reading documents. The colors look accurate, vibrant and punchy on Nokia X display. The display looks ok in bright light and out doors so I think its pretty descent IPS panel there for such an entry level smartphone.
Call quality and Loud speaker:
The loud speaker is loud and outputs clear sound. Nokia X delivers solid media playback experience because of its vibrant display and high volume loud speaker output.
The call quality is satisfactory on Nokia X where callers have no problem hearing my voice for most of the calls.
The phone comes with Nokia X Software Platform 1.0. Nokia X user interface is a mix between the latest Asha ui and Windows Phone 8 ui with some noticeable changes here and there.
There is also a Glance screen with notifications which is found in Lumia smartphones, there is also nice looking lockscreen. The ui is based on gestures as Swiping it reveals one of the two views – the app drawer and the Fastlane.
The app drawer on Nokia X resembles a lot of Windows Phone homescreen where all apps shortcuts look like Windows Phone tiles. They are re-sizable and you can also change the base color of each tile. Sadly though the tiles don’t have live tiles capability. Android widgets are supported which include analogue clock, calendar, email, Facebook etc. Apps that come with a default widget, such as the BBM,also appears in the widget menu.
Swiping to either left or right of the homescreen takes you to the Fastlane. The Fastlane keeps track of all your recent activity, opened apps go there, recent web pages, along with contacts you’ve called, messages and emails, calendar events (birthdays, to-dos), recently installed apps, recently shared content, recently taken notes and pictures, radio stations, and even social network posts, replies, likes and etc.
Android apps performance:
Nokia X manages to run most of Android apps and games without any problem though resource heavy games like Asphalt 8 are no go with un playable performance.
Overall Nokia X handles Android apps well thanks to its dual core snapdragon processor.
Unlike any other Android running smartphone, Nokia X doesn’t come with those familiar Google services and apps but instead it comes with powerful and productive Microsoft services like One Drive, Outlook email etc which makes Nokia X perfect for the productivity on the go.
Nokia X has a 3.15 MP camera with 2048 x 1536 resolution in captured images. It doesn’t have autofocus which makes Nokia X unusable in taking pictures of close objects. In day light, Nokia X manages to capture average images while in low light it is poor because of the lack of led flash. Nokia X captures video at 480P resolution with 30 FPS where video quality is same case as with still captures, average video quality in day light while poor quality in low light. Check out a sample photo captured by Nokia X below:
Nokia X has standard music player which looks much like Asha music player. It has equalizer feature along with audio enhancements like 3D, Loudness and Bass Boost. Nokia X delivers solid audio output through headphones. Nokia X doesn’t have dedicated video player but it can directly play a video from gallery. It supports video files playback of resolution up to 720p in 3GP, MP4 and MKV format.
Nokia X also comes with Nokia Mix radio which is undoubtedly, one of the best free music streaming app for the smartphones. Also Nokia Mix Radio for Nokia X is heavily customized local flavor in terms of variety of Bollywood mixes so Nokia Music Radio on Nokia will never cease to amaze you with those unique mixes which also can be downloaded for offline playback.
Nokia X is a stairway to Android for the next billion who are looking for a value for money entry level smartphone capable to run Android apps with known Nokia qualities like built to last hardware and rich colors.