- Intuitive Camera UI
- Fast Processor
- Additional Security
- Missing LED flash
- Old version of Android
Nokia introduced its Android prodigy in MWC after hooting about it for quiet a long time. The Nokia X is the first Nokia phone running a forked version of Android. Nokia X is targeted at the feature phone users who wont mind shelling out few bucks more for a extremely reliable brand and an equally competitive device. Nokia X is pegged at a price point which is dominated by domestic brands like Micromax and Intex. Nokia X comes with a 1GHz Dual Core Snapdragon processor which is a Bang for the bucks at this price point. Nokia X uses its own services and lets users side load the installation file. Alternatively its also building its own dedicated store for X series.
Design and Build:
Design is typically Nokia and reminiscent of the Lumia brothers. The phone has been packaged neatly and looks premium. Nokia X is tuck able thanks to its Candybar shape. The phone looks slightly bulged at 10.4mm. The bezel has minutely rounded edges. Nokia X has a single capacitive back button and the remaining navigation buttons figure themselves at the footer of the screen. The volume rockers and the power buttons are placed on the right side. The phone comes in 6 colors and has a Swappable back cover. The overall build quality of this device is miles ahead compared to other devices at this price range.
Nokia X houses a 3.1 MP sensor camera unit. The pictures are clear and crisp for a 3 MP sensor but they tend to turn grainy as the sun starts going down. The camera UI is extremely intuitive and gives pro options to the users such as ISO settings, EV level, Noise reduction and Face detection. Missing LED flash endorses the fact that the camera cannot be used effectively in low light and dark conditions.
The 4 inch display has a resolution of 400 x 800 pixels translating into a respectable pixel density of 223 ppi sharp. It has good viewing angles and is offers enough brightness. Display offers high readability in sunlight even with the absence of clear black technology. Screen has an automatic optimization which converts the video into wide screen. Colors reproduction is extremely prescise a phenomena which we rarely get to see in the feature handsets.
The 1GHz Snapdragon processor with Krait core has been doing its duty on many early Lumia phones. Its a no nonsense powerhouse known for delivering highly optimized performance with no lag issue whatsoever. Nokia X incorporates a 512 MB RAM which is sufficient to run majority of the high end games. Nokia Fastlane is a nice touch where in it automatically arranges the most frequently used apps in a separate menu. The UI flow is lightning fast thanks to the operating system optimization by Nokia. The X is a performer and can easily be at the epitome amoungst the feature phones.
Power On It:
Phones from Nokia have been popular for their frugality. The 1500 mAh battery is removable and offers a standby of 408 hours. The Android in Nokia is devoid of the usual memory leak and power zapping problems of the stock Android. The phone lasts for more than a day with mixed usage and will last for at least a day if maxed out.
Nokia X is one of the best feature phone currently in the market. Nokia X would be indirectly rivaling its cousin Lumia 520 which also falls in the same price bracket and runs on the identical hardware. Nokia has spun a great strategy of letting their own device fight the battles amongst themselves instead of pitching against the competitors phone. Its surprising to finally see Nokia not only embrace Android but also give it a Metro touch by tile layout and Microsoft exclusive applications. Nokia has curated its own store which not only lets you download majority of Android application but also tests all the application for multiple level of security. Nokia seems to be back in the track after all the dilly dallying. The feature phone segment has been unknowingly ignored by the other major players where as Nokia still reigns in this region.