Just another nice smartphone
If you don’t have enough money for a smartphone or simply want a simple phone for everyday use, Nokia might just have the best device for your budget/personal taste. The X2 was launched in 2010 and it supposedly offers really good performance for the low price. To believe the rumors or not to believe them, that’s the question. Because we like to see for ourselves if something is a good investment or not, we usually test that object. Here is the review and what we have to say about the new Nokia X2.
2.2″ QVGA display
Although the front is made of plastic and the rear is made of aluminum with a metal finish, the product doesn’t look cheap at all. It definitely looks more classical than its predecessors with its sleekness and nice edges. At first sight, the X2 looks solid, but that doesn’t mean it’s bulky; on the contrary, when we picked the phone for the first time, we were impressed by how thin and light it really was thanks to the 4.37″ x 1.85″ x 0.52″ and 81g.
In the centre of the Nokia X2 phone sits a 2.2″ QVGA display; this has a 240 x 320 pixels resolution which delivers good brightness and contrast for all the review time. But, when we took it outside to look at the screen in direct sunlight, we noticed it didn’t offer such great legibility; not to mention that it didn’t come with protection against fingerprints and its viewing angles were less than good. Under the display are placed the controls which were easy to access.
Other than that there’s the usual alphanumeric keypad which feels very comfortable to the touch with its large buttons. Let’s now see what the different sides of the phone have to offer users: the volume key, shutter button and microSD port are on the right side, while the left side houses 3 music buttons and the top features one microUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack and 2mm charger plug. The bottom comes with a lanyard eyelet and the rear boasts a 5MP camera with LED flash and a latch which makes opening the cover easy. The interface used by the Nokia X2 was user-friendly and also customizable.
The camera took fairly good photos and videos when we were sitting in a closed space; once we went outside for our test, the image quality started to get worse, especially in the noise and processing time department.
Without GPS, 3G and Wi-Fi
Moving on to features, the Nokia X2 ships with the standard phonebook, text and multimedia messaging, music player, FM radio (which includes an integrated antenna and RDS), video player, Bluetooth 2.1, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, calendar, Opera Mini, games, applications (such as Facebook, YouTube), alarm clock and many more. There’s support for e-mail (including Gmail, Yahoo! and Windows Live), but there’s no GPS, 3G or Wi-Fi possibilities. The software used by the phone is Ovi Sync.
During our test for this review, the Nokia X2 delivered good call quality; we noticed no voice distortion and we could hear the people we called even when we were in noisy backgrounds. Battery life was also good: we had to charge it every 3 or 5 days.
All in all, the new Nokia X2 offered by the Finnish mobile company is a nice phone for those of you who don’t like smartphones and want a more traditional phone.
|Cellular * GSM / GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)|
|# Dimensions: 111 x 47 x 13.3 mm|
|# Weight – 82 grams (with battery)|
|# Software Platform Series 40|
|# 2.2-inch screen with QVGA resolution and 262K colors|
|# 3.5 mm jack|
|# 48 MB internal memory|
|# Micro-USB port|
|# Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.1 EDR|
|# MicroSD card|
|# Time running conversation – up to 13,5 hours|
|# Colors – Available in color pairs of Black and Red, Silver and Blue.|
|# Hours of standby time – up to 25,8 days|
|# Hours of music playback – up to 26,8 hours|