Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
In this continuing volatile world economy, which has yet to prove itself in stabilizing any time soon, people from all corners of the world are still fastening their belts very tightly when it comes down to their spending budget. With that in mind, Nokia aims to appease those who don’t quite have an unlimited disposable income with their messaging friendly Nokia X2. Rightfully so, this device sports a $79.99 price point on T-Mobile’s prepaid lineup, but just because they’re targeting this segment, does it mean that potential buyers will be greeted with an inferior product?
- Nokia X2
- Wall Charger
- Stereo Headset
- User Manual
- Terms & Conditions
Interestingly enough, the Nokia X2 exudes a design that’s favorable despite its affinity for being regarded as an entry-level device. From afar, it closely resembles some of the Finnish company’s more respected portrait QWERTY devices, like the E72, but upon holding it, we’re presented with a completely plastic device that’s normal sized (0.56” thick) and extremely lightweight (3.79 oz.). On the whole, we’re particularly content with its well-rounded construction that tastefully retains some of the elements employed by its higher-end counterparts, but of course, resorts to using lower quality materials instead.
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Notching down things just a little bit, the Nokia X2 boasts a low quality 2.4” QVGA (320 x 240) TFT display with support for 262k colors. Even though its size might seem proportionate, we’re not all that impressed with its bland color production and egregious viewing angles. Additionally, the display becomes blatantly difficult to view outdoors under the sun. Moreover, there is no option under the settings menu to modify its brightness output.
Beneath the display, there are some decently sized dedicated buttons, such as the soft, send, and end keys, which exhibit a clicky response when pressed down. Additionally, the directional pad is prominently placed squarely in the middle, and is comfortable enough to feel out with our thumbs.
And of course, it’s hard to miss its distinguishable 4-row portrait style keyboard that’s probably the centerpiece of the entire device. Buttons might look deceptively small and crunched up against one another, but since they’re rounded towards the middle, they provide an exceptionally solid tactile response when pressed. Overall, we soon found ourselves quickly speed typing away without much falter in accuracy – thus strengthening its position of being a suitable messaging phone.
Strangely, the X2 omits a dedicated volume rocker and relies on the d-pad to act as one when you’re either on a phone call or playing audio. On the left side, we find the microUSB and microSD card slot hidden behind a difficult to remove plastic cover. Although we initially thought that the microUSB port would supply power, it in fact does not – and requires you to charge via the proprietary port on the top side of the handset. Furthermore, the top edge is also home to the handset’s 3.5mm headset jack.
Turning things around, the paltry 0.3-megapixel camera is located towards the top with the notches for the speakerphone next to it. Removing the plastic cover is easily accomplished by prying it off from the bottom edge – thus giving you access to its battery and SIM card slot.
1. cyborg (unregistered) posted on 09 Mar 2011, 20:06 0 0
I'm getting one today as a spare phone. woot!
2. Marc Aurel (unregistered) posted on 10 Mar 2011, 07:37 0 0
It appears as though the T-Mobile version does not come with Opera Mini preinstalled unlike the non-US versions. That's a huge loss, because with Opera Mini web surfing is actually bearable (albeit still not great of course) with devices like this. Does T-Mobile even allow installing the Opera Mini? Or the Ovi Browser from Nokia Betalabs? Both are much better than the built-in browser because of the data compression feature.
3. buddy200 (unregistered) posted on 30 Aug 2011, 14:11 0 0
In India, it is launched as Nokia x2-01 and its the cheapest Qwerty phone in the market when it comes to big brands.
Also, it has Opera Mini 4.2 pre-installed which is a big plus. The other features it is having makes it the best value for money phone.
About the camera, with 0.3MP cam you shouldn't expect much. I say that even 2MP camera can't do the wonders and if you want to take good photos buy a digicam instead because most of the cameras in phones are crap and nothing more than that.
So, i paid attention to the other features it is having, not the camera and i ordered this phone.
But i want to add one thing that in USA It is launched without Opera mini pre-installed which is not small but HUGE minus point. If you want to browse internet that don't buy it but if you use twitter, facebook, hotmail etc. than you can go for it as it has pre-installed apps in it for all these things.