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Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Being one of the few Series 40 handsets to make it stateside, the Nokia X2 doesn’t have much in terms of personalization versus what’s seen with some smartphones. Aside from the various themes offered out of the box, we’re generally treated to some basic customizations with its homescreen – like changing the wallpaper and rearranging the tiles. Luckily, there is a carousel with one of those tiles that quickly gets you into some of the most commonly used apps with the handset; such as the camera or web browser. With the main menu, it’s laid out in the typical grid-like form, but it can be modified to a listing or single view as well. Straightforward in nature, we did experience some instances of slowdown and delays while navigating.

Homescreen - The interface of the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
The interface of the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Main menu - The interface of the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

Homescreen

 

Main menu

The interface of the Nokia X2


Meanwhile, this is an ideal candidate for any individual out there who primarily connects with others via text messaging thanks to its fantastic and responsive keyboard. Naturally, you can always flare a simple message by attaching any assortment of multimedia content, from photos to audio, to convert it to an MMS message. All in all, there’s nothing that’s going to bog you down with its speedy keyboard.

If you plan on emailing, you’ll find the Nokia Email service on board with the device to be acceptable in usage since it is easy to set up a Gmail or other generic account by simply providing our email address and password. Far from being intuitive like a smartphone, it’s still nonetheless appreciated to find this functionality – giving you some control with your emails on the go.

Text messaging - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Nokia Email service - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

Text messaging

Nokia Email service

 

Showing off its whole hearted functionality, Nokia Conversations allows you to set up your social networking accounts on the handset. After getting our Facebook and Twitter accounts set up, it essentially aggregates content from those respective services separately – but moving between them is easily accomplished. Lastly, we like how one of the tiles on the homescreen is tied with your Facebook account and  gives you quick access to reading posts from friends.

Finally, the messaging experience wouldn’t be complete unless we talked about instant messaging. And with that, it’s so fitting to find one on the Nokia X2 that’s powered by OZ. Specifically, you’ll be able to chat with an abundant set of friends since it offers support for AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, and MySpaceIM.

Nokia Conversations - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Instant messaging - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

Nokia Conversations

  

Instant messaging



Camera and Multimedia:

Move along if you want to take memorable photos on your handset because it’s absolutely horrendous with the Nokia X2. Already falling behind the pack with its below average VGA camera, images look extremely muddy and have a general over-exposed appearance – which in turn, produces some inaccurate colors. Obviously, quality takes a dramatic spiral downwards in low lighting situations since the results are nothing more than excessively noisy and pixelated looking.

Camera interface - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Camera interface - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Camera interface - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

Camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2 - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

Outdoor samples made with the Nokia X2


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Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Indoor samples


Again, the handset’s video capturing performance is downright forgettable by any means since we’re only presented with a maximum shooting resolution of 320 x 240. Not only does it lack any moderately acceptable detail, but audio quality from its recording is exorbitantly muffled in tone. Granted that it shoots at a smooth 25 frames per second, it still doesn’t quite take away our attention from its appalling visuals.

Nokia X2 Sample Video:




Showcasing anything but a generic looking music player, that simply displays the on-screen controls and track information, we’re rather bewildered to find it offering different equalizer settings. Although it minutely has any effect, the audio quality from its speaker is undoubtedly earsplitting at the loudest setting, however, there is a hint of crackle that makes it irritating to the ear.

Without question you can watch videos on the Nokia X2, but the only kind it’s capable of loading are low quality ones – like the movie trailer we used that’s encoded in MPEG-4 320 x 240 resolution. Combining the poor viewing angles with its tiny display, it can definitely sour some eyes after some extended viewing. Luckily though, you can set the video to play in full-screen to make it just a tiny bit more conducive to your video watching needs.

Music player - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Watching videos - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

Music player

 

Watching videos


Summing up with only 55MB of internal memory, it’s nice to see that you can supplement its tow by simply placing a microSD card into its slot – which happens to support cards up to 8GB in size.


Internet and Connectivity:

Voice calls pose no problems with this quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM phone, but don’t expect to experience any fast data speeds with this EDGE only handset. In cutting its cost, Nokia has also omitted GPS with the X2, but despite that, it still features Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR to get other wireless devices to connect with it.

Going into it, we really didn’t expect to experience something exhilarating with its web browsing performance since it’s a budget device. Naturally, our assumptions were eventually confirmed since the handset is painfully slow in loading complex sites like ours – which is primarily due to its EDGE only speeds. In addition to that, scrolling is finicky because we constantly find on many occasions that it would stall or just flat out lag to the point of making it unbearable. Furthermore, since it’s limited with its internal memory, we encountered a message saying that memory is full – thus not loading any photos.

Web broswing - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Web broswing - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Web broswing - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review
Web broswing - Nokia X2 for T-Mobile Review

Web broswing



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posted on 09 Mar 2011, 20:06

1. cyborg (unregistered)


I'm getting one today as a spare phone. woot!

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 07:37

2. Marc Aurel (unregistered)


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.

posted on 30 Aug 2011, 14:11

3. buddy200 (unregistered)


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.

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera0.3 megapixels VGA
Size4.70 x 2.35 x 0.56 inches
(119.4 x 59.8 x 14.3 mm)
3.79 oz  (108 g)
Battery1020 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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