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Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

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Interface:

Press a button on the Nokia X3-02, and the screen prompts the user to press it in order to unlock the phone. Unlocked, and the screen shows the standard S40 interface, which makes for an interesting touch screen experience. The words "touch-screen UI" have come to suggest slick graphical interfaces that swish and swipe and glide with the finger's every wisp. Unfortunately, much of the touch-screen-enabled S40 is more shift and stutter than swish and swipe, clunkily scrolling through lists with a low frame refresh rate. While short lists are fine, long lists are definitely less than preferable as they tend to highlight the phone's graphical limitations. Now onto the positives of the touch screen experience, because there are quite a few. Firstly, it is very responsive for a resistive touch screen phone, let alone such a well priced one. For grid based menus such as the main menu in S40, it works a treat and having a touch screen is much more intuitive than a d-pad. The haptic feedback also does a smashing job of letting you know your press has been acknowledged. Nokia have also placed realistic expectations upon the screen's uses, having kept touch-input screen super-simple. The Nokia X3-02 won't even make you think about a stylus. Everything in the interface is big, finger friendly and simple.

The interface of the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
The interface of the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
The interface of the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
The interface of the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

The interface of the Nokia Touch and Type




Camera and Multimedia:

With no flash or autofocus, the Nokia X3-02 nevertheless has a high resolution 5MP camera. Its performance however is pretty average. For example, while it produces good outdoor shots at a distance of more than a meter. It won't shoot any close up shots or low lit shots at any usable level of quality.

Colour reproduction is fair, though inconsistent. Pictures have a habit of looking dull and low contrast, especially when taken indoors, however, if outdoors and the lighting is good, you're giving yourself the best opportunity of getting it right. Detail is also inconsistent. With improved lighting, photos taken on the Nokia X3-02 are decent, and make for good 6x4 or 7x5 prints (such as the picture of the pub), however as soon as you dim the lights, photos become processed more and detail is washed out. Contrast is also pretty low, with images looking flat. As you will see from the indoor shots, noise isn't a strong point of the phone's camera. When lighting is adequate, it keeps noise to an overall low, however, as soon as real-world indoor lighting strikes, the Nokia X3-02 lucks out.

Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

Samples shot with the Nokia Touch and Type


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The music player does a good job of music playback. With the onboard loudspeaker performing exceptionally well, even at higher volumes, the 3.5mm headphone jack outputting some decent sound right down to the music button making it easy to access music wherever you are, the X3-02 is a musical treat.

The music player on the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
The music player on the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
The music player on the Nokia Touch and Type - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

The music player on the Nokia Touch and Type



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posted on 22 Oct 2010, 01:03

1. Eingild (unregistered)


I can't believe Samsung Wave got 7.5 compared to his phone even though wave beats X3 in every aspect of a cellular phone.

posted on 29 Oct 2010, 02:19

2. Quido (unregistered)


Samsung Wave costs ~twice as much as Nokia X3 T&T. I think the price factor is part of the overal score.

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 15:24

3. John Gray (unregistered)


Isn't wave pretending to be a smartphone? TBH at that price point with Wave, there are better phones than it.
This phone fall under the featurephone category, so it makes sense that it got an 8 for its kind.

posted on 06 Nov 2010, 06:44

4. ilk (unregistered)


I would like to use Ovi Maps / Nokia Maps on the X3-02 even if it doesn't have GPS. Does anyone know if Maps can be installed or if there will be a S40 Touch And Type version at all?

After having read several reviews it seems that this phone doesn't come with any sort of maps pre-installed, and as the GSMarena review revealed, Google Maps (at least in it's current, non-Touch & Type-optimized version) doesn't work with this device.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 07:39

21. Fishyfashy (unregistered)


I would also like to know if it supports any maps? have you found it out yet?

posted on 12 Nov 2010, 06:50

6. Nedz (unregistered)


Fantastic site!! Very detailed reviews, and appreciated the video demo of phones as I haven't bought a new phone in years, so needed to see how they worked. Well done!!

posted on 12 Nov 2010, 13:39

7. nurse-diver (unregistered)


Very informative review and detailed at that. Really helped a lot in making me finalize my decision on getting one. Hope when I do get my hands on this phone, it will come up to my expectations. Touch screen, Music and Wifi - Perfect combination for the price you have to pay. Kudos!!!

posted on 14 Nov 2010, 02:43

8. varunwgl (unregistered)


i got samsung wave no regrets
its display is just awesome

posted on 21 Nov 2010, 20:09

9. x3-02 (unregistered)


As i read the review, im impressed with the specs of nokia x3-02, although it is not a smartphone, still, it has all you need. Touch and type. Touch to experience the touch screen and type for rapid messaging like me. Great phone I gonna buy this for sure!! thanks phone arena.

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 05:21

10. James Felix (unregistered)


When is it releasing in India..? Im badly waiting to by Nokia X3 T&T..! Anyone Knows?

posted on 16 Dec 2010, 07:28

11. Robz (unregistered)


Pretty accurate review.

I wanted a slim and simple phone with few extra features(i.e. touch screen) and that's exactly what I got.

Great phone for the price.

posted on 17 Dec 2010, 06:47

12. Anita (unregistered)


Hi there
I am thinking of buying this phone for xmas, and most of the features are pretty cool....however was just hoping if someone could please tell me if text in messaging is able to be done on the touch screen....or just the keyboard?

posted on 19 Dec 2010, 05:03

13. Leo (unregistered)


just the keypad

posted on 19 Dec 2010, 05:07

14. Leo (unregistered)


I'm planning to buy this. Can anyone tell me which one is better: X3 Touch and Type or 5530 XpressMusic? I'll appreciate any response. I also wanna know if I can change the font size of the menus 'cause it's a bit larger for me.

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 11:40

15. Richard (unregistered)


Nice phone but it's buggy. Turns it's self off. E mail program stops working. Java error messages. Communities stops working.

I love the phone but it does have lots of software problems. Be advised.

posted on 24 Jan 2011, 01:05

16. Maan Lavadia (unregistered)


hi, im also choosing between the two.. so what have you bought now? thanks :*

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 03:49

17. nafisa (unregistered)


Hi! i just bought Nokia X3-02 a week ago and it is fantastic , being slim it is easy to accommodate anywhere.and the loudspeaker is also very good. Overall this is the perfect phone for those who like to have a touch screen experience.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:48

18. bosso (unregistered)


the x3-02 is much better than the samsung star wi-fi

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 04:02

19. Rg (unregistered)


Very Bad Sound Clarity, you can't hear properly.
But overall Loudspeaker, touch, type, video clarity, size is really awesome!

posted on 07 May 2011, 16:14

20. KAMEL (unregistered)


i buyed a new phone nokia x3-02 but i discovered that the battery consumed rapidly and it need recharge every day it loses one bar every 24 hours the question is if i replaced this battery with a new original one it will run proberly ? or the problem will exist ? i mean the problem with the phone its self? is there any advise about this problem ?

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 00:29

22. Aziz (unregistered)


please tell me about nokia x3-02, is it should buy or not.?

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 06:28

23. rajeshboddu (unregistered)


recently i bought x3-02 ... everything is fine except battery every day i need to charage and for each every 3-4 hrs one charge point is going down....

posted on 16 Aug 2011, 04:50

24. Venkatkrishnan (unregistered)


ya sme pblm just 24 hrs battery backup and i don't know how to send mp3 files via bluetooth if any one knows how plz help me

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 07:52

25. mohit verma (unregistered)


Nokia X3 is a smart looking slider phone by Nokia X series. Nokia X3 is available in India at a very reasonable Price with many attractive features. Nokia X3 comes with 3.2 MP Camera and a 2.2 inches display screen. This phone allow up to 16 GB expandable memory.

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.18 x 1.91 x 0.38 inches
(106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6 mm)
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