Introduction


One of the forefathers of the modern phone industry, Nokia is revered by many to this day for the level of build quality of its devices, and yet that didn't help the company when it was caught off guard by the stratospheric surge in demand for smartphones. Many thought that the Finnish company made all the wrong decisions, especially when it decided to go for an infant of an operating system in Windows Phone. The thought of what Nokia could have been like if it instead at least had hedged its bets, and adopted Android as well, is still stuck at the back of the heads of many industry watchers, not to mention fans.

We won't be having a miraculous remake of history today – it's too late for that – but we all finally have the opportunity to see what Nokia hardware powered by Android feels like. With its X-line, Nokia surprised many by finally seeing fit to experiment with Android, though hardheaded as the company is, this is still a fork of the platform. The 4-inch, dual SIM entry-level Nokia X that we'll be looking at today, then, comes with all the signature Nokia services like its app store and HERE Maps, but none from Google. There's no Play Store, no Google Maps, and many, many more. And while there's a degree of inter-compatibility (ergo, normal Android apps will usually run just fine on the Nokia X's software), it's still a halfhearted stab at the world's most popular mobile OS. Is that necessarily a bad thing? We were very intent on finding out and share our impressions with you, so keep on reading.

In the box:

  • A power plug with a permanently-attached microUSB cable
  • Headphones

Design

The Nokia X borrows inspiration heavily from the Lumia 525 and Asha 503 – the X is a typical rectangular slab with sharper-than-average corners and excellent build quality

Whether it's because it is a near-flawless look-alike to the latest Asha 503, or because the Asha, in turn, draws inspiration from Nokia's Lumia 520/525, we felt like we knew the Nokia X from the get-go. The X inherited the singular capacitive 'back' button from the the Asha line, and the rectangular frame with its moderately sharp edges. The removable rear shell is made of solid matte plastic, same as the buttons on the right side of the X. Both the volume rocker and the power key provide profound feedback, and there's a nice amount of travel to them.

Handling the Nokia X is easy – the small device is perfect for one-handed use – but we couldn't shake off the feeling that we're using a toy phone. And it's not just the jubilant palette of color options – it's also the profoundly plastic, but very solid exterior that made us feel like we're operating a reinforced, child-proof piece of hardware. On the bright side, while there's no arguing this looks and feels like an entry-level device, the overall build quality is impressive.


Nokia X

Nokia X

Dimensions

4.55 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches

115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm

Weight

4.54 oz (129 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Sony Xperia E1

Sony Xperia E1

Dimensions

4.65 x 2.46 x 0.47 inches

118 x 62.4 x 12 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Dimensions

4.77 x 2.47 x 0.39 inches

121.2 x 62.7 x 10 mm

Weight

4.22 oz (120 g)

Nokia X

Nokia X

Dimensions

4.55 x 2.48 x 0.41 inches

115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm

Weight

4.54 oz (129 g)

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Dimensions

5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches

129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Sony Xperia E1

Sony Xperia E1

Dimensions

4.65 x 2.46 x 0.47 inches

118 x 62.4 x 12 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Dimensions

4.77 x 2.47 x 0.39 inches

121.2 x 62.7 x 10 mm

Weight

4.22 oz (120 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Reflective, dim, and completely off when it comes to proper color reproduction

When looking at the 4-inch 480x800 pixel resolution IPS display on the Nokia X, the results speak for themselves, and align very well with our initial impressions. For starters, this isn't the sharpest panel out there, though at 233ppi, we didn't find much reason for complaint.

But it's in color reproduction that the panel totally disappoints – it's got a very cold color temperature of 9320K, resulting in a noticeably bluish fringe throughout. This problem is especially noticeable when the display has to render differing shades of gray. But that's not all – specific colors, like magenta and cyan, are seriously messed up. Greens and reds are also problematic.

Worse yet, the display isn't very bright, managing 359 nits at its very best. This, combined with the highly reflective glass on top of the display, amounts to a frustrating outdoors viewing experience. It's also relatively bright even at the lowest setting, meaning that usage in complete darkness may tire out your eyes quickly.





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83 Comments

84. 95sumit31

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 07, 2014

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83. Dave_Granger

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

Those Nokia X phones are abysmal, why are they using a hobbled version of Android on underpowered hardware when Android's biggest weakness is that it needs a powerful processor to run properly. They should have stuck with Symbian, it was actually starting to get really good when they pulled the plug on it.

82. craigy72

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Time to throw in the towel Nokia!

81. carlgemarino

Posts: 1; Member since: May 09, 2014

Here in the Philippines, Moto G costs Php 10,400 or 237.50 US$; Xperia E1 costs Php 6,990 or 159.63 US$; Xperia E1 dual costs Php 7,890 or 180.18 US$; while Nokia X just costs Php 5,999 or 136.99 US$. There are other Android devices here (China phone brands and many local brands) but they just can't be compared to Nokia (in my opinion). I want this phone other than any phone because it's the only one I can afford from Nokia (Nokia XL will be more expensive, obviously), and that this series might be the last Android devices from Nokia. They might release another Android device in the next ten years, but I can't wait, and it's not still sure. Lumia devices will be there, other Android devices will also be there, but this might be the last Android device from Nokia.

80. GoJin

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

.I waited for Android on a Nokia device but I did not expect this piece of ....! I would choose this Nokia X over Samsung's Galaxy Y anytime, though. I'm using only Galaxy Y for torrent downloads and secondary phone. yes, torrenting on a SGY, here in my country (Philippines) where the average internet speed is a mere 3mbps, SGY's 7.2mbps modem is not even maxed-out. I'll be waiting for the Nokia XL, let's see whazzup with that one.

79. DisCHORD

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Ah! Windows phone 8 now supports dual sim according to the latest update! Now I know they didn't make this just for the dual sim card feature! Microsoft and Nokia are playing a hidden card here...

77. manus88

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

This review sound like it comes from a Nokia hater tbh, srs. Reading through it the only bad things are screen colors, browser(which you can change) and battery(which is average for the category). Call quality is great, camera is great for a 3MP(just look at pictures and videos, they don't look like they're from a 3MP camera at all), general performance from the processor is good. Also it will have an awesome cyanogenmod. I give it a 7/10, and a 7.5/10 with a good cyano.

76. DisCHORD

Posts: 35; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Windows phone 8 is my preferred OS. Its more fluid than any other, its UI is the best of all 3, it has a good amount of apps I want and a lot of exclusives that weren't for the other two, (dragons blade, sequencer, etc.) and its display is customizable on nokias with the ability to change contrast from natural to vivid, and the ability to make the display cooler or warmer. Name another phone that can do that! And they also have a built in EQ, which I, being an audiophile with an e11 amp and akg k240 headphones, love. I had a choice between any phone and a Lumia 925, so my choice was clear: Lumia 925. My sister got a galaxy S4, and my dad and mom got nexus 5's, and my dad likes my phone a lot more than his. My sister just wanted her phone because its popular. I got my phone for fluidity (wp8 is absolutely tied for most optimized OS with IOS. A dual core 1.5 GHz won't get you crap in Droid.) I was looking at the HTC one, but that had beats audio enhancer which is bad because it modifies music when on and off, and it puts out less power to headphones than my 925. Now that the M8 is out, I wouldn't mind it. I still prefer WP8 over everything. The only reason I would look at the M8 is because of the power output it has. More voltage to headphones than an iPhone, iPod touch 5G, etc. The speakers are loud, but not insanely so. I'm more interested in output... Now to my point: This Nokia X could have been a lot better. I would have slapped a quad core with 3 gigs of ram in there, a 20 mp camera with flash, 1080p 4.5 inch screen, included google play store, and advertised to high hell. That is what should have happened. But it didn't, so I hope Nokia will recall this abomination and work on another one. And to anyone who disagrees, you are entitled to your opinions. If you wish to quarrel like dogs, find someone else. Yes, performance matters, i agree, but Nokia Lumia's have a customizable display, sound, and home screen, with my favorite OS for its fluidity, UI, and a few apps none of its competitors have.

78. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I couldn't agree more, most consumers are just followers and don't even use a 10th of specs or features from most flagships.

75. dowill2014

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Stupid comparation !!! ... not equal device

73. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

I was recommending to Microsoft that they continue with Nokia X. But WITH THIS they should get rid of it ASAP.

70. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

at last a fair review of the nokia x. im sorry but its rubbish even for the proce.. under 100euro with taxes and it should be ok

57. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

it is at the bottom of the list for every benchmark..lol, but overall i love the green color and base on those photo taken with regard to its screen, it seems that its resolution wasn't so bad..!

55. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

And here we have another horrible device from Nokia. At least its running Android better than that horrible WP, but the device itself is still pretty poor for an Android device.

52. rkoforever90

Posts: 511; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

this phone cost only half the price of moto g

48. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

WP > Symbian > BB7 > iOS > WebOS > Android.

53. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I'm sure you typed it in the wrong order. Android>iOS>WebOS>BB7>Symbian>WP ANYDAY

66. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I sure its Android > iOS > Windows Phone > BB7+ > Symbian

68. domfonusr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I still miss Symbian. Android is definitely better than Symbian now, but I still miss Symbian.

44. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Waiting on the XL, rooted and ROMed...

41. samzkrnd

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Yea..you all are right.moto g is better from nokia x,because its available in your region.

40. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Why do people expect so much from an affordable market phone? Dont expect expensive and high spec features its not a flagship. Nokia X, X+ and XL < Nokia Lumia (Most Devices)

38. hemedans

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

all of the above moto g, xperia e1 and galaxy ace3 they cost twice or more here in africa. moto g more than 400,000tsh galaxy ace 3 around 350,000 to 400,000 xperia e around 400,000 e1 will be much higher but nokia x cost only180,000 and make it very cheap. in its price category nokia x is best than any phone and stop comparing it with expensive smartphone

33. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

This is a 99% trojan horse Phone. The 1%? Probably for the attempt to gain profit from the allegedly 'Android Nokia'. I mean the 520 and the Moto G is Soooo much better. If you disagree with me then you are not competent at all.

32. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Many say the Moto is better. Nokia is a come back KID and will do better than this. Remember the Nokia 900 was no prize then came the Nokia Lumia 920 a winner From what info I get about the X phones only the Nokia XL is worth looking at. I think Nokia made critical Mistakes Nokia in their Forked Android OS I hope Microsoft corrects when they take it under their control later this month are 1=Microsoft must make the UI look like Windows 8 . 8.1 smart phones. 2= Microsoft must put the Android API"S and files necessary for the Nokia "X" phones to use access and use Google play store Apps and Google services. the second suggestion I made may seem counter productive to Microsoft's goals of getting People to buy and uses Microsoft Apps and services but it wont be because all Microsoft has to do is warn Folks if they replace the Microsoft Android UI and certain system tiles they will void the Warrantees on the Nokia/Microsoft Xphones however they will be free to use Google Play store Apps and services to their hearts content. I think that most people wont change the New Nokia/Microsoft UI and will keep and use the Nokia snd Microsoft Apps and services they desire to use on the New Nokia/Microsoft OS "X" Phones. of the Nokia "X" phones. I think only the Nokia "XL" will survive the Market place

31. r3trokiller

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 30, 2014

Well, Moto G is not the best phone in this price range in whole World. Talking about Nepal, Moto G 8 GB costs NPR 25000 i.e. 230 US $ and 16 GB costs NPR 28000 i.e. 250 US$ . And Nokia X costs just 13000 NPR i.e. 120 US $. Moto G doesnot even have memory card and there is not even a single care centre in Nepal. Its same with all SouthAsia . So, how the crap Moto G becomes best in world.

34. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Indeed, the Moto G is relatively expensive in our country. But Nokia with this phone competing with it's own 520/525 is just nuts. The X is 25% more expensive than the 520 here.

23. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Maybe Nokia is trying to say "look how terrible Android phones are! Buy WP!"

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7692; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You mean Microsoft since Nokia is owned by Microsoft.

30. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And you are showing the world your lack of general knowledge. Both MS & Nokia clarified that this phone was in the works before MS buying Nokia. MS has nothing to do with anything related to this phone or the X series. This is completely Nokia's undertaking. So keep you pathetic trolling comments to yourself.

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  • Camera 3 MP (Single camera)
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  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android
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