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Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

Nokia X3 Touch and Type

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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



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

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Medium light - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Low light - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

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Nokia X3 Touch and Type Sample Video:




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


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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
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)
2.73 oz  (77 g)
Battery860 mAh, 5.3 hours talk time

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