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Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

Nokia X3 Touch and Type

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One of the key selling points of the Nokia X3 Touch and Type is its range of connectivity options. For such a slim S40 phone which won't break the bank, Nokia have done a good job of getting Wi-Fi and 3G on board. There is also Bluetooth 2.1, so other than a GPS, it's missing very few of the connectivity options that higher-end smartphones have in their arsenal.

As far as web browsing goes, the X3-02 is pretty good, and among the best for an S40 handset. While the proprietary browser initially loads up well and is great for pages formatted to mobile view, as soon as you load up a full size page such as phoneArena.com, it stutters considerably. Zooming in and out of the page is also problematic, bringing up an indication that the zoom is "pending". This can take a few seconds, enough to kill the fluidity of the web browsing experience. The X3-02's saving grace however is Opera Mini that comes pre-loaded. It's smoother, quicker, and with two levels of zoom, easier to get your head around than the default browser. Text is wrapped to the screen, and it worked very well with the touch screen on the Nokia X3-02 making it our browser of choice on this handset.

Web browsing on the Nokia Touch and Type  - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Web browsing on the Nokia Touch and Type  - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Web browsing on the Nokia Touch and Type  - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Web browsing on the Nokia Touch and Type  - Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

Web browsing on the Nokia Touch and Type

Email is also something the Nokia X3-02 is no slouch at handling. It has simple set-up for Ovi Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and support for other email providers requiring slightly more information. The interface of the mail client is very user-friendly, and smooth, working well with the touch-screen.

Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review


With all the software you'd expect to see on a modern phone, such as a basic, yet comprehensive enough MP3 player, calendar and organizer tools as well as a Facebook and email client, no software on the Nokia X3-02 will give you reason to rejoice. This functionality coupled with the great connectivity and usable hardware on board the Nokia X3-02, does however mean that it can be regarded as one of S40's higher offerings.

Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review
Nokia X3 Touch and Type Review

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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 1

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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PhoneArena rating:
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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