Summary: Android at last? The Nokia X marks Microsoft Mobile's entry into the Android market. What looks like a turnaround, is not really one at all: with the inexpensive entry-level smartphone, a reworked interface, and a special App Store, Microsoft is trying to lure customers and get them transitioned to the Windows Phone platform. Why the concept is not completely successful is the subject of our review.
Pros: Well built, Decent battery life, Voice quality is high, Dual-SIM support, Storage expandable, Here Maps and MixRadio (free of charge), Bright display with good brightness distribution but ..., The build quality, the display, and the voice quality are very good considering the price bracket. We also like the offline navigation and the Nokia MixRadio, which is supplied free of charge.
Cons: ... bleeding issues, Black value is high, Old Android version, Mediocre performance, No access to the Play Store - apps are limited, Not a lot of RAM, Additional applications, better performance, and better stability. The Nokia X Platform Software isn't quite mature enough and stutters frequently.
Nokia X Dual SIM review: An upgrade from Asha, but not a good Android experience
24 April 2014
Summary: With an updated price of Rs 7,729, the Nokia X is worth the extra money if you’re coming from a Nokia Asha. It offers a lot more functionality and the best part is there’s no need to wait in the hope that your favourite app will ported over since Android APKs just work. The Nokia’s X’s biggest competition right now is the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 and the Sony Xperia E1 Dual. These two offer a similar feature set and are also priced similarly.
Nokia X review: This isn't the Nokia Android phone you were looking for
16 April 2014
Summary: Bogged down by sluggish performance and a lacklustre UI, the Nokia X only disappoints.
Cons: This low-end phone is sluggish and at times, responds very slowly to your touch. The ugly UI doesn't help much with the user experience either. You'll need to do some work importing your contacts if they're stored in the cloud, and the Nokia Store lacks some apps (you'll have to install a third-party store).
Summary: The Nokia X does run on the Android platform and yes it does support Android apps, but it doesn't feel like you are using an Android smartphone. The heavily customized UI is a bit clunky and needs a lot of improvement. We did however love the simple design, form factor and the bright color options seen earlier on the Asha touchscreen feature phones.
Pros: Affordable price, Nice looking design, Support for more than 80% of Android apps
Cons: Clunky and slow UI, Absence of Google services, Hardware doesn't provide enough power
Conclusion: If you are locked to Google and have no intention of leaving, the Nokia X is bad news for you. But the feature phone users that Nokia is targeting with the X are not necessarily hooked on Google services for mobile yet. They can adopt Hotmail/Outlook for contacts, calendar and email, and moving on to Windows Phone later wouldn’t be an issue. If you are tired of Google and want to cross over to Outlook, you will find that the Nokia X is just what the doctor ordered.
Excerpt: Nokia has released some great smartphones in the past couple of years — at least hardware wise. Devices like Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 taught everyone else how to make smartphones with image quality rivalling that of dedicated digital cameras. When there were rumours of Nokia testing some Android smartphones, heartbeats quickened. But after a couple of leaks, it was evident that Nokia would be releasing an entry-level hardware device with Android.
Summary: Overall, I have to say that using the phone was a mixed bag at the least. I’m very happy that I’m able to use SwiftKey, GoSMS Pro, and Nokia HERE+ in the same device. In concept, the Nokia X UI has some nifty tricks up its sleeves that I’m sure you’ll notice and wish they’re implemented in either the stock launcher, or in some other launchers/skins. It’s just too bad that the chosen internals can’t deliver as intended.
Excerpt: In Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman, the character played by Bill Murray, describes the coming supernatural apocalypse as “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” While I’m glad to report I didn’t witness any human sacrifice during Nokia’s MWC 2014 press conference, there was a definite air of chaos and hysteria which brought Venkman’s words to mind. Why? Nokia has released an Android phone.
Pros: Android operating system, Low price, Simple, easy to use interface, Access to Android apps and associated stores, Excellent build quality
Cons: It’s not the prettiest interface, No Google apps for you, Google Play won’t work