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Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type (Unlocked)
6 August 2011
Conclusion: The unlocked Nokia X3-02 is yet another model in a long line of capable, unlocked Nokia cell phones that few Americans need or want; if you're one of the few target customers, Nokia offers much better options.
Pros: Attractive and lightweight. Solid call quality. Easy to use one-handed. Good camera and music player.
Cons: Cluttered home screen. "Typing" is tough without a QWERTY keyboard. Finicky haptic feedback. Shaky data connection. No voice dialing or GPS.
Excerpt: Nokia X3 02 is a smartphone that is quite similar to the Nokia X2 ( which you can get online at http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/ , if you’re interested ) which was launched some time ago. The design of this phone is typical of Nokia and the manufacturer hasn’t really done anything out of the box here to make it look unique. I was still impressed by the great grip and the dazzling body.
Excerpt: Nokia X3 02 is a smartphone that is quite similar to the Nokia X2 ( which you can get online at http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/, if you're interested ) which was launched some time ago. The design of this phone is typical of Nokia and the manufacturer hasn't really done anything out of the box here to make it look unique. I was still impressed by the great grip and the dazzling body.
Summary: If you're in the market for a cheap touchscreen phone, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type is worth a look. Unlike most compact touchscreen handsets, the small screen doesn't hinder usability, as there's also a proper keypad for entering text. Overall, a neat, easy to use and affordable handset.
Conclusion: Nokia has struck a good balance here with the X3 Touch and Type. The mixture of a small touchscreen with a basic numeric keypad really works. There were a couple of things we found annoying such as the browsers and the omission of a flash for the camera. But overall the Nokia X3 Touch & Type is a decent mid-range phone that’s easy to get to grips with.
Conclusion: The Nokia X3 isn't the perfect phone; but it's not a basic handset trying to be a cheap smartphone and that's why we like it. Yes, it's a bit basic but it fits into its own skin unlike its older brother, the X6. So rather than getting frustrated every time we used the phone, it was a pleasant albeit basic experience.
Summary: The Nokia X3-02 offers something that is quite rare in this price bracket- a touchscreen complemented by a physical numeric keypad. While the phone isn't really a smartphone, the Symbian S40 interface does attempt to give a more "matter to fact" look. However, the disappointing touchscreen response may put you off.
Pros: Convenient Touchscreen + numeric keypad combo, Good battery life, Slim form factor
Cons: Touch response isn't good, Numeric keypad layout takes some getting used to
Summary: It is a typical Nokia product, but there is a speaker defect. During the conversation you may hear some scratching sounds. If it is the case contact the service center to replace the speaker. The issue is not obvious straight away, so you cannot check it out during the purchase. The replacement is free, so you will just lose time.
There are two Touch and Type models on the market – X3-02 for €125 and C3-01 for €145.
Conclusion: With the focus on mid- to high-end smartphones, it's easy to forget that there's a considerable market for capable, well-designed feature-phones. The X3-02 isn't perfect in that respect - we're not keen on Nokia's tendency over the years to tinker with their keyboard layouts - but the numeric keypad isn't as outlandish as some we've seen from the Finns, and the tactile buttons go a long way to making up for it.