Summary: For a long time, Android fans who reminisce the heydays of Nokia have constantly hoped for the company to adopt the Android OS that might have made Nokia a more desirable choice of smartphone to get. After all, they've made pretty good devices with the Lumia 625 , 925 , 1020 , 1520 and many others.
Summary: Overall, I found no difference in performance between this phone and my Nokia X. One of my major caveats with my Nokia X was the copious amounts of lag I experience with it, and I was sad to see it still here, despite the slight bump in RAM. Given its price point, I’d give this a second thought.
Conclusion: The Nokia XL is not just a bigger version of the X. It is better in at least three ways: better performance, better camera, and better call quality. If you are looking for a good mid-range smartphone with a good camera and don’t find Google services a must-have, it should be on your shortlist for...
Nokia XL review - Basic 5-inch smartphone for the masses
8 July 2014
Excerpt: The Nokia XL is the bigger brother in the range of Nokia X smartphones designed to bring the Windows Phone experience to the masses through an Android smartphone. As such, it features a simplified interface and Nokia's tough Lumia polycarbonate design that should make it great for everyone to use.
Excerpt: The Nokia XL is the bigger brother of the Nokia X . While the X Software platform is built on Android, the X is not an Android smartphone as you probably know it. However, it is a capable phone that meets the needs of certain users. The Nokia XL unit we have here is orange in colour.
Excerpt: The Nokia XL offers entry-level users a solid, easy to use Android smartphone with a large and wide 5-inch display. We managed to go hands-on with this smartphone and check out the tech specs and features available on it.
Excerpt: The Nokia XL is the bigger brother in the range of Android powered smartphones from Microsoft coming with tech specs and features that include a 5-inch screen, 5MP rear camera with LED flash and the usual colourful polycarbonate backside.
Conclusion: The Nokia XL is the best and the brightest of the new X family but, again, it's a step up from the Asha lineup rather than something to compete with Nokia's Windows Phone offerings or even most Androids. The Nokia XL officially targets €110 ($150), though it's currently on pre-order at €130 ($180).
Pros: Quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Dual-band 3G with HSPA, Optional dual-SIM support, dual standby, Nokia X software platform 1.0.1, based on the Android Open Source Project (4.1 Jelly Bean), 5" IPS LCD WVGA capacitive touchscreen, ~187 ppi, 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A5 processor, Adreno 203 GPU, Qualcomm ...
Cons: Large and heavy for a 5" device, Low screen resolution, No Google services (Play, Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Drive), you can't even sync contacts, Budget-grade hardware may result in system bottlenecks, Poor video capture, No smart dialing, No document reader
Conclusion: The Nokia XL is a sturdy handset that comes in candy colours. The Nokia services such as MixRadio and HERE maps are its strong points. However, it's annoyingly sluggish to be called a 'smartphone'. The single key navigation is counterintuitive.
Pros: Study construction; Good music quality; Offline maps.
Cons: Sluggish performance; Lacks many popular Andoid apps; Doesn't support HD videos.