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. The only aspect holding them back is really their app ecosystem, which while it's steadily improving, leaves much to be desired about.
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. But of course, between this and the Nokia X, I’d choose this phone hands down. However, I strongly feel that the Nokia X’s SRP fits this phone better.
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 consideration. The Nokia X costs about N30,000 in the market.
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. I think that it looks better than black or green, but hey, colour preferences are entirely subjective. The first shocker for me was the size of the XL.
Nokia XL is the company's best Android phone, but its user interface and performance can't measure up
6 June 2014
Summary: Despite having the best specs of Nokia's Android phones, the XL's poor performance and confusing OS denies users Android's full potential and a true Windows Phone experience.
Pros: The Nokia XL has a solid build quality, a powerful battery that lasts a full day on a single charge, and two SIM cards.
Cons: The XL's processor is slow, and its touchscreen is occasionally unresponsive. The poor screen resolution and unattractive UI severely hinder the user experience. You can't access the Google Play store and Nokia's app selection is very limited.
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). Admittedly, there are few phones in this price segment to have a large 5" screen, especially dual-SIM ones.
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 MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, 768MB RAM, Proximity sensor, accelerometer, display auto-rotation, 4GB internal storage (1.2GB available to the user), Nokia HERE maps with...
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
Summary: The Nokia XL smartphone is a 5-inch device running a ridiculously customised version of Google Android. We spent some time with the new smartphone at MWC 2014, here's our Nokia XL hands-on review.
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. What's worse is that many popular apps such as WhatApp are still missing in Nokia Store. If you're looking for a good Android phone in this price range, go for the ASUS ZenFone 5.
Pros: Study construction; Good music quality; Offline maps.
Cons: Sluggish performance; Lacks many popular Andoid apps; Doesn't support HD videos.
Summary: When we first reviewed the Nokia X , we called it a geek’s dream considering it married the Finnish company’s legendary hardware with a much more accepted and liked operating system. As we found out in our Nokia X review, the actual implementation fell well short of our expectations. With the Nokia XL, the company took yet another shot at gathering a bigger foot hold in the critical entry level segment in emerging markets like India.
Pros: Hardware quality, Nokia exclusive apps, Camera
Cons: Display, No Google services, Limited storage