The rumours that Nokia would turn android where going around along time and to some it was upsetting,to others it was good news and for many it was its too late and why.
Nokia put us all out of our misery when they announced there was indeed an android handset,but not only one but three of them.
For now the Nokia X range is for merging markets and most likely will not see the shelves in Ireland but who knows,we have seen stranger things happen in the world especially with mobile tech.
Nokia announced the X range on the 24th Feb at Mobile World Congress this year..
We waited for the Green Nokia X to arrive rather than go with the immediate black variant release.
The Nokia X runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) its forked which what looks like the Windows Phone UI..
Below is the home screen on the Nokia Lumia 630 to the left and the Nokia X to the right..
The Nokia X has a 4 inch IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 223 ppi which is ok for the price of the phone.
The good thing with the Nokia X it is available in nice bright colours keeping in touch with the Nokia Lumia range this is a good choice from Nokia,as they look well and stand out from the traditional gray and black coloured devices which are all to common and boring to be honest.
The top of the device only has the headphone socket also you may notice the rounded edges on the corners and screen which was also present in the previous asha models such as the 501,the Nokia X though does not have that sharp edge feel as the asha did so its a bit more comfortable to hold again its a small handset so it will feel good with most.
The end of the device gives us only the USB port which i found slightly sunk back than other devices but it did not give any trouble inserting a USB cable..
The back of the Nokia X the camera which is 3.15 MP with no flash and the speaker port down on the end,the speaker sound is quite good and loud and i was impressed with this,even when lying flat on a surface you could still hear the sound clearly such as notifications or if the phone rang.
The left hand side of the device is just plain,again similar to other models from Nokia such as the lumia 630.
The right hand side of the Nokia X has the volume keys and the power key,this key also wakes up the screen,some people did not like these and thought it looked like a toy and felt cheap also they did not like how the buttons protruded so much but they work fine for me and i found no big difference between the button layout here,but they are slightly more raised than current models available.
When you remove the cover which can be trick but similar to removing like the 520 and 630 for example we see that there is a removable battery which would be welcome for many and we also have the two sim card slots and the SD card slot which supports up to 32GB.This is quite good and apps can be moved from the device onto the sd card which gives ample storage space for those who have lots of content,plus it give you plenty of space for apps,due the the 512 MB RAM,this is ideal for people who often complain about RAM.
The Nokia X has a Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU but i found it got very laggy when loaded at times and but it performed well for the price bracket it aimed at.
There is no secondary camera on the X and its whilst there is a 3.15 MP camera on the back i did not find it overly impressive,it does the job and would be better than some competition out there at this price range and in fairness you cant expect a high quality camera at its price point either.
Below is a photo taken with the Lumia 630 and below again is the Nokia X..
You can clearly see the difference between the two cameras here with the 630 sporting a 5MP camera.
We could not get any network settings for the Nokia X despite trying every possible way and more to do so,but the bluetooth and wifi worked fine and there was no issues here connecting the Nokia X to multiple devices which was good.
Overall the Nokia X is a nice device for its price, well that depends where you buy it from,they are priced at around €80 but we have seen some ridiculous prices for these and as high as €200 euros which is just outright robbery.
Albeit the X wont hit Ireland i feel for people to try cash in on a one off device if you will they actually put people off the device and effectively kill sales,but those clever enough will find it much much cheaper,its worth the money in the long run,at the correct estimated retail price that is.
75% of the Google play store apps will work on the device so there is plenty to choose from,you can also side load apps onto it to which helps.
The Nokia X is packed with many features such as nokia mix radio,fm radio,viber,here maps and the music player is excellent too,so all in all its a pretty good all rounder,feature packed ,the camera is not great but overall its a well balanced device with lots to offer vs other devices at this price point.