Posted: 2014-4-17

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Nokia X Review
Nokia X Review
Call quality

One word: mediocre

Call quality is one of the few departments where the Nokia X's performance didn't offer an unpleasant surprise. Don't get us wrong, there's nothing impressive here – rather, we got what we would expect from a device in this price class. Both the microphone and the in-ear speaker offer medium volumes, though both also behave similarly in the way they distort voices. Both sides reported echoing voices that were flatter than in reality, though tonal information is not entirely lost. You'll know the person you're talking to by their voice, but you may have to go for a mental squint every now and then.


Nestled within the Nokia X's body is a user-replaceable, 1500 mAh battery, which Nokia rates good for up to 17 days of standby time when utilizing both SIM cards. Talk time on a 3G network clocks at about 13 hours, and video playback can go on for nearly 8 hours and 30 minutes. Lastly, browsing time is rated at 4 hours and 42 minutes.


Due to its pricing, the Nokia X can be both an acceptable purchase, or a completely unfounded one, depending on where it is you call home. In the States, for example, Nokia sells the X through Amazon for anywhere between $145 to $170. At this price, pitching in an extra 10 bucks for the far more capable Motorola Moto G is a no-brainer. You get a bigger and better screen, vastly superior performance in terms of speed and imaging, and a true Android experience. In countries like France, however, the difference is not that small – the Nokia X retails for €119, while the Moto G costs €159. In those countries, an adequate, full-fledged Android alternative is Sony's new Xperia E1, which costs about €139. The Samsung Galaxy Ace also offers a similar deal, though it's costlier at about €163. Lastly, LG's new, 3.5-inch L40, which comes packing the latest KitKat 4.4 update, costs about €88, while, again, offering very similar hardware.

In conclusion, we're unable to recommend the Nokia X. Whether it's the toy-ish design, the poor display, camera and overall performance, or just the extremely limited nature of the forked Android on board, it's safe to say that we expected more.

Software version: 11.1.1


  • Solid build
  • Removable battery and slots for microSD and two SIM cards
  • Compatibility with most Android apps (sideloaded)


  • Limited app ecosystem – no Google Play Store
  • Despite its commendable build, the Nokia X feels a little bit too much like a toy
  • Performance is not the X's strongest suite
  • Web browsing is frustrating due to delays in input responsiveness
  • Overall, the camera produces unsatisfying shots
  • No flash
  • No front-facing camera
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