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Nokia X: Android and Windows Phone collide - First Android phone from Nokia
28 April, 2014
Nokia X,as you may have already heard is the first Android device from Nokia. Many Android fans have been waiting for an Android device from Nokia for years,and now they finally have it. Unfortunately Nokia has decided to bring out a low end budget phone instead of a phone with high end specs and all.
## Screen And Build Quality
At first look,Nokia X looks like just another Lumia device,the build quality and design is almost same as their popular Lumia devices. Poly carbonate all around with colored interchangeable back panel gives it an attractive look. The device is easy to hold,and the size is perfect for one handed operation. On the front, there is a 4 inch IPS LCD, 800 x 480 pixels WVGA resolution display which is usually seen in devices under Rs 5000. They should have at least packed a qHD display for a better viewing experience. The viewing angles are OK,not great. Readability under direct sunlight is poor.
## Operating System and Performance
Nokia X is powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play dual-core CPU and Adreno 203 GPU. It only has 512MB Ram. The specs are disappointing considering the various Android devices at this price range ships with far better processor and gpu,plus 1 GB of ram.
Antutu Benchmark Score - 7400 [ Similarly priced Xolo Q700S, Micromax A114, Canvas Mini 200 etc score around 17000 ]
Nokia has opted for a modified Android version ( based on 4.1.2 Jellybean ) instead of a smoother stock Android experience. Most of the part, the UI is smooth,but you will find lags here and there during application usage,often due to a low end processor and 512MB ram it has. Even though this runs Android, Nokia has modified it so much so that it would be difficult to see any traits of Android UI style in there. It has a Lumia like homescreen and there is only one button to navigate - a back button. There is no multitasking button to switch between apps which is very disappointing.
Nokia has opted not to include Google Apps, instead are promoting those apps they favor. So the popular core apps of Android, like Android PlayStore, Gmail,Google Maps, Google+ etc are missing. There are Microsoft apps and Nokia's own popular apps like Nokia HERE Maps included. Whatever alternatives they provide,without the Google Playstore,you are missing a lot of vast variety of apps. However you can Install Amazon Appstore and install many apps through it.
Disappointing. The 3MP camera on the back is a FIXED FOCUS camera. Without Auto focus capabilities,its hard to get good pics often.
This ships with only a 1500mAh powered one,which is not great. You would hardly be able to get one whole day of battery backup with this (average use with internet on ).
## Verdict ##
If you are already an Android user,then its better to stay away from this Android device,as the UI is completely different and confusing. For a new user, or someone coming from a windows phone, the experience would be much better. The lack of Google Playstore is a major disadvantage with this device,as the included Nokia Appstore doesnt have many popular Android apps. Buy this only if you wanna try out a different new Android UI. My recommendation is to spend a few more bucks extra and get a better performing Android device powered by Quadcore CPU and 1GB of ram.
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