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My Review: Nokia X2


One of the newest phones from the stable of the Finnish Giant. But sadly it doesn’t impress much. The Phone has a sleek design which is very unlike Nokia. With the express music buttons it would be a music addict’s fix. A 5 MP camera with flash should appeal to the photographer in you. And with the price of around Rs 5.9k (Price I bought it at. Box Price: Rs 6,579) wouldn’t it be your ideal choice? Right?
Wrong! Alas even though this phone has most of the must-have features, it still has faults some which I clearly fail to understand being in the finished product. Here’s a list of pro’s and con’s I came across.

Advantages:

• Lovely 2.2” Display and Nice sleek design
• ExpessRadio/ExpressMusic Buttons
• Good Clarity Awesome Stereo Speakers and uses 3.5mm AV.
• Built in Radio Antenna
• Keypad responds wonderfully.
• Free 25 song downloads from OVI.
• Good Pricing.

Disadvantages:

• The biggest downer for me was the flash. Its too bright! And doesn’t give even lighting effect on the picture. Case in point:
Without Flash                                                 With Flash

In the dark the flash worked better at close range. Farther off objects were lost in the flash! Btw if you are wondering why its so bright, well it doubles up as a really good torchlight.
Close range with Flash                          Little further with Flash

Maybe I am at fault here? Or Is there an Apple-ish excuse?
• Talking about Apple, I felt that the in-built radio antenna is a good feature i.e., until you accidentally press the ExpessRadio/ExpressMusic button in the wrong place (happened in a hospital. True Story.) and it starts belting out music at the highest volume. To rectify this I have kept the volume low and keyguard lock at 5 secs. Until I know better.
• The OS. Yes, it runs on S40 but so far it did get hung a couple of times. I haven’t used this OS on other phones but I find it has access friendly menus.
• EDGE in the time of 3G.

What I can hope is that Nokia will come up with a fix soon for the OS problems. The rest are hardware errors which hopefully they learn their lesson from. Not too bad a phone if you avoid the problems.

This review has been my opinion on the Nokia X2 Phone and if I have misunderstood any features or made any errors in the context of this review, please feel free to notify me so that I can correct them at the earliest.

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16 thoughts on “My Review: Nokia X2

  1. J_hari says:

    Very true… I also bought one 2 days back. Same issues here… In the case of camera flash, did u try removing the lens guard (plastic sheet cover)? I think it will make things better, but I didn’t do that, coz am afraid of getting scratches on the lens. So, waiting for a good pouch to be released, to remove the guard… Let me know if u do this…. Thanks

  2. J_hari says:

    Very true…
    I also bought one 2 days back @ Rs5.8k from Nokia Priority Centre, Cochin.

    Same issues here… In the case of camera flash, did u try removing the lens guard (plastic sheet cover)? I think it will make things better, but I didn’t do that, coz am afraid of getting scratches on the lens cover. So, waiting for a good pouch to be released, to remove the guard… :)
    Let me know if u do this…. Thanks

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  4. sudeep says:

    A 5 MP CMOS module without autofocus is used (fixed focus from 20 cm to infinity, EDoF) alongside the LED flash. The camera is above criticism for the money. On a sunny day the photos are decent and you can view them on PC without problems. It is not a top product, but is not downright rubbish. A compromise for the price.

  5. Pietro says:

    The loudspeakers are very loud even in the minimum level. I can’t use the X2 because I’m afraid it starts. Is that normal?

      • Pietro says:

        Thank you for your fast answer. My problem is that I can not go to a store in the next weeks because it is too far. My question is if it is possible to turn down the sound level to almost zero. My X2′s lowest level is is so loud that you cannot hold your Nokia close to the ear because it hurts. Thank you again.

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