Nokia X2 review

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A quick review of the Nokia’s Android-toting X2. If you're short on time, here's what the Nokia X2 offers in the form of pictures
  • 1. Nokia X2Review in picturesThe #1 gadget research website in India
  • 2. 2It's plastic and it's glossyBigger than its predecessor, with a slightly larger screen size of 4.3-inchesA real embodiment of the term ‘fingerprint magnet’, thanks to its glossy piano black finishFits well in hands, although it’s bulky at 150g and quite thick with a 11.1mm frameDESIGN
  • 3. 3Small changes in design go a long wayIn contrast to the Nokia X, the X2 offers two capacitive navigation buttons,providing the ability to go to home or return to the previous screenLong-pressing the back key brings up the multitasking menu, which wasn’t availableon the Nokia XRear panel can be opened to access the removable battery, two SIM slots and amicroSD card slotDESIGN
  • 4. A clear displayFeatures a ClearBlack LCD display panel measuring 4.3-inchesWhile the resolution of 800 x 480 pixels seems to be on the lower side,there’s no sign of pixelationThe display produces excellent colours and offers good brightness levels.Protected by scratch-resistant glassDISPLAY
  • 5. Nokia’s take on Android…The X series from Nokiaserves as a gateway to WPdevices and MicrosoftservicesHence, the OS is a forkedversion of Android anddoesn’t come with GoogleservicesRuns Nokia X softwareplatform 2.0, which isbased on Android 4.3Jelly BeanTackles many issues wehad with the previoussoftware versionUSER INTERFACE
  • 6. …is inspired by Windows Phone and Asha PlatformThe homescreen UI issimilar to WP, with largetiles, and apps listedalphabetically on the nextscreenFastlane interfacedisplays recentnotifications andrecently-opened apps,similar to Nokia’s AshaPlatformUnlike the original NokiaX, you can accessnotifications from thenotification panelUSER INTERFACE
  • 7. Better shooting experience than before…The Nokia X had a basic3.2MP fixed-focus camera.In comparison, the X2 bears a5-megapixel autofocussensor at the back, supportedby an LED flashThere’s also a VGA camera atthe frontThe rear camera can shootvideos in 720pThe camera app’s interface isvery minimal, and there are nospecial modes like HDR andpanoramaHowever, you can adjustimage’s brightness, quality, etc.CAMERA
  • 8. … that’s quite good for social sharingThe rear camera takes decentshots that offer good colourvariance and detailHowever, they lose sharpnessonce you start zooming inThe camera also struggles inpoorly-lit conditions, and the LEDflash tends to add to the noiseThe VGA front snapper is good formaking video calls, but not somuch for capturing selfiesOverall, the camera serves thepurpose of sharing on socialnetworks, but not much elseLong shotClose upCAMERA
  • 9. Fluid performanceThere’s a considerable upgrade in the hardware department as compared to itspredecessorThe Nokia X2 is powered by a more efficient dual-core Snapdragon 200processor ticking at 1.2GHzIt’s further supplemented by Adreno 302 GPU and a gigabyte of RAMDelivers smooth performance, even while playing graphic-heavy gamesPERFORMANCE
  • 10. Stingy with storageComes with 4GB ofinternal storage onboardUsers can access 2.2GBout of this for installingapps and storing contentThe device supportsmemory expansion up to32GB via a microSD cardUnfortunately, there’s nosupport for USB OTG toattach a flash drivePERFORMANCE
  • 11. Average battery lifeGets juice from aremovable 1,800mAhbatteryWith light usage, it canaccompany you for a fullworking dayHowever, with the use of3G and playing games, itdrains much fasterIn our battery life test, itplayed back a 720p videoon loop for close to sixhours and 30 minutes,which is just about averagePERFORMANCE
  • 12. At a glance…4.3-inch display, 800 x 480 pixelsresolution1.2GHz dual-core QualcommSnapdragon 200 processor1GB RAM4GB onboard memory, expandableup to 32GB5-megapixel autofocus camera withLED flashVGA front cameraDual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS1,800mAh Li-ion batteryNokia X software platform 2.0(based on Android 4.3 AOSP)
  • 13. Pros and consNice displayGood performanceDecent performanceGlossy bodyOld build of Android and noaccess to Google servicesCompetition is much better interms of core specs
  • 14. Pricing & verdict“While the Nokia X felt like a beta product, the X2comes across as a much more refined device. Notonly does it right the problems of its predecessor, italso delivers a much better user experience.However, it faces notable competition in the formof Xiaomi Redmi 1s, Micromax Unite 2 and HuaweiHonor Holly, to name a few. Despite this, if you'relooking for a sturdy device from a trusted brand,which offers the customisability of the Androidplatform and delivers decent performance, theNokia X2 is a good bet.”Price:~Rs 7,500(online price)
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