Nokia X: Things you need to know about Nokia’s first Android phone


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Nokia’s first Android phone – Nokia X comes with a fairly decent specs list and in multiple color options that too at an affordable price of Rs. 8599. Read on to know important things about this Dual SIM smartphone.

Nokia was once the King of budget handset category and it still has a very strong base of loyal fans who really love Nokia products. At MWC 2014, Nokia X series smartphones (Nokia X, X+ and XL) based on Android OS managed to grab all the limelight from high end launches. Out of all three devices, Nokia X is super affordable smartphone priced at just Rs. 8599. The build quality on the Nokia X is excellent, plus the device comes in six different shades: Black, White, Cyan, Red, Green and Yellow. The Nokia X is an entry-level Android smartphone, equipped with a 4-inch display (800×480 pixels), 1500mAh battery, 3MP camera, 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, microSD card support up to 32GB. If you are planning to buy this new device, there are some crucial aspects you should know in detail to better understand about the handset. Now let’s see different ways in which the Nokia X is different from other devices coming with same price tag.

Nokia X: Nokia's first Android phone

Nokia X: Important things you should know

Nokia X is different from other Android phones

The Nokia X software platform is based on Android Open Source Project (AOSP), but it doesn’t mean Nokia X phone is fully an Android smartphone. What it mainly suggests is that you will not get native Google Android apps like Google Play Store, Google Maps, Google Now, Hangouts, Gmail, and such in the Nokia X, but in its place you will get some Microsoft services like OneDrive, Bing, and its own little app store. Nokia has stated that it is able to run nearly 75% of Android apps out there in its original form without any kind of alteration. Furthermore, you can sideload Android apps to Nokia X, and for it you should have the necessary APK files of individual apps.

You can download Android apps on the Nokia X device by following three ways given below:

  • Visit Nokia’s own app store. Nokia has not stated the total number of certified or optimized Android apps, however claims that several popular apps like Skype and Plants vs Zombies 2 are already accessible.
  • You should turn to third party app stores like Yandex, which is an alternative app distribution system that presently has more than 100,000 apps for Android tablets and smartphones.
  • You can sideload apps from a memory card or a computer.

It is much like a Windows phone in terms of look

Although Nokia X is an Android device, it preserves the distinct Windows look. Nokia X comes with a customized tile-based interface just like Windows Phone, rather than the more orthodox Android widgets. You can add apps on the phone that you wish to have on the homescreen for simple access or as tiles that show dynamic content like missed calls, latest captured pics, etc.

Build Quality

Nokia is well-known for making strong, sturdy smartphones in the market and it is the same with Nokia X. Nokia X focuses on toughness and is a handset which resists breakage. The device can easily withstand some drops only and falls and functions well!

Device isn’t ideal for capturing images

Camera feature is one major area on which the Nokia X has compromised. It sports a 3MP fixed focus camera with a 1/5” sensor that does not match up to the Lumia 525’s 1/4” sensor. The Nokia X lacks auto-focus, which is little mysterious considering the phone’s price. On the other hand, Lumia 520 comes with auto-focus and its price is also less than the X. Disappointingly, one cannot enjoy video chats or selfies as there is no front camera. Thus, for photography lovers, Nokia X’s camera is going to prove a little restraining.

Fast Lane

The company has customized a short-cut feature called Fast Lane, which debuted on Asha series phones for Nokia X. Fast Lane provides you fast access to your favorite content and notifications in one place, whether it is playing music or calling. Go to Settings and hit the Fastlane option to customize what you want to observe. Moreover, it keeps you updated on approaching events from your calendar.

Pricing and Availability

The Nokia X is available now for 89 euros and in India for Rs. 8599. It will compete directly against sub-10K Android smartphones and Nokia’s own Lumia 525. The launch price of Lumia 525 was Rs. 11,500, while currently the device is on sale for Rs. 10,000 and Lumia 520 is on sale for Rs. 7,500. The handset is available in Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and soon to be launched in other countries.

Nokia X Android UI Demo video from youtube:


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