When the X3-02 came to India, little did we know that Nokia would have a good feature phone to offer. The price looked attractive at first glance, but does it have something more to offer than the regular features that you can find in many mobile phones in that price bracket? We gave the X3-02 a swing and here’s what we found out.
Nice and lightweight
Design and Build Quality
Nokia has not gone out of the way when designing the X3-02. The handset has a conventional candy bar design and the overall white finish, with a nice dash of black on the bezel surrounding the screen and the silver back plate, makes the X3-02 a really neat looking mobile. The phone looks pretty sleek with the thickness resembling that of a 100-page book and the X3-02 is also pretty light to carry around. The X3-02 has been built really well and although it feels quite light, it sure looks like it can survive a couple of falls!
Below the 2.4-inch TFT Resistive touchscreen are the keys for call answer and call end, along with two dedicated keys for messaging and music respectively. Nokia took a slight change of direction while placing the T9 keys this time and has eliminated the last row which has the *, 0 and # keys and brought them to the right. While it looks different, users who are more familiar with the conventional placement might feel a little out of place. The keys on the right need some getting used to and that’s something that we did not appreciate.
Otherwise, the rest of the buttons like the volume rocker and the lock key on the right, or even the mini-USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack and charging port on the top are all well placed and easy to use.
To conclude with the design and build quality, the X3-02 has a good look and feel and only the unconventional placement of keys brings it down a notch.
The X3-02 runs on the Symbian S 40 version 5 platform which in a general sense is pretty average. However, while you cannot compare it to smartphone operating systems like Android or iOS, it certainly does the job for this phone. The touchscreen, although of the resistive type, responds admirably and there’s no lag in the user interface. While there was one instance when the X3-02 hung, it performed well the rest (and most) of the time.
Neat features and an attractive price, is it for real?
The homescreen is customizable, where the user can add three quick shortcuts. Plus, there’s a quick launch bar at the bottom of the screen which is also customizable. So users have a wide range of options to select their most used applications and put those on the homescreen for faster access.
There was one small glitch which I felt was a little irritating. While making calls, if the phone’s vibration feedback is on, you’ll constantly feel the vibrations as your cheek touches the screen. However, you can turn that off from the settings menu.
The one feature that we liked the most (almost the whole Tech2 team would agree to this) was that the X3-02 performs really well in the music department. While bundled earphones are best avoided in most cases, the pair of earphones that Nokia has bundled with the X3-02 are very serviceable. The phone supports MP3, WAV and WMA music formats which it plays well and even without any equalizer settings, the sound quality is worlds better than what you would expect. The heaviness of the bass is quite prominent and the mids and highs sound great as well.
Great music features
You cannot really expect much from the small 2.4-inch TFT screen in terms of video capability. However, the X3-02 plays XviD, H.263, H.264 and MP4 video formats. We tried playing 360p and 480p H.264 videos but they did not run at all. To sum up the video playback, the X3-02 doesn’t support many formats and even if they do, not at all resolutions.
The X3-02 has one pre-loaded game called Climate Mission and users can also download games and apps from the Ovi Store. Plus, the handset also comes with a pre-loaded app called Shazam. For those who are not familiar with it, Shazam is music identification service where you play a track through the microphone and the app gives all the information of the song to the user.