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Nokia X2 full review and price comparison

Category : Mobile Phones, Nokia


Released at the same time as the Nokia N8, this new handset, the Nokia X2 is marketed as a mid range handset retailing for the same price as competitors budget mobile phones. The Nokia X mobile phone series is the successor to the XpressMusic series.

At just 81g, the Nokia X2 is a slim, “candy bar” type handset (111mm x 47mm x 13mm), featuring a 2.2 inch TFT screen with up to 256,000 colour display. This QVGA display sits above a standard alphanumeric keypad including the traditional (and easy to use) Nokia style Navi key with two soft option menu keys, this may seem basic when compared to touch-screen phones but for those used to navigating Nokia phones it will be welcome compared to some overly complex set ups!

Although this is a good all rounder, the main thrust of the Nokia X2 has to be music. Featuring built in stereo speakers, a 3.5mm audio jack and bespoke music keys. The S40 platform gives the music player a good feel with many different themes and options to customise. Music can be listed via album, artist or genre, play-lists can be created by type, artists, or the frequency you listen to tracks. Most popular music formats are supported including AAC and WMA which means you can transfer music tracks direct from iTunes. Audio quality is good via speaker or included headphones using the built in graphic equaliser. A stereo FM radio is also included along with RDS support.

Not the best mobile phone in the world for web browsing or downloading files, as there is no support for GPRS or EDGE, however the standard Opera browser is perfectly adequate for regular use and email/messaging functions are handled well by the Nokia Ovi messaging suite included as standard.

The Nokia X2 comes with a better than average 5.0 Megapixel camera with LED flash and auto-focus support. If you like sharing images, via Flickr or Facebook page then you may find the built in photo editor extremely useful for retouching images prior to uploading them.

Advantages: Kind on your bank balance, great music player, decent camera, very easy to use (particularly if you have owned a Nokia phone before), 13 hour talk time, 27 hour music playback

Disadvantages: lack of 3G, looks a bit boring, no GPRS or EDGE for fast web browsing/downloading, just 48 MB of on-board memory storage (expandable up to 16Gb with memory card but not included in retail pack)

In conclusion the Nokia X2 offers a lot of features at a bargain basement price. It’s certainly not a market leader in any particular area, but there is very little to complain about at this pricing level. All the main features are present and correct and there really is no arguing with the price. A great buy for those who require a decent mobile phone without needing all the latest gimmicks. Available free with 18-24 month contract from  T-mobile and Vodafone.

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