Nokia X3 Review

One look at it and you kind of guess that the Nokia X3 is designed for the connected music lovers. The stylish slide phone Nokia X3 has dedicated music and volume keys on the front edge to conveniently control your sounds and play your music.

Music is really the X3’s main highlight. Looking like Nokia’s XpressMusic range, it is already preloaded with sample audio tracks and music videos from leading artists and can play range of music files such as MP3, eAAC+, AAC and WMA. You can just start jamming straight out of the box.

I had a go tuning in to the music with the supplied Nokia Stereo Headset WH-205 that has the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. You can easily forward to the next music track or listen to your calls with one single press of the button on the handsfree. It also has a ‘play music via Bluetooth’ connection, so if you have a Bluetooth headphone, this will be useful.

The X3’s music can also be arranged with the Nokia Music Manager Software.

Nokia X3

Nokia X3

The Nokia X3 also offers a generous space for music and other media storage with 46 MB of internal storage space and it also has a removable MicroSD card slot that has a maxed up 16GB of memory. That is quite a lot of space for an almost entry level mobile phone. It plays pretty clear music with a nice bassy ring to it although the inbuilt equalizer mode doesn’t help much.

Surfing the internet with the WebKit Open Source Browser is clustophobic and not something I like to do. The browser is ‘old school’, very much like those early Window mobile ones and you have to navigate from one spot to another on the page. It also runs too slowly especially with pages that have too much to download, understandably, seeing that it runs on a 64 MB SD ram and supports only GSM. My 3G connection isn’t maximised.

That aside, it is the first classic Nokia interface to offer direct access to Nokia Ovi Store . Not as friendly to use, of course, in its tight 2.2-inch QVGA screen when compared to the smartphones, the phones doesn’t render out the graphics well enough. The phone has a camera-shutter key for quick and easy operation but the 3.2 mega camera isn’t too impressive when it comes to photo taking. You can shoot, edit and share video clips with the on-board software, geo-tag and upload to sharing sites like Ovi Share and Flickr. Also available for free download are social networking tools like Facebook. Nokia has also introduced a new social friendly feature called Lifecasting with Ovi which allows you to publish your location and status updates directly to Facebook from the home screen of the X3 .

So there you go. Priced and targeted at the mass-market, the Nokia X3 is a really simple phone with a good music player at a steal for the price. The rest of its features are not as impressive and are what the entry level priced phone will have these days.

Product Specification ·

Size: 96 x 49.3 x 14.1 mm ·

Display: 2.2 inch QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) with up to 262K colors ·

Camera: 3.2 megapixels with full focus and 4x zoom ·

Video recording at QVGA quality 30 frames-per-second ·

Memory: Up to 46 Mb user memory and supports up to 16GB

MicroSD · Data Connectivity: GPRS/EGPRS, 3GPP Rel 4, GSM Quadband ·

Talk time: Up to 7.5 hours ·

Stand-by time: Up to 380 hours · Music playback: Up to 26 hours

Nokia X3 rrp: S$278

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