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What happens when Nokia makes an Android phone?

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Microsoft's in a pickle. On one hand, its brand-new acquisition just came out with a product running its competitor's OS; on the other, that same product might be key to gaining mindshare in developing markets, which is one of the bloodiest battlefields in mobile right now. It's hard to feel confident in the X's future because Microsoft may choose not to invest in the series, focusing resources on cheaper Windows Phones instead. Because of this uncertainty, the X needs to be an absolutely stunning device and a fantastic value for us to recommend it -- and unfortunately, it's not.

For its cost, it has respectable features and solid hardware, but it doesn't have enough redeeming qualities to help it pull ahead of its competition. The specs are comparable to a sub-$150 Android smartphone. However, the ecosystem is more confusing and the performance doesn't quite meet my expectations for a budget device. Plus, who knows how long Microsoft will keep it around and update it? Nokia's still a trusted brand, and it'll get a lot of interest in developing markets regardless of the competition, but the experience is ultimately too frustrating for us to recommend it.

Critic reviews

6.6
10 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.5
  • Display
    5.2
  • Battery life
    7.9
  • Camera
    4.7
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.1
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    5.9

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User reviews

6.5
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7.0
Engadget Apr 29, 2014

For its price, the X has respectable features and good hardware. However, its confusing ecosystem and numerous performance issues make it hard to recommend over similarly priced budget phones.

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7.0
TechCrunch Mar 24, 2014

The Nokia X is a surprising bit of hardware, if you can put aside top-tier smartphone expectations and take it for what it is.

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6.0
CNET Apr 29, 2014

The X may be an Android Nokia phone, but it certainly isn't the one you were hoping for. Bogged down by sluggish performance and a lacklustre UI, this smartphone could have been a great complement to its Windows Phone cousins, but instead, it only disappoints.

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7.0
GSM Arena Apr 10, 2014

The first and most basic Nokia smartphone powered by Android. It's a nice little fella, both on the inside and outside. A beginner's device though, no doubt about that.

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7.0
TechRadar Apr 16, 2014

A well built and designed budget smartphone that shows off some of the best of Nokia. It's let down by weak performance, but at the right price it's a strong offering despite an uncertain future.

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7.0
Android Authority Apr 12, 2014

There aren’t many things about this phone that are very impressive, so it makes it very difficult to recommend, especially with some great budget offerings out there. If this phone does provide anything though, it’s a glimpse of what Nokia can bring to the table.

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5.0
phoneArena Apr 17, 2014

In conclusion, we're unable to recommend the Nokia X. Whether it's the toy-ish design, the poor display, camera and overall performance, or just the extremely limited nature of the forked Android on board, it's safe to say that we expected more.

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7.0
Neowin Mar 18, 2014

The Nokia X comes out as a decent inexpensive Android phone for users who have been waiting for such an offering from one of the trusted brands rather than from local OEMs; dual-SIM support is a big bonus in some of the markets where it will be available.

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7.0
UnleashThePhones Mar 14, 2014

At the end of the day, the Nokia X is a well constructed smartphone that has an straightforward UI, a nice display and integration with Microsoft’s services, Nokia’s Maps and Music services, as well as a lot more apps than Windows Phones currently have.

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6.0
Gearburn Mar 26, 2014

Even though everyone had great expectations with Nokia’s first Android smartphone, it turned out to be a dud, performance-wise as well as UI wise. It lacks access to Google Play Store and its hardware is unimpressive.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 24, 2014

Color us completely intrigued by the X. As long as you don't mind the user experience being kept under Nokia's control, it's definitely a fun phone to play with. We'll have to wait until our official review to offer a final judgment, but Nokia's new smartphone is fun, modern and colorful.

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Laptop Magazine Feb 24, 2014

Overall, the Nokia X line appears to offer a serviceable hybrid Android/ Live Tile experience wrapped in a handsome design. Whether Nokia’s gambit to use Android-based handsets as a lure for Windows Phone will pay off remains to be seen.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 24, 2014

For budget handsets these are impressive. While they might be a bit slow at times and the resolutions not the best for the price, they're great.

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SlashGear Feb 24, 2014

We've a fondness for compact phones, and the Nokia X nestles in the palm nicely. At just over 128g it's lightweight, and the relatively small screen - the same size, diagonally, as an iPhone 5s - is easy to reach across with a thumb when you're using it single-handedly.

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T3 Feb 24, 2014

The Nokia X is a neat little phone with the brand's colourful design taking centre stage. The idea of a Windows-influenced Android skin that uses Microsoft's storage and Nokia's content store is a strange one.

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GSM Arena Feb 24, 2014

Overall, Android runs well on the X, despite the lower RAM than the other two X members. It's also very easy to navigate around as the tiles offer a comfortable view of what you have on the phone.

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TrustedReviews Feb 24, 2014

The Nokia X is most exciting because of its Android software. However, it's the design and hardware we like most here, as the limited app support and potentially niggly software need a bit of time to develop.

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TechRadar Feb 24, 2014

The Nokia X is constructed well enough, has a interesting new UI and is breaking new ground – but as a new phone, it seems a bit expensive for what's on offer.

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The Verge Feb 24, 2014

Nokia isn’t going for the high-end with the X at all, and the company has clearly trimmed its hardware specifications as much as possible to ensure the phone is low-cost but still usable.

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Android Community Feb 28, 2014

The build quality here is very reminiscent of devices like the Nokia 928, bringing us a blocky design that sits nicely in the hand. All around the design is very simplistic and not overly flashy, despite the fact the handset rocks bright colors such as yellow and green.

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5.0
adityan adityan

Nokia still hasn't figured out to make phones which are easy to use. The receptiveness of the screen is sluggish. The virtual keyboard is hard to use. Tried to download Google Maps from the store. Was not there. The built in map is basic, and does not get traffic data update.

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