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Nokia X Plus Review – The Windows Take on Android

What? Nokia is making an android device? Yeah! Check out Review of Nokia’s first Android Phone “Nokia X Plus.

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Nokia X Plus Review

What? Nokia is making an android device? This is how most people responded when they came to know that Nokia is working on an android device. Everyone had high hopes as they expected things would heat up in the android smartphone market now. Even when Nokia is not the market leader at the moment, they are a threat to the leaders. We are very sure that people at Samsung and Sony lost their sleep when this news came out. Who knows what bomb they might drop?

Nokia X Plus Review

Nokia X Plus

The devices were showcased at the mobile world congress 2014 and turned out they were very underpowered and targeted at the low end smartphone segment. The Nokia X Plus is very much similar to the Nokia X except for the amount of RAM it has. They have transformed the android as we know it for this device and made it to look and feel like windows. Apparently what they are trying to do here is push more Nokia devices in the market so that we see more of Nokia hardwares around. We take a look at what this bumped up Nokia X is like.

Design

The device looks very much like the Nokia X which in turn looks a lot like the Lumia 520. Well it is because of similar material usage and same display size. The device has got exactly the same dimensions as the Nokia X and weighs 128 Gms, which is exactly the same as well. You won’t have any trouble holding the device in your hand. You can thank its small dimensions for that. One handed operations are a breeze. The build quality is decent, for the price, and it is available in multiple colours just like many other Nokia devices.

Nokia X Plus

They have kept the front face of this device very simple with just a single capacitive key right below the display. There is no three button arrangement like Google recommends and this button indicates back. This key is smart and changes its roles according to the content on the screen. It would take you back to the previous screen in most cases but on home screen, it takes you to another screen, and back. The design is simple as we already said and there is not much except the camera on the back. There is a Nokia logo sitting in landscape on the back.

Display

This device has got the same display as on the X. it is a 4 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800. This resolution gives it a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch which is pretty decent. You can easily read even small text and the content isn’t blocky. The display is an IPS LCD so contrast and colours are rich. Obviously the contrast ratio isn’t as good as an AMOLED but still it is pretty decent for a low end device. Increase the display brightness and you can easily use it in bright sunlight without much trouble.

Nokia X Plus Review

Software

The home screen would be familiar to a lot of people and we are not talking about android users here. It is very much similar to the tiled interface as seen on the windows devices. All the icons are arranged in a tile like array and can be resized & configured. The widgets also find place here only. They have done a very good job here and it is way better than what other android device manufacturers do. And when we say ‘other manufacturers’, we are counting Samsung and Sony in.

The android running underneath is 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Apart from the app launcher, there are a lot of other changes to be seen here. They have got rid of all the Google services and Microsoft dominates here. Unlike other android devices, you don’t need to sign into your Google account as soon as you start using the device. They have removed the Googleplay store and instead you get a home brewed app store. It provides you with a good number of apps and even if you don’t find your favourite app here, you can download it from somewhere else and side load using the apk file. They have also replaced the Google apps like maps and mail with their own versions.

The notifications are displayed on the lock screen as you might have seen on many other Nokia devices. The drawer is still there but you need it just to access the settings quickly. Everything is available in the ‘fast lane’ which can be accessed by swiping left or right on the screen. When on home screen, the back key takes you to a list of recently opened applications. Everywhere else it does what it is supposed to do.

Hardware

Just like its younger sibling, it runs a Qualcomm S4 play chipset. It has a dual core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1 GHz. The graphics are handled by a relatively old Adreno 203 GPU. The interface is smooth as compared to Nokia X, thanks to the 768 MB of RAM against the 512 MB on X. the apps take a while to launch because of the low end hardware but it would handle your basic smartphone jobs well.

Connectivity

The connectivity options are what you would expect on a low end smartphone. It has got HSDPA support with speeds up to 7.2 Mbps. It has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. The on-board storage is low at just 4 GB but there is an option to add micro SD cards up to 32 GB. The camera is disappointing being a 3 megapixel fixed focus camera.

Verdict

This is pretty much the same device as the Nokia X but they have taken care of the minor lags by slightly increasing the amount of RAM. It would not click good pictures but if you are a basic user, this device can be a good buy for you with its simple interface and small size.

Quick Specification

Device SmartPhone
OS Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Dimensions 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm, 73.2 cc (4.55 x 2.48 x 0.41 in)
Weight 128.7 g (4.52 oz)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Physical size 4.0 inches
Pixel Density ~233 ppi pixel density
Multitouch Yes, up to 2 fingers
Protection Nokia X platform 1.0 UI
System chip Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play
Processor Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5
Graphics processor Adreno 203
System memory 512 MB RAM
Built-in storage microSD, up to 32 GB
Card slot Yes
Battery Capacity Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery (BN-01)
Primary Camera 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels
Camera Features 1/5'' sensor size, panorama, face detection
Video Yes, 480p@30fps
Secondary Camera No
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