In a press achieving in Mobile world congress (MWC) at Barcelona last month, Nokia had presented three Android smartphones – Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.
Here we present to you our first impression of Nokia XL
which is priced at € 109 (Rs 9,300) and is expected to be made offered in India after March. If you have been using an Android phones you will not online any of the Android based smartphones from Nokia with them. They are totally different as they have heavily customized version of Google’s Android OS
and are designed to give you look and feel of a Windows phone.Nokia XL
has bigger display screen as compared to the Nokia X and X+. The Nokia XL
comes with a 5 inch IPS LCD display but with the same 800×480 pixels quality as found in X and X+. On the camera front it has 5 megapixel auto focus camera and has a flash too. Also, it comes with a 2 megapixel front camera.
It has 1 GHz dual core Snapdragon 4 chip and 768 MB RAM.
It actions 141.3 x 77.7 x 10.8mm and weighs 190 grams. Besides, it has a micro SD card slot and two SIM slots. Nokia XL comes with tile-based home screen like that of Windows Phone, Fastlane notifications Centre – a second Home screen if you like – from the latest Asha devices and notification bar like Android. It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery and runs on Nokia X platform which is based on Android 4.1 operating system.Nokia XL has matte-finish
polycarbonate which can be removed to access dual SIM and micro SD card slots. It has just two physical buttons – power/lock button and volume rocker, which are on the right side panel. On the bottom panel one will find micro USB port while on the top there is a 3.5 mm jack.
On the display panel there is a front camera on the top
and one touch-sensitive button under the display which can be tapped to go back a step or held to return to the home screen. In the back panel one will find the 5 megapixel camera along with a flash.Nokia XL is a 5 inch phablet
and people with small palm size make find it hard to operate it with single hand. The back panels of both the phones are not scratch free but since they are body-colored all the way they can hide them nicely.
The 5 inch display of Nokia XL supports 480 x 800 resolution, which is quite low and misses out on detailing. However, it has an IPS panel which provides great viewing angles. The display is quite sensitive to touch and even the colour saturation and contrast are good. The user interface of Nokia XL is quite simple and first time users may not face an issue while directing but one should not expect an Android like user program on this phone except for notice bar which is in the form of pull down menu like other Android based phones. Once you power on the device you will see the home screen which will have icons and icons shown as Live Tiles. One can move around and resize the tiles in three different sizes as per your liking.
If you swipe the display from right to left you will find another screen which Nokia calls fastlane which list notices, recent apps, updates and alerts. One will also find shortcut such as responding to a message, opening audio/ video player or coming back the call in the Fastlane. It feature is very similar what is available in Asha phones.
I played Subway Surfer (which was pre-loaded on the phone which I was testing) on the phone and didn’t encounter any lag.
Nokia XL has a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus lens along with flash. Picture excellent of the snaps was quite good and one could find some amount of detail. Since one can’t access Google play in this phone one cannot download apps from Nokia Store; you can though side load APK files or download apps from third part app stores. Nokia XL will come preloaded with apps such as Here maps, Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, True Caller, and Skype.
Nokia XL is a smartphone that address the current need for smartphones with 5 inch display screen and is meant for first time adopters of smartphones.for more articles click here…