With the touch-enabled range of feature phones called Touch and Type, Nokia is trying hard to build back some lost trust. Nokia X3-02 is the company’s first handset to come with innovative Touch and Type functionality. The phone half filled with touch and other half with type has charming looks and attractive specifications. Extremely light and simple design, Xvid codec and Wi-Fi suppors, a comfortable keypad and a very powerful loudspeaker make it on of the most sought after mobile phones.
Starting from the exteriors, placement of the touch screen and keys in the phone are perfect, which allows you to type using one or two hands with full comfort. The touch screen is very sensitive and offers a fabulous experience. The USB on the go feature allows users to access content on the phone. A slight issue with Wi-Fi connectivity is a downer for sure.
Nokia X3-02 packs good amount of features including 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G support and memory card support up to 8 GB. It has a 2.4-inch screen with a resolution of 240×320 pixels that delivers a standard viewing experience. The phone comes with the support of Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth v2.1, stereo FM radio with RDS and micro SD card slot that supports up to 32 GB.
The phone works on S40 6th edition UI. Users will not find starved for communication options as the phone features IM via Ovi chat, Flash messaging, Nokia Messaging Services 3.0, MMS/SMS editor and Nokia Xpress audio messaging. Apart from that, there are some of the regular services like Ovi store, countdown timer, world clock, stop watch and preloaded Opera mini browser.
The phone looks great and gets full marks for its design as well as looks. The handset has a conventional candy bar design with a nice dash of black on the silver black plate and bezel surrounding the screen. With a thickness of 9.6 mm and weight of 78 g, it will fit any pocket or purse. Phone’s back is contoured to provide comfort while its top and bottom are curved, so that the body does not look much imposing. Overall, with plastic body and metal battery cover, the phone is super slim and sleek. It is extraordinarily light and feels more like a remote control than a handset.
Along the sides, there is a micro USB connector, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, button to activate the locking mechanism, a 2 mm charging port and volume controls. Below the screen, there are keys to initiate and end calls and two dedicated keys for music and messaging. Nokia made a slight change in the keypad layout, removed the last row having *, 0 and # keys and brought them to the right side.
Touch and Type mix of physical as well as touch controls of the phone is novel, but the absence of GPS and weak apps makes it tough to recommend unless the new keypad fills you with joy.