Nokia X3 review

Compact and media-centric for under £100

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The Nokia X3 is decently equipped as a budget music mobile without having that 'must-have' X-factor.

The music player software is standard issue Nokia, so functional rather than flashy, but it puts an impressive audio show for a low-cost phone, with enough in-box to make it an attractive slim-line slider package.

Elsewhere, the X3 has a low-key set of features – there's no 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS or smartphone gadgetry, and it has a limited camera – but if music is the focus, the X3 does the job fine.

The mediocre call performance on our review sample was a concern, however.

What we liked

The music player puts in a punchy audio performance, with decent sound quality through the better-than-average in-ear bud earphones supplied.

The 3.5mm headphone socket offers easy upgrading too, while the 2GB MicroSD gives decent tune room out of the box at this price.

Being able to use the FM radio without having headphones attached is also welcome.

The X3's design is slim and quite attractive, and the Series 40 interface is typically straightforward-to-use Nokia stuff.

We liked the additional Opera browser to enhance its online performance. The email client is easy to set up too. We were also pleased with the phone's sturdy battery performance.

What we disliked

The call performance was surprisingly lacklustre. The lack of 3G connectivity limits data speeds when using online applications, although the Opera Mini app pre-loaded does offer a speedier alternative to the Nokia software.

The camera put in a mediocre performance – image quality is limited and video recording is distinctly low-grade. Without GPS technology inside, the Maps software is limited too.


The Nokia X3 is a tidy budget music mobile that concentrates on the audio performance and music player features.

Slim on other higher-end features and lacking 3G, it doesn't demand centre stage, though some will nab it based on its tune playing highlights alone.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory46 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourSilver, Blue
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7.50 Hour
Product ModelX3
Screen Size5.6 cm (2.2")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)103 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution176 x 144
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeEMS, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height96 mm
Width49.3 mm
Depth14.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time380 Hour
Product NameX3 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002P1M9
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

A sleek and attractive slide-form music device designed for a complete music and social entertainment experience, with great quality stereo speakers, built-in FM antenna, Nokia Music, 3.2 megapixel camera, and Ovi Share and Ovi Store.

Package Contents
  • X3 Cellular Phone
  • Nokia Battery (BL-4CT)
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-8)
  • Nokia Headset (WH-205)
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD card (MU-37)
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101D)
  • User guide
Limited Warranty2 Year