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Nokia X3 review

Compact and media-centric for under £100

Nokia once again doubles up on the browser front in the Nokia X3, including Opera Mini software as well as Nokia's own-brand browser.

Lacking 3G or Wi-Fi to fire up online speeds, the X3 relies on 2.5G EDGE/GPRS data connectivity.

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On mobile-optimised sites the onboard Nokia browser goes along at an acceptable pace, rendering sites efficiently enough, with a useful progress bar running along the bottom of the screen.

As with other Series 40 phones, the Nokia browser operation is based on selecting from menu options rather than an on-screen toolbar or shortcuts, so it's not the slickest browser around compared with some of the budget touchscreen phone browsers now in play.

Nokia x3 xpressmusic

There's only one windows and no tabs. It does support Flash Lite though, and can render pages reasonably well, if a little languidly.

The Nokia X3 has pre-loaded bookmarks for a selection of online services, including Facebook, MySpace and YouTube, which take users to mobile-optimised versions of these sites.

However, streaming video clips from YouTube is hit and miss – and if you're out of EDGE coverage, forget it.

Opera Mini provides a more fluid and slicker non-touch browser experience that has a more desktop-style appeal.

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It includes address and search bars and history on the home screen, plus a full web page overview when you land on a site and controls for zooming as a softkey option.

It's a more intuitive – and quicker – browsing experience, and pages render very well on the Opera app.

Nokia x3 xpressmusic

Other online applications on the Nokia X3 include Nokia's Ovi Store application download shop (the first Series 40 phone to support it), and a Web Search function that enables you to tap in and search via Google or Microsoft's Bing search engine.

A Flickr application is also included, which takes you to the Flickr mobile site, allowing users to view, upload and manage Flickr image accounts online – although this is woefully slow over EDGE connection.

You can upload images directly to Flickr accounts once you've taken shots too, or alternatively to Nokia's Share on Ovi service; settings for both services come pre-loaded.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
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
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameX3 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002P1M9
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
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