Nokia X3 Touch and Type review

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Nokia's Nokia X3 Touch and Type is evidence of how far mobile phones have come in the last couple of years. At £139 SIM-free, it's not exactly a pocket-money phone and you will have to justify the expense.

On the one hand, it's crammed with features and applications from calculator to music player. It is nicely made, it has good battery life and you can synchronise some of its data to a website.

But these things are simply not enough any more. It is competing with low cost Android based handsets that can do these things and have a huge amount of expansion possibility thanks to downloadable software.

With the likes of the Orange San Francisco, ZTE Racer and Vodafone 845 all rocking Android with its vast software library, and having relatively large screen and added GPS facilities, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type simply feels like it doesn't do enough.

Orange san francisco

ZTE racer

Vodafone 845

It even feels hampered next to the £109 Nokia C3, which has a full QWERTY keyboard at its disposal.

nokia c3

Only hardened Nokia fans are likely to opt for this handset when they could have the extra goodness that Android offers. And we don't see that situation changing any time soon.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory50 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.98 W/kg
Product FamilyX
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemProprietary
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelX3-02 Touch and Type
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)78 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height106.2 mm
Width48.4 mm
Depth9.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product SeriesX
Battery Standby Time10321.92 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameX3-02 Touch and Type Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002T4V3
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing Information

Combining the power of a touch screen with a keypad in a sleek phone built for entertainment.

Touch and type with one hand

Type messages on the keypad, touch the screen to open apps, play games and flip through your albums - all with one hand.

Package Contents
  • X3-02 Touch and Type Cellular Phone
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • Nokia microSD Card MU-37 (2 GB)
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-8
  • Nokia Battery BL-4S
  • User Manual
Limited Warranty2 Year