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Nokia X2 review: Media
One of the best features of the Nokia X2 is its media support. Coming with only 48MB of built-in memory, you are limited in what you can achieve without adding extra storage.
Luckily, the X2's storage is expandable to 16GB through the MicroSD slot in the side of the phone. Our test model only had 2GB, but that was plenty to see what this phone could handle.
The Nokia X2 has a music player supporting multiple formats including MP3, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+ and WMA. The interface is list-based and for the most part is pretty intuitive and easy to use. Using the supplied headphones, a 320kbps MP3 sounded a little tinny, but this is probably more down to the headphones than the phone. Plugging in a decent set of cans gave a much fuller sound.
The Nokia X2 also comes with a fantastic stereo loudspeaker. We were shocked at the volume of this thing. It really does pump out the tunes. As summer approaches, this could be useful for picnics in the park and similar events.
The output is clear even when pushed to full volume. Again the sound is a little tinny, but considering the drivers are only a little bigger than a Tic Tac, this is to be expected.
On top of the media player, the X2 offers FM radio. A few models back, to listen to the radio on a Nokia, you were forced to use the often mediocre headphones that came with the phone, as they also housed the antenna. This has all changed with the X2 and the antenna now sits snugly inside the handset.
The interface is great – simple left and right to scan through the stations, with up and down switching between presets. Sound quality is great again.
As for visual media, the Nokia X2 has capability for playback of both images and video. To access these you simply need to open the Photo menu and browse to My Photos. The process is the same for video. These menus are easy to use. However, don't expect to find editing software on this handset. Viewing and deleting are about as good as it gets.
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