Nokia X3 review

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The definitive Nokia X3 review
The definitive Nokia X3 review

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A routine set of Nokia Series 40 organiser tools and applications are ready for action on the X3. These functional tools, which are standard fare, include alarm clocks, calendar, to-do lists, notes, calculator, stopwatch and timer apps.

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A couple of convertor apps and a world clock function are also slotted into the phone's application folder.

Nokia X3: Connectivity

The Nokia X3 is a quad band handset, capable of running on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks. Without 3G or Wi-Fi the X3's data connectivity relies on lower speed EDGE or GPRS, which limits its online prowess.

USB 2.0 connectivity is supported, via a microUSB port on top of the phone and a supplied data cable.

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The X3 has Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity too, with stereo audio profiles (A2DP and AVRCP) enabling streaming to wireless headphones, speakers and other suitably enabled Bluetooth gadgets.

Also included in-box is a Nokia Music software CD. This PC software (there's no Mac support) enables users to manage and synchronise music between the phone PC and other devices.

Nokia X3: Other

Although the X3 isn't kitted out with internal GPS gadgetry, Nokia does include its Maps software onboard the phone.

It can be used with a separate optional Bluetooth GPS receiver module, although we'd guess anyone that keen for satellite location finding is likely to choose a phone with GPS inside in the first place.

Although it doesn't use GPS – or the cellsite-based location approximation system of Google Maps – users can do searches for addresses, locations, businesses and services, get routing information and maps over the air.

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Without GPS, the setup can feel a bit clunky as some menu options aren't available, as the Nokia X3 firmware appears to have been ported from a more generic version of the OS.

Mapping downloads can take a while too if you're in marginal coverage, and generally in its GPS-less truncated state, and without fast map updates, it's a far from compelling proposition.

Among its other features, the X3 also has support for over the air software updates, with 10 games included too.