Nokia X3 Touch and Type review

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Nokia X3 Touch and Type
The definitive 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.