Monday, 11 January 2010

Nokia X3 Cell Phone Review–Great Phone With Design Issues

I’ll lead right off today by saying that I love the Nokia X3, one of which the folks out at PureMobile sent my way. It’s a great phone with a whole lot of nifty options, but one unpleasant flaw–its design.

The Nokia X3 is a slider-style cell phone with an FM radio, clock, calendar, organizer, Internet access, access to the Nokia OVI store, size converter, temperature converter, currency converter, world clock, Flickr access, a collection of games, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a few more nifty things besides.

Like I said, this is a great phone with lots of options–the radio’s got some pretty good reach to it–but the design is one I don’t much care for. The radio scans for channels five hundredths of a frequency at a time. So if you want to tune from 99.3 to 99.8, you’ll have to go from 99.35 to 99.40 and so on until you get there. No scrolling, either–just one button press after another. The keypad also has some ridges between keys to separate them. I find they get in the way more than help.

But all things considered, the Nokia X3 is a great cell phone.

The Good

Lots of features

Good function

Good sound

Good camera

The Bad

Ham-fisted design

Frequency trolling on the radio is a kludge

Score 8 / 10

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