When the Nokia X series came out in the market, there was a buzz of excitement among Nokia fans. Opinions were divided between having a glimpse of hope and skepticism for this former mobile phone giant. The integration of an Android operating system on a Nokia phone sparked enough curiosity to justify the purchase of one of the X series – and so I did. I chose to try out the Nokia X2.
This beautiful dual sim phone was said to be the last of the Nokia series before the company was finally absorbed by Microsoft Corporation. It could be a collector’s item someday, to say the least.
The body is encased in a crystal hard plastic which also serves as a back cover. Although it is not made of metal, it looks classy enough and does not feel like cheap plastic at all. The 4.3 inch screen display has a good amount of width that makes reading and browsing comfortable enough, unlike many of the 4” screens of other brands with a more elongated design.
Is Nokia X2 an Android Device?
Almost but not quite. It is however based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and also retains the Nokia software including that unique gentle haptic feel that comes with the former Symbian phones. On stock, X2 does not carry a Google Play app, but instead, has its own store that carries many similar useful apps that can compare with those in the Google Play. There are successful developers who were able to install Google Play. Helpful forums and online communities are available to guide you through the step by step process in order to achieve this.
For those like me, who can’t be bothered with new apps and games, this phone can satisfy your communication and browsing needs. The UI is undeniable smooth and responsive anyway. Swipe to the left and you can see your recent activities. Select apps or files to delete by just holding down you touch on an app for a few seconds and you can easily remove what you don’t need anymore.
Default Messaging Apps
By default, the Nokia X2 comes with a good selection of built-in messaging apps. This is a good move for Nokia, I think. Isn’t this the main function of the phone anyway – for messaging? Basically, the X2 features BBM, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Line, Viber, and WeChat on stock. Too lazy to download messaging apps? This phone could be a good choice for you. Swipe to the right and you get that usual Windows phone menu.
Default Social Media Apps
How about your online social life? X2 takes care of it by having Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine on stock.
By now, there may be a lot of technical reviews around the web about the features of the Nokia X2. If you wish to try another phone and still unsure whether to totally dive into a Windows phone but still want to dip into the Android pond, this may be the one for you.