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Nokia XL

May 15, 2014

Nokia XL manyThe world of entry-level smartphones is currently receiving some new guests that come from Nokia, a new set of smartphones that don’t come with the Windows Phone platform, but with something addressed to the area of consumers that prefer a different approach regarding the operating system. The Nokia XL is one of these devices and comes loaded with a software based on the Android Open Source Project. It’s basicly Android without the Google services, offering a neat user experience enhanced by Nokia’s own stuff, such as its navigation system, the Glance Screen functionality, MixRadio and some other ones. Anyways, I’m going to be talking a bit about the Nokia XL, a cheap handset that offers quite a lot for a budget phone, including dual-SIM support for those of you depend on two carrier plans. There’s also a single-SIM version. Check it out in the following review!
The Nokia XL stands at 141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm and has a weight of 190 grams. Well, it does have a 5 inch display, but it’s still kind of bulky even for that, as there are a lot of other handsets with the same screen size that measure and weigh less. Nevertheless, the build quality is very good, as you would expect it to be when talking about a Nokia device. The polycarbonate back has a soft finish and the cover can be changed, allowing you the possibility of customizing your handset according to your personal preferences. You can choose between different colors, such as black, white, orange, cyan, yellow and green.
The Nokia XL holds a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and a pixel density of 187 ppi. The image quality is decent, but don’t have high expectations from a handset in this price range. The colors look nice when using the phone indoors, but under direct sunlight, the phone isn’t doing such a good job.
In terms of software, the Nokia XL features a cool combination between the Live Tiles found on Windows Phone, the Fastlane from Asha and, of course, Android, from which it borrows the majority of its features. The tiles can be customized, so you can change their color and size, but aren’t “live”, like you find them on WP. The lockscreen is revealed after double-tapping the screen, if you choose not to turn it on from the Power button and prefer the other feature. It displays the time, date and the notifications for missed events which can be accessed by swiping to the right or dismissed when swiping to the left. You also have widgets, which are inherited from Android, and the Asha Fastlane, which can be customized and holds your recent activity, such as web pages, opened applications, recent messages, calls, notes and more.
The Nokia XL is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, having a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex A5 processor, Adreno 203 GPU, 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The phone’s performance is decent if you don’t throw it a lot of tasks and does a good job for a budget phone.
The connectivity package of the Nokia XL holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, dual-band 3G, WI-Fi b/g/n with the Hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 3,0 with HS and A2DP and microUSB 2.0. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Nokia XL comes in two versions, a single-SIM one and a second, which has dual-SIM support.
Nokia XLFor surfing the web, you get a decent Nokia Browser that loads the pages nice and fast, yet lacks a lot of options and settings (such as find on page, favorites, private mode and others). You can always get another one if you can’t settle with this one.
For snapping photos, the Nokia XL offers you a 5 MP camera with autofocus that takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and has a single LED flash for helping in low light conditions. The photos produced with it offer nice colors and a pretty high amount of resolved detail for a 5MP performer.
The camera is able to produce 480p videos @ 30 fps, which aren’t anything to write home about, but will get the job done when needing it.
Also on board is a secondary 2 MP camera.
Some other useful things featured by the Nokia XL are a GPS receiver which uses Nokia’s navigation system, which is excellent and features free voice guided navigation and works offline too.
The Nokia XL features some decent audio & video players. The video player will raise some issues if throwing 1080p and even 720p videos at it, but you can get another one from the Nokia Store, which is said to have enough applications to please and satisfy every need.
The smartphone comes with a 2,000 mAh battery and will stay alive for two and a half days under moderate usage.

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