Nokia X2-01 review: Loads of attitude

GSMArena team, 2 February 2011.
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Tags: Nokia, S40

Introduction

Good build, QWERTY keyboard and one-touch access to music: the Nokia X2-01 has the right ingredients to serve and entertain. And if youíre looking to buy cheap, itís an offer thatís hard to beat.


Nokia X2-01 official photos

Nokia has long made the low-end their fortress and X2-01 must be following a strategy thatís proven to work. The Nokia X2-01 is a music phone for the young with emphasis on Facebook and messaging.

With its combination of features and form factor versus price, the Nokia X2-01 has a market segment of its own. Itís another foot soldier in Nokiaís offensive in becoming the worldís number one QWERTY phone manufacturer.

Key features

  • Entry level QWERTY messenger bar
  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity
  • 2.4" 256K-color QVGA TFT display with great sunlight legibility
  • VGA camera with QVGA video recording at 24fps
  • Series 40 UI, 6th edition
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth 2.1 (with EDR)
  • Standard microUSB port
  • microSD card slot (8GB supported, 2GB included)
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Good audio quality

Main disadvantages

  • No 3G
  • Piss poor camera
  • No smart dialing
  • No USB charging

We are ready to turn a blind eye to some of the disadvantages. 3G is not essential in this price range and so is a decent camera. The S40 is not the best-looking feature phone interface but it wouldíve been a lot easier to live with if it had smart dial, some document viewer capabilities or basic multitasking.

Cost-cutting is key for the X2-01. Nokia obviously presumes the target audience doesnít really need those things. The X2-01 is all about simplicity and ease of use plus some great build quality. This entry-level messenger will not be bothered by comparisons.


Nokia X2-01 live shots

Donít hesitate to follow us along as we check up the exterior and internals of the X2-01 Ė weíre about to find out exactly what youíre getting for your hard earned cash.

Editorial: Normally, phones like the X2-01 stay under our review radar as they rarely excite much interest in our readers. However, the Nokia X2-01 is special. Its Daily Interest rating has hit 35% at the time of writing this. Thatís an impressive number for a low-end handset Ė it equals the daily interest rating of the Google Nexus S and the Motorola DEFY combined. Obviously Nokia X2-01 has somehow managed to attract our visitorsí attention.

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