Nokia X+ Dual Sim: The Oddball Smartphone

 
Nokia X+ Dual Sim

Nokia X+ Dual Sim

Aditya Nair tests the Android-powered Nokia X+ Dual Sim and wonders why this oddity was ever made.

Think about these words for a minute, a Nokia-Android hybrid smartphone. Nokia’s X-series may have been announced as barebones-budget phones but they fuelled fantasies of one day having an Android-running PureView cameraphone. The reality, however, is that just a few minutes with the Nokia X+ is enough to show you why this was a doomed idea.

 

The Stunted OS
You soon realise that a lot of what is wrong with the phone is because of the rivalry between Microsoft and Google. Nokia X+ test runs a debased version of Android 4.1 Jellybean which lacks any of the features and customisability that we have come to love from the OS.

A lot of Google services aren’t available on the Nokia X+. Users do not have access to the Google Play Store as well which leaves a severe want for good apps. You can root the phone to get Google Play or you will need to use third party stores like 1Mobile Market.

Simultaneously, while it tries to mimic the Windows OS design, it isn’t nearly as convenient. Nokia camera apps like Pro Camera, Refocus and Cinemagraph are missing as well.

 

Images can appear washed out straight out of the camera. Photograph/Aditya Nair

Images can appear washed out straight out of the camera. Photograph/Aditya Nair

 

 

Why Bother with a Camera?
The Nokia X+ uses a 3.1MP (2048 x 1536px) 1/5-inch sensor. As a result, neither does it shoot good enough photographs in-camera, nor can you recover detail later on. There is quite a bit of shutter lag as well.

The phone lets you control Exposure Compensation and WB. There is a Sweep Panoroma mode that has its share of glitches. On the video front, the camera manages to shoot at only 480p resolution.

The phone uses a 512MB RAM and Dual-core 1GHz processor which are enough for the limited functionality it provides. The screen, a 480 x 800px LCD capacitive touchscreen that is not conducive for editing. Colours are represented inaccurately and the overall image turns out to be dull when viewed on a computer.

There is a stark difference between what the camera shows you and the final image when viewed on a computer. Photograph/Aditya Nair

There is a stark difference between what the camera shows you and the final image when viewed on a computer. Photograph/Aditya Nair

 

Additionally, you can’t set the phone to shoot when you touch the screen. There is no shortcut on the homescreen either, to give you instant access to the camera.

On the positive side, it has 4GB of internal memory and a microSD slot expandable up to 32GB. The 1500mAh battery is good enough for a full day’s use.

 

Should You Buy It?
|Definitely not! For Rs. 8190 (it is available for lesser on some e-commerce websites), the camera tech feels pretty ancient. Every available budget phone feels like a better option, especially the cheaper Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Nokia’s own Lumia 520, available around this price point is a pretty good cameraphone too.

Unlike Frankenstein’s monster, Adam, the Nokia X-series deserves to be chased away by villagers wielding torches and pitchforks.

Even at the lowest ISO, a lot of noise is prevelant in the images. Photograph/Aditya Nair

Even at the lowest ISO, a lot of noise is prevelant in the images. Photograph/Aditya Nair

All things considered, the phone may have seemed like a good idea. However, instead of offering the best of both worlds, the X+ came scarily close to offering the worst of both.

AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS 3.1MP, 1/5-inch sensor, Android Jellybean 4.1.2, Dual Sim, 512MB RAM, 1GHz
Processor, 1500mAh battery, 480 x 800px LCD display, Rs. 8190
WHAT WE LIKE Designed like a brick, the phone is very comfortable to hold, microSD slot expandable up to 32GB
WHAT WE DISLIKE Ancient camera tech, poor excuse for an Android OS
WHY BUY IT A museum collector of smartphones may want one, because it definitely has a place in history


FINAL RATINGS 56%
CAMERA  3.1MP sensor, Sweep Panorama, Face Detection  8/15 
IMAGE QUALITY  Poor, washed out photos, inadequate quality in low light  18/35
VIDEO QUALITY 480p at 30fps, poor video quality  8/20
HANDLING  Comfortable to hold, no touch-to-shoot option  12/15
SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS Shutter lag, takes a bit of time between shots  10/15
Tags: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Budget smartphone, Google, Lumia, Microsoft, Nokia, Nokia X+ Dual Sim, windows