The Nokia X2-01, My Review

I know a number of people who don’t care for terms like Android, Symbian S40/S60, Edge vs 3G… these things fly over their head. They just want a stylish phone, possibly QWERTY that in addition to making calls and receiving texts, can surf the internet with decent speeds.

The Nokia X2-01 is just for you. I’ve been using it for over a week now and here’s what I love about it:

QWERTY keypad:

At first it was weird typing on the keypad after getting used to a touch screen, but once I got the hang of it, typing fast was so easy. The phone is light and made in such a way that it’s easy to type even with one hand.. it’s not like those Blackberrys where you have to hold it with both hands in order to type!

Wide-ass screen: Good resolution too.

Snaptu with instant twitpic

I had really missed the Snaptu for java-enabled version which you can take pictures instantly.

Ovi Store

There is an app for the ovi store and I admit though I resisted the idea in the first place, this is where I was on another night shopping for apps for the phone. I got the opera mini 6.1 which refused to install so I settled for 4.1 thereof… and was I am still browsing for free games/apps

There are lots of local applications on the ovi store, some of them made by developers I know! If I had time I’d check them all out and review them… but then, I have to return this phone because I’m only having it for reviewing purposes.

The whole shebang

The usual expected functionalities and ports. It has a slot for a micro-SD card (memory card), micro-USB Slot. It’s the small sized port so works with the standard cable for most phones. The small pin charger, and the standard earphone port so you can connect the phone to multimedia speakers and play your radio/music.

There is the usual threaded messages/video/audio/notes/to-do list/ alarm clock/calendar/countdown timer/calculator/reminders/games/extras etc. they are all there and they look nice on the large screen.
Which reminds me of this game I’ve been playing all day and night, it’s called Block’d. Very simple but totally addicitive!

The Home Screen:Just like the Nokia C3 Here is what I wrote about it:

It has three customizable ribbons (if I can call them that. Or bands. Or sections. Sort of like shortcuts.) the first short cut is to the phone book, and you can place your favourite/most called numbers on it with their pictures for faster dialing.

The second ribbon/section/band has communities: facebook and twitter. I did sign in and it was more like a bad browser for tweeting/surfing. I did not really like it that much. However, another tweep said if you quit the communities to call/text, when you go back, you find it in the same state you left it. Kind of like an earlier paradigm of multi-tasking where they freeze the apps you are using, save the state and when you go back to them, they resume. Did I lose anyone?

The third section is more like a go-to. It has shortcuts to camera, web etc and is customizable.

Data and Battery Efficient

This phone is very efficient with data. Unlike Android phones that are always running services in the background (even when you’ve turned them off!), this phone doesn’t waste your battery and data!
The 30MB/month offer could actually last a month! And the battery lasts two days with my usage! (My Ideos lasts 3 hours)

Music and Message Shortcuts
These are shortcut keys that will take you to yeah, the music and messages!

Just so you know the X2-01 is not a smart phone, but looks really great and you look quite classy typing away on it, who knows it ain’t that smart? It looks smart.

  • Cookieiskuku

    I almost chocked! Your eulogy for departed ideos 1 made me rush to buy another. I am glad you didn’t sellout phew.

    But have to say the battery life ain’t the awesomest thing. Thinking of buying my bro the x2(honestly is it too girlish?)

    How about a review for geniune dual sims please.

    • Anonymous

      I hope to do the dual-sim review as soon as I can get hold of one!

      The Ideos does its best given its cheap cost!

  • Simon

    How much does the phone cost?

  • Supa252003

    may i knw the cost of this phone

    • Anonymous

      Costs about Kshs 7500- Kshs 8,000 depending on where you buy it, Comes with 55MB of data

  • Narikoch

    Off to download that game haha! I have had the phone for 4 months now. I like the QWERTY keypad and the customizable shortcuts. As you said, ovi communities aint good, I arely use it. When playing music, the sound is acceptable, though, if you want better quality, you will have to buy other earphones as I did, the ones it comes with have low volume. Its dissapointing Opera haven’t made a 6.1 version for simbian40 (S40), so I use 6.0. However, it doesn’t recognize Snaptü as an app, so you can’t dedicate a key (shortcut), and the internet is EDGE which is kind of slow. This to me, is the greatest drawback. I would give it a 7 stars out of 10. now. I like the QWERTY keypad and the customizable shortcuts. As you said, ovi communities aint good, I arely use it. When playing music, the sound is acceptable, though, if you want better quality, you will have to buy other earphones as I did, the ones it comes with have low volume. Its dissapointing Opera haven’t made a 6.1 version for simbian40 (S40), so I use 6.0. However, it doesn’t recognize Snaptü as an app, so you can’t dedicate a key (shortcut), and the internet is EDGE which is kind of slow. This to me, is the greatest drawback. I would give it a 7 stars out of 10.

    • Anonymous

      I did manage to a put Snaptu shortcut dedicated key. Don’t know why yours refused, when I’m sure it’s installed in the Apps system folder, no?

      Anyhoo, haven’t tried playing music with it.

      Enjoy the phone meantime, as you seem to be doing :)

  • http://www.joy2day.com/mobile-world/nokia/nokia-x2-01.php Nokia X2-01

    I used these mobile it has really nice features. I used it very roughly. I like its QWERTY keypad.

    • Anonymous

      The QWERTY is nice, yeah.

  • defindurself

    I Love the phone but I hate the design I will give this phone a 8/10

    • Anonymous

      It’s an okay phone!

  • Dennis Orenge

    you seem to be against blackberrys,wats up with the phone?pls highlight.

    • savvykenya

      BB’s are just old school. No flexibility, fewer apps, User experience sucks, not good for entertainment..

  • http://www.free-job-search-websites.com/ Lee

    One vote for blackberrys! Woo hoo!

    • savvykenya

      and 1,000,000 votes for Android phones.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BWQB7JYHJ4AI4KYKVRPR2LDX6Y shayan

    خیلی گوشیه خوییه.
    i wrote Persian.
    i live in iran.

  • RODRIGO

    O CELULAR E BOM MAIS O SOM E MUITO BAIXO