This is the time to be indignant at the fact that there is a budget smartphone, and why invent that it does not exist. There is a small hitch, this "budget" smartphone is very expensive at cost, and selling it for $100 in the US is a subsidy. That is, the more Lumia 520/521 is sold for market share, the more losses the company shows. Selling at a loss is not the best business for a manufacturer in distress.

In India, Russia and several other markets, Nokia tried to fight for the cheap segment with the help of the Asha line - touchscreen phones built on its own OS, with no third-party programs (there are very few of them), but with an attractive cost and support two SIM cards, which Nokia considers very important for such markets. For example, in the picture below you see Nokia Asha 501.

Nokia advertises this device as a "smartphone", although it cannot be considered as such. The reason for this approach is banal - the company is miserably losing the competition for consumer wallets, as Android smartphones become more functional and cheaper, and their quality is growing. If a year ago a budget smartphone on Android was a painful phenomenon and more of a dialer than a serious device, today operator phones can be used as real, adult smartphones. You can recall the imperfect, but very cheap Megaphone Optima (less than 3,000 rubles).

Nokia fell into a trap - after all the statements by Stephen Elop, the company's president, about the impossibility of using Android, but the need to provide cheap smartphones with support for third-party programs, the company began to reinvent the wheel. So that it is, on the one hand, a device that runs Android programs, on the other hand, so that it is not called an Android smartphone and sales do not play into the hands of Google. It’s a difficult task to take someone else’s platform, twist it beyond recognition, and at the same time use its popularity to get your own sales. It is clear that in the end people will find out that you are not selling Android, but its twisted version, but this will be much later. Initially, it will be possible to achieve a small success, which is so badly needed by Nokia, which is consistently losing share in all market segments.

Perhaps Nokia X and the whole family of these products perfectly demonstrates the detachment from reality that Nokia has. We can safely say that when creating their own version of Android for this product, the company made a lot of efforts to make it unlike anything else, discarded the experience of all Android smartphone manufacturers in order to give an ergonomic monster in return. The feeling that Nokia X was created as a direct anti-advertising of Android, as a product with which you can compare Windows Phone and find a million pluses in the latest OS. I never thought I'd have to say this, but I'm saying Nokia's Android is way worse than Windows Phone in any version. And the reason is not so much in the hardware, but in the software and the decisions that have been made. Aborted Android, which they try to call powerful.

Even a sticker on the phone screen is a deliberate deception of buyers. What is worth only the phrase about "powerful processor".

Nokia X (RM-980)

The audience of this smartphone is uneducated and low-income people in India, the second largest audience in Russia. The same low-income people who feel the need for a smartphone. Partial sales for enthusiasts, those who like to explore new things. A very small audience of those who will buy such a device as a second one. True, as a second phone for calls, it makes no sense in the absence of convenience and quality of work, and most importantly, because of the limited working time.

Now let's talk about what Nokia X is, so that you realize how low Nokia has fallen and what it produces under its own brand.

Design, dimensions, controls

Nokia has always been distinguished by the design and quality of its phones. In Nokia X, as well as in the Asha line, they tried to create a cheaper version of the case, similar in appearance to the Lumia line. But inexpensive plastic is used, the cases are collapsible, which is understandable.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Another feature that is typical for Nokia is the variety of color schemes. If most companies try not to present many different body colors, Nokia, on the contrary, considers this a plus. And it's hard not to agree with them, because the opportunity to choose your own color is always great.

Nokia X (RM-980)

The case is small (115.5x63x10.4 mm), it sinks into the palm of your hand, but is wide enough, and sharp corners make it not very comfortable in the hand. It feels like a heavy brick, although it only weighs 128 grams. On the right side there is a paired volume rocker, a little lower there is an on/off button. At the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, at the bottom there is a regular microUSB.

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The rear surface is ascetic - only the Nokia inscription, speaker hole, and a 3-megapixel camera lens without autofocus. There is no front camera, so you should forget about video calls and Skype conversations using the camera.

The build quality does not cause any complaints, over time, the plastic is wiped off, it starts to shine, but this is the other side of its dullness. For a budget device, the quality of the materials is excellent, and Nokia can and should be praised for this. On the other hand, given the cost of this solution, it is not even close to budget.

Nokia X (RM-980)

We pull the upper corner and release the case, inside we see the battery, under it there are two slots for microSIM cards, as well as a slot for a microSD memory card. The microSD card slot does not have an ejector, the card sometimes sticks in the tray, which can be seen in our video.

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The kit includes a red headset, it does not have a call answer key, its quality is fully consistent with cheap Chinese phones, only the bright colors distinguish it. For the audience for which the device is designed, this is an “advantage”.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Display

In recent years, it has become a kind of mantra for marketers to call the matrix IPS, as in the minds of consumers this translates into picture and screen quality. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. As you understand, marketing and PR are cheap tools, and therefore they were used in this device to the fullest. Here is an IPS-matrix with a diagonal of 4 inches, a resolution of 800x480 pixels (233 dpi). Color depth - 24 bits, the picture is not bad in most situations. The margin of brightness is not optimal, but the default is half the brightness, it will be enough if you do not require something special from the device. There is an automatic brightness control.

Nokia X (RM-980)

I was unlucky, and in my phone, which was purchased in the Nokia branded store, there is a group of burnt pixels, it is visible in the photo as a blowout.

Nokia X (RM-980)

In most situations, this does not play any role, they are almost invisible, but this is an obvious defect of the LCD panel. A cheap device cannot use an expensive matrix, Nokia saves on everything, and screens are no exception. It's by no means the worst example out there, but it's not the best either. When viewing pictures, you may be confused by the low screen resolution, but the color reproduction will be good. And evaluating this screen in isolation from the operating system, interface, it can be called quite good. But now the most annoying and difficult thing is that by reworking the Android interface, drawing new icons, using other fonts, Nokia managed to achieve an almost unbelievable thing - to worsen the perception of the screen by orders of magnitude!

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In the sun, the screen remains readable, although the small size is more likely to be a minus here.

In the settings, you can specify the display of the clock in standby mode (they are shown for a short time, since the screen spends energy on this, and a lot), you can wake up the device by double tapping. This feature is familiar to us from many smartphones, but here it is a kind of snag - no matter where you knock, it is not the screen that reacts, but the motion sensor. That is, by tapping on the upper end, you will get the best result, the phone will wake up from sleep.

The phone has a proximity sensor, the screen is locked during a call.

Battery

The phone has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1500 mAh, which is typical for products of this class. Nokia claims 28 days of standby time, 10.5 hours of 3G talk time, and 13.3 hours of 2G talk time. The maximum video playback time is 8.4 hours, Internet browsing via cellular network is 4.5 hours, and Wi-Fi connection is 4.7 hours. Music playback time - 26 hours.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

In reality, this is a device that can work until the evening with a minimum number of calls, about an hour of screen operation. Below in the screenshots you will see a longer screen time, which is due to the same screen saver with a clock, when you have already put the phone aside, but it still shows it.

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Unfortunately, it is impossible to say that Nokia managed to somehow change Android and make it different. This is the same operating time as all other manufacturers - slightly higher performance in certain modes is associated with a very slow processor, this is the other side of the coin.

It is not worth counting on more than one working day, working time. When using two SIM-cards (I had one), the operating time is reduced by about one and a half times.

It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery.

Working with two SIM cards

The phone has one radio, so only one SIM card can be active at a time. This is a cheap option for implementing the presence of two SIM-cards, which is currently the most common on the market and in devices of this price segment. Unfortunately, as a rule, the second SIM-card sharply worsens the work, the operating time from one charge decreases, but calls also do not go through, they can be lost. This is typical not only for Nokia X, but also for any devices with such an implementation of two cards.

Nokia X (RM-980)

In the settings, you can select one card for SMS/MMS/calls or specify them as standalone, that is, they work independently. The list of calls indicates which card you called from, that is, all information is clear. There is not much more to say about this feature. I always do not recommend using two SIM-cards in such devices, this always leads to a deterioration in the quality of work.

Коммуникационные возможности

Типичный Android-смартфон, есть возможность передавать файлы по Bluetooth, в наличии Wi-Fi и стандартные настройки (один в один как в Android), также поддерживается USB 2.0, что необычно, есть режим USB Mass Storage при подключении к ПК, помимо MTP, CTP.

Memory, internal memory

Nokia claims that this device has 4 GB of internal memory, as well as 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, we can say that all devices built on the Qualcomm platform are more demanding on RAM than their MediaTek counterparts. With comparable, at first glance, characteristics, MediaTek processors work faster and better at 512 MB of RAM than Qualcomm. What caused the choice of Qualcomm in this case, one can only guess. Apparently, this was an agreement between the companies for the sake of a larger volume of purchases.

After downloading, about 70 MB of RAM is free, which does not look like a very good result. On the other hand, Android's memory management is good enough that apps get the memory they need and use the maximum amount. In Nokia X, we can talk about the lack of multitasking in the form we are used to, which means that the free amount of memory is sufficient.

On the other hand, the 512 MB limit puts an end to the hopes of those who wanted to use this device with third-party firmware, replacing the standard one from Nokia.

There is 1.29 GB of storage in the phone memory, 1.17 GB is shown as a memory card, plus you can install your own memory card up to 32 GB. Of the obvious disadvantages is that all applications are installed in the phone's memory, that is, you are limited to exactly 1.29 GB in size and this cannot be avoided. Installing applications on a memory card is not supported.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

At the same time, the built-in Here maps allow you to save maps to an external memory card, which can already be considered a huge plus. But installing a large number of games with graphics on this device will not work. However, we can also say that it is impossible to install a large number of applications here in general, there is not too much memory.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Unfortunately, the lack of a standard memory manager will force you to look for a third-party program (there are many) in order to clear the application cache that is stored in the phone's memory! For a day of work with several programs, it can reach 200-300 MB, which is critical for the total amount of memory.

Hardware capabilities, performance

The model is built on a Qualcomm chipset, on the Nokia website it is modestly referred to as Snapdragon S4 Play, without specifying that it is MSM8625Q, which is infinitely outdated. Even the long-released "budget" Nokia Lumia 520/521 uses the MSM8227 chipset, which is somewhat more productive. Formally, Nokia X has a dual-core processor that has a maximum clock speed of 1GHz. Which in theory should provide good performance. In practice, the device is slow, although this is not visible when scrolling through the interface, moving between programs. This seems to be a reasonable speed for a "budget" device, which this model is not based on the cost. We can say that most of the competitors with "bare" Android work much faster, and this is noticeable to the naked eye.

The weak point of the device is the graphics coprocessor - Adreno 203, its performance is very low. I'm not talking about modern 3D games, they shouldn't be discussed in terms of this device (and I don't need to show screenshots of what you launched on Nokia X - I can run anything here - the question is how to play it after launch And what emotions will you get from it). Considering that Nokia's shell for Android is written somehow crookedly, sometimes when running "heavy" applications, you will observe inverting colors on the screen, the picture sometimes beats. For example, when transferring contacts using the Yandex Relocation utility, I observed incorrect rendering of windows.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

Fans of synthetic parrots can take a look at the results of the Antutu test, which indicates that the device is one of the weakest. It is weaker than the Galaxy S2, which was once the flagship.

To close the issue of performance, let me remind you that most similar devices have 1.5-2 times higher performance, especially if they are built on the MediaTek chipset. For example, the already mentioned Megaphone Optima shows the following results.

Among the "budget" devices, Nokia X is the most unproductive solution. This stems from the use of the cheapest components from Qualcomm, which, nevertheless, lose, and strongly, to the analogue from MediaTek. A strange but clearly political decision by Qualcomm.

Camera

The desire to save money could not bypass such a component as a camera, a 3-megapixel module without autofocus is installed here. To say that this camera does not know anything is not to say everything. It's just pure horror. It's 2014, budget Android smartphones in this price range have 5-megapixel autofocus cameras, and Nokia continues to cut corners. Well, what can I say, a flag in their hands and a drum around their necks with such savings. You can use the camera only when there is a great need.

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Menu, interface - redesigned and "ideal" Android from Nokia

If Nokia did not call this device a smartphone, then most of the claims would disappear automatically. Slow? It happens. Very expensive? It also happens. But Nokia tried to use the word Android to boost their sales, and they did it very clumsily. We come to the most delicious, namely, how they changed the Android UI and what Nokia came up with so unique that, in theory, should distinguish it from other manufacturers of Android smartphones. Inside is Android 4.1.2, but it is called Nokia X Software Platform, version 1.1, the phone was immediately updated.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

I'll start with a simple one - there is only one button in the device, and that one is touch-sensitive, this is the Back key! Do you think that three buttons are correct and that everything is the same on all Android smartphones? You are mistaken - the button should be one, like in the iPhone.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Using the side key or tapping on the end, we awaken the device. We have a lock screen, on which the latest events are shown in the form of rectangles - mail, SMS, calls, programs, and so on. You can swipe in one direction or another to get into the selected program or swipe

Review of the first Nokia Android smartphone - Nokia X (RM-980)

Nokia has consistently argued in recent years that Android as an operating system will not allow the company to stand out among the mass of Chinese companies and its products will get lost in this background, therefore, such a platform as Windows Phone was chosen as an alternative. It is on the Windows Phone platform that you can easily create different interfaces, change their elements and customize for each user individually. In any case, this is how it happens in the Nokia universe, in the real world, Windows Phone remains a limited system in settings, which lacks many functions, and the appearance of a separate control for the volume of a call and listening to music in other applications is considered an achievement. Do not ask me how these things are connected in the minds of developers - apparently, they are classified as “sound”. True, it's 2014, and separate sound control has not yet appeared in Windows Phone. But another event happened - Nokia began to lose the market of inexpensive phones, where for a long time it ruled the roost and had significant sales. In today's world, people want to buy smartphones, and Nokia, by choosing Windows Phone, has failed to provide consumers with the cheap smartphones they crave. Of course, you know that half of all Windows Phone smartphones sold in the world cost about a hundred dollars, and even less in promotions, this is the Lumia 520/521 model.

This is the time to be indignant at the fact that there is a budget smartphone, and why invent that it does not exist. There is a small hitch, this "budget" smartphone is very expensive at cost, and selling it for $100 in the US is a subsidy. That is, the more Lumia 520/521 is sold for market share, the more losses the company shows. Selling at a loss is not the best business for a manufacturer in distress.

In India, Russia and several other markets, Nokia tried to fight for the cheap segment with the help of the Asha line - touchscreen phones built on its own OS, with no third-party programs (there are very few of them), but with an attractive cost and support two SIM cards, which Nokia considers very important for such markets. For example, in the picture below you see Nokia Asha 501.

Nokia advertises this device as a "smartphone", although it cannot be considered as such. The reason for this approach is banal - the company is miserably losing the competition for consumer wallets, as Android smartphones become more functional and cheaper, and their quality is growing. If a year ago a budget smartphone on Android was a painful phenomenon and more of a dialer than a serious device, today operator phones can be used as real, adult smartphones. You can recall the imperfect, but very cheap Megaphone Optima (less than 3,000 rubles).

Nokia fell into a trap - after all the statements by Stephen Elop, the company's president, about the impossibility of using Android, but the need to provide cheap smartphones with support for third-party programs, the company began to reinvent the wheel. So that it is, on the one hand, a device that runs Android programs, on the other hand, so that it is not called an Android smartphone and sales do not play into the hands of Google. It’s a difficult task to take someone else’s platform, twist it beyond recognition, and at the same time use its popularity to get your own sales. It is clear that in the end people will find out that you are not selling Android, but its twisted version, but this will be much later. Initially, it will be possible to achieve a small success, which is so badly needed by Nokia, which is consistently losing share in all market segments.

Perhaps Nokia X and the whole family of these products perfectly demonstrates the detachment from reality that Nokia has. We can safely say that when creating their own version of Android for this product, the company made a lot of efforts to make it unlike anything else, discarded the experience of all Android smartphone manufacturers in order to give an ergonomic monster in return. The feeling that Nokia X was created as a direct anti-advertising of Android, as a product with which you can compare Windows Phone and find a million pluses in the latest OS. I never thought I'd have to say this, but I'm saying Nokia's Android is way worse than Windows Phone in any version. And the reason is not so much in the hardware, but in the software and the decisions that have been made. Aborted Android, which they try to call powerful.

Nokia X (RM-980)

The interest that many people had for the release of the first Nokia smartphone on Android was huge. But I'm afraid that after a real acquaintance with him, it will be possible to say that these buyers will put a fat cross on Nokia X in this aspect - a telling name.

The positioning of this device from Nokia is very simple - "a bright smartphone for Android applications." That is, this is not an Android smartphone, but a smartphone for applications. In any case, marketers have definitely coped with their task - in the mass unconscious, this device is already associated with Android. Another thing is that those who buy it will face a complete misunderstanding, whether "the skis do not go, then something is wrong with their heads." I assure you that everything is fine with you, this is a problem in the "ski".

Nokia X (RM-980)

Nokia is counting on a deliberate deception of the audience, that is, it is a fake smartphone that disguises itself as successful models on Android, and this OS plus uses the former popularity of the Nokia brand. Unfortunately, there is nothing left of that company, which means that such a deception of customers is a completely conscious strategy. Money does not smell, and you can deceive people with promises.

Even a sticker on the phone screen is a deliberate deception of buyers. What is worth only the phrase about "powerful processor".

Nokia X (RM-980)

The audience of this smartphone is uneducated and low-income people in India, the second largest audience in Russia. The same low-income people who feel the need for a smartphone. Partial sales for enthusiasts, those who like to explore new things. A very small audience of those who will buy such a device as a second one. True, as a second phone for calls, it makes no sense in the absence of convenience and quality of work, and most importantly, because of the limited working time.

Now let's talk about what Nokia X is, so that you realize how low Nokia has fallen and what it produces under its own brand.

Design, dimensions, controls

Nokia has always been distinguished by the design and quality of its phones. In Nokia X, as well as in the Asha line, they tried to create a cheaper version of the case, similar in appearance to the Lumia line. But inexpensive plastic is used, the cases are collapsible, which is understandable.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Another feature that is typical for Nokia is the variety of color schemes. If most companies try not to present many different body colors, Nokia, on the contrary, considers this a plus. And it's hard not to agree with them, because the opportunity to choose your own color is always great.

Nokia X (RM-980)

The case is small (115.5x63x10.4 mm), it sinks into the palm of your hand, but is wide enough, and sharp corners make it not very comfortable in the hand. It feels like a heavy brick, although it only weighs 128 grams. On the right side there is a paired volume rocker, a little lower there is an on/off button. At the top there is a 3.5 mm jack, at the bottom there is a regular microUSB.

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The rear surface is ascetic - only the Nokia inscription, speaker hole, and a 3-megapixel camera lens without autofocus. There is no front camera, so you should forget about video calls and Skype conversations using the camera.

The build quality does not cause any complaints, over time, the plastic is wiped off, it starts to shine, but this is the other side of its dullness. For a budget device, the quality of materials is excellent, and Nokia can and should be praised for this. On the other hand, given the cost of this solution, it is not even close to budget.

Nokia X (RM-980)

We pull the upper corner and release the case, inside we see the battery, under it there are two slots for microSIM cards, as well as a slot for a microSD memory card. The microSD card slot does not have an ejector, the card sometimes sticks in the tray, which can be seen in our video.

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The kit includes a red headset, it does not have a call answer key, its quality is fully consistent with cheap Chinese phones, only the bright colors distinguish it. For the audience for which the device is designed, this is an “advantage”.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Display

In recent years, it has become a kind of mantra for marketers to call the matrix IPS, as in the minds of consumers this translates into picture and screen quality. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. As you understand, marketing and PR are cheap tools, and therefore they were used in this device to the fullest. Here is an IPS-matrix with a diagonal of 4 inches, a resolution of 800x480 pixels (233 dpi). Color depth - 24 bits, the picture is not bad in most situations. The margin of brightness is not optimal, but the default is half the brightness, it will be enough if you do not require something special from the device. There is an automatic brightness control.

Nokia X (RM-980)

I was unlucky, and in my phone, which was purchased in the Nokia branded store, there is a group of burnt pixels, it is visible in the photo as a blowout.

Nokia X (RM-980)

In most situations, this does not play any role, they are almost invisible, but this is an obvious defect of the LCD panel. A cheap device cannot use an expensive matrix, Nokia saves on everything, and screens are no exception. It's by no means the worst example out there, but it's not the best either. When viewing pictures, you may be confused by the low screen resolution, but the color reproduction will be good. And evaluating this screen in isolation from the operating system, interface, it can be called quite good. But now the most annoying and difficult thing is that by reworking the Android interface, drawing new icons, using other fonts, Nokia managed to achieve an almost unbelievable thing - to worsen the perception of the screen by orders of magnitude!

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Look at the screenshot of the description of geolocation services - this palisade of letters that go out of place speaks for itself. This is just one example of this kind, somewhere the situation is better, somewhere worse. But fonts don't have anti-aliasing and look ugly in most situations.

Nokia X (RM-980)

In any Android device from any Chinese manufacturer, there is no such problem with fonts as on Nokia X. Fonts look good, pleasing to the eye. What they did in this model raises only questions, why was it necessary to worsen the visual component. The same applies to icons - they were clearly taken from somewhere, they are not adapted to the screen resolution, the operating system. They look messy.

Another drawback is the quality of the plastic that covers the screen. It is rough, which, when touched and moved, creates an unpleasant impression, as if the finger does not slide across the screen. This is only a semblance, but it spoils the impression of working with the screen, and quite seriously. I highly recommend looking at this moment before buying a device - this is a serious difference from the vast majority of phones.

In the sun, the screen remains readable, although the small size is more likely to be a minus here.

In the settings, you can specify the display of the clock in standby mode (they are shown for a short time, since the screen spends energy on this, and a lot), you can wake up the device by double tapping. This feature is familiar to us from many smartphones, but here it is a kind of snag - no matter where you knock, it is not the screen that reacts, but the motion sensor. That is, by tapping on the upper end, you will get the best result, the phone will wake up from sleep.

The phone has a proximity sensor, the screen is locked during a call.

Battery

The phone has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1500 mAh, which is typical for products of this class. Nokia claims 28 days of standby time, 10.5 hours of 3G talk time, and 13.3 hours of 2G talk time. The maximum video playback time is 8.4 hours, Internet browsing via cellular network is 4.5 hours, and Wi-Fi connection is 4.7 hours. Music playback time - 26 hours.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

In reality, this is a device that can work until the evening with a minimum number of calls, about an hour of screen operation. Below in the screenshots you will see a longer screen time, which is due to the same screen saver with a clock, when you have already put the phone aside, but it still shows it.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM- 980)

Unfortunately, it is impossible to say that Nokia managed to somehow change Android and make it different. This is the same operating time as all other manufacturers - slightly higher performance in certain modes is associated with a very slow processor, this is the other side of the coin.

It is not worth counting on more than one working day, working time. When using two SIM-cards (I had one), the operating time is reduced by about one and a half times.

It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery.

Working with two SIM cards

The phone has one radio, so only one SIM card can be active at a time. This is a cheap option for implementing the presence of two SIM-cards, which is currently the most common on the market and in devices of this price segment. Unfortunately, as a rule, the second SIM-card sharply worsens the work, the operating time from one charge decreases, but calls also do not go through, they can be lost. This is typical not only for Nokia X, but also for any devices with such an implementation of two cards.

Nokia X (RM-980)

In the settings, you can select one card for SMS/MMS/calls or specify them as standalone, that is, they work independently. The list of calls indicates which card you called from, that is, all information is clear. There is not much more to say about this feature. I always do not recommend using two SIM-cards in such devices, this always leads to a deterioration in the quality of work.

Коммуникационные возможности

Типичный Android-смартфон, есть возможность передавать файлы по Bluetooth, в наличии Wi-Fi и стандартные настройки (один в один как в Android), также поддерживается USB 2.0, что необычно, есть режим USB Mass Storage при подключении к ПК, помимо MTP, CTP.

Memory, internal memory

Nokia claims that this device has 4 GB of internal memory, as well as 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, we can say that all devices built on the Qualcomm platform are more demanding on RAM than their MediaTek counterparts. With comparable, at first glance, characteristics, MediaTek processors work faster and better at 512 MB of RAM than Qualcomm. What caused the choice of Qualcomm in this case, one can only guess. Apparently, this was an agreement between the companies for the sake of a larger volume of purchases.

After downloading, about 70 MB of RAM is free, which does not look like a very good result. On the other hand, Android's memory management is good enough that apps get the memory they need and use the maximum amount. In Nokia X, we can talk about the lack of multitasking in the form we are used to, which means that the free amount of memory is sufficient.

On the other hand, the 512 MB limit puts an end to the hopes of those who wanted to use this device with third-party firmware, replacing the standard one from Nokia.

There is 1.29 GB of storage in the phone memory, 1.17 GB is shown as a memory card, plus you can install your own memory card up to 32 GB. Of the obvious disadvantages is that all applications are installed in the phone's memory, that is, you are limited to exactly 1.29 GB in size and this cannot be avoided. Installing applications on a memory card is not supported.

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At the same time, the built-in Here maps allow you to save maps to an external memory card, which can already be considered a huge plus. But installing a large number of games with graphics on this device will not work. However, we can also say that it is impossible to install a large number of applications here in general, there is not too much memory.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Unfortunately, the lack of a standard memory manager will force you to look for a third-party program (there are many) in order to clear the application cache that is stored in the phone's memory! For a day of work with several programs, it can reach 200-300 MB, which is critical for the total amount of memory.

Hardware capabilities, performance

The model is built on a Qualcomm chipset, on the Nokia website it is modestly referred to as Snapdragon S4 Play, without specifying that it is MSM8625Q, which is infinitely outdated. Even the long-released "budget" Nokia Lumia 520/521 uses the MSM8227 chipset, which is somewhat more productive. Formally, Nokia X has a dual-core processor that has a maximum clock speed of 1GHz. Which in theory should provide good performance. In practice, the device is slow, although this is not visible when scrolling through the interface, moving between programs. This seems to be a reasonable speed for a "budget" device, which this model is not based on the cost. We can say that most of the competitors with "bare" Android work much faster, and this is noticeable to the naked eye.

The weak point of the device is the graphics coprocessor - Adreno 203, its performance is very low. I'm not talking about modern 3D games, they shouldn't be discussed in terms of this device (and I don't need to show screenshots of what you launched on Nokia X - I can run anything here - the question is how to play it after launch And what emotions will you get from it). Considering that Nokia's shell for Android is written somehow crookedly, sometimes when running "heavy" applications, you will observe inverting colors on the screen, the picture sometimes beats. For example, when transferring contacts using the Yandex Relocation utility, I observed incorrect rendering of windows.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

Fans of synthetic parrots can take a look at the results of the Antutu test, which indicates that the device is one of the weakest. It is weaker than the Galaxy S2, which was once the flagship.

To close the issue of performance, let me remind you that most similar devices have 1.5-2 times higher performance, especially if they are built on the MediaTek chipset. For example, the already mentioned Megafon Optima shows the following results.

Among the "budget" devices, Nokia X is the most unproductive solution. This stems from the use of the cheapest components from Qualcomm, which, nevertheless, lose, and strongly, to the analogue from MediaTek. A strange but clearly political decision by Qualcomm.

Camera

The desire to save money could not bypass such a component as a camera, a 3-megapixel module without autofocus is installed here. To say that this camera does not know anything is not to say everything. It's just pure horror. It's 2014, budget Android smartphones in this price range have 5-megapixel autofocus cameras, and Nokia continues to cut corners. Well, what can I say, a flag in their hands and a drum around their necks with such savings. You can use the camera only when there is a great need.

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Menu, interface - redesigned and "ideal" Android from Nokia

If Nokia hadn't called this device a smartphone, then most of the complaints would fall away automatically. Slow? It happens. Very expensive? It also happens. But Nokia tried to use the word Android to boost their sales, and they did it very clumsily. We come to the most delicious, namely, how they changed the Android UI and what Nokia came up with so unique that, in theory, should distinguish it from other manufacturers of Android smartphones. Inside is Android 4.1.2, but it is called Nokia X Software Platform, version 1.1, the phone was immediately updated.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

I'll start with a simple one - there is only one button in the device, and that one is touch-sensitive, this is the Back key! Do you think that three buttons are correct and that everything is the same on all Android smartphones? You are mistaken - there should be only one button, like in the iPhone.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Using the side key or tapping on the end, we awaken the device. We have a lock screen, on which the latest events are shown in the form of rectangles - mail, SMS, calls, programs, and so on. You can swipe in one direction or another to get into the selected program or swipe

Review of the first Nokia Android smartphone - Nokia X (RM-980)

Nokia has consistently argued in recent years that Android as an operating system will not allow the company to stand out among the mass of Chinese companies and its products will get lost in this background, therefore, such a platform as Windows Phone was chosen as an alternative. It is on the Windows Phone platform that you can easily create different interfaces, change their elements and customize for each user individually. In any case, this is how it happens in the Nokia universe, in the real world, Windows Phone remains a limited system in settings, which lacks many functions, and the appearance of a separate control for the volume of a call and listening to music in other applications is considered an achievement. Do not ask me how these things are connected in the minds of developers - apparently, they are classified as “sound”. True, it's 2014, and separate sound control has not yet appeared in Windows Phone. But another event happened - Nokia began to lose the market of inexpensive phones, where for a long time it ruled the roost and had significant sales. In today's world, people want to buy smartphones, and Nokia, by choosing Windows Phone, has failed to provide consumers with the cheap smartphones they crave. Of course, you know that half of all Windows Phone smartphones sold in the world cost about a hundred dollars, and even less in promotions, this is the Lumia 520/521 model.

This is the time to be indignant at the fact that there is a budget smartphone, and why invent that it does not exist. There is a small hitch, this "budget" smartphone is very expensive at cost, and selling it for $100 in the US is a subsidy. That is, the more Lumia 520/521 is sold for market share, the more losses the company shows. Selling at a loss is not the best business for a manufacturer in distress.

In India, Russia and several other markets, Nokia tried to fight for the cheap segment with the help of the Asha line - touchscreen phones built on its own OS, with no third-party programs (there are very few of them), but with an attractive cost and support two SIM cards, which Nokia considers very important for such markets. For example, in the picture below you see Nokia Asha 501.

Nokia advertises this device as a "smartphone", although it cannot be considered as such. The reason for this approach is banal - the company is losing the competition for consumers' wallets miserably, as Android smartphones become more functional and cheaper, and their quality is growing. If a year ago a budget smartphone on Android was a painful phenomenon and more of a dialer than a serious device, today operator phones can be used as real, adult smartphones. You can recall the imperfect, but very cheap Megaphone Optima (less than 3,000 rubles).

Nokia fell into a trap - after all the statements by Stephen Elop, the company's president, about the impossibility of using Android, but the need to provide cheap smartphones with support for third-party programs, the company began to reinvent the wheel. So that it is, on the one hand, a device that runs Android programs, on the other hand, so that it is not called an Android smartphone and sales do not play into the hands of Google. It’s a difficult task to take someone else’s platform, twist it beyond recognition, and at the same time use its popularity to get your own sales. It is clear that in the end people will find out that you are not selling Android, but a twisted version of it, but this will be much later. Initially, it will be possible to achieve a small success, which is so badly needed by Nokia, which is consistently losing share in all market segments.

Perhaps Nokia X and the whole family of these products perfectly demonstrates the detachment from reality that Nokia has. We can safely say that when creating their own version of Android for this product, the company made a lot of efforts to make it unlike anything else, discarded the experience of all Android smartphone manufacturers in order to give an ergonomic monster in return. The feeling that Nokia X was created as a direct anti-advertising of Android, as a product with which you can compare Windows Phone and find a million pluses in the latest OS. I never thought I'd have to say this, but I'm saying Nokia's Android is way worse than Windows Phone in any version. And the reason is not so much in the hardware, but in the software and the decisions that have been made. Aborted Android, which they try to call powerful.

Nokia X (RM-980)

The interest that many people had for the release of the first Nokia smartphone on Android was huge. But I'm afraid that after a real acquaintance with him, it will be possible to say that these buyers will put a fat cross on Nokia X in this aspect - a telling name.

The positioning of this device from Nokia is very simple - "a bright smartphone for Android applications." That is, this is not an Android smartphone, but a smartphone for applications. In any case, marketers have definitely coped with their task - in the mass unconscious, this device is already associated with Android. Another thing is that those who buy it will face a complete misunderstanding, whether "the skis do not go, then something is wrong with their heads." I assure you that everything is fine with you, this is a problem in the "ski".

Nokia X (RM-980)

Nokia is counting on a deliberate deception of the audience, that is, it is a fake smartphone that disguises itself as successful models on Android, and this OS plus uses the former popularity of the Nokia brand. Unfortunately, there is nothing left of that company, which means that such a deception of customers is a completely conscious strategy. Money does not smell, and you can deceive people with promises.

Even a sticker on the phone screen is a deliberate deception of buyers. What is worth only the phrase about "powerful processor".

Nokia X (RM-980)

The audience of this smartphone is uneducated and low-income people in India, the second largest audience in Russia. The same low-income people who feel the need for a smartphone. Partial sales for enthusiasts, those who like to explore new things. A very small audience of those who will buy such a device as a second one. True, as a second phone for calls, it makes no sense in the absence of convenience and quality of work, and most importantly, because of the limited working time.

Now let's talk about what Nokia X is, so that you realize how low Nokia has fallen and what it produces under its own brand.

Design, dimensions, controls

Nokia has always been distinguished by the design and quality of its phones. In Nokia X, as well as in the Asha line, they tried to create a cheaper version of the case, similar in appearance to the Lumia line. But inexpensive plastic is used, the cases are collapsible, which is understandable.

The rear surface is ascetic - only the Nokia inscription, speaker hole, and a 3-megapixel camera lens without autofocus. There is no front camera, so you should forget about video calls and Skype conversations using the camera.

The build quality does not cause any complaints, over time, the plastic is wiped off, it starts to shine, but this is the other side of its dullness. For a budget device, the quality of materials is excellent, and Nokia can and should be praised for this. On the other hand, given the cost of this solution, it is not even close to budget.

Nokia X (RM-980)

We pull the upper corner and release the case, inside we see the battery, under it there are two slots for microSIM cards, as well as a slot for a microSD memory card. The microSD card slot does not have an ejector, the card sometimes sticks in the tray, which can be seen in our video.

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The kit includes a red headset, it does not have a call answer key, its quality is fully consistent with cheap Chinese phones, only the bright colors distinguish it. For the audience for which the device is designed, this is an “advantage”.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Display

In recent years, it has become a kind of mantra for marketers to call the matrix IPS, as in the minds of consumers this translates into picture and screen quality. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. As you understand, marketing and PR are cheap tools, and therefore they were used in this device to the fullest. Here is an IPS-matrix with a diagonal of 4 inches, a resolution of 800x480 pixels (233 dpi). Color depth - 24 bits, the picture is not bad in most situations. The margin of brightness is not optimal, but the default is half the brightness, it will be enough if you do not require something special from the device. There is an automatic brightness control.

Nokia X (RM-980)

I was unlucky, and in my phone, which was purchased in the Nokia branded store, there is a group of burnt pixels, it is visible in the photo as a blowout.

Nokia X (RM-980)

In most situations, this does not play any role, they are almost invisible, but this is an obvious defect of the LCD panel. A cheap device cannot use an expensive matrix, Nokia saves on everything, and screens are no exception. It's by no means the worst example out there, but it's not the best either. When viewing pictures, you may be confused by the low screen resolution, but the color reproduction will be good. And evaluating this screen in isolation from the operating system, interface, it can be called quite good. But now the most annoying and difficult thing is that by reworking the Android interface, drawing new icons, using other fonts, Nokia managed to achieve an almost unbelievable thing - to worsen the perception of the screen by orders of magnitude!

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Look at the screenshot of the description of geolocation services - this palisade of letters that go out of place speaks for itself. This is just one example of this kind, somewhere the situation is better, somewhere worse. But fonts don't have anti-aliasing and look ugly in most situations.

Nokia X (RM-980)

In any Android device from any Chinese manufacturer, there is no such problem with fonts as on Nokia X. Fonts look good, pleasing to the eye. What they did in this model raises only questions, why was it necessary to worsen the visual component. The same applies to icons - they were clearly taken from somewhere, they are not adapted to the screen resolution, the operating system. They look messy.

Another drawback is the quality of the plastic that covers the screen. It is rough, which, when touched and moved, creates an unpleasant impression, as if the finger does not slide across the screen. This is only a semblance, but it spoils the impression of working with the screen, and quite seriously. I highly recommend looking at this moment before buying a device - this is a serious difference from the vast majority of phones.

In the sun, the screen remains readable, although the small size is more likely to be a minus here.

In the settings, you can specify the display of the clock in standby mode (they are shown for a short time, since the screen spends energy on this, and a lot), you can wake up the device by double tapping. This feature is familiar to us from many smartphones, but here it is a kind of snag - no matter where you knock, it is not the screen that reacts, but the motion sensor. That is, by tapping on the upper end, you will get the best result, the phone will wake up from sleep.

The phone has a proximity sensor, the screen is locked during a call.

Battery

The phone has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1500 mAh, which is typical for products of this class. Nokia claims 28 days of standby time, 10.5 hours of 3G talk time, and 13.3 hours of 2G talk time. The maximum video playback time is 8.4 hours, Internet browsing via cellular network is 4.5 hours, and Wi-Fi connection is 4.7 hours. Music playback time - 26 hours.

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In reality, this is a device that can work until the evening with a minimum number of calls, about an hour of screen operation. Below in the screenshots you will see a longer screen time, which is due to the same screen saver with a clock, when you have already put the phone aside, but it still shows it.

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Unfortunately, it is impossible to say that Nokia managed to somehow change Android and make it different. This is the same operating time as all other manufacturers - slightly higher performance in certain modes is associated with a very slow processor, this is the other side of the coin.

It is not worth counting on more than one working day, working time. When using two SIM-cards (I had one), the operating time is reduced by about one and a half times.

It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery.

Working with two SIM cards

The phone has one radio, so only one SIM card can be active at a time. This is a cheap option for implementing the presence of two SIM-cards, which is currently the most common on the market and in devices of this price segment. Unfortunately, as a rule, the second SIM-card sharply worsens the work, the operating time from one charge decreases, but calls also do not go through, they can be lost. This is typical not only for Nokia X, but also for any devices with such an implementation of two cards.

Nokia X (RM-980)

In the settings, you can select one card for SMS/MMS/calls or specify them as standalone, that is, they work independently. The list of calls indicates from which card you called, that is, all information is clear. There is not much more to say about this feature. I always do not recommend using two SIM-cards in such devices, this always leads to a deterioration in the quality of work.

Коммуникационные возможности

Типичный Android-смартфон, есть возможность передавать файлы по Bluetooth, в наличии Wi-Fi и стандартные настройки (один в один как в Android), также поддерживается USB 2.0, что необычно, есть режим USB Mass Storage при подключении к ПК, помимо MTP, CTP.

Memory, internal memory

Nokia claims that this device has 4 GB of internal memory, as well as 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, we can say that all devices built on the Qualcomm platform are more demanding on RAM than their MediaTek counterparts. With comparable, at first glance, characteristics, MediaTek processors work faster and better at 512 MB of RAM than Qualcomm. What caused the choice of Qualcomm in this case, one can only guess. Apparently, this was an agreement between the companies for the sake of a larger volume of purchases.

After downloading, about 70 MB of RAM is free, which does not look like a very good result. On the other hand, Android's memory management is good enough that apps get the memory they need and use the maximum amount. In Nokia X, we can talk about the lack of multitasking in the form we are used to, which means that the free amount of memory is sufficient.

On the other hand, the 512 MB limit puts an end to the hopes of those who wanted to use this device with third-party firmware, replacing the standard one from Nokia.

There is 1.29 GB of storage in the phone memory, 1.17 GB is shown as a memory card, plus you can install your own memory card up to 32 GB. Of the obvious disadvantages is that all applications are installed in the phone's memory, that is, you are limited to exactly 1.29 GB in size and this cannot be avoided. Installing applications on a memory card is not supported.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

At the same time, the built-in Here maps allow you to save maps to an external memory card, which can already be considered a huge plus. But installing a large number of games with graphics on this device will not work. However, we can also say that it is impossible to install a large number of applications here in general, there is not too much memory.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Unfortunately, the lack of a standard memory manager will force you to look for a third-party program (there are many) in order to clear the application cache that is stored in the phone's memory! For a day of work with several programs, it can reach 200-300 MB, which is critical for the total amount of memory.

Hardware capabilities, performance

The model is built on a Qualcomm chipset, on the Nokia website it is modestly referred to as Snapdragon S4 Play, without specifying that it is MSM8625Q, which is infinitely outdated. Even the long-released "budget" Nokia Lumia 520/521 uses the MSM8227 chipset, which is somewhat more productive. Formally, Nokia X has a dual-core processor that has a maximum clock speed of 1GHz. Which in theory should provide good performance. In practice, the device is slow, although this is not visible when scrolling through the interface, moving between programs. This seems to be a reasonable speed for a "budget" device, which this model is not based on the cost. We can say that most of the competitors with "bare" Android work much faster, and this is noticeable to the naked eye.

To close the issue of performance, let me remind you that most similar devices have 1.5-2 times higher performance, especially if they are built on the MediaTek chipset. For example, the already mentioned Megaphone Optima shows the following results.

Among the "budget" devices, Nokia X is the most unproductive solution. This stems from the use of the cheapest components from Qualcomm, which, nevertheless, lose, and strongly, to the analogue from MediaTek. A strange but clearly political decision by Qualcomm.

Menu, interface - redesigned and "ideal" Android from Nokia

If Nokia hadn't called this device a smartphone, then most of the complaints would fall away automatically. Slow? It happens. Very expensive? It also happens. But Nokia tried to use the word Android to boost their sales, and they did it very clumsily. We come to the most delicious, namely, how they changed the Android UI and what Nokia came up with so unique that, in theory, should distinguish it from other manufacturers of Android smartphones. Inside is Android 4.1.2, but it is called Nokia X Software Platform, version 1.1, the phone was immediately updated.

Nokia X (RM-980) Nokia X (RM-980)

I'll start with a simple one - there is only one button in the device, and that one is touch-sensitive, this is the Back key! Do you think that three buttons are correct and that everything is the same on all Android smartphones? You are mistaken - there should be only one button, like in the iPhone.

Nokia X (RM-980)

Using the side key or tapping on the end, we awaken the device. We have a lock screen, on which the latest events are shown in the form of rectangles - mail, SMS, calls, programs, and so on. You can swipe in one direction or another to get into the selected program or swipe

Review of the first Nokia Android smartphone - Nokia X (RM-980)

Nokia has consistently argued in recent years that Android as an operating system will not allow the company to stand out among the mass of Chinese companies and its products will get lost in this background, therefore, such a platform as Windows Phone was chosen as an alternative. It is on the Windows Phone platform that you can easily create different interfaces, change their elements and customize for each user individually. In any case, this is how it happens in the Nokia universe, in the real world, Windows Phone remains a limited system in settings, which lacks many functions, and the appearance of a separate control for the volume of a call and listening to music in other applications is considered an achievement. Do not ask me how these things are connected in the minds of developers - apparently, they are classified as “sound”. True, it's 2014, and separate sound control has not yet appeared in Windows Phone. But another event happened - Nokia began to lose the market of inexpensive phones, where for a long time it ruled the roost and had significant sales. In today's world, people want to buy smartphones, and Nokia, by choosing Windows Phone, has failed to provide consumers with the cheap smartphones they crave. Of course, you know that half of all Windows Phone smartphones sold in the world cost about a hundred dollars, and even less in promotions, this is the Lumia 520/521 model.

This is the time to be indignant at the fact that there is a budget smartphone, and why invent that it does not exist. There is a small hitch, this "budget" smartphone is very expensive at cost, and selling it for $100 in the US is a subsidy. That is, the more Lumia 520/521 is sold for market share, the more losses the company shows. Selling at a loss is not the best business for a manufacturer in distress.

In India, Russia and several other markets, Nokia tried to fight for the cheap segment with the help of the Asha line - touchscreen phones built on its own OS, with no third-party programs (there are very few of them), but with an attractive cost and support two SIM cards, which Nokia considers very important for such markets. For example, in the picture below you see Nokia Asha 501.

Nokia advertises this device as a "smartphone", although it cannot be considered as such. The reason for this approach is banal - the company is miserably losing the competition for consumer wallets, as Android smartphones become more functional and cheaper, and their quality is growing. If a year ago a budget smartphone on Android was a painful phenomenon and more of a dialer than a serious device, today operator phones can be used as real, adult smartphones. You can recall the imperfect, but very cheap Megaphone Optima (less than 3,000 rubles).

The interest that many people had for the release of the first Nokia smartphone on Android was huge. But I'm afraid that after a real acquaintance with him, it will be possible to say that these buyers will put a fat cross on Nokia X in this aspect - a telling name.

The positioning of this device from Nokia is very simple - "a bright smartphone for Android applications." That is, this is not an Android smartphone, but a smartphone for applications. In any case, marketers have definitely coped with their task - in the mass unconscious, this device is already associated with Android. Another thing is that those who buy it will face a complete misunderstanding, whether "the skis do not go, or they have something with their heads." I assure you that everything is fine with you, this is a problem in the "ski".

The positioning of this device from Nokia is very simple – “bright smartphone for Android applications”. That is, this is not an Android smartphone, but a smartphone for applications. In any case, marketers have definitely coped with their task - in the mass unconscious, this device is already associated with Android. Another thing is that those who buy it will face a complete misunderstanding, whether “the skis do not go, then Do they have something in their heads? I assure you that everything is in order with you, this is a problem in "skiing".

Nokia is counting on a deliberate deception of the audience, that is, it is a fake smartphone that disguises itself as successful models on Android, and this OS plus uses the former popularity of the Nokia brand. Unfortunately, there is nothing left of that company, which means that such a deception of customers is a completely conscious strategy. Money does not smell, and you can deceive people with promises.

Even a sticker on the phone screen is a deliberate deception of buyers. What is worth only the phrase about "powerful processor".

The audience of this smartphone is uneducated and low-income people in India, the second largest audience in Russia. The same low-income people who feel the need for a smartphone. Partial sales for enthusiasts, those who like to explore new things. A very small audience of those who will buy such a device as a second one. True, as a second phone for calls, it makes no sense in the absence of convenience and quality of work, and most importantly, because of the limited working time.

The rear surface is ascetic - only the Nokia inscription, speaker hole, and a 3-megapixel camera lens without autofocus. There is no front camera, so you should forget about video calls and Skype conversations using the camera.

The build quality does not cause any complaints, over time, the plastic is wiped off, it starts to shine, but this is the other side of its dullness. For a budget device, the quality of materials is excellent, and Nokia can and should be praised for this. On the other hand, given the cost of this solution, it is not even close to budget.

We pull the upper corner and release the case, inside we see the battery, under it there are two slots for microSIM cards, as well as a slot for a microSD memory card. The microSD card slot does not have an ejector, the card sometimes sticks in the tray, which can be seen in our video.

The kit includes a red headset, it does not have a call answer key, its quality is fully consistent with cheap Chinese phones, only the bright colors distinguish it. For the audience for which the device is designed, this is an “advantage”.

Look at the screenshot of the description of geolocation services - this palisade of letters that go out of place speaks for itself. This is just one example of this kind, somewhere the situation is better, somewhere worse. But fonts don't have anti-aliasing and look ugly in most situations.

In any Android device from any Chinese manufacturer, there is no such problem with fonts as on Nokia X. Fonts look good, pleasing to the eye. What they did in this model raises only questions, why was it necessary to worsen the visual component. The same applies to icons - they were clearly taken from somewhere, they are not adapted to the screen resolution, the operating system. They look messy.

Another drawback is the quality of the plastic that covers the screen. It is rough, which, when touched and moved, creates an unpleasant impression, as if the finger does not slide across the screen. This is only a semblance, but it spoils the impression of working with the screen, and quite seriously. I highly recommend looking at this moment before buying a device - this is a serious difference from the vast majority of phones.

In the sun, the screen remains readable, although the small size is more likely to be a minus here.

In the settings, you can specify the display of the clock in standby mode (they are shown for a short time, since the screen spends energy on this, and a lot), you can wake up the device by double tapping. This feature is familiar to us from many smartphones, but here it is a kind of snag - no matter where you knock, it is not the screen that reacts, but the motion sensor. That is, by tapping on the upper end, you will get the best result, the phone will wake up from sleep.

The phone has a proximity sensor, the screen is locked during a call.

Battery

The phone has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1500 mAh, which is typical for products of this class. Nokia claims 28 days of standby time, 10.5 hours of 3G talk time, and 13.3 hours of 2G talk time. The maximum video playback time is 8.4 hours, Internet browsing via cellular network is 4.5 hours, and Wi-Fi connection is 4.7 hours. Music playback time - 26 hours.

In reality, this is a device that can work until the evening with a minimum number of calls, about an hour of screen operation. Below in the screenshots you will see a longer screen time, which is due to the same screen saver with a clock, when you have already put the phone aside, but it still shows it.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to say that Nokia managed to somehow change Android and make it different. This is the same operating time as all other manufacturers - slightly higher performance in certain modes is associated with a very slow processor, this is the other side of the coin.

It is not worth counting on more than one working day, working time. When using two SIM-cards (I had one), the operating time is reduced by about one and a half times.

It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery.

Working with two SIM cards

The phone has one radio, so only one SIM card can be active at a time. This is a cheap option for implementing the presence of two SIM-cards, which is currently the most common on the market and in devices of this price segment. Unfortunately, as a rule, the second SIM-card sharply worsens the work, the operating time from one charge decreases, but calls also do not go through, they can be lost. This is typical not only for Nokia X, but also for any devices with such an implementation of two cards.

In the settings, you can select one card for SMS/MMS/calls or specify them as standalone, that is, they work independently. The list of calls indicates from which card you called, that is, all information is clear. There is not much more to say about this feature. I always do not recommend using two SIM-cards in such devices, this always leads to a deterioration in the quality of work.

Communications

Typical Android smartphone, it is possible to transfer files via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and standard settings are available (one to one like in Android), USB 2.0 is also supported, which is unusual, there is a USB Mass Storage mode when connected to a PC, besides MTP, CTP.

Memory, internal memory

Nokia claims that this device has 4 GB of internal memory, as well as 512 MB of RAM. Unfortunately, we can say that all devices built on the Qualcomm platform are more demanding on RAM than their MediaTek counterparts. With comparable, at first glance, characteristics, MediaTek processors work faster and better at 512 MB of RAM than Qualcomm. What caused the choice of Qualcomm in this case, one can only guess. Apparently, this was an agreement between the companies for the sake of a larger volume of purchases.

After downloading, about 70 MB of RAM is free, which does not look like a very good result. On the other hand, Android's memory management is good enough that apps get the memory they need and use the maximum amount. In Nokia X, we can talk about the lack of multitasking in the form we are used to, which means that the free amount of memory is sufficient.

On the other hand, the 512 MB limit puts an end to the hopes of those who wanted to use this device with third-party firmware, replacing the standard one from Nokia.

There is 1.29 GB of storage in the phone memory, 1.17 GB is shown as a memory card, plus you can install your own memory card up to 32 GB. Of the obvious disadvantages is that all applications are installed in the phone's memory, that is, you are limited to exactly 1.29 GB in size and this cannot be avoided. Installing applications on a memory card is not supported.

At the same time, the built-in Here maps allow you to save maps to an external memory card, which can already be considered a huge plus. But installing a large number of games with graphics on this device will not work. However, we can also say that it is impossible to install a large number of applications here in general, there is not too much memory.

The weak point of the device is the graphics coprocessor - Adreno 203, its performance is very low. I'm not talking about modern 3D games, they shouldn't be discussed in terms of this device (and I don't need to show screenshots of what you launched on Nokia X - I can run anything here - the question is how to play it after launch And what emotions will you get from it). Considering that Nokia's shell for Android is written somehow crookedly, sometimes when running "heavy" applications, you will observe inverting colors on the screen, the picture sometimes beats. For example, when transferring contacts using the Yandex Relocation utility, I observed incorrect rendering of windows.

Fans of synthetic parrots can take a look at the results of the Antutu test, which indicates that the device is one of the weakest. It is weaker than the Galaxy S2, which was once the flagship.

To close the issue of performance, let me remind you that most similar devices have 1.5-2 times higher performance, especially if they are built on the MediaTek chipset. For example, the already mentioned Megafon Optima shows the following results.

Among the "budget" devices, Nokia X is the most unproductive solution. This stems from the use of the cheapest components from Qualcomm, which, nevertheless, lose, and strongly, to the analogue from MediaTek. A strange but clearly political decision by Qualcomm.

Camera

The desire to save money could not bypass such a component as a camera, a 3-megapixel module without autofocus is installed here. To say that this camera does not know anything is not to say everything. It's just pure horror. It's 2014, budget Android smartphones in this price range have 5-megapixel autofocus cameras, and Nokia continues to cut corners. Well, what can I say, a flag in their hands and a drum around their necks with such savings. You can use the camera only when there is a great need.

Menu, interface - redesigned and "ideal" Android from Nokia

If Nokia hadn't called this device a smartphone, then most of the complaints would fall away automatically. Slow? It happens. Very expensive? It also happens. But Nokia tried to use the word Android to boost their sales, and they did it very clumsily. We come to the most delicious, namely, how they changed the Android UI and what Nokia came up with so unique that, in theory, should distinguish it from other manufacturers of Android smartphones. Inside is Android 4.1.2, but it is called Nokia X Software Platform, version 1.1, the phone was immediately updated.

I'll start with a simple one - there is only one button in the device, and that one is touch-sensitive, this is the Back key! Do you think that three buttons are correct and that everything is the same on all Android smartphones? You are mistaken - there should be only one button, like in the iPhone.

Using the side key or tapping on the end, we awaken the device. We have a lock screen, on which the latest events are shown in the form of rectangles - mail, SMS, calls, programs, and so on. You can swipe in one direction or another to get into the selected program or swipe