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Video and Gallery: Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type unboxing and first impressions (P)Review

Apologies guys, this post became larger than anticipated.

We have another package from WOMWorldNokia – this time the Nokia X3-02 – the newer X3 sporting TOUCH AND TYPE.

Click here for device details.


It arrived yesterday and I wouldn’t have known it was at the package centre but for some reason I made scenic route and was rewarded with a parcel notification.

In short – for first impression:

The X3-02 is a brilliant handset – solidly built, brushed aluminium at the back, ultra compact with a ridiculously sensitive resistive touch screen display – almost like a capacitive one. A video above and gallery is included.


2. Box Contents
3. Size Comparison with N900
4. General Handset Hardware Overview
5. Usability?


This is the usual compact, green-friendly packaging from Nokia.

X3 doesn’t come with a see through screen protector so this had to come off. They’re useful instructions though on getting content to your X3 from the Ovi Store.

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2. Box Contents

Box contents include:

  • Charger
  • Manual and Ovi Leaflets
  • Stereo headset
  • BL-4S 860mAh battery
  • Nokia X3-02

The X3-02 comes in Blue (Petrol Blue), Pink, Lilac, Black (Dark Metal) and White/silver. The back is brushed aluminium.

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Size Comparison with N900

It’s very, very slim and fits perfectly in the hand. Having the N900 as a main device, x3-02 feels like I’m just holding the N900’s battery

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Below: Alphanumeric text key layout with bottom row relocated on the right hand side. It does take a bit of getting used to but that you will. There’s a dedicated music button and messaging button. Pressing the music button brings up the music player controls in ANY menu.

The screen is QVGA 2.4″ and as mentioned, the most sensitive resistive display. Due to the touch screen, there are NO navigation buttons.

left side is clean, with only a button that’s mirrored on the right hand side to remove the battery cover when pushed simultaneously.

The right side with Volume Keys, Lock Button and corresponding button to unlock the back cover

5MP camera at the back – no LED flash. Out of interest this captures QVGA video at 20fps. Not a camera centric device at all. The brushed metal (brushed aluminium alloy ?) is stunning.

3.5mm jack for any headphones, micro USB connector point (can charge through micro USB too, nice touch) and standard 2mm Nokia charge port.

Very loud and clear speakers at the bottom

Two buttons either side simultaneously pressed removes the back cover for access to the battery, SIM, memory card and wrist strap.
The brushed aluminium back cover. It has two asymmetrical stubs. These are often the parts that break off first but being metal, this should be less likely to happen.
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5. General Usability
Well, I haven’t really used it yet so I can’t comment on true usability.  Just some instant impressions: Menu is pretty quick, apps open pretty much instantly. I have already synced my contacts over from N97 to X3 (though initially from N900- long story. Wish contact transfer could be a more painless affair. Perhaps the centralised Ovi Account – that never worked for me). Camera very basic – no camera button. Zoom in gallery is surprisingly smooth though the photos aren’t too great (then again will have to try this outdoors at day time)

I’ll come back to this in a few days or a week. Any questions, feel free to comment below.

BTW, (Nokia N8 coming soon for testing :D)

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  1. JFH
    October 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I am not sure how you find the time to do all of this but this is one extensive review dude.

    • October 10, 2010 at 9:44 am

      Cheers – very rushed, juggling many things at same time. Like Nokia OSes – no fake multitasking here 😀

  2. Jim
    October 8, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Hi bro. thanks for this post. My girlfriend is buzzing me all day about this phone. can you make a video with the operating system ,specially browsing pictures. thanks

    • October 10, 2010 at 9:45 am

      Sure thing, will get around to it sometime this week. Still trying to get a feel of it. Picture browsing is nice, supports swiping and great organization of photos. Will elaborate in future post.

  3. John Wiegand-forson
    October 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    This is a great phone definitely underrated due to it being a “dumphone” so tempting to buy one of these as a companion to the monster that is the N9 (when it comes out :-))

    • October 10, 2010 at 9:46 am

      Yup, it’s a great little phone. And by little, you constantly feel like you’ve lost it when in the pocket :p

  4. kevinaux
    October 9, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I was under the impression that the X3 T&T supported USB OTG. I remember the previous unboxing by Mobile Burn here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUtzewo4Xck you’ll notice at the 2:40 mark, the video shows USB feature on the manual. But from the looks of it the USB OTG cable does not ship with this. I understand cost might be the reason to not ship it buts is this cable widely available from a non-Nokia source.

  5. Dan
    October 9, 2010 at 2:39 am

    This ‘dumbphone’ looks pretty smart to me! Having wifi, ovi store access and a 5MP camera are the killer features for me. The UI is also quite beautiful. S40 is definitely cool again 😀

  6. caribala
    October 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I need this one with FLASH and GPS.
    Any news?

    • October 10, 2010 at 9:47 am

      It plays youtube videos via the player. Not used extensively though. Not sure about GPS, guessing not.

  7. Raphé P. Soto
    October 11, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Hey there, nice review. T9 keypad traditionally comes with a directional pad that speeds up one-hand usability. Now that there’s no physical directional pad, how does it fare in your opinion? Can I operate the phone without looking while, say, walking through a crowded street?


  8. Kejia L.
    October 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for the review. I’m thinking about buying one from Hongkong. I was kind of hesitating between this one and 6700 classic at first but then I wanted to try something new (I’m using a 6500 classic currently which is similar to 6700 c). I just have one quick question: what is the phone made of? I know the back lid is made of aluminum but what about the rest of the phone? I really hope it’s not plastic…

  9. deepak
    October 30, 2010 at 4:58 am

    when its come in market???????????

  10. rhona
    November 6, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    hi! thanks for this.. you said that since it’s touch screen, it does not have navi keys.. what about when the touch screen gets broken? does it mean you can’t use the phone since you can’t get to menu using the keypad? and does it have a stable software? sorry, im a noob here 🙂

  11. steven
    November 24, 2010 at 11:15 am

    im thinking of buying this phone do you think it would be better than my old nokia n95? pity the camera doesnt have flash 😦 and whats the video quality like on it? thanks.

  12. Sam
    December 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    i came to hear a problem with this nokia x3-02 touch and type that the phone restarts or shut down automatically without no reason ,Is there any problem is there in this phone…..And how is the battery for this phone ????plz say wheather its having the restart shut down problem …plz

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