The Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type’s camera has a 5-megapixel sensor, producing images up to 1944 by 2592 pixels. That’s the same maximum resolution as the iPhone 4, but this cheaper phone fails to produce similar-quality images.
It uses a fixed-focus system, giving you no control over the subject of your images, and leaving any close-up objects out of focus. There’s no flash either, making the camera next to useless during night-time. Even in daylight, most photos are quite grainy and riddled with chromatic aberration. That said, while we wouldn’t print out the X3-02’s snaps, they’ll do for the occasional Facebook or Twitter post.
Video resolution maxes-out at 640×480 pixels, and while it doesn’t cope with fast motion all that well, quality is decent. Other 5-megapixel cameras offer 720p video capture though, so it’s nothing special.
The ability to shoot video and stills in greyscale, sepia and negative is a neat addition. The X3-02 also gives you some control over white balance and offers a timer function.
Xvid playback makes a surprising addition to the phone’s skill set, given its video un-friendly 2.4in screen. Playback of these files is patchy, and some of our test Xvid clips refused to play at all – plus we can barely stomach watching a YouTube clip on such a small display, let alone a half-hour TV episode or such like. Other supported video formats include H.263, H.264 and WMV.
The X3-02 is much better at playing music. The 3.5mm headphone jack lets you use your own earphones without an adapter and the bundled 2GB memory card will store around 30 albums of music encoded at 160kbps (while u to 16Gb cards are supported, if you want to buy your own). The built-in music player lets you browse through your music by album name, artist or genre, and there’s also support for playlists.
Music can be played while you’re not in the media player app proper, and a tap on the physical music player button, sitting above the T9 keypad, brings up on-screen remote control that lets you play, pause and change tracks. An FM radio is also included, and can also be controlled using the on-screen remote – used for changing station rather than tracks.
Day-to-day navigation through the Nokia X3-02’s menus isn’t incredibly quick, and there’s a brief loading screen that pops-up as apps are loaded and closed down. This isn’t a super-powerful phone, but we didn’t find the slight lag irritating – it’s consistent and the phone was crash-free in our testing period, and that’s the main thing. Call quality is decent but the speaker is not particularly loud, even at top volume.
One area that benefits from the handset’s feature phone roots is battery life, being superior to most smartphones. You’ll get a solid few days of use on a full charge, unlike the day and a half you’d get from a rival Android smartphone. But when GPS functionality is ruled out and app support is average at best, you need to ask yourself whether this positive mitigates for the lost features.
An affordable phone that offers a good keypad and a reasonable touchscreen, the Nokia X3-02 is a decent choice for those who can’t let go of physical buttons. With no GPS and poor app support though, it’s tough to recommend over an Android alternative if the keypad doesn’t light your fire.