Expert Review of Nokia X1-01
Nokia X1 01 is a dual SIM feature phone by the Finnish handset maker, Nokia, that carries an exceptional MP3 music player and is available in various colorful shells. The device comes with dedicated keys for the music player so that the users can enjoy their music library anytime and anywhere instantly. The amazing function of this device is its dual standby nature that allows the users to receive calls to both SIM cards at all times. The phone is very well designed and fits to the emerging market of feature phones where the dual SIM phones are in much demand. Nokia is famous for its robust phones and Nokia X1 01 is another example of the same, which can also be called as a multimedia device too. The users can easily merge the best tariff plans of two networks in one phone so that they can enjoy the lowest call rates of one network and can take the benefit of best Internet plans provided by the other network. The device supports GSM networks. Nokia X1 01 is a phone that can be shared among a whole family and one can maintain five separate phone books on the phone so that other members of the family can also use the phone without mixing up the contacts. The device comes in a size of 112.2mm x 47.3mm x 16mm and holds a weight of 91 grams with 73.2cc of volume.
The device apart from behaving as a music phone is also gifted with a flash light that helps its users to use it as a torch when there is dark in the surrounding. Using this Duos is very simple and you can make calls easily from both the cards without taking the headache of toggling between the SIM cards, as it has dual standby nature. This handset is believed to be the successor of Nokia C1 00, which was also a dual SIM phone. The users can control the music player of Nokia X1 01 with the dedicated keys that are placed on the left side of the device and are very easy to press. There are three music keys – previous, play/pause and next that are very aptly spaced thus avoiding any accidental press. The right side is the place for microSD card slot, which means that the memory card is hot swappable and you do not have to remove the battery in order to insert or withdraw the memory card. This memory card is covered by a rotating flip that provides a safe guard to the slot from dust. The top hosts a 3.5mm universal headphone jack that also acts as an A/V connector. The headphone works as an antenna for the FM radio connectivity. The flashlight is also present on the top that lightens the path of the users when there is all dark or when they have to search for their lost things under the bed or sofa or anything. Next to this flashlight, the charging point is placed.
The bottom of Nokia X1 01 carries a lanyard eyelet and a mouthpiece. Under the rear panel there is a powerful battery along with two compartments for microSIM card. The back of the device holds nothing more than a loudspeaker grill. The vibrant colors like Red, Dark Grey, Ocean Blue, Orange and White makes the device attractive and stylish with premium touch. The front of Nokia X1 01 has a non touch screen and above the screen there is an earpiece grill. Below the display you will see a five way navigational D-Pad, which is enveloped by a plastic bezel that makes it easier to use the D-Pad. There are four keys, two soft and two call keys, around this D-Pad for Menu, Go To, Answering or making a call and for disconnecting a call. The D-Pad is also helpful in turning on/off the flashlight instantly, where pressing up twice starts the flashlight, while a third press on the same switches it off. The alpha numeric keypad below is very soft and easy to use where all the keys and smooth and flat with just a small nub on the 5 key. Beneath the keypad there is a mouthpiece grill that delivers clear sound to the other side. There is no issue regarding the default SIM card as both the SIM cards are active and you can receive calls on either. If the users want to set one SIM card for making calls as default, they have to press and hold the asterisk (*) key that will set one SIM card of their choice as a default card. There is also an Always Ask option, which is preferable if the users want to use both SIM cards for making calls.
The chassis of Nokia X1 01 are made of thick quality plastic that provides stability and sturdiness to the device. the plastic is dust resistant but is prone to scratches. The device is very comfortable to hold though it is not compact. The users can save up to 250 contacts per SIM with three numbers under each name. They can also assign speed dialing to those numbers which are used frequently and they can also screened those numbers from which they do not want to receive any message or call. Cute picture tags can also be assigned to the contacts. The contacts can be copied from/to phone memory ans SIM cards, including between both the SIM cards, which is very easy to transfer. The five phone books available in the phone can be assigned different names and different set on contacts. If the users choose the Shared Contacts option then the phone will show all the contacts stored in the five phone books including the phone memory.
User Interface and UI functionality
Nokia X1 01 has a 1.8 inches wide TFT display, which is not touch sensitive, but provides a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels with color combinations made from 65K colors that makes the screen attractive and vibrant. The pixel density of 114 ppi shows up a very fine sharp, crisp and rich display that can be viewed equally from each angle. The device is running on Nokia's own proprietary operating system, which is Series 30 platform, and has its own user interface, which is simple to use, but this interface lacks Java applications. The home screen shows the network strength for both the SIM cards along with their icons and names. The right soft key opens up the Go To menu where the users can have easy access to the customizable list of shortcuts.
They can also change this list of shortcuts and assign those applications, which are used by them frequently. The main menu contains a grid of icons like Message, Contacts, Call Logs, Settings, Music, Games, Alarm Clock, Applications and SIM management icon. Users can also create new themes with the available 20 slots, which can be assigned to various profiles to differentiate between them easily. To differentiate the incoming call or message from a particular SIM card, the users of Nokia X1 01 can assign different ringtones and alert tones to both the SIM cards. The phone provides SIM card manager, ringtones, names, and logos for each SIM card and comes pre-loaded with personal information managing applications, such as Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Alarm clock, Speed dialing, Call tracker, Picture messaging, Multiple SMS deletion and SMS.
Nokia X1 01 is called as a multimedia handset where the default music player supports various audio formats. 32 polyphonic ringtones and MP3 ringtones re supported by this phone. The 3.5mm universal headphone jack allows its users to attach speakers or woofers with Nokia X1 01 to add more sound to the device. The headphone works as an antenna for FM radio so that the users can enjoy their favorite stations wherever and whenever they want. For simplicity, the device is blessed with a separate set of dedicated keys for music player from where the users can play, pause, switch to previous or next track. Users can make their own playlist of songs. Since there is no camera in the device so there is no support for video player, neither for recording nor for playback.
Pictures and Video quality
Nokia X1 01 does not have any primary or secondary camera to capture the special moments of life. Since it is a cheap piece of gadget so omission of camera feature would not have any impact on its demand, as the phone is an good option for those who love to chat long over calls.
Nokia X1 01 provides support to EDGE and GPRS for Internet connectivity but there is no support for 3G or Wi-Fi network. The default browser works very well and brings results within seconds. Since there is no support for Bluetooth and USB port so the users cannot transfer files and data to/from Nokia X1 01 from/to another device, respectively, through wired connection. The only way to exchange data is via microSD card, which is backed by this device.
Internal and External Memory
Nokia X1 01 comes with an internal storage capacity that can absorb 500 phone book entries and call records. Though the internal memory of the device is very small so the company has provided a microSD card slot that will help in extending the external memory up to an extent of 16GB. With this amount of huge memory the users of this phone can save numerous files and information in the device, which include multimedia files and other important documents.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia X1 01 is an affordable piece of gadget, which is available at a very low cost, so expecting a lot out of it is useless. There are some built-in applications, such as Calculator, Calendar, Notes, Alarm clock, Speed dialing, Call tracker, Picture messaging, etc., that would simplify the work load of its users. There are pre-installed games also in the device that can easily help the users to pass their free time.
Nokia X1 01 is bestowed with a standard Li-Ion 1,320 mAh (BL-5J) battery that is capable of keeping the phone working for a talk time of up to 13.1 hours with standby time of up to 1032 hours, that is, nearly 43 days. This time is very long and no other contemporary handset is capable of providing such a high talk time or standby time. The users can also play continuous music files for a maximum time of up to 36 hours.
Nokia X1 01 supports 2G GSM networks only for both the SIM cards at a bandwidth of 900 / 1800 MHz for SIM 1 and 900 / 1800 MHz for SIM 2. Since the phone does not have support for 3G network so there is no HSPA+ speed available for transferring files.
Nokia X1 01 is a nice handset that comes with a dual SIM support for GSM networks and has a flashlight facility for its users that does the work of a torch in case there is all dark in the surrounding. Apart from this, the phone delivers a good music playback quality that can easily satisfy the customers with its usage. The rivals that might can give a good neck in neck competition to Nokia X1 01 are Samsung Fizz, Spice 5252, Spice M4580, Micromax X231, Micromax X102, iBall Glam 3, iBall Aaura 3, Karbonn K102, Nokia C2 03, Nokia Asha 202, Chaze C555, Micromax A50 Superfone Ninja, Intex Yuva, Intex Avatar, Motorola Erin EX109, Samsung E1232 Hero, Samsung E2152 Guru and many more.