Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type Review Part 1 – Hardware

Having been recently sent the new Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type device for review, the first thing anyone will notice with this S40 device is just how slim it is. Measuring just 9.6mm Its very slick, very well built, and is a very stylish device indeed considering its intended markets. Check out how slim this device really is in the photo below with the X3-02 positioned in the middle, with an N97 to the left, and N86 to the right.

As said, the X3-02 is an S40 device, but I will get to the OS in part two of my Review. In this part today I will be covering the hardware, the Resistive Touchscreen, and the unusual T9 keypad that the X3-02 has. The X3-02 in this review is the Metal Black colour, and there are a variety of colours available, including White, Pink, Blue, and Violet.

You can recharge the X3-02 by either the MicroUSB port on the top of the device, or the standard Nokia 2mm charge port, also positioned on the top of the device. Also on the top you will find a 3.5mm Audio headphone jack.

On the right hand side of the X3-02 you will find a lanyard anchor point, the volume one piece rocker button, and a screen lock button. You simply press the screen lock button at any time to lock the screen to prevent accidental in pocket key presses. To unlock screen you can either press this screen lock button, or the power button briefly which can be found on the top right of the T9 keypad.

You will also find, 1 of 2 battery cover unlock push buttons. I will come to this area shortly.

The bottom of the device is where the single speaker is located, but don’t be alarmed, this single speaker is loud, and positioned in such a way that when the device is laying on a table, the sound almost sounds like its coming from a stereo pair of speakers. The quality of the sound is also good, and in actual fact is louder than the N97 dual speakers! The voice microphone is also located on the bottom.

Now as mentioned earlier about the battery cover unlock button on the right hand side of the device, the second one can be found on the opposite side in the same lower position. These buttons need to be pressed inward quite hard in order to release the metal battery cover, and once done, removing the battery cover is simple enough, however replacing this back cover is somewhat more tricky.

To replace the battery cover, you need to first slide the upper part into its designated areas, and then once in, you can then push down the lower part of the battery cover in each cover to lock into place. Be warned though, I found myself having to use an uncomfortable amount of pressure to clip the battery cover back in place, and felt as though I may damage it, but everything clipped into place fine in the end, but as said, its quite tricky.

Whilst still talking about the battery cover, now is as good a time as any to mention that this metal battery cover also acts an an antenna, although this is unconfirmed, the silver connectors you see highlighted below certainly make sense. The contacts seen below, mate up with small silver contact points on the metal back itself too.

And here are the mating points on the removable back.

Of course, I could be totally wrong referring to these points/contacts being related to the Antenna, as they may just be earth points.

With the Battery cover, and BL-4S 860mAh battery removed you are faced with the following.

As you can see, your simcard, and memory card slots are positioned at the lower area of the back, but sadly you do have to remove the battery to swap simcards, however you can easily swap/change memory cards with the battery still in place due to its side offsetting/facing.

Anyway, onto the front of the X3-02 where you will notice a 4 x 4 row of keys. The top row of 4 keys have a glossy look to them whereas the remainder of the layout are matt.

The T9 layout is shifted slightly to the left, with the *, #, and 0 keys placed vertically down the right hand side. Although this looks strange at first, and I can confirm that typing out sentences catches you out almost every time, as I found myself keep on trying to enter a space by automatically aiming for the lower central area of the keypad.

Just like the N97, the X3-02 has an offset 0/space key, but this is something you will get used to the more you use the X3-02 T9 keypad.

The screen used in the X3-02 is that of an Resistive Touch screen, similar to that found in the N97, but smaller, and doesn’t fare too well in sunlight sadly. Using the touch screen I found it very responsive, and worked as intended, however the screen real estate is somewhat wasted due to over sized icons, and fonts. I will detail this more in part 2 of my Review.

At the top of the front on the X3-02 you will find a central positioned ear piece, No secondary Camera, but as this device has a touch screen, you will find hidden a proximity sensor to the right of the ear piece. This disables the touch screen during a call.

Onto the rear of the device with battery, and cover fitted.

There is a 5 Megapixel Camera, but not that of the Carl Zeiss flavor we Nokia users are accustomed to, but in this case, it works well in good light conditions, however there is no flash for low light conditions.

Overall, in the hardware department, Im really liking the physical form-factor, build, and feel of this very slim device, the X3-02 Touch & Type. Keep your eyes peeled for Part 2 of my X3-02 Review where I will be talking to you about the S40 OS, and various functionality this slim, slick device brings to the table at a small budget.

 

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  • http://nokiasaga.com Arun8gb

    It has a 2.5mm headphone jack. I thought Nokia Standardized this!

    Waiting for Part-2.

    • MickyFin

      Sorry, my bad, its a 3.5mm Headphone jack.

  • Daisy

    Waiting for the part2. The phone has VoIP, could you cover that in part2 too ? I would l0ve to know how it functions. PLEASE PLEASE

    • MickyFin

      I will try and cover this too.

  • suyog

    Looks very nice, typical classic phone in black colour.
    Please cover Nokia Messaging in Part 2

  • laser21

    great hardware walk-over, good pictures, no opened questions left! waiting for part 2, please show us the mail functionality of this s40.
    Im also interested in how the contact pictures on the home screen works-is a call by single tap possible?
    thanks!

  • Pritom Mitra

    as soon it hits India i am gonna buy it

  • Ramakant Sabat

    its nice …..
    but is it available in india??

  • Yugendarpatkar

    (nokia X3-02)send me this mobile phone price in india

  • Barnes1

    Can you tell me how to “not save” my sent messages…Cheers

    • Sameer

      u can go to the message setting and go on save sent msg and turn it off then ur sent msg not save

  • Sameer

    it is very nice phone by nokia. i like it . and buy it is very cool phone with dashing look and features but there is a need of only one thing in this phone that is flash other wise this phone is great

  • Nikki

    whats the link to the other review of yours?

  • Hgmarik

    Hi, can you tell me about screen protection material in this Phone. Is it a glass-like scratch proof plastic like on n97 or ordinary plastics? thanks

    • http://nokiadna.com Micky

      Its very similar to the screen on the N97. Also a resistive screen like N97.

      • Hgmarik

        In your opinion it’s also scratch resistant? thanks

        • http://nokiadna.com Micky

          Its scratch resistant to a certain degree, but its not like gorilla glass.

  • Lachlancardwell

    looks like very good phone but how well does the touch screen perform

    • http://nokiadna.com Micky

      Very well considering its a resistive screen.

  • Jazz
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    • Farrierdfar2

      DONT BUY I paid £80 for something that doesnt work properly on its second repair after 9 weeks ownership :(

  • Jazz

    please reply
    Thanks

    • http://nokiadna.com Micky

      Sorry, maybe check the Nokia India site, or maybe ask @clintonjeff on twitter?

      • Jazz

        k……… Thanks………..

  • CL

    I bought this phone from Nokia direct in UK, unlocked. The phone started turning off after only three months old so i took it to Nokia repair centre.

    The phone had a system board component failure and was unrepairable. Nokia would not repair it as they claimed somehow it was physical damage. This was despite the phone never being dropped or having any damage. The phone is still in warranty but Nokia are not interested.

    I am seriously unhappy with Nokia and wont buy any of their products again as the customer service and warranty cover is pathetic.
    Avoid this phone.

  • CL

    I bought this phone from Nokia direct in UK, unlocked. The phone started turning off after only three months old so i took it to Nokia repair centre.

    The phone had a system board component failure and was unrepairable. Nokia would not repair it as they claimed somehow it was physical damage. This was despite the phone never being dropped or having any damage. The phone is still in warranty but Nokia are not interested.

    I am seriously unhappy with Nokia and wont buy any of their products again as the customer service and warranty cover is pathetic.
    Avoid this phone.

    • Jogaryote

      My nokia x3 also has this problem! it is very poor choice! though i havent bothered trying to bring it to nokia for warranty

  • Hemalatha123

    Dear All,
    Don’t buy this X3-02. this is failure model.
    I brought before 1month and now my battery get down with in 5hours.
    So bad performance.
    I don’t know about all models, but X3 -02 is very worst.

    • zohra “d shining star”

      yuipp………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……….u r rite……..

    • Phil K

      Not quite as bad as 5 hours, but certainly with heavy use, needs to be recharged every day. Mine isn’t heavy use, and maybe lasts 2 days.
      Not good though.
      Camera superb for 5mp, everything else very decent.

  • Farrierdfar2

    Hi DONT BUY THIS PHONE after three weeks screen started flashing white on and off has been back for repair once and within 48 hours did exactly the same away for repair again NOT A HAPPY NOKIA CUSTOMER A FEW PEOPLE HAVE HAD SIMILIAR PROBLEMS avoid at all costs Dave farrier

    • zohra “d shining star”

      yaaa….. abslty ri8>!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I53CWTSM7BFWRR5BICCSPLBUNA Suresh

    Please tell me how to reduce and increase backlight timing in Nokia X302.

  • zohra “d shining star”

    ya………….. its d worst set…………………….. even i bout it abt a month ago…n i hd to gv it for repairing………3 times,,,,……….. nokia hv only good hardware in their sets n bad software….. dam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………. worst 111………….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riya-Sharma/100001492368240 Riya Sharma

    i love dis cel full to sexy cel

  • Javid

    Touch is not working in the mobile. I bought it 8 mnths ago.Whn i went to the nokia care they  told its cos of liquid damage. though warranty is there they r not replacing it.Dont buy it.