Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type review: Slim and sharp

Slim and sharp

GSMArena team, 28 October 2010.

Typical S40 phonebook

The phonebook of the Nokia X3-02 will store about 2000 contacts depending on the fields you use, which isnít as good as unlimited storage but should do for 99% of the users out there. You can set the phonebook to display contacts from the phone memory, SIM memory or both.

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The phonebook can be searched by gradual typing

Adding a contact is simple and straightforward Ė the phone asks for number, first and last name and thatís it. When you need to add other details you can always go back and edit the contact.

Each contact can be assigned a variety of fields but the phone numbers are limited to 5. First names are separated from last names, eliminating problems, which may occur with synchronization. You can assign ringtones to each contact.

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Some of the available fields when editing a contact

Contacts display as a list of names with thumbs. Thereís kinetic scrolling but isnít nearly as fluid as on some of the more recent S60 touch phones. When a contact is selected shortcuts are available to make a call, send text, view conversations, etc. You can view the contactís details or add new ones too. Tapping and holding on a contact reveals extra options such as Edit, Delete, Move or Copy.


The reception on the Nokia X3-02 was consistently good and in-call sound was crisp and clear. The lack of smart dialing was not surprising for an S40 device. Thereís no voice dialing either, nor the Voice Clarity sound enhancement feature many other S40 phones have.

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Calling Dexter on Nokia X3-02

We carried out our traditional loudspeaker test to find out the Nokia X3-02 is a Good performer. You can find more details about our test, as well as the results of all other tested handsets here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score
Apple iPhone 465.1 66.260.3Below Average
Nokia C568.565.673.5Average
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic70.669.775.7Good
Nokia X3-0275.166.675.7Good
LG KM570 Cookie Gig75.169.582.7Very Good
Nokia 6700 slide75.5 65.882.7Very Good
Nokia X280.275.784.7Excellent

Messaging is OK

The messaging department is certainly up to the task. The Nokia X3-02 is capable of handling all the common message types including SMS, MMS, as well as flash and audio messages and thereís easy email setup, too.

The keyboard on the X3-02 is up to the task and will please the heavy texters out there. Conversations view mode is here too (thatís the threaded message feature) and in fact Conversations replaces the regular Inbox.

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Nokia X3-02 messaging app

The editor is well organized and you wonít spend too much time finding your way around. Nokia has added four new virtual controls due to the lack of D-pad Ė two arrow keys, letter case switch and symbols. Of course you can tap to move the cursor wherever you want, but youíll still need those two arrows for precise positioning. The symbol and letter case features are also available from the numpad, so there is no real need of them on the screen.

When composing the message thereís a character counter and message part counter available and when youíre done you pick the recipient from the contacts list, the recently used numbers, the call log or contact groups. You can have a favorite contact too (just one).

And of course, you can enter the number manually if itís not on any of those lists.

The email client does pretty well to meet most user needs. It works with POP3, SMTP, and IMAP4 protocols and supports multiple email accounts. The email client supports SSL, which enables it to handle a Gmail account for example.

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The email client is pretty good

Setting up the email client was extremely easy. It just required an email address and entering and confirming the password Ė the Nokia X3-02 took care of the rest.

Reader comments

  • rick

Can this phone down load youtube?

  • Nagraj

Can it have what's app

  • CORA

Does it come with color Yellow as well? Looks dainty with it.