Nokia XL review: Multi-tasking, with a twist though

Jun 14 2014, 09:05 IST
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Nokia XL is priced at Rs 10,870. Nokia XL is priced at Rs 10,870.
SummaryXL is a larger Nokia Android phone with a better camera than its smaller brother.

This is going to be a rather short review, not because the Nokia XL is a boring phone or has very little features, but because it is like going a size up on the Nokia X which we reviewed recently. The XL is a larger Nokia Android phone with a better camera than its smaller brother. The rest of the features are more or less the same.

Quick Tech Specs: 5-inch 800 x 480p LCD display | 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor | 768 MB RAM | 4GB internal memory, microSD up to 32GB | 5MP rear camera with auto-focus + 2MP front camera | Dual-microSIM (GSM + GSM) | 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth | 2000 mAh battery | Android-based Nokia X software platform

Price: Rs 10,870

Design: The design is exactly the same as the Nokia X, or the Nokia Asha series. Vibrant colours that now symbolise the company’s devices, a single back button on front with power and volume buttons on the right side. The camera has no bump on the rear, but has a small LED flash on top of the lens. The rear flap is hard to open like with other Nokia phones in this range, so this might not be a good choice for people who keep swapping their second SIM. It might be a good idea to bring the hot-swappable slot to these phones.

Screen: The phone has a WVGA 480p screen that might put off some buyers as there are quite a few models out there offering qHD or even HD at the same price point. However, the screen is quite good and has decent viewing angles though you get the feeling that this there is too much gap between the display and the outer screen protecting it. Plus, the tile format of Nokia’s Android OS does not feel as crisp as stock Android. But play a YouTube video and you will see that the display quality is actually good for this price range.

Performance: The performance is pretty smooth with hardly any lag. Yes, Fastlane does make life easy, but it does take some getting used to. A long press on the back button stalls any running app and takes you to the home page. A stalled app can then be resumed from the recent apps in Fastlane. Yes, it is multi-tasking, though with a twist.

Memory: At this price point I would have

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