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Nokia X3 review

Compact and media-centric for under £100

Our Verdict

As a budget mobile, the X3 has a lot going for it - but at times it tries to do too much. Decent for media but poor for calling, you might want to pay a little more to get a better mobile.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 46 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 240

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  • Good quality music player software
  • Decent in-ear bud earphones
  • 3.5mm headphone socket
  • 2GB MicroSD card supplied in-box
  • Simple interface and email set-up


  • Lacklustre call performance
  • Lack of 3G or Wi-Fi
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No GPS for Maps software
  • Low-grade video capture

The Nokia X3 user interface is Nokia Series 40 rather than the S60 smartphone platform, so is standard issue, uncomplicated and straightforward to operate.

It's based around the usual type of grid main menu, which drills down into basic sub-menu option lists – all of which should be very familiar to anyone who's packed a Nokia mobile before.

The home screen setup is standard stuff too; in fact, there are two home screen set up options you can choose between.

Nokia x3 xpressmusic

The out-of-the-box default home screen has a row of five scrollable icon shortcuts towards the top of the display and additional lines on the screen for media player and radio status and info, calendar and message updates plus other information.

Nokia x3 xpressmusic

These home screen shortcuts and info/content options can be user-defined – as can further D-pad shortcuts – with dozens available to select as shortcuts including functions, applications and even any bookmarked web pages – intuitive for a cheaper handset like this.

Alternatively, you can de-clutter the home screen by switching that mode off in the settings menu and sticking with a simpler setup that utilises the D-pad and softkeys only for shortcuts.

It's up to you, although the default home screen does provide more immediate information.

Nokia x3 xpressmusic

Within the menus, the Nokia Series 40 6th Edition user interface is easy to navigate and operate. The functionality isn't such that the menus are overloaded with confusingly laid out options, so it should be undemanding for any Nokia newcomers too.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory46 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
ColourSilver, Blue
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7.50 Hour
Product ModelX3
Screen Size5.6 cm (2.2")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)103 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, WEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution176 x 144
Memory Card Size Included2 GB
Memory Card Type IncludedmicroSD
Messaging TypeEMS, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Divert, Call Holding, Call Log, Call Timer, Call Waiting, Caller ID
Height96 mm
Width49.3 mm
Depth14.1 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product NameX3 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number002P1M9
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

A sleek and attractive slide-form music device designed for a complete music and social entertainment experience, with great quality stereo speakers, built-in FM antenna, Nokia Music, 3.2 megapixel camera, and Ovi Share and Ovi Store.

Package Contents
  • X3 Cellular Phone
  • Nokia Battery (BL-4CT)
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-8)
  • Nokia Headset (WH-205)
  • Nokia 2 GB microSD card (MU-37)
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable (CA-101D)
  • User guide
Limited Warranty2 Year