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Nokia launches X, X+ & XL, its first smartphones running on Android OS

After the long awaited moments for Nokia to embrace the Android family, this has come to pass with the launch if the X family of smartphones that comprise the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. Google has not however certified this project by Nokia in integrating the Android OS into its devices. This has seen the devices not running some common applications required of them. These include the play store commonly used for downloading Android applications by users.

Microsoft has taken a huge step in putting together another operating system to run as one with its Windows RT. Microsoft however takes the lions share in running services by having applications such as the Microsoft one drive commonly used as cloud storage. Phone buyers however have the capability of running any Android application they would like on the phones as the smartphones fully support this capability.

The three handsets offer the following services from both Nokia and Microsoft for free;

  1. Nokia’s MixRadio. This enables streaming of music without interruption from ads with an option of downloading playlists. Users can also download high quality music and incur minimum charges.

  2. HERE maps. This is a service by Nokia that has big competition from the more established and widespread Google Maps. This service brings true offline maps to a user with turn by turn navigation through the use of GPS services and internet connectivity.

  3. Microsoft’s OneDrive. This gives up to 10 GB of cloud storage to a user where files can be stored and accessed with internet connectivity on the go.

  4. Microsoft’s Skype offering free worldwide call services for a month.

When looking at the Nokia X and the X+, the two phones appear the same. One cannot point out the difference with just having a look at the two smartphones but they differ in features. They are both made to hold a 4.0 inch display while their much bigger partner the XL holds a 5.0 inch screen display with all three smartphone displaying at 480 x 800 pixels. All three phones however run under the same operating system, Android 4.1.2 under the Nokia X 1.0 UI platform. Due to the same structure in design, the Nokia X and X+ weight the same at 129g while the XL weighs at 190g.

Moving on to multimedia functionality, the Nokia X and X+ both are installed with a 3 megapixel camera without the front facing camera. They however do not have flash capabilities for the camera. The Nokia XL however has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and an added advantage in holding an extra front facing 2 megapixel camera. All phones can however capture good quality pictures and video at 864 x 480 pixels @ 30 fps.

In their processing power, all three phones house the same chipset which is the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 that is a Dual core and can clock up to 1 GHz. The Nokia X holds an inferior RAM of 512 MB while both its counterparts hold 768 MB RAM. This brings in the difference in the two smartphones. The Nokia X+ can hold more applications as compared to the Nokia X due to the RAM installed. All these smartphones hold the same amount of built in storage capacity of 4 GB internal storage with an expandable memory of up to 32 GB each.

The battery life of the X and X+ also gives the same performance under a Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery with talk time of 13.5 h on 2G and 10.5 h on 3G and a standby time of 408 h. their mightier companion gives a performance under a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery with a talk time of 16 h on 2G and 13 h on 3G and up to 720 h when on standby.

Nokia and Microsoft have once again outdone themselves with this breakthrough but looking at the phones, the Nokia X and X+ are merely the same phone with a slight increment in RAM allocation. The Nokia XL is however a much mightier phone and brings good competition to the smartphone industry.

The Author writes reviews and comparisons on smartphone and tablet flagships for Essay Jedi.