Nokia's Android-based XL

Value for money but disappointing lack of features

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Nokia's Android-based XL The overall look and feel of the home screen is user friendly, you get a single screen with a long scroll, depending on the number of apps you have downloaded, the more you have the longer you will scroll, however you can search for apps to save time.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  July 17, 2014

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Key Specs

Bluetooth: yes
Camera: Primary 5 MP, secondary 2MP
Memory: Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB/Internal 4 GB, 768 MB RAM
OS: Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Price: AED589

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The XL, is said to be the "premium offering" in the new Android, Nokia X family and at AED589 is just an okay device.

I say just “okay” because there are a few bad points but for a budget smart phone at that price, I’d say it is what you can expect. It does the job.

My first gripe with the XL was that it while it is advertised as an Android phone, it does not support the Google Play Store. It also does not support WhatsApp.

As the main thing I now use on a phone, WhatsApp was the first thing I looked for. My peers and I don’t text any more, we “WhatsApp,” so to have a phone which doesn’t support it meant that I felt pretty much un-contactable. I found ways around this via links on forums with ways to install and root it but it wasn’t simple and Microsoft really needs to make it available in the Nokia store.

Preloaded apps include Facebook, twitter, BBM and skype, Astrofile manager and Plants vs Zombies and instead of using Google Maps, Nokia has used its own mapping service Nokia Here. Third party stores are available such as 1mobile market but I wasn’t impressed with this and all the apps just seemed like knock-offs or fake versions of the ones I wanted. I was nearly tricked into an app called “Quick WhatsApp” while trying to find the real one.

The large 5-inch screen of the Nokia XL means that it is ideal for viewing things such as maps, it makes text very easy to read and allows for decent gameplay and movie watching but the quality isn’t great. At 480x800p resolution it is the same as Nokia X and Lumia 520 which is fine for smaller screens but on a 5-inch display it does not deliver great results.

While the larger screen is mostly a benefit, it does mean that the phone is large, quite chunky and very boxy with its angular edges.

You can peel off the coloured casing of the to gain access to the dual-SIM slots, the microSD port, and the removable 2000mAh battery but you don’t have the choice of no case which I would find a more attractive option as the phone would seem smaller and look smarter.

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