Nokia X3-02 Touch And Type Review: Slim And Sharp: Phonebook, Telephony, Messaging

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Typical S40 phonebook

The phonebook of the Nokia X3-02 will store about 2000 contacts depending on the fields you use, which isn’t as fine 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.

The phonebook can be searched by gradual typing

Adding a contact is simple and straightforward – the phone asks for number, first and last name and that’s 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.

Some of the available fields when editing a contact

Contacts display as a list of names with thumbs. There’s kinetic scrolling but isn’t nearly as fluid as on some of the more recent S60 touch phones. When a contact is selected shortcuts are available to create a call, sdiscontinue text, view conversations, etc. You can view the contact’s details or add recent 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 fine and in-call sound was crisp and clear. The lack of smart dialing was not surprising for an S40 device. There’s no voice dialing either, nor the Voice Clarity sound enhancement feature many other S40 phones have.

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 there’s 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 (that’s the threaded message feature) and in fact Conversations replaces the regular Inbox.

Nokia X3-02 messaging app

The editor is well organized and you won’t spdiscontinue too much time finding your way around. Nokia has added four recent virtual controls due to the lack of D-pad – two arrow keys, letter case switch and symbols. Of course you can tap to go the cursor wherever you want, but you’ll 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 there’s a character counter and message part counter available and when you’re 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 it’s 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.

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 – the Nokia X3-02 took care of the rest.



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