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For Nokia, a third way

The largest of the Nokia X family of phones, the Nokia XL is an unusual mashup of Android, Asha, and Windows Phone operating systems.

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Size it up

At 5 inches, Nokia is positioning the XL as a larger-but-still-affordable handset for emerging markets.

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App philosophy

Although it runs on Android code, it does so invisibly. In other words, you'll download apps from the Nokia store, rather than from Google Play.

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Camera

The XL's 5-megapixel camera trumps the smaller Nokia X's 3-megapixel shooter, and also adds a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Image quality is passable, but not terrific.

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Side view

A substantial handful of a phone, the XL also lacks the physical camera shutter on the right spine of most Nokia-branded Windows phones. A slightly curved back makes it more comfortable to hold.

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One last look

For more in-depth pros and cons, pricing, and a video tour of the larger Nokia X phone, read CNET's full Nokia XL review.

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