The Good The Nokia X3 Touch and Type packs a touch screen into a compact design. It also offers a 5-megapixel camera and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G support.
The Bad The smartphone is sluggish. The smaller screen size can be a strain on the eyes.
The Bottom Line The Nokia X3 Touch and Type is an inexpensive option if you want an unlocked phone primarily for making calls and sending texts.
Nokia X3 Touch and Type
Announced in August 2010, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type is an entry-level handset that packs a lot of features into a small package, including a touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and a broad range of wireless options. It's also relatively inexpensive (around $170) as far as unlocked phones go. However, it's not without its faults. For one, some of the X3's services, such as Ovi Music, aren't available in the U.S. It can be sluggish and though it's not technically a smartphone, customers might be swayed to other devices like the HTC Aria, which offers more power and features for less, even if it means signing up for a contract. All that said, if you're after an unlocked phone simply to make calls, the Nokia X3 Touch and Type isn't a bad option.
The Nokia X3 Touch and Type is one of the smallest smartphones we've seen in a while. At 4.2 inches tall by 1.9 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick and 2.8 ounces, it's slightly taller than the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini but thinner and lighter. We have to admit, in a day and age where the smartphones are getting bigger, the X3's compact size is a nice change of pace. It easily fits in a pants pocket without adding too much bulk, and the candy bar-style phone is comfortable to hold during phone conversations. We also appreciate that while being lightweight, the handset has a solid construction that doesn't feel cheap.
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