Review – Nokia X3-02 : Sleek Phone Packed with Features

Nokia X3-02 or X3 Touch and Type is a Music phone that runs Nokia S40 6th edition OS. This phone has a 2.4 inch touch screen and a keypad for typing and loaded with lots of features like 5MP camera, 3G, Wi,Fi. Let’s get into the unboxing and detailed review about the phone.

Contents inside the Package

  • Nokia X3-02 Handset
  • 860 mAh BL-4S Li-Ion Battery
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-8
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • 2GB (Micro SD) Memory Card
  • OVI suit DVD
  • Micro USB cable.
  • User guide

These contents may differ based on your region.

Specs of X3-02

  • 2.4 inch, 240 x 320 pixel, 256K color TFT resistive touchscreen.
  • 3G HSDPA – 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA – 2 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, USB On-the-go support.
  • 50 MB internal memory, expandable up to 16GB with micro SD.
  • 5 MP camera
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • 860 mAh battery.

Hardware / Design

This phone is slim with just 9.6mm thickness and easy to grip with both hands while typing and weighs 78 g. Due to its slim design this phone fits even into a tight jeans pocket.

The phone has a three row keypad instead of a four rows. On the first row there is call and end call button and Messaging and Music shortcut keys in between them. The last row keys are moved to right side which needs getting used to while typing 0 or spaces. There are no option or navi keys. Touch screen is used for navigating through menu and options.

There is a volume rocker on the left side of the phone and a lock / unlock button next to that. There is no camera button which is a disappointment .

On the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack , Micro USB connector slot which can even charge the phone when connected to a PC, charger connector. At the bottom there is a large speaker grill.

The back side of the phone has a metal back cover that comes out when the two locks at the bottom sides are pressed together. After removing the back cover you can see the 860 mAh battery and two slots, one for the memory card and one for the SIM card. 5MP camera at the back is just above the back cover.

Home Screen

After pressing the lock button and unlock on the screen it takes you to the home screen that is highly customizable. Just a long press on the home screen lets you personalize the home screen with widgets like clock, Radio and music, Mail, Shortcut bar,WLAN etc.

The Number of home widgets are limited to 4. There is aGo to’ short cut on the left menu which opens into a grid view that lets you select the shortcuts. This is limited to 9 which shows icons of the shortcuts along with the name under that.

Just click the personalize view on the top and select the shortcut to be replaced. There is also home screen settings option next to that.

Contacts and Messaging

The contacts show the names in the contact list with images. There are also options to set speed dial for contacts, sync your contacts with you OVI account, contact groups, copy or move contact from phone memory to SIM card.

There is a messaging shortcut key next to call button which can be accessed even when you are doing some other thing which takes you into it. This lets you write a new message or takes you to inbox that is in the conversational view. Conversation, lists the messages based on contacts. You can also change that to normal inbox from the options.

Inside messaging there is Mail and Chat apps. There are various mail options to choose from, like Ovi Mail, Yahoo mail, Gmail, Hotmail etc. This also lets you choose the connectivity options via Wi-fi or mobile data. You can set it as do not ask to choose the default.

You can also set the how mail should load for each mail setup from the account settings like manual update, fast and very fast that loads automatically. The time span for mail alerts and signatures could also be set for each accounts. This does not use push email, so it takes some time for you to get notifications.

Chat services like Gtalk, Yahoo messenger, OVI and MSN are also available. The chats are categorized as conversations, online and offline.

You can hide the chat service so that it runs on the background and notifies you with alert message and tone for new chat messages. Your current status is also visible on home screen notification bar on the top.

Music, Video Player and Radio

The Music player looks like the one you see in other S40 handsets that shows all songs, based on artists, genres and option to create playlist.

The playback is good in the headset and loud enough while playing with the loudspeaker and headphones.

The album arts are shown in the background while playing the music. There are options like shuffle, repeat, equalizer that are common. There is also option to play the music via Bluetooth headset.

It plays 3GPP, MPEG-4 and WMV video formats.

The Radio with RDS auto tunes the radio stations. The stations could also be set manually by selecting the frequency.

The shortcut key for music next to messaging key controls both music and radio. This does not open music player or radio but only shows few option like play/ pause and skip to next or previous tracks / radio stations.

Connectivity and Browser

This phone has 3G that lets download and browse at greater speeds. This doesn’t have a front camera so you can’t make video calls.

There is Wi-Fi which lets you scan and store the Wi-Fi networks near you. This lets you use Wi-Fi instead of mobile data connection when you use applications.

There is Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP that lets you stream music and transfer files to other devices.

The Browser is the normal S40 browser that loads the page with the navigation and zoom features. It’s hard to browser whole web page in such a small screen so better use Opera Mini which is pre-installed.

There is OVI store which looks awesome in this phone with lots of features and there is also OVI browser that you can download from OVI store. It has Facebook, You-tube and other social networking shortcuts optimized for the phone.


This has a 5 MP camera which gives good pictures at 1944 x 2592 pixels. This has 4x digital zoom (use volume keys) . There is also landscape format for capturing images. Other camera features include self timer and effects. Since there is no flash, image looks average in low lighting conditions.

The video quality is average at 640 x 480 pixels. There is photo gallery with the option to view pictures even in the timeline mode.

Checkout the sample images from its 5MP camera

Other basic features include Calendar, Alarm clock, Calculator, Converter and pre-installed games like Hip Hop Tournament, Climate Mission.

Sync with OVI lets you sync contacts, calendar and notes to your account online. Download Snaptu from OVI store and Foursquare from Nokia Beta labs that comes in handy.


  • Sleek and light design
  • Good camera
  • 3G and Wi-fi connectivity
  • Great Music playback on headphone and loudspeaker.
  • Email and Chat features


  • Limited app support and no multitasking with S40 OS
  • No camera Button
  • Average battery life
  • Bit Costly

Mobile Gyaan Verdict:

X3-02 is for those who is looking for a phone with good music, camera and messaging. Battery life is average, that lasts for 1.5 days on heavy usage with always on Wi-Fi and data and 2.5 days for normal usage. The phone is sleek and packed with features, but the small screen and S40 OS makes it hard to utilize all those features. Also the price could have been priced a bit less.

The current market price for the phone is Rs 8,400 and comes in three colors petrol blue, white silver and dark grey.

1 Comment

  1. Pradeep Reply

    I bought this phone 2 days ago, looks good but has the following drawbacks…

    No button for camera, completely have to depend on the touch for the cam.
    The music quality is not so good, its just average…

    + points:
    The cam quality is good
    The zoom is good
    Looks are good

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