Which of Nokia’s Android phones offers the best performance?

Drsunil V May 17, 2014

Which of the three Nokia-Android models give lag-free experience? a) for basic multitasking (say moving between GMail, trucaller, Facebook apps – not animation or gaming); b) and could easily run weighty apps like Facebook.  Are common Android apps like Facebook and GMail available in Nokia’s Android store?

  1. Oron J
    May 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Of the three, the Nokia XL is the best. I don't know much about these phones, but having read this review, I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole! They use an obsolete, customised version of Android which is not compatible with the Google Play store, and performance (speed wise) is very poor. Admittely, the review is for the X, and the XL has more memory (still les than the 1GB I'd be looking for), but all in all it seems to me an unattractive package. If I had to compromnise, I'd get a Samsung Galaxy Ace Y, which, although obsolete and not highly powered, works just fine.

    • Drsunil V
      May 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks. Please note that the query is not for choosing phone to buy but to be aware how the international standards of Nokia hardware quality compares with the Android system , to be usable. The basic apps availability irrespective of The lack of Play Store was mentioned in the question and weighty apps. Please check two sub-queries in question description

    • Rajaa C
      May 19, 2014 at 12:55 am

      Most of the common apps are available in the Nokia X Apps Store. However, if an app is not available, users have the option of checking any of four other Android app stores: 1mobile market, SlideME market, Aptoide, and Yandex Store. These are available from the Nokia store homepage as well as search results pages. Once installed, you can use any of them just as easily as the native app store.

      For example, you can open the 1mobile market, and either choose a category to browse through or search for a title directly. Downloads and installs happen as usual.

      For apps that are still beyond reach, Nokia allows side-loading from third-party sources. Android apps can be downloaded in APK format, although security is definitely a concern since APK files can be manipulated and infected with malware just like PC software installation files.

      A small number of companies such as Whatsapp offer APK files directly from their own websites. Various download sites, such as http://www.download.com, also offer APK files for certain apps. You can load these files onto your Nokia X via a USB cable or simply download them through the browser.

      You can tap the filename from the Fastlane screen if it's just been downloaded, or find it in the Downloads app. The first time you try installing an APK, you'll see an error message informing you that installing apps from third-party sources isn't allowed for security reasons, but that you can change this in the Settings.

      When you tap the Unknown Sources checkbox in the Security sections to allow this, you'll see a second warning message. After this, you're free to install anything you like, accepting the risk. You can tap the APK file name again now, and installation will proceed without any trouble.

      Some apps, especially those which require Google services, might not run or might have limited functionality. You won't be able to sign in to Google services to share game scores, and location-sensitive apps which rely on Google Maps also won't function. Unless you root your Nokia X and have installed the Google Play Store. That is another story all together.

    • Rajaa C
      May 19, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Also, would like to mention, the link to the comparison between the three models provided below, gives you the exact difference of specs to the minutest detail. :)

  2. Rajaa C
    May 18, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Price :

    Nokia X is INR 6850 at Snapdeal
    Nokia X+ is expected to released in coming weeks in India
    Nokia XL has just been launched, and is available around INR 11200 at Snapdeal

  3. Rajaa C
    May 18, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Nokia currently has only three offering for it's Android flavor phone. They all are dual SIM phones. Nokia X for entry level, Nokia X+ for middle level and Nokia XL with the highest specs. The comparison of specs between the three is here at : http://www.nokia.com/global/products/compare/?action=productcompareaction&products=3385696-3389538-3386852 . Click on each heading on the left column of the comparison table to see the sub entry comparisons.

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