Hands-on: Nokia X10 – Emerce

Nokia’s return to the smartphone market, several years ago after the failed takeover by Microsoft, was enthusiastically received. The Finnish company launched, through a new joint venture, affordable devices with reasonable specs and, as part of the Android One program, a bare Android version without many extras.

The enthusiasm has since been dampened considerably. The promise to deliver new Android versions quickly has not been fulfilled. Many Nokia devices are still waiting for Android 11, while competitors have already rolled out.

In addition, Nokia is clearly struggling to hold its own against its competitors. Chinese brands offer equally cheap devices with much better specs.

Apparently the message got across, because this spring Nokia presented a new portfolio of smartphones with (depending on the device) three years of software upgrades and monthly security updates. Nokia now distinguishes, among other things, the G and X series, each with two models, instead of a series of devices with different version numbers.

However, it remains difficult for users of older Nokia devices to find out what exactly is the successor of their device. The G series seems to follow the 6.2, where the price has dropped considerably and the battery lasts at least three days, but the company has achieved that by reducing the screen resolution. So you are not improving in every way.

The G20 is delivered for less than 169 euros, the next device X10 is more expensive with 309 euros, but considering the specs it is one of the cheapest 5G devices on the market.

Many of the features of the device would only have been found in premium smartphones a few years ago, such as a finger scanner (this time on the side), facial recognition and the 48 MP quad camera with ZEISS lenses.

You only expect the hefty 6.67 Full HD+ display from premium devices, but it doesn’t match the sharp OLED screens from Apple or Samsung.

Just like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor is not the fastest on the market. Fast screen animations can sometimes ‘bounce’. The speakers still produce a much too tinny sound and the built-in microphone is mediocre.

In terms of color scheme, the choice is unfortunately not large. You have to love the white or green color (inspired by the Scandinavian landscape).

Nevertheless, Nokia remains an attractive brand. There are few manufacturers who embrace the Android One program. If you want an Android version as intended by Google, you only have a choice of expensive Pixel devices outside of Nokia.

The device also has an old-fashioned connection for (wired) earplugs. The cord also functions as an antenna for the built-in FM Radio, which you will only find in few devices. And there is dual sim for using two sim cards.

Nokia no longer includes a charger in the box, following in the footsteps of many other manufacturers. It is nice that you immediately receive an (eco) case.

You really only buy the top model X20 because of the cameras, a 64 MP quad camera and 32 MP front camera (against 8 MP with the X10). With the Dual Sight multi-cam you can also shoot videos from multiple angles at the same time, but with 379 euros you are in a price range where other devices may offer more options.

The X10 is an affordable device for everyday use, for which you don’t pay too much, with a reasonable battery life (two days) and decent specs, but it is certainly not the best device in this price range. The support for three Android versions makes the device attractive, although it is hoped that Nokia will roll it out a bit faster.

Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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