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Why Nokia X+ is better than Nokia X?

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Nokia has been going all crazy with its smartphones. The Lumia devices were starting to catch up in the market and then came in the rumour that the Finnish giant is working on an android device. Everyone else was stunned. Why would Nokia make an android device now? What would it be like? How will it do against Samsung or Sony android devices? Should the android device manufacturers be scared? Will it be a high end device? These were some of the questions being asked around as people waited desperately for the new Nokia to come out.
Then came the Mobile World Congress and some of the questions were answered. The much talked about Nokia X turned out to be a pretty normal low end device. When we say pretty normal, we mean in terms of hardware and not in terms of software. While the Nokia X was a star even before it came out, there were two other devices that were showcased with the Nokia X. these devices were the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. While the Nokia XL boasted better specifications, the Nokia X+ shared most bits of the spec sheet with the Nokia X. it was not only the spec sheet that was shared but the design and dimensions are same as well. Only the amount of memory is the slight difference that separates these two devices.

Nokia X Hardware:

The Nokia X comes with a decent 4 inch display which has a resolution of 480 x 800. The display on this device is an IPS panel and it is the same on Nokia X+. These devices lie on the low of mobile phone spectrum and for devices in this bracket, this is a pretty good display. Due to the IPS technology, the colour replication of this display is pretty good. The blacks are deep though not as deep as AMOLED panels. The brightness is good and the display is easily readable in sunlight when you increase the brightness. Even the small text is readable on the display though very fine text would show a bit blocky.

Both the Nokia X and X+ run on a Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play chipset with the Adreno 203 GPU. The processor is clocked at 1 GHz. You can see that the hardware is a bit old now and would struggle to run resource hungry applications. The GPU struggles when provided with 3D images to render. The amount of RAM is 512 MB on the Nokia X but on the Nokia X+, it is slightly more at 768 MB. This might look like a small difference but at this level, this 256 MB difference plays a huge role.

Both these devices offer you with the usual connectivity options that you would find on any other low end smartphone. Both of them have got HSDPA support with support for download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps. You get Bluetooth 3.0 on both the devices with A2DP support for stereo audio. You get Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. You would have to use the micro SD slot as the internal storage of just 4 GB would not suffice. Both the devices are powered by a 1500 mAh battery which is a bit small considering it is a dual core device with IPS display.

Why Nokia X+?

Smooth interface- Nokia has worked hard on the interface of these devices. They have made a lot of changes to the android, as we know it, to create this custom version of android. They have gone so deep with the changes that they have got rid of all the Google services and apps to make way for their own version of these services and apps. The interface has been made to look very much like windows phone’s tiled interface and they have done a pretty good job here. It is essentially a well-designed app launcher. There are a lot of customisation options like you can add apps or widgets as tile on the start screen. They have also changed the standard notification bar and instead the notifications are available through the fast lane. The android running underneath is android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. While we know that stock Jelly Bean can run on a dual core device with 512 MB of RAM, you know already that this interface is heavily modified. After a while of usage, apps will start to take up memory in background and that is inevitable. After a while the interface will start to lag and stutter on the Nokia X. this isn’t exactly the scene with Nokia X+. Due to the extra RAM, you can enjoy this nice Nokia built android on your device without much lags.

App support- There are multiple apps and games on app stores that require a particular amount of memory on a device to run. There can be a game that would require you to have a specific amount of free RAM to run and with the Nokia X+, you will have more of the MBs to play games and run apps on your device. As there is no Google account associated with the device, there is no play store either. The apps are available through a third party app store made by them only. This store has got most of the popular apps that you would find on a normal android store but there are some less popular apps that are missing. There are alternate ways to install your favourite apps but we aren’t talking about ‘how’ right now.

Similar Pricing- The Nokia X+ has more RAM but the price difference isn’t significant. It won’t hurt to pay a little extra for an overall better user experience. In exchange you will get a smooth, faster device that looks nice as well. The Nokia X+ and X are visually similar and devices are well built and pretty much similar to other low end devices.

Author Bio – The author have great interest in writing about technology and handset reviews. Currently he is writing for 91mobiles.


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