TechSpot: Nokia X, the company's first Android, is a poorly executed mess

When I returned from Computex a few weeks ago, I picked up the box of the next review unit in the waiting line. It was the Nokia X, the company’s first Android-powered phone from a new product segment meant to slot in between the low-end Asha feature phones and Lumia smartphones.

Despite reading a few pieces on the Nokia X, nothing really prepared me for the first time I used it. Surely a handset released in 2014, even if it is at the lower end of the product tree, couldn’t be performing this poorly.

Once I finished the setup process I was dumped into Nokia’s custom homescreen layout, again fighting my way through lag to check out some apps and find the settings screen. It was time to get my contacts sorted through the usual method of syncing my Google account, but oh wait, there’s no Google integration, Nokia overlooked this critical Android feature!

…and this was just the beginning of my time with the Nokia X.

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completely disagree with the reviewer.. he's talking like he never used a smartphone before.. x's android interface is way easier than google android.. it's not bloated !!

this is about the 8th reviewer I've seen do this. why is it that they don't get it? the point of a Nokia X is anti-google, it's intended to push microsoft's ecosystem, yet let you use the vast majority of available android apps. Setting up google account related apps as your first order of business indicates you completely misunderstood why the device exists.

sheldyck said,
this is about the 8th reviewer I've seen do this. why is it that they don't get it? the point of a Nokia X is anti-google, it's intended to push microsoft's ecosystem, yet let you use the vast majority of available android apps. Setting up google account related apps as your first order of business indicates you completely misunderstood why the device exists.
Did you even read the article? The author clearly states that the purpose of this phone is to push Microsoft ecosystem. However, you have to use Nokia app store rather than Google Play, so you can't even get the huge collection of Android apps out of the box = pathetic. Honestly who would want such a crippled Android phone without Google Play Services? To me, Android without GPS (Google Play Services) is useless. It's like saying give me a Ferrari without the engine.

Actually its quite a smart move, other manufacturers gave into Google's pressure to drop the dual boot feature of running Windows Phone OS and Android on the same device. Microsoft will just do that, release a product, create a brand and then allow consumers to load Windows phone OS if they feel the lag on Android. Quite a smart move if it succeeds in the goal.

I'm fairly confident it was conceived just to bleep with MS pre acquisition
No worries
once the announced devices are all out there, support will dry up pretty quick on
Microsofts end

dingl_ said,
I'm fairly confident it was conceived just to bleep with MS pre acquisition
no worries
once the announced devices are out there, support will dry up pretty quick on
Microsofts end

My understanding is that Microsoft is working on additional Nokia branded Android devices. So it won't be disappearing as quickly as you might think.

Doubtful, just what was already finished up on Nokias end prior to acquisition. I don't expect Microsoft to do much with these devices
I expect they will get WindowsPhone onto the low low end devices, why not WinPhone is free now anyway
even smaller OEMs are building now because of this

I am pretty sure Nokia X was produced with Microsoft's consent. Otherwise Microsoft could easily pressure the board that it would lower the price due to depreciation of the brand name or what so ever. Secondly, no one really resisted for a Microsoft take over at Nokia. It was approved by more than the 90% of the shareholders.

Last but not least, anyone who wanted to keep their job after the take over wouldn't get involved in anything Microsoft wouldn't appreciate.

Edited by AtriusNY, Jun 23 2014, 3:35pm :

Doesn't Microsoft already make $$$ from Android? If I were Microsoft this is exactly what I would be doing. Might as well just compete in all available markets if possible (even if they don't succeed) because they're not stupid enough to put all their eggs in one basket. I think whilst people are arguing over brand name, Microsoft is the guy in the back doing all the work.

dingl_ said,
Doubtful, just what was already finished up on Nokias end prior to acquisition. I don't expect Microsoft to do much with these devices
I expect they will get WindowsPhone onto the low low end devices, why not WinPhone is free now anyway
even smaller OEMs are building now because of this

Microsoft has officially owned Nokia for two months. This phone is being sold by Microsoft not Nokia...

If Microsoft didn't care for it they would have already killed it and pulled it off the shelf. Similar to how they aborted the Kin after it was only on sale for a few weeks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Kin