Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type Review

Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type Review

Nokia’s Touch & Type series of handsets are far and few in between and sometimes, seems like an odd combination. With a candybar form-factor, the Nokia X3 Touch & Type comes with a standard alphanumeric keypad and a resistive touch screen.

Many would scoff at the resistive touch screen but at this form factor, it makes sense from a usability perspective — it allows for more touch points in a given area.

The Nokia X3-02 is quite a looker — it’s thin and light for a candybar phone and small enough to fit in your chest pocket without being a bother. It reminded me of the 8210 from 11 years ago though this time it looks much better and feels more solid to the hands.

Despite the small size, the screen (2.4″ @ 240×320 pixels) takes up much of the real estate space up front with the numpad a bit cramped at the bottom end. The keys are still easy to reach and typing still comfortable. It’s actually the switching between the keys and the touchscreen that oftentimes confuses and will require some time to get used to.

With standard alphanumeric keypads, all the menu and shortcuts are all found and assigned on a physical button. With the X3-02, some of the menus are on the display so there will be times you’d be looking at the physical keys for some navigational cues when it’s actually on the touch display. However, I think in time, you should be able to get comfortable with this set up (although in rare cases, navigation could get a bit frustrating).


The X3-02 comes with a 5-megapixel camera. The pictures are decent but not very impressive. The main drawback is that it comes with a fixed-focus lens so you’re left with some blurred photos half the time. Works with wide shots but not much with close-up or portrait shots. The video recording is even less usable so we didn’t bother to upload samples.

They placed the charging port at the top of the handset along with the 3.5mm audio port and a micro-USB port (used for data connection and charging). The unit supports USB On-the-Go so you can attach a USB drive to it and be able to access files from the external drive. Great for when you want to view videos from external sources (did we mention it can play Xvid as well?).

At the bottom of the unit, you’ll find the speakers which does its job just right but don’t expect anything impressive from it. You can still use the built-in FM radio tuner though.

The X3-02 has WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and 3G/HSDPA connectivity so you will not have any problems connecting to the internet. With Nokia Ovi, you can download apps like Facebook and Twitter too. It also has Bluetooth 2.1 but lacks an internal GPS so forget about maps and navigation.

The Nokia X3-02 is like a mixed bag of beans — sometimes you’ll like it, sometimes you don’t. The combination of a small, resistive touch screen and numpad is both odd and intriguing. Besides, for an S40 device, we can’t really expect a lot from it. The Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type retails for Php8,560 in stores.

P.S. The review unit sent to me had a defective battery cover. One of the clips to close the battery panel would not latch on the hook so the panel would some times drop off the back.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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29 Responses

  1. IC DeaDPiPoL says:

    the keypad arrangement seems odd (the *0# keys are moved to the right).

    its about time Nokia added that USB on the go functionality (given even S60 3rd and even 2nd can play video).

  2. this kind of unit reminds me of some china phones equipped with this kind of touch and type thing. :)

  3. Manix says:

    i like it already. with that price, i also dont expect much, but it gives you the basic phone functions, access to email, FB and Twitter. plus the small form which i miss from the old Nokia8850.

  4. lawrence says:

    Even with it’s shortcomings, I’d buy one. I’ve been using Touchscreen smartphones with different form factors and different screen sizes for years. And has been making my phones compete with my laptop/netbook. But sometimes you just need a phone. :)

  5. mr. bogus says:

    8k?? overpriced… pass

  6. david says:

    This looks like a nice pocket phone. Slim and light. And I hear it comes in white. Will it prove to be reliable and durable?

  7. birth says:

    useless review, di naman pinapakita ang touch and type dito, parang hardware lang.. 1st impression lang dapat ito, kung gusto niyo talaga makita paano magwork ang x3, sa na lang kayo.. sheesh

  8. -anton- says:

    @abe- looking for this phone. wala pa sa parksquare aand market market. saan po meron?

  9. eman says:

    bought the unit,and im very disappointed..its camera is not impressive for a 5mp.. maybe for a 3.5mp.. and it lags.

  10. Pedro says:

    nice phone… poor battery life nga lang, have to charge it everyday with just regular use lang…

  11. Pedro says:

    found a solution with the battery… but i have to turn off the cellphone while charging… used to charge it everyday, now the phone can be placed on stand-by for 2-3 days without charging… at least its an improvement…:p

  12. Frank Tan says:

    Don’t get this phone! Seriously! It’s easy to use and all, but…

    Got it from Globe about a month ago and had the battery then the unit itself replaced because the phone can’t detect if the battery is fully charged.

    Over two weeks ago (three days after the second replacement), the phone died and it won’t turn on anymore.

    Right now, I’m still waiting for Globe to call me to replace the phone but still no word from them… Don’t expect me to pay the bill!

    To save you from all the hassle, just get a different model! Better yet grab a phone from a different manufacturer!

  13. redz says:

    I just bought yesterday. Cute cute ng pink.. I’m looking for themes. havent found any yet. San ba meron.?

  14. kyle says:

    this phone is a failure if you’re a power txtr. They changed the layout of the keypad which makes it difficult for you to readjust again. Don’t get this one if you’re a txtr.

  15. vince tan says:

    i bought he phone like 2 weeks now..its cool for teenagers and specially for people who’s not that like a txter..its just that is automatically shut down like for a 1 min then it will turn on kusa..over all out of 10 for me its 8!

  16. Yobi says:

    Balak ko pa namang bumili nito.. Panget ba talaga? Parang quite disappointed ako..

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  18. kate says:

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  19. jhAyem says:

    quite impressive for a cheap nokia phone. can anyone tell me how to make its Wi-Fi connectivity work? I’m deciding whether to purchase it or not, I’m not sure…I don’t want to waste my money for phones that are unable to give me good qualities…Need more comments on this phone please…

  20. anet says:

    quite disappointed kc ung battery life shocking…daig pa ng 3310 ung lyf ng battery e…grabe nmn

  21. mark says:

    I don’t like it! This is the worst phone i had. No copypaste, multi tasking and always restarting and lagging!

  22. ken says:

    i have a brand new unit of x3-02 and im selling it for 5k only its from australia and its locked by optus.anyone interested can contact me at 09204481015

  23. jane says:

    i’m very disappointed, i bought a unit last dec 30, the lcd broke down after 2 months, i went to nokia service center and the warranty was void since its a broken lcd daw, so i paid 1,800 pesos for the lcd and the touch part, the next morning the phone has no display, sira na nman, very dis appointing talaga, worst nokia phone ever…

  24. Zelle says:

    Worst cellphone ever!

  25. Rayster says:

    Bought a dark blue unit last December 2010 with a price of 8.4k. I am tempted to buy a smartphone, but with its basic function. It can almost do anything. FB, Twitter, Youtube, Mails etc.

  26. Mon says:

    Used the phone for 6 months until it was stolen. It’s the best phone for non-tech savvy.

    1.) It’s easy to use. Yes the keypad with the number 0 and the # sign on the right can be a hassle at first, you can adjust to it in minutes. It’s like when QWERTY phones emerged for the first time, you will get over it. You can also multitask. With the buttons for the FM and Text messages physically present on your keypad, you can easily text or change your FM radio or mp3 music while online or whatever activity your doing with your phone without having to leave it.

    2.) The audio is clear. You can hear the voice of whoever you are calling without any difficulty.

    3.) It is thin and light. It fits any hands.

    4.) It’s durable. for the past 6 months I have been dropping it here and there and it never stop working perfectly. I wasn’t using a screen protector and it never had any scratch as well. I dropped it while walking in a gravelled pavement at it’s still okay.

    The bottom line is, it is a phone. If you want a phone that will work and will allow you to call and text and probably do some other things, it’s the one to choose.

    It isn’t a smartphone and it can never be compared to them, but as a phone, X3-02 is awesome.

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