Nokia X3 Touch and Type

by Volker Weber


Very pretty. Comes with email, IM (MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk), Twitter & Facebook. 3G HSPA, WLAN 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, MicroUSB, 3.5 mm AV connector, 5 MP camera, FM radio, brushed aluminum cover. Dedicated keys for messaging and music, make and break calls. The rest is a new touch interface. Sounds impressive. What's missing? GPS and navigation.

This might actually work for Nokia, especially since it's a lot cheaper than all the Androids.

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A full touch UI with numeric keyboard seems a strange combo. Good for actually using it as a phone I guess - does anyone still use these devices as phones? ;-)

Stuart McIntyre, 2010-08-17

Keypads with 12 keys rule the phones market. Some people don't want to hold a piano to their head. Hence the 9105.

Volker Weber, 2010-08-17

Indeed - and having had a Pearl I can see the attraction. My surprise was with the combination of touch screen and keypad - now, for all I know, there are loads of these devices on the market, I just hadn't thought through why that combo would work.

Actually, the only device with keypad and touch I've used was the Kin - and the less said about that the better!

Stuart McIntyre, 2010-08-17

You used a Kin? That's close to 'I sailed on the Titanic'. :-)

And I don't mean the five-keys-in-a-row Pearl. I mean the new 12-keypad 9105.

Volker Weber, 2010-08-17

LOL I did use a Kin - a friend worked in the Kin team for MS UK. That's worked in the past tense, sadly. (and of course, I've now realised that actually the Kin One did have a full Qwerty keyboard - my memory playing up again).

The 9105 is attractive - given how Blackberry's share of the consumer market is disappearing out the door with the rise of Android, it will be interesting to see if the 9105 and Torch do anything to stem the tide.

Stuart McIntyre, 2010-08-17

The device looks impressive and the price is good.
It will sells like hotcakes with some decent operator plan.
Good job S40 team!

Horia Stanescu, 2010-08-17

If this device succeeds, and I agree with Volker it very well might, it will make me wonder what might have been had Palm's Treo line taken a similar track. The problem with the Treo (650) for me and I'm sure many others was that the keyboard was a compromise - not very good either for keying a phone number or typing words, but serviceable for both. Graffiti had its issues but I think it was probably a strategic mistake for Palm to abandon it. The older Kyocera Smartphones (I owned this one) were quite usable and not far off what Nokia is doing, and was backed by the huge (in its day) Palm app ecosystem.

In a broader sense, I think what we'll see in the near future is a growth in the practice of using multiple devices with overlapping functionality, each optimized for a different use case, all linked together by the cloud. Your contacts, mail, books, apps - all synced so that, for example, your *phone* address book automatically updates when you add a contact from your *smartphone*, PC, iPad, browser in your friend's PC, etc. The Kindle app is a perfect example of this trend as it allows you to switch devices seamlessly because they all know what page you're on - a good metaphor for the larger trend. :-)

Kevin Pettitt, 2010-08-17

Nokia is trying all configurations. Numeric w/o touch, numeric with touch, querty w/o touch, querty with touch, touch only. Different strokes for different folks.

Volker Weber, 2010-08-17

Oh and if Nokia threw in use as a Wifi hotspot (and the telecomms orgs allowed it), I'd look at it as a cheap device to accompany an iPad.

Stuart McIntyre, 2010-08-17

Funny someone remembers the Kyocera phones at all. If my memory does not betray me, I had a LEO Satellite enabled one (courtesy of a cradle with baseball-bat-shaped antenna) from this company that was incredible, reliable and would simply work everywhere. The one Kevin mentions looks great, too.

I am fed up with MP3 players and social network enabled gadgets that call themselves smart, because their creator feel omnipotent enough to block certain types of usage and rob me of my privacy.

The phone feature is often sub-standard in these.

Armin Roth, 2010-08-17

I'm curious how the 4x3 instead of 3x4 works when typing... Right now I can't imagin that as being usable.

Plus: Forum Nokia tells us "Resistive single touch"... The price is low, but that seems a killer.

Stefan Opitz, 2010-08-18

i like the guys from Nokia since they produced an MP3-Phone (think it was the 6600) which outputs only mono sound.

Bringing 2010 a smartphone without GPS and Navigation but with a numeric keypad AND Touchscreen? Mad.

Roland Dressler, 2010-08-18

it is NOT a smart phone
it is a dumb feature phone with wifi, touch screen, bluetooth, 3g & voip

i agree gps is missing, so is the flash but a eur 160 phone has to have some short comings if compared with a eur 700 phone. nokia is hyping this phone - i think they need to make absolutely clear that it is a feature phone and not mid range.

@ stuart on most nokias you can buy joikuspot to make your nokia phone a mobile hotspot but it does not work on s40 devices as these are not smart phone devices

andre hausberger, 2010-08-18

Does anyone here know what CPU Nokia is using in these phones? TI, Qualcomm, Marvell, Broadcom or Infineon? Maybe some has a link to a firmware update for the X3 Touch already?

@vowe do you happen to have a test device?

Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, 2010-08-19

@vowe Also, your MT setup here does not seem to like https URLs

Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, 2010-08-19

Really nice phone. I like the design (best X-Design so far in my eyes).

missing of GPS is not a problem for me as I never use it :)

This could become my prefered "2nd phone". :)

Daniel Seiler, 2010-08-19

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