Mobile phone veterans have stepped away from convention with their latest offering the X5, a handset that will win admirers for its unusual and eye catching design.
When such models have been attempted before it has been at the expense of features, so this phone is a refreshing change in that it offer facilities to rival some of the more high end handsets available. Thanks to some great connectivity options, the X5 is not only a great phone for browsing the web, but a superb messaging device. With regards to e mails, the handset offers a unified inbox, allowing multiple account to be handled and displayed in one place, saving you the need to log into different accounts . Push notification also inform you when mail is recieved, much like recieving an SMS text. A clever new feature lets you read any unread texts by simply shaking the phone. Recieving messages is not only made simple, but composing them is a joy too thanks to the slide out Qwerty keypad that offers responsive text input from four rows of keys that never feel to cramped. Coverage wise, like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, the X5 boasts WiFi, still the ultimate connection for everything online. The down side of this however is that if you are on the move, its not always viable, hence 3G being a god send on this model, giving you super fast speed if you are at home, on the train or at the station. Local connectivity is present in the usual forms. Bluetooth 2.1 is present for wireless connection to compatable products, and the micro USB port allows for the essential synchronisation to your home PC or Laptop, especially important for backing up data or transfer of files. Whether you are browsing the web or playing a downloaded game, the user experience is superb thanks to the 600Mhz processor that keeps the device moving along at great speed, with no serious lag in the loading of applications or the rendering of web pages.
The Nokia X5 is an unconventional square design which really does catch the eye, and to be fair is the unique selling point of this particular model. Dimensions are compact at 74.3mm x 66.4 x 16.9mm, and when actually in your hand, this different design feels perhaps more comfortable than traditional more rectangular designs. The handset is not the slimmest, however does incorporate a slider keypad which contributes towards the extra bulk. Battery wise the X5 comes supplied with a 950 mAh lithium ion battery, allowing users to expect typical 3G talktime of around 3 and a half hours and standby of approximately 324 hours. This is less than many handsets, but should still provide well over a days life for the average user. A 2GB SD card comes supplied with the phone, vastly increasing the models 200MB of internal storage. There is also the option of adding larger capacity cards should your needs require it, up to 32Gb.
The Nokia X5 offers the perfect balance of cutting edge designed and functionality. A range of vibrant colours further add to the appeal, as do the excellent audio and camera features.
The Nokia X5 and the Nokia C2-01 are coming soon