Nokia X5-01 review

Reviews Ben Griffin 03:28, 26 Nov 2010

We review the Nokia X5-01, a square device with decent features

The Nokia X5-01 is certainly an interesting looking device, square-shaped and available in a multitude of colours (ours was a fetching pink colour).

Launched in India in November 2010, the device is available for a reasonable Rs. 10,499.

But how does the X5-01 measure up?

Firstly, that shape. It's a pretty small square and features a sliding Qwerty keyboard. At 74.3x66.4mm it's odd to hold i your hand to say the least.

However, it will fit neatly in your pocket - something that is becoming more and more rare for a smartphone.

The front of the device houses an equally strange-shaped screen. It's 2.3-inches and isn't touchscreen, but Nokia has included a number of navigation tools including a Qwerty keyboard and navigation key below the screen.

Around the nav button, you'll find the usual call answer and end keys, two soft keys and a home button for shooting back to the homescreen when inside applications.

The whole device feels a little plasticky. Maybe this is because of the jovial colours it's available in, or maybe it's because the only metal you'll find on the X5-01 (bar the internals) is the metal back plate.

The keys on the sliding Qwerty keyboard are somewhat small, but that's what you'd expect from a compact device. They're rounded rather than textured and that makes it a little tricky to keep your grip. We found our fingers were sliding all over the place.

In the centre of the keyboard, the number keys are highlighted in the same colour as the front panel - pink in our case.

Inside the Nokia X5-01, you'll find a 600MHz processor. Although it's not the most powerful of all processors, it allows the X5-01 to steam along nicely, even if it is running on S60 rather than the smoother Symbian^3 OS.

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