Fair and Square Leave it to Nokia to veer away from the beaten track and come up with an entirely novel idea. We have become quite used to square phones that have swivel form factor, but Nokia has combined the square with a slider in its latest foray into the handset space. We are talking about the Nokia XS, which comes incorporated with a slide out QWERTY keypad. The front panel has a 2.63 inch screen, but seeing empty space above the existing screen, we think it could have been made bigger.
The microSD card slot is under the battery, so you cannot hotswap it. Sliding up the front panel reveals a full QWERTY keypad; while you Symbian S60 UI, 3rd edition FP2 uncomfortable, the keypad is pretty tactile to use. The keys are big, well placed and conve*nient. All in all, the phone is pretty unique in its looks. The one that we got for review was grey in colour, but there arc more bright and cheelful colour options available.
The operating system for the Nokia X5 is Symbian 9.3 and it comes with S60 third edition ill with FP2. As expected you can find various standby themes such as active standby, basic, vertical icon bar, contacts bar. etc. Each of these themes enables you to customise the home*screen in a particular manner. You can easily add the features that you wish to directly access from the homescreen. Another interesting feature is the accelerometer based control.
If you press the volume key and shake the phone it gives a ring according to the number of new messages you get, you can shake it to change tracks. You can also turn the phone upside down to silence calls or snooze alarms. On the messaging front, apart from SMS and MMS, the phone comes with pre*loaded settings for Ovi Mail, Gmail. Yahoo Mail. Hotmail along with Mail For Exchange. The Email functionalityisgood.asit has attachment support. Quick Office document viewer lets you open office files, but you will have to buy an upgrade if you wish to create documents.
On the social networking front, the phone has preloaded Facebook, YouTube, Myspace, 1\vitter and hi5 and all you need to do is simply log in to start networking. While Facebook is a pre-loaded app, MySpace, Twitter and Hi5 are just Internet links. For your 1M needs,
the phone offers Ovi Chat, which combines, Windows Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and Gtalk, in the system of Nokia's Ovi contacts to offer users a single client instant messaging experience. The Ovi Sync feature can sync all your personal data on the phone and save it on OvLcom. You can sync your contacts, calendar and notes and also decide the sync interval to keep the data up to date.
The browser comes with flash support, but is limited by the small screen. However, it does fulfil your browsing needs, if you don't mind the visual experience. The phone supports WLAN connectivity for faster Internet speeds. But there is no built-in GPS receiver or pre-loaded maps.
Accelerometer based controls
5 megapixel fixed*focus camera, LED flash