Saturday 27 December 2014

Nokia finally opens door to Android

Published 01/03/2014 | 02:30

Nokia-XL

Nokia XL Price: €110 Rating: HHHH

ONE of the most wished-for developments in mobile tech is Nokia presenting an Android phone. Many lust after a device that marries Nokia's still-excellent hardware standards with a mainstream, modern smartphone system. Up to now, it has stuck to either its Symbian system or Windows Mobile.

Now it has opened the door to Android via a new range of budget touchscreen smartphones. The 5in XL phone is the largest of the three devices announced at Mobile World Congress. It has a five-megapixel camera and 4GB of internal storage.

While this doesn't really match uber-phones such as Samsung's S5, it's about a sixth of the price. The XL, like its sister devices, the 4in X and X+, is compatible with Android apps, though not automatically: it requires the apps' developers to tweak their apps for use on the phones.

Using it feels familiar and its basic functions perform well. Don't expect to get all the latest apps on it, though. Also, bear in mind it is aimed at developing markets, meaning it is unlikely that Nokia is using it as a segue into a new range of higher-powered Android devices. So for now, the dream remains on hold.

Irish Independent

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