Explained: Why is Nokia X not a value for money device?

Alright folks, Nokia X has been on sale in India for Rs 8,599 for a couple of weeks but the device has been off to a lukewarm start. It is the first Android based device from the stable of Nokia and runs on a forked version of Android. But do you think it has value for money written over it? We don’t. And here’s why.


The smartphone’s Android version based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for starters does not support the play store. You won’t get all the applications there are on the Play Store and you need to side load the APKs of applications. You can download applications from Nokia’s app store or a third party store such as Yandex. Nokia has just made minor tweaks to stock Android (changed just three APIs) so developers need to tweak their apps slightly to become compatible with the devices running the forked version of Android. It is a new experience as many would see it but the majority wouldn’t take so much of pain.

So now that the software aspect is sorted, let us see where it lags behind in other aspects. RAM is 512MB and other Android devices in the price range feature a 1GB RAM and we all know Android uses more resources. The imaging department takes a hit as well with a 3.0MP rear camera and no front camera. Rest of the specs we can live with but these issues simply don’t compel us. It may have a good build quality, Nokia’s trust and the likes but when it comes to value for money, we are not sure if we can vouch for it you can also check the first impression of Nokia X unboxing for the same.

It does break the clutter of having a plethora of Android devices on sale in the country, brings a new and fresh UI, a lot of vibrancy and the likes. Yes it is a good device but not so value for money. You can get way better specced Android devices in the same price range that would save you a lot of effort or you can buy a Lumia 520 which is about a 1,000 rupees cheaper. What say?

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  • SANJAY KV April 12, 2014 7:22 am

    The reason why noxia X is not value for money is because it doesnt run google play services … microsoft uses its own services in it !

  • suneel March 28, 2014 1:21 pm

    My vote is to Nokia X Only. Nokia’s build quality is very good. They make good hardware ( no doubt in that.). Nokia-X can give good battery life as unnecessary things from android are chopped. 3MP nokia camera is better than 8MP local branded Phones. Nokia-X is gaining lot of attention for the good reason Nokia’s Products are simply good.

  • imahesh March 26, 2014 12:11 am

    Bhai log fast hardware wale android nokia ke sath kabhi bhi nahi same wale. Unone khudh Nokia x laugh karate wakth bola hai.
    Nokia mobile range given below

    B/W phone < s40 or s30 < Asha series(Asha OS) < Nokia X series (Android OS) < Nokia lumia series (Wimdows phone OS).

    Ok got it
    and Nokia phones based on Selfish OS ho sakte hai , jab Nokia Microsoft deal cancel ho to.

  • Sjy March 25, 2014 11:12 pm

    I really dnt understand why do most of the people underestimate nokia x , they should compare with the other branded companies such as samsung galaxy trend which is available in the market for around 7200rs. Where as nokia x is retailing at 7500. Nokia x is a budget forked android device, which is far better than other cheap chinese craps as well as galaxy trend .

  • akhil March 25, 2014 7:24 pm

    whatever it be battery backup is 50% more then other android devices,everything is ok but,just few drawbacks,no three capacitive touch buttons,fastlane is not impressive,notifications in notification bar would been good.
    it is multitasking device

  • Yogesh March 25, 2014 4:30 pm

    @Rudradeep sir,
    As per report in Economics Times:
    On its 5th anniversary MTS to offer
    Free Mblaze dongle with 10GB data to the parents of those who’s birthdate is 26March.
    As you cover MTS related news can have an article.

    Sad part is @Maharashtra MTS not provide service.

  • Rama March 25, 2014 4:14 pm


    Insert www. Before the link and view it.

  • Rama March 25, 2014 3:38 pm

    *Even I personally think that the Sony Xperia E1 dual makes a better Value For Money device than the Nokia X.After all the E1 comes with Adreno 302 GPU whereas the Nokia X comes with Adreno 203 GPU.The E1 has stock like android compared to the X which runs on a forked version of Android.

    *Despite all the stuffs mentioned above the Nokia X has really gained a lot of attention.

    *The Nokia X has got 1 million pre-orders in China.The 1 million pre-orders is not a big thing but the big thing is that it has got 1 million pre-orders in a country like China.China is filled with Manufacturers like Cool Pad,Xiaomi,TCL etc which make some pretty good devices.apart from that some of these devices also come with Google support.But still people are prefering Nokia over these local manufacturers.The software is a forked one so definitely that cannot be a selling point for Nokia.So I probably guess that its still Nokias hardware and build quality which makes people buy this device running on a forked version of android.

    *Apart from that our very own Bharti Airtel is also planning to sell the device with bundled data in Africa and Middle East.

    *So the device does seem to be doing well despite what the naysayers say and one must also accept that the general public doesnt really know the difference between stock android and forked android.Apart from that most people usually prefer android only because of its vast apps eco-system.

    *The Nokia X essentially combines the goodness of Nokia hardware and android apps at a reasonable price tag and thats what the general public wants.Apps!.

    *Yes developers are ready to tweak their existing app and make them compatible with the Nokia X and its really not a pain.Nokia has released the device with a lot of palnning done.Before the device was made available to public,Nokia had already sent prototypes to developers and had asked them to modify their current apps to fit into Nokia X.The device has been in developement ever since September 2013.

    • Nikhil March 25, 2014 11:46 pm

      1 million pre order in china is a fake news…

      • Rama March 26, 2014 8:19 am

        *Okay bro,Even I know that in case of Chinese pre-orders no actual money has to be given upfront but the following NDTV report is not false right.In this case people had actually paid up for the device.


        Just indert www. Before the link and view it

  • Rudradeep Biswas March 25, 2014 2:07 pm

    Ritij, thanks for the article. Let’s sum it up

    > Android 4.1
    > 512 MB RAM
    > no Google Play Store
    > no Google Apps preloaded
    > Nokia App Store – with few no. of apps
    > Bing Search & all Microsoft apps
    > Little bit pricey compared to many Android smartphones with these features.
    > just 3MP camera
    > no front camera
    > Metro UI
    > No multitasking
    > and many more

    Just check out Xolo A510S – new product from Xolo and compare ! Nokia fails to come up with a decent droid.

    • Rama March 25, 2014 3:05 pm

      *I completely agree that the Xolo A510s is a band for buck device but hey you cant compare it with the Nokia X.

      *After all Nokia is a branded company and branded companies even today have some geniune benefits over local manufacturers.Take after sales service as an example.I agree that local manufacturers are rapidly improving in the after sales dept but they still are not as good as branded companies.

      *Its better to compare the Nokia X with other branded companies like Samsung,HTC,Sony etc

      • vsk March 25, 2014 10:41 pm

        @rama ROM was not built in a day ..I think galaxy s duoes 2 is better than this.

        • Rama March 25, 2014 11:01 pm

          *Yeah but The Galaxy S Duos 2 comes with a broadcomm chipset whereas this one comes with a Qualcomm chipset.Even though the S duos 2 has a dual core processor the benchmarks are not upto the mark.

          *I have personally also said that The Sony Xperia E1 is a better device than Nokia X and I have also stated that the Xolo 510s is a bang for buck device.However what cannot be denied is that even the Nokia X is doing pretty well nothing else bro.

    • Ritij Khurana March 25, 2014 3:28 pm

      Yup. You are absolutely right :)