This review was written in Nairobi, Kenya on 20 June 2014
The Nokia XL is astonishing value. A five inch screen, a battery that lasts long, and Android, sales and support from MidCom in Kenya? It seems like a deal that is too good.
Whether it is or not is honestly dependant on two things: whether you have ever used android before and how patient you are.
Let me get the first thing out of the way: If you have never used Android before this is a great phone, but, don’t be under the illusion that you are using Android even at 10% of its capacity.
The next thing is about patience, yes. You will need a lot of patience. Apps that work seamlessly both on Windows and Android don’t work on this phone – unless you are patient enough to use a work-around everytime you want to use the app.
An example is WhatsApp. If you manage to download it (you can’t download it from the Nokia store) when it finishes initializing and setting up, it will tell you it is not compatible with the Nokia XL.
To actually make WhatsApp work on the Nokia XL, you have to open your contacts field and find someone on WhatsApp then tap on their number (next to the WhatsApp icon) then WhatsApp will open. From there, you navigate back to the main page for whats app and use it from there. You will need to follow this procedure every time you want to use WhatsApp.
If you have fastlane open, keep the last WhatsApp message you received on the timeline. That is a similar way to access WhatsApp.
That is pretty much going to be your experience on the XL. I think the phone is a flop for anyone who thought Android meant it worked in Google’s ecosystem. GMail, GMaps, Gchat, Calendar, Contacts ALL DON’T WORK with your current gmail account.
Nokia have taken a brilliant Operating System and reduced it to a very poor version of itself – shame on Nokia.
The good news, if you have already bought one, is that the phone is cheap so many many people may buy it and someone will develop a custom rom that works on it and truly delivers the Android experience.
This phone runs android needn’t run Android, they should have just installed Symbian OS on it.
– Great camera for price
– Great battery life
– Not connected to your google account so no syncing
– No Google ecosystem
– Old Version of Android