6/10
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The Nokia XL currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Good battery life
  • Sturdy build
  • Large screen size

What's bad

  • Poor screen resolution
  • Overall slow performance
  • No Google Play store
  • Poor user interface/experience

As the XL in its name suggests, the Nokia XL is the largest handset in the Finnish company's Android lineup. Measuring in at 5.6 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches, it is just slightly larger than the Lumia 630 but even this slight size increase made it difficult for reviewers to handle comfortably. India Times describes it as, "big, bulky and quite a bother…" Other critics agree with the assessment noting that the sharp edges and weight of 190 grams makes it bulkier than they prefer. Still, they add that it is well-built and solid.

The XL's 5-inch WVGA display might be the largest among Nokia Android phones, but it certainly isn't the best. It only supports a resolution of 800x480 pixels and 187ppi pixel density. This can't even compete with other phones in the same price range such as the Moto G or even the smaller Nokia X. Experts noticed issues with pixilation immediately and were able to see individual pixels while reading or watching a video. They also had issues with bright light legibility as the low peak brightness combined with the high reflectivity of the screen made it difficult to see anything. The only bright side that critics found was its vivid colors and deep blacks. Phone Arena states, "It's among the best screens on an affordable phone we've seen so far – it's not too cold…and while it's just a bit off in terms of color, it looks great."

In terms of specs, the XL is no powerhouse with only a 1GHz dual-core processor and 768MB of RAM. As to be expected, critics experienced delays when swiping through the home screen and when launching apps. On occasion, they even experienced some crashes when using apps due to memory errors. It also has a disappointing 4GB of internal storage, though only 1.2GB is available to users. Luckily, users can expand upon this via microSD cards of up to 32GB. Battery life is one of the phone's few saving graces as the 2,000mAh battery lasted reviewers well over a day of moderate usage. Besides the internal specs, the phone also comes with a rear and front camera, both of which reviewers experts describe as average.

Like the Nokia X, the XL presents Nokia's "forked" version of Android. This means that the phone runs on Google's code but with a Windows phone interface. Instead of the standard Google apps, the X offers their own apps like Bing search. Users that want to download Google APKs will have to root their device. These small changes had a drastic impact on critics' user experience. They could not automatically sync their music, calendar and contacts nor could they download any Google Play purchases they made in the past as the X does not have Google Play store access.

In general, experts were unimpressed with what the Nokia XL had to offer. CNET states, "…while it's the best Nokia phone on the X platform, that's not good enough…if you need an affordable Android phone, you're better off with a rival device." Phone Arena adds, "…our recommendation at the moment is to look at slightly pricier devices that deliver a full and satisfying Android experience."


Operating system
Custom
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Versus

Although we weren't expecting much after the clunky Nokia X, the XL managed to win us round. At this price, it obviously isn't the best out there, but it has a decent screen, nice photo capture and a much better set-up than the Nokia X. However, the handset isn't without fault, and it's certainly no...

- Sofian Nouira, Digital Versus
Fone Arena

The Nokia XL is the best of the bunch when it comes to Nokia / Microsoft’s Android offerings but it isn’t enough to be a threat to their Lumia line. Is this what the company intended? Hard to say but looking at competing Android devices, it is quite difficult to recommend the device.The...

- Dhruv Bhutani, Fone Arena
PhoneArena

With an off-contract price of around $165 (€140 in Europe), the Nokia XL is an affordable device that stands out with a display larger than most of its competitors in this price range. Needless to say, this large and also gorgeous display is its biggest advantage. The 5-megapixel camera is also...

- Victor H., PhoneArena
Cnet

Despite having the best specs of Nokia's Android phones, the XL's poor performance and confusing OS denies users Android's' full potential and a true Windows Phone experience.

- Juan Garzon, Cnet
UnleashThePhones

It’s fair to say that I’ve been rather critical of the Nokia XL throughout this review. I really, really wish this was not the case; I really, really wish the Nokia XL was a credible budget alternative for someone who likes Nokia hardware and wants something colourful, fun and durable bu...

- Alvin Wong, UnleashThePhones


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Common Questions


Nokia released the XL on May 8, 2014.


Nokia backs up the XL with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your XL has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5"

The Nokia XL's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 30 days standby time, 960 minutes, 360 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Nokia XL Specs

Overview
Release date May 8, 2014
Regions available No
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 768 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 388 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 360 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 960 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Green, Black, White, Blue, Yellow, Orange
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.1 x 7.8 x 1.1 cm (5.6 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 190 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 187 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, ISO, Panorama, White balance, Auto exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Vine, BBM)
Included Software / Apps -
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Digital Versus

Bigger and better

from Digital Versus

Although we weren't expecting much after the clunky Nokia X, the XL managed to win us round. At this price, it obviously isn't the best out there, but it has a decent screen, nice photo capture and a much better set-up than the Nokia X. However, the handset isn't without fault, and it's certainly...More

Although we weren't expecting much after the clunky Nokia X, the XL managed to win us round. At this price, it obviously isn't the best out there, but it has a decent screen, nice photo capture and a much better set-up than the Nokia X. However, the handset isn't without fault, and it's certainly not for those making their first tentative steps into the world of smartphones. That said, the basic qualities of the handset mean it could well be worth a punt. Though you'll need to decide whether or not you can forego Google Play in favour of slightly less-comprehensive alternatives.

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Fone Arena

Solid construction with a compelling software platform that might appeal to first time smartphone users

from Fone Arena

The Nokia XL is the best of the bunch when it comes to Nokia / Microsoft’s Android offerings but it isn’t enough to be a threat to their Lumia line. Is this what the company intended? Hard to say but looking at competing Android devices, it is quite difficult to recommend the device.<...More

The Nokia XL is the best of the bunch when it comes to Nokia / Microsoft’s Android offerings but it isn’t enough to be a threat to their Lumia line. Is this what the company intended? Hard to say but looking at competing Android devices, it is quite difficult to recommend the device.

The competition offers better performing phones that offer the full Google experience and bring quality construction that is good enough if not quite as good as Nokia’s . Would we recommend the phone? Not really but if all you want is a simplified experience with a large screen, quality hardware and access to Android applications, this could be a safe bet. We would also suggest taking a look at Nokia’s own Lumia 625 or the Moto G which offer better hardware at a not much higher price point. 

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PhoneArena

Runs smoothly and very affordable

from PhoneArena

With an off-contract price of around $165 (€140 in Europe), the Nokia XL is an affordable device that stands out with a display larger than most of its competitors in this price range. Needless to say, this large and also gorgeous display is its biggest advantage. The 5-megapixel camera is also a good one for the class, and while it runs on a dated processor, the XL is well optimized and does not lag, at least for most basic tasks....

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With an off-contract price of around $165 (€140 in Europe), the Nokia XL is an affordable device that stands out with a display larger than most of its competitors in this price range. Needless to say, this large and also gorgeous display is its biggest advantage. The 5-megapixel camera is also a good one for the class, and while it runs on a dated processor, the XL is well optimized and does not lag, at least for most basic tasks.

And while these are important advantages, the limitations of the Nokia X platform are no less important. The poorly stocked Nokia app catalog would force users to try and sideload apps, while most non-tech-savvy users would simply be left with greatly crippled app choice. On top of this, the interface of the Nokia XL is not appealing.

Those are compromises that budget-limited consumers might be willing to deal with as the Nokia XL is not a bad value for its money. It is a crippled experience at the end of the day, though, so our recommendation at the moment is to look at slightly pricier device that deliver a full and satisfying Android experience. 

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Cnet

Nokia's best Android phone, but not good enough

from Cnet

The idea of a Nokia Phone with Android is an intriguing idea, and one that many have dreamed of for a while. Unfortunately, this implementation isn't what you want. Though it has Nokia's superior craftsmanship, the XL runs a weird hybrid OS that delivers a poor user experience, which means it falls short of offering either Android's' full potential or a true Windows Phone experience...

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The idea of a Nokia Phone with Android is an intriguing idea, and one that many have dreamed of for a while. Unfortunately, this implementation isn't what you want. Though it has Nokia's superior craftsmanship, the XL runs a weird hybrid OS that delivers a poor user experience, which means it falls short of offering either Android's' full potential or a true Windows Phone experience.

Moreover, the Nokia X interface makes the XL look like it is from another decade. Sure, the Nokia XL's main focus may be to appeal to emerging markets with a big screen and solid build quality at a low price, the lack of Google Play services means it lags far behind the competition. So, while it's the best Nokia phone on the X platform, that's not good enough.

That's why if you need an affordable Android phone, you're better off with rival devices. The Motorola Moto G, for example, costs only $30 but has better performance, a higher screen resolution, and the full functionality of Android while maintaining good build quality. Alternatively, the Moto E is about $20 cheaper while still offering many of the same features as the Moto G, but with a better user experience. 

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UnleashThePhones

Not a single reason to recommend Nokia XL

from UnleashThePhones

It’s fair to say that I’ve been rather critical of the Nokia XL throughout this review. I really, really wish this was not the case; I really, really wish the Nokia XL was a credible budget alternative for someone who likes Nokia hardware and wants something colourful, fun and durable but doesn’t like Windows Phone as much. However, that just isn’t the truth here. Even though the XL comes in at a low price of S$239 outright, I cannot in good faith recommend this phone because I think everyone from first-time smartphone buyers to youths on a budget to an older person looking for a basic smartphone would be so much better served by any low-end or mid-range Lumia you could name, like the Lumia 630, the Lumia 525 or even, at a stretch, the Lumia 625...

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It’s fair to say that I’ve been rather critical of the Nokia XL throughout this review. I really, really wish this was not the case; I really, really wish the Nokia XL was a credible budget alternative for someone who likes Nokia hardware and wants something colourful, fun and durable but doesn’t like Windows Phone as much. However, that just isn’t the truth here. Even though the XL comes in at a low price of S$239 outright, I cannot in good faith recommend this phone because I think everyone from first-time smartphone buyers to youths on a budget to an older person looking for a basic smartphone would be so much better served by any low-end or mid-range Lumia you could name, like the Lumia 630, the Lumia 525 or even, at a stretch, the Lumia 625.

Even if what you’re looking for is a dual-SIM smartphone, the Lumia 630 is available in a dual-SIM variant in addition to the single-SIM one. For a roughly similar or lower cost than the Nokia XL, you could even net yourself one of last year’s midrange Lumias such as the 720 I have here, the Lumia 620, the Lumia 520 or even the Lumia 820. Simply put, there is not a single reason I could think of to recommend that someone pick up the Nokia XL. We’ve seen for ourselves that Nokia can do so much better. There is little reason for the Nokia XL to even exist. 

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NDTV

The bigger sibling to the original Nokia X adds a few features and bumps up the screen size

from NDTV

The Nokia XL is a magnified version of the Nokia X in every way. It has exactly the same proportions, lines and angles, and is even available in the same retina-scalding palette of primary colours. The main differences are the addition of a flash on the rear panel and a camera on the front. The only other changes are inconsequentially minor....

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The Nokia XL is a magnified version of the Nokia X in every way. It has exactly the same proportions, lines and angles, and is even available in the same retina-scalding palette of primary colours. The main differences are the addition of a flash on the rear panel and a camera on the front. The only other changes are inconsequentially minor.

You get a big screen, but it's comically low-resolution and there's no advantage to it whatsoever unless you really love the Nokia X platform and have poor eyesight or extremely large fingers. The flash and front camera are also nice to have, but definitely not worth the premium.

Despite all its charms, we cannot recommend the Nokia XL, simply because there are far better phones at its price in the market today. The Nokia XL's only saving grace is that some people value large screens above everything else. We expect a hefty price cut down the line, so even if you're tempted now, we'd suggest holding off.

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GSMArena

A phone with great potential, but somewhat stuck in the middle

The Nokia XL is the best and the brightest of the new X family but, again, it's a step up from the Asha lineup rather than something to compete with Nokia's Windows Phone offerings or even most Androids.

The screen has good viewing angles and colors, though sunlight legibility could've been better. The low resolution is what hurts it the most though - getting a 5" screen suggests you'll be reading plenty of text and small type just looks off due to the low pixel density....

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The Nokia XL is the best and the brightest of the new X family but, again, it's a step up from the Asha lineup rather than something to compete with Nokia's Windows Phone offerings or even most Androids.

The screen has good viewing angles and colors, though sunlight legibility could've been better. The low resolution is what hurts it the most though - getting a 5" screen suggests you'll be reading plenty of text and small type just looks off due to the low pixel density.

For performance we'll say this - it's not KitKat-on-Snapdragon smooth, but you can use it daily without annoying hang-ups or slowdowns. The Nokia XL also enjoys a rich app library, Windows Phone had a tougher start in its early days.

Thinking more globally, the Nokia XL is just the right replacement for an Asha phone - it has a bigger screen, of a higher resolution, a better camera, improved performance and plenty more apps.

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