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Microsoft launches second Android-powered smartphone, the Nokia X2

By Shawn Knight
Jun 24, 2014
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  1. Microsoft's first Android-powered phone, the Nokia X, failed to impress. Or as our own Tim Schiesser put it, it's the worst smartphone he's ever reviewed. It's no surprise, then, that Microsoft was quick to push out its successor, the X2....

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    Screw Nokia, I'm out!

    *flies away*
  3. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TechSpot Booster Posts: 418   +139

    "The phone is based version 2.0 of the Jelly Bean Android Open Source Project, or in other words, a very outdated OS. It doesn’t make much sense considering Android 4.4 KitKat is optimized for lower-powered hardware"

    It also doesn't make sense in light of the fact that Microsoft purposely gimped Windows so they could use it on on all their devices, specifically, their very own tablets and cellphones. I think Microsoft has lost just about all their marbles at this point. It's like they are simply throwing things at the wall to see what sticks.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,676   +511

    800 x 640? Great, because we've missed seeing those pixels staring back at us like stars in the sky!
    mattfrompa likes this.
  5. gamoniac

    gamoniac TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 215   +46

    Any Android fork won't get Google software integration (to be exact -- Google Mobile Services) regardless of the version, because they are not blessed by Google (e.g. Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook). Anyway, Jelly Beans 4.2 is not THAT much older than KitKat 4.4. Any improvement is good in my book.
  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 518   +139

    If it was a $500 phone, I'd understand, but this is a low end phone.... -_-
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,676   +511

    Can't be lower than free - can it? And I already can pick up a better phone for free from my provider :)
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    For $30 more you get the Moto G which BEATS the nokia in EVERY field posible.
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    Well we are talking in UNLOCKED prices, not plan prices, which free is a big fat lie, they are NOT FREE since you have to sell your soul to a company with a contract that ties you with them for at least a year.
    misor likes this.
  10. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 518   +139

    I never said it was a good low end phone :p just not to expect much...
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    Edit: Nevermind...

    The thing is, for a small amount I can get a big gain, I expect something in the same price range to have the same characteristics.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2014
     
  12. Not only is it about unlocked, contract-free prices like another commenter just pointed out, it's also not about YOU to begin with. This phone is intended for developing and asian markets, where good lower-end devices and contract-free prices are imperative. If you can get a free phone on contract (and I'm assuming you don't live in Asia, South America or Africa as well), this phone is not made for you to begin with. Not every single phone that every single OEM makes has to be an expensive flagship.
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,209   +74

    Hey I'm from south america! Chile to be more specific and in our market the Galaxy S3 is the free phone on contracts :p

    We can move to whatever company we like keeping our numbers ;)

    And where net neutrality is enforced by law!
  14. Microsoft will probably just use it for marketing. They will say they sold 99% more Nokia's with Windows on than Android. They just will forget to mention they only sold a total of 100 phones, because only the lamest of the Microsoft fan boy's would be one.
  15. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 999   +149

    as an el cheapo (smart)phone user, I approve of kibaruk's post. :)


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