Design, Display and OS
The Nokia X3 sports a nice slider design and is pretty compact with dimensions of 96 x 49 x 14 mm. It weighs slightly more than 100 gms and is suited for daily usage. The plastic and metal body is quite sturdy and the build quality is good.
The front face sports the 2.2 inch display and the D Pad with the Call, End and two soft keys. To the left of the display, there are three dedicated music keys just like on the Xpress Music phones. The slider slides down to reveal the keypad. The top of the phone houses the microUSB port, the 3.5 mm audio jack and the charger port. The left side has the microSD slot while the right side sports the volume rocker and dedicated camera keys. On the back is the 3.2 MP camera and the battery compartment.
The Nokia X3 comes bundled with the charger, a microUSB cable and a 3.5 mm headset. A 2 GB microSD card is included in the bundle with the user manual.
The Nokia X3 comes with a small 2.2 inch display which has a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and supports 256K colors. The display is, quite frankly, disappointing, especially when compared to the 3 inch plus displays of most new smartphones. The display quality is decent with average contrast but it is not at all meant for watching videos. The sunlight legibility is mediocre too.
OS and User Interface:
The Nokia X3 runs the S40 6th edition OS. S40 is primarily intended for budget phones with semi-smartphone capabilities - a part which the Nokia X3 plays quite well. The user interface is very similar to older S40 versions with a few improvements.
The user interface has an active standby mode with application shortcuts and notifications. The menu allows you to order applications as a list, a grid or a tab. It is pretty responsive and fluid.
Contacts, Messaging and Email:
It sports regular features like Phonebook, Messaging, Gallery etc. The Phonebook supports up to 2000 entries and comes integrated with Ovi Contacts which allows you to synchronize and manage your contacts. Ovi Contacts also allows you to chat with your contacts using Ovi Chat or Google Talk. Ovi Contacts makes use of the notification based multitasking which allows you to stay online and receive updates as notifications even after you exit the app.
The messaging app allows you to send and receive SMS, MMS, email, flash and audio messages. It also supports the threaded conversation view. The email app supports POP3, SMTP and IMAP protocols and is very usable.