At first sight, the Nokia X looks like it belongs to the Nokia Asha family. The colours and the shape are very familiar to the existing lineup of budget Nokia handsets. However, when you come around to using it, this feels nothing like an Asha.

Interface Beginners might find getting used to the one-button setup a bit inconvenient. It’s a touch-sensitive ‘Back’ button and you have to keep pressing it to get to the original home screen. Used while on the 4-inch home screen, it shows you a list of recently opened apps. You can access the same list – otherwise known as FastLane - with a side-swipe on the screen as well. The FastLane, first introduced with the Asha series, has been designed to give you quick access to your most commonly or recently used apps.

The homescreen has coloured tiles that are more reminiscent of Windows Live Tiles than Android. You can long-press to move the apps around the screen or blow them up in size for prominence. The overall Android interface on the Nokia X is nothing like the Android you know. However, depending on whether you’ve used an Android before or not, this could either be a good thing or a bad thing. Although it’s Nokia’s first “Android” phone you don’t have the Play Store to download apps from. There’s just a Store which gives you access to Android apps although you probably won’t find all the apps you’d otherwise find on the Play Store. Some significant ones such as Instagram are still missing. The Nokia X has a 3-megapixel camera and gives you decent pictures for that resolution, just about good enough to share with friends or on social networks.

Having gotten used to lightning-quick smartphones, we tend to notice sluggishness in any budget handset. It’s the same with Nokia X as well. The phone is equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which is more potent than the processors that power most other budget handsets. Despite this, there was visible slowdown at times while opening graphic-heavy sites such as NatGeo. Even while typing a message a little too quickly, the keyboard seemed to lag in catching up with what we typed. We don’t except a budget phone to be super quick with typing and precision but we definitely think the Nokia X could have done better. The Nokia X is a decent phone but we can’t help shake off the feeling that if it’s a budget phone you’re looking for you might just be better off with an Asha. The only reason you’d want to pay extra bucks for the Nokia X is the access to a bunch of Android apps.

Rs 8,499

Love – Simple interface, decent battery life

Hate – No Play Store