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The sliding X3 is designed for the musical masses, but comes with some distinctly up-tempo talents. The sharp 2.2-inch screen is made even better thanks to an accelerometer to switch automatically between portrait – great for choosing music – and landscape – ideal for enjoying Flash-based web browsing. Built-in A-GPS and Ovi Maps give turn-by-turn navigation, whether you’re on foot or in the car, and you can slip in an affordable microSD card (up to 16GB) to feed your multimedia appetite. It has Bluetooth to stream music to wireless headphones, Flight Mode for use it as a media player wherever you are, and a normal 3.5mm headphone socket. It’s also the first S40 Nokia phone with direct access to the Ovi Store, where you can download games, videos, podcasts and applications. A 3.2MP camera, email and instant messaging round out a smart little phone. It’s also one of the first Nokia handsets to feature a smart new conversational view for SMS and MMS, making it faster and easier to jump between text chats.

What they say

“If you’re looking for an attractive GSM-only music phone that isn’t too expensive, then the Nokia X3 seems to offer everything you need in the box”

Mobile Gazette

If you only do one thing

Tune out the outside world and tune in the X3’s FM radio, stereo speakers and a fully customisable media player that can be tweaked to look just the way you want. To experience the X3 at its best, sign up for the Comes With Music service and open the door to unlimited tracks plus downloads you can keep forever.


The Royal Navy had its very own compact, high tech X3, way back in 1943. The X3 was a midget submarine designed to attack stationary warships by dropping timed explosive charges beneath them and then retreating. It was actually a hybrid craft, using a a 30hp electric motor and a diesel engine modified from a London bus, with a range of about 575 miles.

The midget subs’ first mission was against the German fleet in Norway, where it successfully damaged the battleship Tirpitz. Later, X-class submarines surveyed the D-Day beaches with periscopes and echo sounders, and landing divers who collected soil samples in condoms.