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March 10, 2014

Nokia X: Nine things to do straight out of the box

The Nokia X will be hitting shop shelves across the world very soon. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, here’s our indispensable to-do list once the shiny box is open… 

1. Install apps

The beauty of Nokia X is its ability to run Android apps, opening up a world of possibilities for Android developers who want you to experience their handiwork. All you have to do is click on ‘Store’ from the home screen to be presented with a list of featured apps, games and app collections, along with the ability to search apps by text or browsing 33 distinct categories. Oh, and don’t forget to…



2…update your apps

One of the great things about Nokia X is notifications and, straight from the homescreen, you’ll be alerted to any available app updates. Just swipe to the right to be taken to the app-download screen. Couldn’t be simpler.


3. Switch on Glance screen

Those familiar with Asha touch and Nokia Lumia devices will appreciate the convenience of Glance screen. Once enabled, just give the Nokia X display a quick tap and it’ll display the time. You’ll find the option in Settings. Most handy.


4. Personalise Fastlane

Think of Fastlane as your dynamic home screen. It’s here that you’ll receive up-to-the-minute notifications of apps, general features, email, social networks, MixRadio, messaging, maps and much more. Click on the Fastlane option within Settings to customise what you want to see. Here, you’ll also be able to choose which apps record their history on your Fastlane, and choose a social network shortcut for your preferred service.


5. Customise your home screen

To make your Nokia X feel like your own, arrange your homescreen icons by ‘holding and dragging’ to wherever you want. To make an icon bigger, click the arrow that appears once an icon is selected. You can also put multiple icons in folders, add widgets and choose your own wallpaper from the Settings menu – either from pre-determined designs or your image gallery. On the 5-inch Nokia XL screen, you can really get creative.


6. Use the back button!

A simple, but essential feature; the ‘back’ button at the bottom of the Nokia X will take you back one-step from wherever you are. Hold it for a second to jump back to the home screen.


7. Master Nokia MixRadio

If your country supports MixRadio, then you’re in for a whole new listening experience. Without the need for registration or subscription fees, you can instantly access tens of thousands of tunes, copious curated mixes, create your own mix and even download tracks over Wi-Fi to listen ‘offline’ when your signal isn’t at its best.

Once you’ve listened to a few tracks, giving them the thumbs up or down, MixRadio will build up a profile of your tastes and deliver you your own personalised music selection through Play Me. Hugely powerful, infinitely entertaining.


8. Set up your email

It takes less than a minute. Just click on the email icon from the home screen, tap the plus icon, enter your email address and password, give it a name (you can have multiple accounts) and, all being well, you’ll be ready to send and receive.


Nokia X will allow you to perform all the usual e-tasks, such as ‘starring’ important mail, searching your inbox, forwarding, replying and, if you have multiple accounts, viewing a unified inbox.


9. Take a picture

The Nokia X sports a 3MP camera, while the Nokia XL showcases a 5MP sensor, however it’s the camera settings that set the range apart. Click on the camera icon and you’ll have access to a wide range of features to capture the perfect shot Combine this with the wealth of photographic apps in the Store and you’ve got a potent portable snapper.


What features you’re looking forward to? Let us know in the comments, below