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The Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type is described by Nokia as “The Best of Both Worlds”, as it allows both touchscreen and keypad fans to enjoy the device equally. This new way of interacting with your device makes the entire experience extremely enjoyable, especially for things like gaming, texting and web surfing. Hit the jump for my first thoughts of the Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type.

When unboxing the X3-02, I was quite surprised with it’s size and weight. At only 9.6 mm and 77.4 g, this phone is impressively thin and lightweight. It is about the same thickness as a stack of 5 quarters and a bit thicker than a standard No. 2 pencil.

When compared to the Nokia N8 and the Nokia N97 mini, this phone beats both in terms of being the most pocket-friendly device.

The build quality is what you’d expect from a high end feature phone, with a strong plastic body and aluminum battery cover.

The keypad is well lit and is easily visible in a dim or dark room. The arrangement is slightly different compared to traditional T9 keypads. The *, #, and zero keys are placed on the right hand side of the keypad rather than on the bottom under 7, 8, and 9. This leaves more room for the 2.4-inch LCD and touchscreen and allows your thumb to reach the top of the screen easily. It isn’t too much of a problem but may take a little while to get used to, especially when composing text messages and emails. It also has a dedicated messaging key and multimedia key, which is nice to have.

The screen has a crisp and clean look to it, with a homescreen that is highly customizable for a feature phone, with multiple mini-widgets that connect with Facebook, Twitter, email and more. The resistive touchscreen is very responsive and the kinetic scrolling makes the entire experience quick and enjoyable while viewing emails, photos and websites.

I was also pretty impressed by the network speeds that this little phone was capable of achieving. The Nokia X3-02 uses HSDPA/HSUPA 3G and was able to download at speeds of 1.6 – 1.8 Mbps, depending on the signal I was getting and whether or not it was during peak hours. The X3-02 can also connect to WiFi networks and is b/g/n compatible.

I’ll be using the device more over the next few days and will keep you updated on more features so make sure you stay tuned for more on the Nokia X3-02 Touch & Type.

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