NOKIA X20 reviewed
It is good to see Nokia back as a phone producer. For many of us coming of age with mobile phones in Ireland in the 90s, Nokia was the go to company for your phone. They were tough, durable, did the job, were hard to break, and simply worked well. As we all know Nokia then became a case study in how not to deal with change, innovation, and upcoming trends. They looked in the wrong direction, and suddenly the world overtook them and left their products outdated and irrelevant to what the world wanted.
Since then the company, and the brand name has been on a long and tough journey. However at the same time there is still a residual source of good well from at least a certain age group and demographic towards Nokia products. It is a bit like reminiscing about the songs you used to listen to in the 90s and early naughties, and with that comes the phones you used to use to.
Here we are now in 2021 and Nokia is back. In many ways from a user experience point of view you could say that a new Nokia phone now looks like many others on the market. At the same time they are leading with a focus on strong and likeable design, and also brandishing their green credentials too. Both of those points are attack are logical, and handled well. You are also promised three years of Android updates too, so hopefully that will ensure that your phone remains relevant during its lifetime with you, and beyond hopefully.
In the box there is only the phone and a USB connector, but perhaps, as we all have charger heads this is no bad thing, especially if it reduces e-waste too. It handles in an initiative way, if you have used any other smart phone, then this one will offer no huge mysteries in terms of how to get its fired up and using it. It is part of the trend towards slightly larger phones again, this one will sit slightly less snugly in your pocket than say a Google Pixel or a Samsung Galaxy, but for many young users that is now par for the course, and so may not be a huge issue.
We liked the design and feel of the phone, but it also feels like a slightly cautious return to the market, slightly dipping their toe in the water. We had been looking forward to seeing what the new line of Nokias would be like. The cameras are good, some analysis has suggested that the computing power is slightly slower than some of it’s rivals. But on the other hand if they can tap into the deeper heritage that Nokia brings to mobile phones, then this could turn out to be a slow burning success for then. Hopefully this paves the way for a series of better and better Nokia products coming onto the market again.
Pricing and availability
The Nokia X20 is available in Ireland from Nokia.com/phones in Midnight Sun and Nordic Blue. The 8/128GB variant is exclusive to Nokia.com priced at €329.99. The gift to plant 20 trees via Ecologi will be activated using your device IMEI code visiting https://www.nokia.
More about the phone
HMD Global have partnered with Ecologi, a climate action change company that helps to reduce corporate carbon footprints, funds climate-positive projects and responsibly plants trees.
As a target milestone, HMD Global has committed to facilitating the planting of one million trees, amounting to 308,000 tonnes of carbon avoided over 25 years. Nokia X20 arrives in Ireland bringing extended warranty, security and software updates that consumers will love, trust and want to keep.
Encouraging Irish consumers to join the Finnish mobile brand on its sustainability journey.
- Nokia X20 launches for €329.99 with 5G, three years of security updates, software upgrades and warranty
- Partnership with Ecologi, to plant one million trees
- The new Nokia.com/phones Ireland website launches this week offering next day delivery, 30 days return, shipment from Irish warehouse and exclusive offers
With one in two (55%) people worrying about how their constant mobile phone upgrading affects the environment and 48% concerned about the excessive electronic waste produced, Nokia phones are made and built to last the test of life with durability and longevity at their core. The new NokiaX20 has undergone over 50 rigorous tests, from force measurement to wear and scratch, as part of Nokia’s Standard Product Requirement tests.
The assessments are known to be some of the most stringent in the industry and have been tried and tested over the years. In addition to durable design, Nokia X20comes with an extended warranty of three years – exceeding the industry standard – and a free 100% compostable case. The case is designed to be tough on the ground but soft on the Earth, helping to make the X-series go the distance, instead of the landfill.
In a recent survey commissioned across 30 countries globally, it was revealed that ¾ of people want a phone that they can keep for longer with 79% of respondents admitting they would if the devices maintained their performance over time. The signature Nordic design is matched with three years of software updates, three years of monthly security updates for extra piece of mind.
All new Nokia phones purchased to help plant one million trees.
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, is delighted to announce its partnership with Ecologi, a climate action change company that helps to reduce corporate carbon footprints, funds climate-positive projects and responsibly plants trees.
Buyers of the Nokia X20 will be given the gift of 20 planted trees via Ecologi. As a target milestone, HMD Global has committed to facilitating the planting of one million trees, amounting to 308,000 tonnes of carbon avoided over 25 years. The combined effort from customers will be equivalent to over 700 million miles driven in a car or 37,465,935,100 smartphones charged.
The wall charger and headphones have been removed from the sales box, helping to tackle the 12,000 tonnes of e-waste generated by mobile phone chargers in the EU.
About HMD Global
Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, HMD Global Oy (“HMD”) is the home of Nokia phones and HMD Services. HMD’s mission is providing accessible connectivity for everyone. HMD designs and markets a range of smartphones and feature phones and an expanding portfolio of innovative service offerings. With an ongoing commitment to security, durability, reliability, and quality across its range, HMD is the proud exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for phones, tablets and accessories. For further information, see?www.hmdglobal.com.
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