There was a time when phones with full keyboards were reserved for mid- to high-end handsets. Time flies fast indeed and the affordable Nokia X2 (aka X2-01) is definitely an attractive option for those in search of a budget-friendly messaging device.
Physically, it's far from a striking sight. The design is identifiable with Nokia's general aesthetic when it comes to QWERTY candybars, although, it's decidedly a tad more boring and plastic-heavy. Despite that, it has a solid and somewhat durable feel. Display is a 2.4-inch LCD with a 320 x 240 resolution, which is just fine for a phone of this type. Keyboard is actually good, with domed keys and a spacious arrangement.
As a phone, the Nokia X2 delivered good call quality with clear voices and sufficient volume. Those on the other end reported a similar positive experience, although they did say it was obvious the call was made from a cellphone. Speakerphone, unfortunately, is below average, with sound cutting out frequently. Battery is rated at 4.5 hours of talk time.
Features are largely basic. You get a 1,000-contact address book, a variety of PIM tools, a variety of calling options, stereo Bluetooth and basic messaging. More advanced stuff include web-based email (POP3 and IMAP4), web-based IM and a Community portal for Facebook and Twitter feeds. There's also a full HTML browser, which is a pain to use with the EDGE connectivity and the tiny screen. Everything is serviceable, although you'll definitely notice the difference if you're used to working with smartphones.
The camera is only VGA, so it's not really worth bothering with, other than for emergency shooting situations. We do love the music player, though, which is a tad more advanced than what you normally get from such affordable units.
Overall, the Nokia X2 is a well-built, decently-equipped handset that should satisfy most basic users' needs. Price is very agreeable, too, at $64.99 prepaid from T-Mobile.