The Nokia XL – tips and tricks without gaining Root access

Thanks to Nokia Singapore, TheGeekyBeng have had the privilege of being one of the first 08 Singaporeans outside of Nokia Singapore to have the official set of the 5-inch beast Nokia XL – or as TGB prefers to call it, Nokia (Cross-over)L where X = Cross-over of UIs and operating system.

Here are the specifications:

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 141.4 mm
    • Width: 77.7 mm
    • Thickness: 10.9 mm
    • Weight: 190 g
  • Display

    • Display size: 5 ”
    • Display features: Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor, Nokia Glance screen, Screen double tap, Wide viewing angle
  • Photography

    • Main camera sensor: 5 MP
    • Camera resolution: 2592 x 1944 pixels
    • Main camera focus type: Auto focus
  • Power management

    • Maximum standby time with dual SIM: 30 days
    • Maximum standby time: 37 days
    • Maximum talk time (2G): 16 h
    • Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4
    • Maximum talk time (3G): 13 h
    • Maximum music playback time: 37 h
TheGeekyBeng had intend to troll Nokia Singapore during the End May Event at MSFT at One Marina Boulevard. Especially when the whole #GreenDuck invite was sent to us. I am afterall, still a Lumia lover.

Frankly speaking, the Nokia X family devices are, how should i put it nicely, major-atrocity out-of-the-box.  I first encountered the Nokia X in Thailand when I was having my usual monthly pilgrimage to my retirement homeland in early May, took a shot of it and shared it on my Facebook with my friends.  And when Nokia Singapore invited me to experience the XL for myself sometime in the last week of May, I had actually prepared to troll them with my RedMi and Sony Xperia Z2 that night. Opps! Sorry Nokia Singapore!

In fact, because of the location that the event was held, TGB decided not to drive into town at the Pocket-unfriendly-hour of 630pm as ERPs and Carpark charges would be a major killer.  So TGB happily took a train into town – at least he can fiddle around with the device on the way back – or so he initially thought.

But the sad fact is, when TGB had the Nokia XL towards the end of the night, right out of the box, the half-baked UI really didn’t command any forms of interest on this geek’s head.  Not even the slightest.  The device just went straight back into the box and into TGB’s Orange TUMI Bag.

Here are a few points that TGB thinks is all wrong about the Nokia XL.

1. Crappy Built-in Keyboard – there’s no basic user logic to the keyboard.  Everything is god-damn messy.  And oh the lag, how can I say about the bloody lag.

2. Lumia Tiles (note, not LIVE Tiles) wannabe and failed miserably – enough said.

3. App opening speed, did i mention oh the LAG!  For someone who have the patience of Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver … I need blazing fast in everything!

4. Screen is the most normal of any device at that price, i compared it with XiaoMi RedMi and frankly the Nokia XL looks brighter and better – but in no way, comparable to any flagship – think Lumia 525 screens.

So there i was off to an extremely bored start of using the half-of-a-crap-cross-over-UI when I discovered that there is a KitKat Launcher APK that I can sideload into the system.

Everything changed from that moment on.


After one sideloading of the KitKat Launcher APK, i decided to be more adventurous with my APK sideloads …

I customized my KitKat Launcher to be as native android as possible – with tinee-tiny font sizes (which I love to death so that no one can spy on me) and also, downloaded Adobe Flash Player to run on the Mozilla Firefox so that i can play my favourite Facebook Game, Marvel’s Avengers Alliance – and for a 1GB Ram device, it actually runs!

Also, since I cannot get Whatsapp to work by itself properly as an app, there’s a work-around where you send your Whatsapp messages to your contacts via your PhoneBook contact list instead of your Whatsapp, and when they reply you, just use as per normal.

Well, as for impatient geeks like myself, after some seriously heated “inferring” discussions with a fellow Nokia fan, and via his recommendations, I decided to give Whatsapp+ a try, and by god, it was amazing!
I mean really, it actually by-passed the Whatsapp issue of Nokia X family and it is fully customizable and hey, not reliant on GooglePlay Store.

And of course, to cure the biggest gripe I had about the Nokia X family, I downloaded SWIFTKEY keyboard for Android … and AMEN to that, the entire user experience was changed, a complete 180 degree change all over.

well, as it is getting late, I shall end my long post here.

Remember people, in another 11hrs and 25mins is the official launch and online sales of the actually-very-superb Nokia XL.  And for those of you who have the CODE for the FIRST 100 buyers who will get that 50% discount …  just buy FIRST talk later!  afterall, it is only selling at S$239 before discount and thus it will become S$120 after discount, CHEAPEST POWERFUL PHONE EVER!

remember to visit to get your code now … and come back at 12pm to buy it!  Only one set per customer and Nokia pledge to deliver the 1st 100 by end of Saturday!

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