Nokia Asha 303
A new smartphone is coming
While some of you are probably busy with exploring your iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S II, Nokia N9 and other recent releases right now, the others wish their copies of Nokia’s Asha 303 would arrive faster. This smartphone was officially announced last month during the Nokia World event organized in London. From what we know, the device was made to address emerging markets, such as India, the Philippines, Indonesia and so on. We gave it a try and here’s what we think about it in this review.
2.6″ TFT capacitive display
Nokia Asha smartphones are renowned for being easy to use and travel around with, the latter aspect being due to their lightweight and dimensions (99g and 116.5mm x 55.7mm x 13.9 mm). This way, people who visit many countries don’t have to worry that their phone will be too heavy or break too easily. At first glance, we thought that the Qwerty keyboard placed under the display of the 303 was meant to slide out, but it didn’t; it was simply fixed in place. If we have to find a fault with it, it would be the fact that its keys had no gaps between them; but on the other hand we liked the big space bar. The rear has a brushed-metal effect. The screen is a 2.6″ TFT capacitive one with 256K colors; during our tests this display was very responsive and all we needed were slight taps to activate it. The colors offered by the Asha 303 are the following: black and grey.
Among all the usual Nokia Asha features, the 303 model sports a 3.2-megapixel camera – as opposed to the 8-megapixel ones on Samsung Galaxy S II and iPhone 4S – around the back. The resolution – 2048 x 1536 pixels – might not be particularly high when you compare it to the one present on other smartphones, but it still helps it achieve fairly good quality when it comes to photos and videos. At least that’s what happened when we snapped pictures and shot content both inside and outside in different light conditions.
The platform used by Nokia’s Asha 303 model is the Series 40. It provided superb ease of use in the test performed in this review. Its only downside is that it isn’t made for downloading applications like the Orange Monte Carlo is.
The processor is of the 1GHz type and it delivers decent speed. But if you want powerful multitasking, stay away from this smartphone; if you don’t mind the CPU, this device works great when it comes to writing an SMS, navigating through menus and other simple activities. In terms of memory, the Asha 303 offers 170MB (100MB user available) which can be expanded up to 32GB thanks to a microSD card; also, the box this Asha 303 ships in has a 2GB card inside.
Angry Birds addicts will more than jump from joy when hearing that this smartphone is pre-installed with the Angry Birds Lite version which runs smoothly. If you don’t want to play games, you can at any time listen to your favorite music via the product’s stereo FM radio.
Good battery life
The Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery included on the Asha 303 provided up to 6 hours of talk time (moderate usage) and 4.5 hours battery life when using the 3G function, different features and apps. Call quality was good: we heard our friends and they heard us back loud and clear; there were no distortions or other flaws on either end.
All in all at the end of this test we can conclude that the Nokia Asha 303 is a pretty good smartphone with a solid performance.
|Display:||2.6 inch touch and type (QVGA capacitive display)|
|Camera:||3.2 MP Autofocus EDOF camera|
|Processor:||1 GHz processor|
|Operating System||Symbian S40|
|Connectivity:||3.5G (HSPA),WiFi,Bluetooth 2.1|
|Estimated standby 2G:||35 days|
|Estimated standby 3G:||35 days|
|Estimated talk time 2G:||8 hours|
|Estimated talk time 3G:||7 hours|