Nokia Asha 300 was announced at Nokia World 2011 . It is one of the feature phones to come with 1 GHz processor and preloaded Angry birds game. Thanks to Nokia India for sending me one for trial. Here is my review about the device.
Design and Build quality:
Nokia and its build quality are legendary always, this phone is not a exception. Nokia Asha 300 comes with touch and type user experience. This experience combines the best of both touch input and alphanumeric keypad. The keypad is perfectly designed and elevated in a way to give users comfortable typing experience. The Series 40 6th Edition, FP 1 UI is completely touch optimized . Rather than the Alphanumeric keypad, default call & end key, Asha 300 also comes with mail shortcut button and push to unlock too. Nokia Asha 300 comes with an internal memory of 140MB and supports micro SD cards upto 32GB.
The screen measures 2.4″ which is pretty nice for browsing and casual gaming.
The screen is powered by resistive touchscreen panel which takes care of your touch inputs. The 1GHz processor makes the UI and UX works good but not super smooth as you expect. The top part of the phone holds all the major ports such as USB port,2mm charger port and 3.5mm Jack. This phone also supports USB charging too.
Removing the battery cover reveals the hot swap micro SD card slot and the sim card slot is placed safely below the 1110mAh battery.
The affordable Asha 300 supports both HSUPA and HSDPA data bands. Other than that Asha 300 also comes with Bluetooth V2.1.
Best part of Asha 300 is it support USB-OTG. YEAH! feature phone with USB-OTG support sounds so sweet. Have a flash drive full of songs just plugin and transfer without PC .
Nokia Asha 300 comes with a 5MP full focus cam with 4x digital zoom. It takes pretty decent shots. The shots measures a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. The Camera shoots video at a resolution of 640 x 480 at 30fps. Here are some camera samples in low-light and normal mode.
Software and Applications :
Lets start from homescreen , the homescreen is customizable and consists of widgets such as Music Player, Calendar, Notes, Communities app, an array of four shortcuts and much more. The UI provides haptic feedback throughout the system. It feels like you are pressing a real button. Other than that this phone also comes with themes support as all other S40 phones. Lets have a look at the Apps section.
I would like to start with this line ” Feature Phone just got smarter” . It is so true for the Asha 300. This feature phone comes with loads of goodies you expect out of the box from a smartphone. The apps worth mentioning are
- Nokia Browser which reduces data transfer up to 90% saving your 3G data limit
- Nokia communities a social media app combining both Twitter and Facebook
- Zenga TV which lets you stream tv channels via 3G
- All time favourite Angry Birds game
- Nokia Life Tools, Book my Show, Ebay India app, Mobile ESPN and
- NewsHunt, an app which lets you read all major news publiscations in your mobile.
Quite a collection no ? Other than this there is also dedicated Nokia store which lets you discover tons of apps,games and themes and also Nokia Music app too .
Overall the Nokia Asha 300 lives up-to the expectation of a 1GHz feature phone. The processing power shows up very much in browser than UI. The Angry Birds which I was expecting to be laggy turn out to be smooth and quite fun. Whatsapp for S40 gives you another reason for owning this feature phone as a secondary phone incase your main phone runs out of battery. At the price range Asha 300 is selling it is a must buy if you are looking for a smart affordable feature phone.
- Good Build quality
- Touch and Type Form factor
- 3G connectivity
- 5 Megapixel Camera
- Java Apps and Games support
- Angry Birds
- Push email
- Maximum of 32GB SD card support
- Bundled headphones sounds quite nice
- Good battery life
- No Wifi
- 1GHz processor doesn’t make much difference in UI
- Video quality is poor
You can purchase the Nokia Ash 300 online from Nokia India Online Shop. Check out this link –> http://nokia.indiatimes.com/nokia/touch-and-type/nokia-asha-300-red-/10021/p_B10323
Do check the Nokia Asha 300 Photo gallery Here —>