Nokia Asha 230 Review



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Nokia had released a new OS, the Asha OS. It was the blend of Symbian design with new features and similar working interface. They just dropped a new smartphone to the Asha OS line, The Nokia Asha 230. It is the most basic smartphone with the cheapest price in the market. When I say it is the cheapest, I mean that it is the cheapest.
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Design

Nokia Asha 230 is a very small phone that does fits anywhere easily. It is pretty thick for a small phone but it is pretty nice to hold with the matte built. The phone does not look like much but for the price it is good enough. Nokia Asha 230 curves around the edges at the back to give a better hold but the phone is small enough so that you can operate it with one and only one hand. It is so small that the keyboard size is quiet small and you will have a problem typing.

Display

The display is small, ofcourse you cannot have a small body and a large display. Nokia Asha 230 comes with a 2.8 inches display, it is old school. People no longer care for such a small display but this phone is made for those who cannot afford much. The display is very colourful and generates most of it looks artificial and over exposed. The display is accurate and there is not visible pixilation around. The display is fresh and it is very Symbian in the design.

Camera

The camera is pretty basic. Nokia Asha 230 has a 1.3MP primary camera and there is no secondary camera. Nokia Asha 230’s camera takes some very basic photos, you cannot crop them, and you can’t do anything about them. It is just there for the sake of it. Nokia Asha 230 takes very pixilated photos, they have too much noise in them but “less for less”.

Software

Nokia Asha 230 runs on the v1.4 of the Nokia Asha OS. As I mentioned earlier the phone has the design semantics of the Symbian with certain features that make it the Asha OS it is. The OS is very user friendly and so is the interface. You can get basic apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, all that jazz of Social Media with certain games like Angry Birds. But, the phone does not stand anywhere compared to the other OS ecosystems and App Stores. It is nowhere close.

Performance

The processor on the phone is unknown but the phone is moderately smooth. It does lag now and then. Compared to any other smartphone it is pretty slow. Nokia Asha 230 can take a lot of time to open heavy apps. Even Facebook and WhatsApp are not all that efficient. Nokia Asha 230 has a very low internal memory and you “have to” expand it. Nokia Asha 230’s memory can be expanded to as much as 32GB. The battery is exceptional, easily you can get more than a day out of this smart phone.
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GENERAL FEATURES
In the Box Charger, Quick Guide, Handset, Headset, Battery
Brand Nokia
Model Name Asha
Model ID 230
Form Bar
SIM Size Micro SIM
SIM Type Dual SIM, GSM + GSM, (Dual Standby)
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive
Business Features Document Viewer, Pushmail (Mail for Exchange)
Call Features Conference Call, Loudspeaker, Call Divert
Handset Color Black
PLATFORM
Operating Freq GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900
OS Nokia Asha Software v1.4
Java Yes
DISPLAY
Type LCD Transflective
Size 2.79 Inches
Resolution QVGA, 320 x 240 Pixels
Color 262 K
Other Display Features Low Power Mode, Multipoint-touch, Brightness Control, Tactile Feedback, Nokia Glance Screen, Screen Double Tap
CAMERA
Primary Camera Yes, 1.3 Megapixel
Secondary Camera No
Video Recording Yes, 320 x 240, 15 fps
Zoom Digital Zoom – 3x
Other Camera Features

Fixed Focus, f-number/aperture: f/2.8, Focal Length: 2.3 mm, Minimum Focus Range: 60 cm, Auto and Manual White Balance, Full Screen Viewfinder, Landscape Orientation, Capture Modes, Colour Tone Modes, White Balance Modes, Light Sensitivity, Video White Balance Modes,… Read More

DIMENSIONS
Size 58.6×99.5×13.2 mm
Weight 89.2 g
BATTERY
Type 1020 mAh
Talk Time 12 hrs (2G)
Standby Time 504 hrs (2G)
MEMORY AND STORAGE
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 32 GB
INTERNET & CONNECTIVITY
Internet Features Email
Preinstalled Browser Nokia Xpress Browser
GPRS Yes, 42.8 kbps
EDGE Yes, 236.8 kbps
3G No
Wifi No
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB, v2
Bluetooth Yes, v3, Supported Profiles (PBAP 1.0, FTP, HSP 1.1, A2DP 1.2, HFP 1.5, AVRCP 1.3, DUN, OPP 1.1)
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
MULTIMEDIA
Music Player Yes, Supports MIDI, WMA, AAC, MP3, AMR, WAV
Video Player Yes, Supports MP4, 3GP
FM Yes
Sound Enhancement Integrated Hands-free Speakers
Ringtone 32 Polyphonic, MP3
OTHER FEATURES
Call Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
Phone Book Memory 4000
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Additional Features

Micro-USB-B System Connectors, Free Cloud Storage: 7 GB, Games, Digital Clock, Voice Recorder, Calculator, Calendar, Fixed Dialling Number, Notes, Reminders, Alarm with Ringtones, Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA), MMS Enabled, Call Waiting, Voice Mail, Call Barring,… Read More

Important Apps Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, LINE, Sina Weibo, WhatsApp, Gmail, Nokia Mail, Windows Live, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Direct Chat, Instant Messaging, Nokia Nearby, YouTube, LinkedIn, Asha Motion App, Outlook.com
WARRANTY
Warranty Summary 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories

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