Nokia Asha 303 Review



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Another one passed down the touch and type lane, we welcome the Nokia Asha 303. It runs the tweaked-modern version of Symbian 40 OS. There was a huge hype following this product during its release in 2011 Dec. The device does not look like anything that would be great to hold or something great to buy. Not at least from the initial impressions. And the are there fans for touch and type? Naah, I dont think so.
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Design

Nokia Asha 303 Design
Made of of plastic, this phone really does not give you a good feel. I mean, even though Nokia Asha 200 was plastic too but it certainly felt a lot better. They come in the following colors: Red, Graphite, Silver White, Aqua, Green, Purple. Nokia always give the options of colors, we have seen it in almost every device they have launched since 2011. The phone is 0.55 inches thick, thats a lot for the phones already in Asha series. You dont want your pocket to draw any attention but this surely will and we all know how that ends.

Software

Nokia Asha 303 Symbian 40 OS
There is not much to talk about the Series 40 Symbian OS. This OS is supposed to be in its retirement days and only one can wonder how they still manage to put devices up in the market. Okay, Symbian as whole, if you are supporting classy hardware like that of Pure View 808, understood. But otherwise, not really. Symbian 40 does not allow you to multitask. So why even bother what OS you have if you have chosen this phone.

Camera

These days people do care alot about the camera they carry in the phone. It should be decent enough for the memories you want to capture to be clear and give that sense of something better. The 3.2 MP camera on the Asha 303 is quiet cool. It captures stills at 2048×1536 pixels with fixed focus and not auto focus. But if you are looking for a camera which can do the same in terms of video, this is not you walk to take. It recording VGA quality @15fps making the video very noisy and unstable. It just does not look right. But the image capturing capabilities is quiet nice.

Performance

The phone comes with a 1GHz processor along with 128MB of RAM. This is enough to run your Symbain
applications. They do not offer you multitask anyway, so put that power on a single app and you good to go. The phone might hang when you try to access your SD card or switch between camera and home screen to quick. Just does not perform well enough in general switching between applications, here and there. It has an internal memory of 170MB but expandable upto 32GB using microSD cards. Just like every other Nokia phone, it has a crazy battery backup providing you with 840 Hours of standby ON 3G!

Final Thoughts

If you love touch and type and will go with the Symbian then there is nothing more to say, is there? The camera performs quiet decent, so does the hardware but it will lag the life out of you. People who can afford this phone can certainly do better, so think wisely. Go for this phone also for its awesome battery backup.

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Mini-SIM
Announced 2011, October
Status Available. Released 2011, December
BODY Dimensions 116.5 x 55.7 x 13.9 mm, 72 cc (4.59 x 2.19 x 0.55 in)
Weight 99 g (3.49 oz)
Keyboard QWERTY
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 320 x 240 pixels, 2.6 inches (~154 ppi pixel density)
SOUND Alert types Vibration, Polyphonic(64), WAV, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Phonebook Yes, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 170 MB (100 MB user available), 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 32
Speed HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go
CAMERA Primary 3.2 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, fixed focus,┬ácheck quality
Features Face detection
Video Yes, VGA@15fps
Secondary No
FEATURES CPU 1 GHz
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
GPS No
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Red, Graphite, Silver White, Aqua, Green, Purple
– SNS integration
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery (BP-3L)
Stand-by Up to 720 h (2G) / Up to 840 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 8 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 10 min (3G)
Music play Up to 47 h

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