Nokia Asha 300 Feature phone review

Nokia Asha 300 was one of the devices announced at Nokia World 2011 and was made available in early part of 2012. The Asha series made headlines due to their 1GHz processor inside. The same holds good for Nokia Asha 300.

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Lets start with the look and feel

Nokia Asha 300 is a candy bar phone. The only difference when compared with other candy bar phones is the presence of Touch screen. Yes, the device gives both touch and type experience for the users.

The screen is 2.4″ in dimensions with 320*240 pixel resolution and is resistive in nature. Just below the display is the Alpla-numeric keypad. Between them is the 3  keys dedicated for Call, End and messaging.

On the right of the device, we have Volume Rocker, Lock/Unlock/Standby button. The bottom of the device is plain. Left of the device has a slot to open the back cover.

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The top of the device hosts micro USB port, 3.5″ audio jack and a 2mm charger port. The micro USB port can also be used for charging the device. The rear of the device has a 5 MP Full focus camera and speaker grill.

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On removing the battery panel, one can see the 1100 mAh battery and beneath which is the SIM card slot. There is also a micro SD card slot which supports upto 32GB .

Whats Inside

The device comes with Series 40 6th Edition FP1. Yes, you read it right. The device has Series 40 OS and is fully touch optimized. The other features are as you see in other S40 based phones with addition of touch feature.

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The homescreen can be personalized with addition and modification of widgets with support for Communities, Calendar, Notes, Quick Contacts, etc. The browser in Asha 300 comes saves 90% of the data transfer rate. Communities is for those who need Social Networking capabilities like Facebook, Twitter etc.

The device comes with Angry Birds pre-loaded with few levels and is optimised for S40 based devices. Providing one of the popular games with this device is definitely a plus. Though I feel the need for Capacitive touch screen for proper response from the game.

Nokia Asha 300 also comes with Nokia Music Subscription for 3 months and customers can enjoy DRM free music.

Along with the above, some usual apps like Alarm clock, Calculator, Voice Recorder, Nokia Life tools comes with the device.

Camera

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5 MP Full Focus camera at the back is descent enough with enough lighting. Grainier picture can be observed if you use it in low-light conditions. Videos can be recorded at 640*480 pixels with 30fps. Check the captures below. Good enough for regular snaps, eh?

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Price and Colours

The phone is priced at Rs 6155 at Flipkart and Rs 6276 at Nokia Shop. It is available in Graphite and Red colours.

Connectivity

Comes with HSUPA and HSPDA connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, USB On-the-go via micro USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack.

Notifications
The backlit keypad also notifies users about the missed events like calls and messages. Its observable and is good enough to draw one’s attention. The sound quality is pretty good.

Battery life

The BL-4U 3.7V 1110 mAh promises acts as a good enough power house for this device. The device lasted for atleast 2 days with always on edge connectivity and descent number of calls.

What I like:

  • Good feel and grip
  • Responsive Touch screen
  • USB – On the go
  • Battery life
  • Angry Birds
  • 3G

And things which I missed

  • WiFi
  • Fluidish UI
  • Camera shutter button
  • Maps and GPS

The phone is definitely a good buy with the price point in view and the features it provides.

Do let us know your views, what could have been in the package and what you wished to see.

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