Nokia Asha 303 Review

A couple of months ago, there were two big announcements made by Nokia. It’s time for the Asha handsets to step in the limelight now. The new Nokia Asha 303 ia making all efforts and leaving no stones unturned to offer a complete experience to the users. Nokia Asha 303, the new phone was announced at Nokia world 2011 in London. It seems the phone is all set to lead Nokia’s return to markets that Finns like to believe as their own. The phone was launched with other Asha phones like Nokia Asha 200, 201 and 300.

Known as the flagship of the Asha phones, Nokia Asha 303 is embedded with 1GHz ARM11 processor and provided low power single channel RAM with 128MB. Offering the familiar handiness of Touch and Type phones, the phone comes with a slightly bigger screen. With a powerful 1GHz processor, it has a complete QWERTY keyboard and supported by Nokia S40 operating system. Along with the pentaband 3G radio, WiFi and SIP VoIP over 3G, another attractive feature of this phone is that it comes with Angry Birds. So now you can play angry birds on Nokia Asha 303, a feature that is seen for the first time on a series 40 phone.

Nokia Asha 303 phone is available in Graphite, Green, Red, Silver White, Purple and Aqua colors. Let us now take a look at the key features of Nokia Asha 303 phone.

How it Fits in Your Hand
With the dimensions of 116.5 x 55.7 x 13.9 mm and a weight of 99g, the phone is lightweight although medium sized. Unlike the plastic predecessors, the phone feels good with its metallic brushed battery cover.

How is the Phone Carved
The phone includes a 2.6” TFT capacitive touch screen, the display size is 320 x 240  pixels and supported by 256K colors and 154 ppi pixel density. You will also find a full four-row hardware QWERTY keyboard. The lock/unlock button and volume key are provided on the left side of the phone so that you can easily connect to the wireless network menu by pressing and holding the space bar.

How Long Before its Juice Runs Out
Powered by a standard battery, Li-Ion 1300mAh, the stand by time is capable of 720h-2G / Up to 840h -3G. You can enjoy Music play up 48h and the talking time up to 7h for 3G and 8h for 2G.

Pleasure to Your Ears

Enjoy vibration, WAV, Polyphonic 64, and MP3 ring tones. You will also find a loudspeaker and 3.5mm audio jack. The loud speaker is located at the back, under the aluminum battery cover. There is a built-in bluetooth v2.1 and EDR.

The World Through its Eye
Nokia Asha 303 phone has 3.2MP camera with fixed focus. You also enjoy the video facility of recording at 15fps. The 4x digital zoom can be used for both video and camera.

Data Support
USB On the go support ia available with GPRS class 33, Micro USB V2.0, HS and EDGE class 32,  3G HSDPA, WLAN and HSUPA.

Memory and connectivity
Along with 170 MB internal memory, there is 1 slot for MicroSD external memory. Use USB to transfer data via your PC. Nokia Asha 303 also has Bluetooth and WiFi for wireless communication.

Other Features

  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Angry Birds is Asha 300/303 exclusive
  • Games are downloadable.

Some of the main disadvantages that the consumer can come across in Nokia Asha 303 are the fixed-focus camera that leaves little room for experimentation. There is no multitasking and other features that go amiss are smart dialing, video-call camera and document viewer. The non-hot-swappable memory card is another drawback.

However, Nokia Asha 303 phone is the best equipped handset. The original QWERTY/touchscreen S40 phone, along with USB-on-the-go and Wi-Fi, make it much commendable of a smartphone. It is still not a smart phone of course. The biggest exclusion is multitasking. But Asha 303 is well equipped to be a brilliant competitor in its class.

Let’s wrap up the page with a brief look at pros and cons of Nokia Asha 303

Pros

  • Multiple support for global GSM/UMTS network
  • 1000 MHz Fast processor
  • Convenient QWERTY Keypad
  •  Value for money
  •  Face detection camera

Cons

  • No multitasking
  •  No smart dialing
  • No document viewer
  •  Fixed-focus camera
  •  No video-call camera

It remains to be seen how Nokia Asha 303 will perform and deliver. If it is able to withstand the competition and delivers on time as well as price, the phone is surely going to create waves in the market. The competition is getting tougher and the consumer is becoming choosier. Only time can tell the actual impact of the phone.

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