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Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review

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Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review
We got our hands on the Nokia Asha 202 and Asha 203 - the new ultra low end additions to Nokia’s Series 40-based Asha series and they aim to offer a lot of bang for very little buck.

First of all, the Nokia Asha 202 and 203 are identical except for one thing - the Asha 202 is a dual-SIM handset, while the Asha 203 only supports one SIM card.

Both phones come in a classical candy bar form factor with T9 keypad, and also a 2.4-inch QVGA resistive touchscreen. You can feel that the screen is resistive and it takes slightly more effort and concentration to get used to it. That's one corner Nokia has cut short to arrive at the price tag.

Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review
Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review
Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review

The Asha 202 and 203 look as if they had a metal rim up front, but that’s only the looks - in reality they are all plastic. Design-wise they reminded us the cheapo Nokia 101, with a diagonal cut on the sides where the back cover fits in. The pair comes in a choice of four colors – dark red, black, silver white and dark grey.

Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review
Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review
Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review

In terms of software you get Series 40, which has grown to include a number of features and both phones come with plenty of games, even titles from EA, but you have to consider the small screen. The Ashas do have a browser and all other basic applications.

On the back of the Asha 202 and 203 there's a basic 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera. It has decent amount of settings for its class, but it captures poor video in only the barely usable QCIF format. All of that gets stored on the 10MB of internal memory, but mostly on the microSD card you choose to insert. Up to 32GB cards are supported. There's also an FM Radio and a very loud speaker. Check out our images of the two handsets below.

Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review
Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review
Nokia Asha 202, 203 Hands-on Review




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posted on 27 Feb 2012, 10:52 1

1. Le05K (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Nokia why are you producing the same phone over and over, looks good but why would anybody want to buy it?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 15:48

3. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


its not everyone that buys iPhones...they are other niche's

posted on 07 May 2013, 11:51

4. j0rpetz (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 May 2013)


complain is you many then why not buy iphones like. such a hipster!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 12:03

2. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


looks like the palm centro!

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