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Nokia Asha 200 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Users who are not familiar with the Series 40 platform and its interface will be feeling lost at first and will have to spend a lot of time fiddling through menus, customizing shortcuts, and getting used to the way things are organized. Quite a drag, we know, and we really wish that the interface was designed in a more user-friendly manner.

You can choose between having a home screen with widgets and shortcuts, or a clean, minimalistic home screen with no widgets on it. We personally prefer the latter option as it is far less cluttered, although having the aforementioned widgets could be very useful as well. Keep in mind, however, that interacting with some of the widgets is somewhat laggy, but other than that, we didn't experience any other performance issues with the device's interface.

The interface of the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
The interface of the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
The interface of the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
The interface of the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review

The interface of the Nokia Asha 200


Since the Nokia Asha 200 is a dual-SIM phone, you get to choose what each active SIM card is used for, which is pretty neat. For example you can have calls and text messages going through your primary one, while the secondary SIM card takes care of data connectivity. The latter can be replaced on the fly, and the phone can store settings for up to five different SIM cards.

You get to choose what each active SIM card is used for - Nokia Asha 200 Review
You get to choose what each active SIM card is used for - Nokia Asha 200 Review

You get to choose what each active SIM card is used for


Out of the box you get native Facebook, Twitter and Flickr integration via the Social app, which is great news if you are an avid social network user. Also, instant messaging client that can work with Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, and more comes out of the box.

Social networking services and messaging - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Social networking services and messaging - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Social networking services and messaging - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Social networking services and messaging - Nokia Asha 200 Review

Social networking services and messaging



Internet browser and Connectivity:

No matter how hard we tried, the stock web browser on the Nokia Asha 200 simply refused to work in our case. Instead, all we got upon attempting to load a web page was a “No server access” error message. We installed a third-party web browser from the Ovi Store (Ucbrowser 8) and it was good enough for browsing mobile versions of web sites.

The web browser - Nokia Asha 200 Review

The web browser


The only way to have internet access on your Asha 200 is via its 2G radio with support for EDGE, so downloading apps or checking your Facebook feed take a while. Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR is included for wireless file transfer between devices. Alternatively, there is a microUSB port with support for mass storage mode, but transfer speeds are somewhat slow for a wired connection, so you will have to be patient.


Camera:

The 2-megapixel camera on the Nokia Asha 200 failed to impress for a number of reasons. First of all, photos lack detail due to the absence of auto-focus, and the shutter lag of over a second could be pretty annoying. But then again, we weren't really expecting anything better from such an affordable phone. When it comes to videos, however, they look terrible and are practically unusable.

Camera interface - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Nokia Asha 200 Review
Gallery - Nokia Asha 200 Review

Camera interface

 

Gallery


Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200


Strong - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 200 Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples



Nokia Asha 200 Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Displaying album art is the most “advanced” functionality that you get with the phone's stock music player. Really, there is absolutely nothing fancy about it: just the most basic of features such as sorting music by title, artist, or album name have been covered. But if you want to use the music player at all and not be limited to FM radio only, providing your own microSD is a must since the phone's 10MB of internal storage are microscopic. Once that is covered, you are free to annoy bystanders by playing your favorite tunes over the phone's loudspeaker.

The phone can play back videos as well, but we doubt that you will be spending much time watching them on its relatively small display. In case you are wondering, the maximum video resolution supported is 320 by 240 pixels. Our MP4 and Xvid video samples were watchable, although slightly choppy on several occasions.

Multimedia playback - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Multimedia playback - Nokia Asha 200 Review

Multimedia playback



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posted on 19 Apr 2012, 05:34 3

1. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Its settled then. My mom was looking for a qwerty phone at this range so i recommended this to her. She didnt need the wifi or anything. Just style and performance for under 10k rupees(pakistani)

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 06:12 4

2. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


the camera is fine, unless some one zooms in.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 09:45 3

3. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Wow! The Galaxy Note also scored 7/10. Great job Nokia.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 13:53 3

4. joaolx (Posts: 355; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The reviews are not comparisons. The review are based on the the type of hardware, type of phone and price. So saying that it's good that it has the same points as the note is stupid.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 15:03 2

5. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


Remember the "dedicated facebook button" haha, so ***-ay-ay. Mad milfs flocked to that like geezers throwing 1's around the supermarket.

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 08:06 1

6. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I'd spend a little more and get the 302,but that's just me

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 14:17 1

7. Ankit1234 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


Nokia Asha 200 is a superb music express phone, the dual speakers and HD screen gives a distinct space to watch movies on mobile or enjoy music tracks both in Audio and Video Version. The DRM free feature in Asha 200 gives access to 40 million songs and with one push instant download.
Nokia and Vodafone has also entered into a strategic alliance for some worthy data plans for the Asha 200 users. With Asha 200 the Memory supporting upto 32 GB and an intelligent software inside, making web-pages shorter upto 90%, and gives a multitasking view or gird view to browse thousands of pages each second.
Asha 200 supports direct push to download movies in to the mobile at the highest resolution original copy available in the internet and gives HD output while watching the same on the Phone.
Asha 200 is now reaching global markets with the rise in it demand.

posted on 21 May 2012, 08:33

8. Chang7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Ankit1234, Nokia ASHA 200 or Smsung Corby 2 is better!I would like to buy a phone with good music experience!I had Samsung champ already,so just wondering to change new phone,,,,which is better,,,asha or corby?

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 04:25

9. arowolo (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


hi,i do not know what happens t o my Nokia ASHA 200?i switch of yesterday night.this morning ,its refused to on.what i discoved was the keypad is on (i.e there is a light on the key pad).i don't understand what really happens?

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 04:26

10. arowolo (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


hi,i do not know what happens t o my Nokia ASHA 200?i switch of yesterday night.this morning ,its refused to on.what i discoved was the keypad is on (i.e there is a light on the key pad).i don't understand what really happens?

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.54 x 2.41 x 0.55 inches
(115.4 x 61.1 x 14 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1320 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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