Nokia Asha 210 Dual SIM Review
Nokia Asha 210 is clearly targeting heavy texters and IM junkies with its physical portrait QWERTY, WiFi and WhatsApp integration deep in the contact book. It also has the Nokia Slam feature for sharing images and videos via Bluetooth without having to pair first. Will these be enough to attract the teen crowd, where the candy colors of the Asha 210 seem targeted at? Read on to find out...
In the box:
- Wall charger
- In-ear stereo headphones
- Warranty and information leaflets
Nokia Asha 210 is a rather boxy 0.46” (11.8 mm) portrait QWERTY handset which lies pretty well in the hand, and whose set of keys is pretty clicky and fast to master, unless you have larger digits that cover two or even three letters at once. The space bar doubles as an on/off Wi-Fi switch upon long press, and the symbol key on its left does the same for Bluetooth.
111.5 x 60 x 11.8 mm
3.51 oz (100 g)
99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm
3.20 oz (91 g)
109.9 x 54 x 13 mm
3.58 oz (102 g)
120 x 66 x 10.8 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)
Besides the usual call, end and two context keys, navigation is done via a large home button in the middle with an eliptical trackpad around it for navigation in the menus. Nokia added two dedicated quick launch keys, too, one for your social needs that can be programmed to launch the Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter or simply the browser, and the other for camera access. All the keys are with good tactile feedback and easy to feel and press.
dual SIM version of the Asha 210 has a hot-swap slot on the left side that takes regular cards, and is covered with a protective flap in the same color as the phone's candy chassis, as it comes in a pink, yellow, white and blue colors. The default SIM card slot is under the battery, again a regular size, and there's a microSD slot there as well for storage expansion, stuffed with a 2 GB piece out of the box.
build quality of the Nokia Asha 210 feels pretty sturdy, with no creaks or gaping crevices, even on the back where the easy to pry open back cover is snapped into place. Granted, the handset is rather thick and squarish, but the design is kinda cute and the plastic is of a pretty pleasant to hold quality for the price point.
A basic 2.4” 320x240 pixels screen is what Nokia has chosen for the Asha 210, and its 169ppi density make the new Series 40 UI appear somewhat pixelated even at that small diagonal. The display is otherwise sufficiently bright, with a tad subdued colors and with decent vertical viewing angles The horizontal ones are pretty bad, though, which will keep you from prying eyes in the metro train at least.
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1. theminolaboy (Posts: 98; Member since: 18 May 2013)
I hate the idea of mentioning something negative after every praise. This is a feature phone not a smartphone. It doesn't have 1020's 41MP or SIV's LTE connectivity. Goodness.
2. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 145; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
Wow, the camera is better than some 3.2 MP cameras I've seen.
And I agree, PhoneArena should keep in mind of the price range of the phone while reviewing it.
3. Ohrules (Posts: 298; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)
wait a sec! isn't the 210 supposed to have a whatsapp button rather than a FB button?
7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 451; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Certain markets have different buttons. If I'm not mistaken, US gets the Facebook button while Asia gets the Whatsapp one.
4. WhatTheBit (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Hey! I'm curious, how tight is the WhatsApp integration? I'm a high-end smartphone user (Note II), but sometimes I'd like to take a phone out with me that lasts a few days at a time. Does WhatsApp work perfectly on it? Do you have to leave the application open all the time or does the device somehow multi-task and keep WhatsApp always on in the background?
5. sinple (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
In my opinion, i think whatsapp on asha work better than whatapp on windows. Emotion and filetransfer do work properly.
there is also line and wechat on asha. Line on asha works the same as windows 8, no voice call. But there is still stickers. Not sure about wechat
6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 451; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Multitasking is supported for Whatsapp for S40, so you don't actually have to leave it open all the time. I've tried it on the Nokia Asha 306 and this should work for this phone
8. JWallis (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)
I do really like the keypad...I thought it was only a Blackberry thing. It's one of the things I miss most since venturing into Galaxy land.
9. MK_II (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)
excuse me, sir
where can buy this phone or where are u come from?
because i am a HongKonger and i need a chinese input.
would you mind to reply me is that your phone have a "繁體中文" in Device language?
the different between HongKonger and Chinese is HongKonger is used in "繁體中文" but Chinese is used in another one.
thank you for waste your time to reply me and sorry about my poor english.
10. dewadewa (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)
bakwas phone basic feature of name search is also not available. do not purchase west of money
11. Ashmi (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
I like the fact that PA has given this phone a rating of 7 and has kept in mind the price of the device ($72)
But I just wanted to say that low end androids don't really compare to featurephones. I owned an Asha 302 and it was by no means slow, although apps took about 2 seconds to load, but that was about it. Apart from that, I owned an HTC Explorer (a budget android device) and it had an extremely low internal memory and used to hand very frequently. I had got it for about $180 about a year and a half ago.
Save for the gaming and web browsing experience, the Asha matched the low end android in almost every aspect. The call quality and the overall responsiveness of the Asha was much better, along with the camera. The sound quality through the headphones was almost the same. A huge plus was the qwerty that came with the Asha 302, it was better than typing on the 3.2 inch screen of the HTC by many times.
So, my point is, you can't really compare low end budget androids to feature phones like the Asha series.
The Nokia Asha 210 is for those who like to text message a lot, want good call quality from their device, want a great design and like to stand out from the sea of black slabs, want a bit of social networking like twitter, facebook and whatsapp, some basic web browsing basically for referencing to sites such as wikipedia, want an acceptable camera and decent music playback, and of course, an extremely well designed qwerty keyboard with a long battery life.
Keep away from this who want an excellent gaming experience. This phone will only be able to provide you with an average one with basic games like tetris (which is quite addictive I must add). Also, those who want a great web browsing experience, keep away! Look to shell out more cash for higher end models with bigger screens and better OS'.
But at the end of the day, this device will keep you connected through social networks and whatsapp, snap a picture of two, play music out loud and offer a great qwerty experience. I must add one thing though, the phone does not automatically capitalize the letter i in my Nokia Asha 302, nor does it automatically insert apostrophe marks wherever necessary. For that, you'll have to turn on the prediction.
I'm looking forward to buy the Asha 210 either in magenta or cyan. Hope you all found this helpful :)
12. dewadewa (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)
i know this is basic phone . but this is not having a basic features also. i am resale this phone with 2 days with half of price after tired a name search . and with the same price go for samsung . and i am happy. nokia is making bakwas . phone latest my friend purchase lumnia. and he use map application in lumnia in traveling. he is not found location compare to google map. so nokia all phones and models are west for money.
13. Ashmi (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
LOL do you even know how to use a cell phone? I have a Nokia Lumia 520 and I used the maps application without any glitch. It took me to where I wanted to go and I must say those maps were better than the google ones I later installed. Don't you think you should have done your research before splurging? Don't blame Nokia for a mistake you made. This phone is for qwerty fans, and nobody else. Buy hey, I'm sure you'll remain happy with a phone that runs android way beyond it's handling capacity.