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Nokia Asha 210 Dual SIM Review

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Call quality

Nokia Asha 210 Dual SIM Review
We had no qualms with voice quality both in the earpiece and coming via the microphone of the Asha 210. Voices sounded loud and discernible, while the other end could hear us very well in terms of strength, though with a somewhat distorted voice timbre output.


Battery

Nokia cites the 1200 mAh battery of the Asha 210 as good for 12 hours of talk time, and, given that it only has to maintain a frugal 2G connection, the figure should be pretty close. When you insert two active SIM cards, though, and two network connections have to be maintained, these talk and standby times are likely to diminish.


Conclusion

The Nokia Asha 210 goes for around $72 without a contract subsidy, so for that price you can't really ask for more than its good call quality, decent picture-taking and cool exterior. It is rather slow, though, and the dedicated messaging features and the whole Series 40 apps quality comes in rather gimmicky.

For this kind of money you can't really get even a low-end Android, though we'd recommend splurging a bit more for one given the features tradeoff, but you can look at the touchscreen-equipped Ashas like 310, as at least you'll have more screen real estate to work with. If you are nostalgic for portrait QWERTYs, though, the Asha 210 is a quite cutsy and ultra affordable representative.

Software version: V 04.12


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Pros

  • Good call quality
  • Good build quality and pleasant to hold chassis
  • Hot-swap dual SIM ability

Cons

  • Slow
  • Keyboard feels cramped for larger hands
PhoneArena rating:
7
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posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:21 2

1. theminolaboy (Posts: 128; 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.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:33 4

2. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 146; 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.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 06:56

3. Ohrules (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


wait a sec! isn't the 210 supposed to have a whatsapp button rather than a FB button?

http://cdn2.gsmarena.com/vv/pics/nokia/nokia-asha-210-2.jpg

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:35 1

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; 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.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 06:57

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?

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:58

5. sinple (Posts: 98; 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

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:33

6. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 686; 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

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 08:01

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.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 13:58

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.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 00:17

10. dewadewa (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)


bakwas phone basic feature of name search is also not available. do not purchase west of money

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 03:58

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 :)

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 06:49

12. dewadewa (Posts: 3; 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.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 10:17 1

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.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 07:14

14. ankitak27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


does this phone supports 3g and can i off data connection in this phone i have x2-01 but it dont have this features

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 01:02

15. dewadewa (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)


do not purchase any nokia phone. resale it and purchase other brand android phone.

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Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (169 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.55 x 2.36 x 0.46 inches
(111.5 x 60 x 11.8 mm)
3.51 oz  (100 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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