Nokia Asha 303 Review
The presence of a capacitive touchscreen allows for some interesting combinations in the interface - for example, when you press the navigational button for messaging, a choice of two on-screen keys appears on the display, that lets you choose between texting or emailing. When you press the Play key, a small music player widget pops up to manage your tunes, and so on.
The big fat icons remind of the Symbian Belle styling, and are very easy to press, plus the screen is very responsive. Menu-diving has been reduced to a minimum, compared with the previous nightmarish Series 40 phones, but there are still many perplexing options until you find where everything is stored, especially if you are coming from another platform.
A big disappointment is the lack of smart dialing in the phone book, which means you have to search for everyone that is not in your immediate call log.
1GHz processor here, Series 40 doesn't support multitasking, so you will be hopping from one app to the other. Only one homescreen is present, and you have to divide it between favorite contacts and social networking updates, among other things like shortcut bars, mail or message section, and so on, so everything looks pretty cramped. There is quick access to a panel with wireless connectivity shortcuts, which can be rearranged to your liking for speedy turning on/off the various radios.
The main menu is pretty simple, with big icons giving you access to various apps or subcategories, where the interface elements are big enough for comfortable pressing.
Internet and Connectivity:
The new 2.0 Series 40 browser of Nokia Asha 303 actually makes the most out of the smallish display, with an address/search field in one at the top, where the context menu button resides as well. The navigational dock underneath is reserved for quick access to your favorites, downloads or various web apps like simple games, for example. Both bars go away when you are actually surfing, leaving you with full screen view and transparent back and forward buttons only.
The browser also compresses the sites at Nokia's own servers, so you are piped in a version that minimizes your data consumption, and the pages render faster. Panning around, scrolling and zooming are actually quite fluid, and there is even text reflow to fit the article in the screen width upon double-tap. All in all, a very usable browser for the screen size is what we have on the Asha 303, but the lack of Adobe Flash support and the crappy pixel density aren't very enticing to use it for anything but quick checkups.
The Nokia Asha 303 is pentaband 3G phone, meaning it will work globally, and the 3G radio allows for up to 10.2 HSDPA download speeds.
The phone is no slouch when it comes to other connectivity options – we have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM Radio - but GPS is conspicuously missing, so the Nokia Maps app will triangulate you only by the cell phone towers around, which is not as accurate, but does the job for crude pedestrian navigation.
1. kshell1 posted on 24 Apr 2012, 10:14 1 0
Good for someone who wants a phone for a few games but not full fledged smartphone.
2. xplayer posted on 24 Apr 2012, 10:49 1 0
Does it really has front-Facing camera ??????!!!!!????????
8. xplayer posted on 25 Apr 2012, 01:46 0 0
Please get ur facts straight check out this and then say
4. Sangeet posted on 24 Apr 2012, 23:57 1 1
Conclusion Page needs correction. The Samsung Galaxy Y has a 3.0 inch screen not a 2.6" one..
Correct this as this can be somewhat confusing for some users..
And i don't like the rating. I mean it should be below 5 cuz it packs a decent hardware from today's standard and still does not have multitasking and other important things
6. -box- posted on 25 Apr 2012, 00:19 1 2
It isn't a smartphone, and hence lacks most capabilities for true multitasking. Keep in mind the iPhone doesn't even offer true multitasking, so by your logic it should automatically lose 5 points for that.
7. Daniel.P posted on 25 Apr 2012, 01:29 0 0
It's the Galaxy Y Pro listed as an alternative, which has a 2.6-incher :-)
10. jimjam posted on 25 Apr 2012, 07:04 0 0
The ratings are supposedly based on similar types of phone - feature phones don't have multi-tasking or quad core processors so no marks knocked off. Also how many feature phones have fast 3g and wifi ... not many. Probably only one or two with wifi. Few even have touchscreens. So this is quite special. You probably are looking at the wrong kind of phone if you think this deserves a low score.
5. -box- posted on 25 Apr 2012, 00:00 3 0
You mentioned two Android phones as worthwhile options. Keep in mind many carriers require a data plan for Androids, whereas Series 40s can get away without the requirement, and/or get a feature phone data plan. Significant cost savings, especially in the target markets
9. jimjam posted on 25 Apr 2012, 07:00 0 0
Keyboard looks almost identical to the nokia E63,E71,E72 etc range - these certainly are judged to be good keyboards. Is this one really so much worse?
11. Ankit1234 posted on 26 Apr 2012, 13:50 1 0
Nokia Asha 303 is the latest phone with all luxury features at an affordable rate. Asha 303 is available across the Indian sub continent in all stores and online retail websites. Asha 303 is also packed with Nokia Messenger to chat or share files live and exclusively free any where and anytime.
The whatsapp is a inbuilt feature in the Nokia Asha 303 that gives direct free access to connect and share anything with all your contacts available in your phone. Nokia is the first mobile maker to give such a great feature. No need to install Skype, FB chat, G-chat or any other networking app in your phone, whatsapp fills all your requirements.
Asha 303 is also a good phone for Internet browsing, the innovative S40 OS can download multiple pages at once for lightning speed webpage browsing and one touch or push for direct downloads.
The first day of launch of Asha 303 in the Indian market, made people restless of having a messenger phone that saves upto 90% of their cost.
12. ruchi posted on 28 Apr 2012, 13:34 0 0
It's the best of all "Ashas", Touch screen is also better than Asha 300.
13. Ankit1234 posted on 30 Apr 2012, 13:26 0 0
Asha 303 is basically a touch and type phone that gives access to over 3 million apps and 2 million games.
Basically the whats app features saves 90% of the money, with which we can do share live anytime anything with all our contact lists.
I can download unlimited data at a very faster 2g speed. i actually use a Nokia Asha 303 and Nokia has recently signed an agreement with Vodafone India to provide assured speed with attractive data plans to all the asha 303 users in India.
so iam very happy paying just a couple of money for high speed and unlimited data plans. Thanks to Nokia Asha 303
16. ajayarjun posted on 06 Jul 2012, 07:40 0 0
guys can anyone advice me on buying asha 303 or htc chacha since i am in a fix as i wanna buy a touch and type smart phone....!!! although i have gone through the reviews of both of them and i am convinced to buy asha but can't ignore the android factor.....!!!
18. leo1052 posted on 05 Sep 2012, 08:44 2 0
Nokia Asha 303 is the best touch and type phone that I have used to date, my previous phone was a Nokia X3 and that was frankly dissapointing. It is affordable, simple to use with a friendly user interface. I was looking for a phone that wasn't to complicated to use, I am not really into playing tons of games or downloading lots of apps I like to use a phone for basic phone calls and texts, don't be put off by that it will download apps and games galore if you want it to and is preloaded with lots of goodies anyway, it is aimed at a younger market and I am nearly sixty so if you are older like me you don't have to be a technical whizz Kid to use it beleive me. I use facebook for family and friends and with wifi connectivity its fast and furious with connection and I get updateds with BTFON for free with no extra data charges to the touch screen. You can connect it to other dvices and I use it along with my my desktop and laptop via nokia suite,that's great as it will also update the software on your phone and you can get faster downloads that way if you want them. It has a radio and a camera and takes video's as well, the camera isn't what I would call brilliant but if you just want to be able to take the odd family snap or of friends and pets etc when out and about then it's perfectaly ok for that and the pictures are acceptable and can be uploaded to facebook etc, if you are wanting the perfect picture of a beatuiful sunset or something with much more detail then you will need the use of another camera, the radio is fine with headphones if you are on a train journey and so are the games if you like them. The keyboard is easy to use and navigate, just a liitle on the small side for seeing what is displayed there but my eyesight is not so good these days so ithe fault really lies with me so don't let that put you off. It has bluetooth as well and I thouroughly reccomend this phone to all age groups. I have had a lot of phones since mobiles started and I know that Nokia perhaps is a little tired as the market goes, but in general and I have had other makes I find there phones the most reliable and I would sincerely give this a 9/10 it the camera was of a higher spec then 10/10