Nokia Asha 305 Review
The biggest surprise in the Nokia Asha 305 is its brand new Series 40 interface. With a dropdown menu a la Android, three swipeable home screens a la MeeGo, it’s an interesting amalgamation that reinvigorates the otherwise dated feature phone platform.
In a nutshell, when you unlock the device by swiping to either side of the screen, you arrive at three home panels. One is actually the app drawer, there is another one for shortcuts and a third one which you can customize to be the dialer (default), radio or music screen. Swiping down from the upper part of the display pulls the notification shade from where you can open the music player, see notifications and tweak some settings including the way your two SIM cards handle calls and data.
The icons themselves also get updated with notifications so you’d see a counter with all your new messages just above the messaging icon (why, hello, iOS!).
It’s all neat and perfect if it wasn’t so sluggish. The nice attempt to refresh the Series 40 UI bumps into the brick wall of inept hardware. A small but consistent lag is omnipresent and the frustration from using a resistive screen just doesn’t go away. We can try and console ourselves by remembering how affordable the phone is, but if you do care about the fluidity of an interface, you won’t be happy with the Asha 305.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the device comes with a multi-tap T9 keypad in portrait mode and a full QWERTY keyboard when switched to landscape orientation. We had no issues typing on those despite the relatively small size of the screen.
The pinnacle of the handset however is not just its affordability - it’s affordability plus dual-SIM functionality. Now, while Android is indeed breathing in the neck of feature phones and the Asha 305 in practically every way, it’s still not close when you look at Android dual-SIM devices that are nearly two times more expensive. If the presence of two SIM slots is essential, this will be the reason for you to consider this device.
First, we should note that you need to have one SIM card placed under the battery that will act as your main SIM. Once you have that in place, the second SIM card is hot swappable - you open the tray on the side of the device and change cards to your heart’s content without the need to reboot the device.
The two SIMs come with all the options you’d expect. First, you can save contacts to either SIM 1, SIM 2 or the phone memory. You can further set defaults so that the phone uses one of the SIM cards for say calls, and the other for data. There are the four categories you can choose from - calls, SMS, MMS and data. Each of them could be assigned to one of the SIM cards, and if you don’t want to set a default, the phone would ask you every time you perform one of those SIM-related actions like calling or texting.
Internet and Connectivity:
Internet and connectivity are Series 40’s weakest sides, so don’t get your hopes too high about browsing much on this device. The first problem you’d encounter however is not the browser itself, but the lack of both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity whatsoever. Yup, it’s back to GPRS/EDGE that max out at the snail fast 236.8Kbps. We should also mention that the phone is dual-band, so it won’t work in all parts of the world.
Once you’ve swallowed that 2G pill, you can head on to the browser which is utilitarian. It supports tabs but it loads pages slowly and doesn’t support multitouch. You can zoom in a page to a certain fixed level, but everything from zooming to scrolling is painfully slow and frustrating.
The one notable feature missing is GPS. You still get Nokia Maps with Navigation but you’d need to rely on triangulation from your carrier cell towers rather than accurate satellite positioning system.
2. redmd (Posts: 868; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Oh my. Its really time to move on. When you compare the user experience between this and low end Droids many would prefer the Droids as I would. The cons pointed out totally destroys the UX.
3. WinC76 (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
"Device feels underpowered, lags"
So, what was the point of putting a 1 GHz processor in it?
4. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 39; Member since: 17 May 2012)
It doesn't has a 1ghz processor. Asha 311 has a 1ghz processor and its quite smooth.
5. WinC76 (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
You sure? I've read in many areas that the 305 does.
6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
4 is just too harsh for this one. maybe a 5 or a 6 will do.
23. jael206 (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
agree.. 4 is downright discouraging, like PA already saying "DONT BUY!" poor phone..
7. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
In fairness to the Asha series, these are feature phones, which, in the U.S., don't require a data plan, and would sell for under $100 on contract or $200-400 without. How does it compare to, say, an HTC Freestyle, or Samsung Solstice 2? Nokia's basic smartphones are the Lumia 610 and the remaining low-end Symbian S60, S^3, Anna, and Belle devices, the ones that have 3G (no 4G at these prices yet), WiFi, and better hardware. Let's see how it compares to devices actually in its own category: fancy smartphone-styled feature phones for people who want a decent, affordable phone from a known reliable manufacturer. What I've read on other sites, Euro- and Asian-centric ones, tend to be relatively favorable to it
8. hunted (Posts: 313; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
"but as affordable as it is, the question lingers whether there is still space for feature phones as Android has pushed the envelope in budget devices and is now dangerously close in price"
Now my question is, how many of the low end android phones support at least temple run games in it. my secondary phone is galaxy mini & it wont even show the temple run game in google play
9. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Some of the cheap ones don't even get Google Play access!
11. Victor.H (Posts: 409; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Well, Temple Run is a pretty high bar for those extremely affordable devices, don't you think? The Galaxy mini despite being more than a year old is actually a pretty decent phone that can still run Angry Birds, and apps like Skype and other not so graphically intense games. Nokia's newest feature phones can't even manage Angry Birds without a terrible lag that renders it unplayable.
13. sinple (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
At least asha phone has angry bird and whatapp
12. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
Temple run died not support armv6 processors
That's why temple run doesn't show up
However there's a hacked version of temple run that does support armv6 devices but it is pretty buggy
I run temple run on my optimus t
10. Awaragardiyan (Posts: 39; Member since: 17 May 2012)
@WinC76 , i am talking about asha 311(it has a 1ghz processor n not 305). Ya , 305 does lag but 311 is smooth.
14. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
It's a shame that Nokia don't want to make Android phones... if they made it, i could guarantee that it will be the most hardiest, most toughest and most best build android phones possibly made!
16. hunted (Posts: 313; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
Agree with you raymond. i read some article that nokia has a plan b if wp fails. Will that be android???? lets see what they have
17. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
This is the low end version of the Nokia N97. Overhyped while failing to deliver.
18. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I'm sorry but I think that this asha is more powerful than most low end android phones. It can handle many applications easily where low end androids are usually choking or don't even work. Moreover it is supposed to be a DUAL SIM phone and dual sims are usually, unfortunatelly, a simple devices with no WOW effect. The target is completely different and I would like to buy this one than cheap-o samsung with strange res, quirky cpu and dull, egg-like design.
19. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
Series 40 screams it all : FEATUREPHONE.
20. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
if this phone is released 5 years ago, it would be called smartphone.
21. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
Not without proper freeze multitasking it won't, not a chance. For now I'll remain neutral about the voting thingy. :-)
24. vinaysingh1324 (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
i like this cell so i want purchase ..but i want actual price of this set...
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27. uolcc (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)
can anyone tell me
Can i receive the incoming call by touch system in asha 305?
if it is possible then please tell me how can i do this.
thank you so much
28. alekhya (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
WASTEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee nokia305 asha i bought yesterday and tday its not working...now i shud replace with other cell..but this time im gonna take sony erricsion...huhhhh waste nokia sony is d king.....
30. birendra (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Nokia asha 305 is not a wll phone please don't buy it it's harsh u mant typs problem in this phone
31. rohitchandaluri (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
1)low touch sensibility
2)automatically shut down
3)mp3 cutter is not available for message tones and contact tone
4)use video option is not working
5)alarm tone is low
soft ware should be developed properly
32. harikrishnankn (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)
Useless phone...! Please don't buy this.. poor memory..poorer performance...poorest quality
I have twice replaced the touch screen of this hell. Now it has gone again. I'm gonna to throw this away. go for any other set...