Nokia Asha 305 Review
The Asha 305 comes with a basic 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera with an accent on basic. If you don’t have unreasonably high expectations, the images actually turned out decent for this type of device. We would only shoot during the day as noise will start to get really noticeable when it gets darker, but otherwise the camera captured colors relatively accurate with some troubles in highly contrasted scenes.
While on paper, the camera claims to shoot video, the recording is done at the practically unusable QCIF 176x144-pixel resolution at 10fps. That’s such low quality that you shouldn’t even bother shooting.
When it comes video playback, the handset does have a video player, but the experience is far from perfect. The small, dim and low-res screen is the first thing you’d have to deal with. We could only play back video at the native resolution and it played okay.
Music is a different story. The loudspeaker on this thing gets pretty loud and ample, with a rich in options media player that would let you create playlists, shuffle your favorite songs and others.
Another thing we should mention is the gift of 40 EA games that come for free when you get this Nokia device. You’d need to register on the app catalog to get them and at first you’d be impressed to see titles like Need For Speed, FIFA and Tetris. Well, when it comes to those graphical games like NFS and FIFA, they really are very basic versions with little graphical punch and often lagging, but still free. The simpler ones are fun.
In terms of internal storage you get the measly 10MB on board, but luckily there’s a microSD card slot, so you can expand with a card of up to 32GB.
2. redmd (Posts: 901; 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: 128; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
agree.. 4 is downright discouraging, like PA already saying "DONT BUY!" poor phone..
7. -box- (Posts: 3853; 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: 347; 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: 3853; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Some of the cheap ones don't even get Google Play access!
11. Victor.H (Posts: 449; 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: 112; 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: 347; 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: 313; 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: 313; 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: 313; 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...