Nokia Asha 309 Review
Skip to the back and you’d find one part that never changes in a phone - its camera. And with the Asha 309, you are stuck with a 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera with no flash that captures horrific photos. Colors are toned much warmer than they are in real life, with a yellowish tint and sore lack of details. They often turned out blurry, too.
Nokia Asha 309 Sample images
Video on the other hand is recorded at QCIF, or 176 x 144 pixels at 13 frames per second, which is simply abysmal quality.
A strange little problem we ran into was that the on-screen video recording button simply did not work often times, and we had try and press it over and over again.
Given its not so ample 128MB of internal storage, and the included 2GB (or 4GB in some markets) microSD card, you might want to get another card to store music. The device supports cards of up to 32 gigs and has a decent music player, with the loudspeaker getting fairly loud. For music playback, the device will last you up to 54 hours, which is great.
Playing back video on that tiny screen is more of a torture than anything else, but sometimes you might need to show something on video. You can do so, but the clips would have to be in a low resolution, close to the 240x400-pixel native one on the display. We could not get to play DivX/Xvid-encoded files.
10. -box- (Posts: 3876; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Yet again I am astonished at PA's insistence on comparing this with Android phones. They may be of similar price ranges, but they are hardly comparable. The Ashas compare to other feature phones, like the Pantech Swift, LG Xpression, etc, which can cost several hundred dollars off contract (from the carrier, though admittedly similar phones can be gotten much cheaper through a prepaid service). It doesn't require a data plan as the Androids do, which saves the buyer hundreds per year, and is designed as a phone first and multimedia device second, not the other way around, so it is highly desirable and satisfactory for its target audience.
Try try again (again, again, again).
12. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
What the hell are you talking about??
Android phones don't require a data plan!
The same Huawei(phone in the iPhone 3gs class) I mentioned below costs the SAME as this crap, on my carrier.
Now who in their right mind should buy this instead??
19. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Box, care to answer my reply?
I can't believe I'm being thumbed down for stating facts!
You Nokia fanboys are freaking hopeless
21. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
lol no, the best nokias are lumia 920, 808 and n8 or n9 maybe
still remembering the times that u were cool with the xpressmusic
3. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
I would care if it was 2 years ago but I no longer care.
4. smallworld (Posts: 439; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
To Nokia: please abandon those asha phones.
6. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
They can not abbandon the Asha series. They are paying the bill right now. If you haven't noticed Nokia is still the second largest phone producer.
5. Mghazisohail (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
please nokia remember the display first not the build of the phone
8. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Nokia = perfection minus 60%
Even the phone like Huawei Y200 cost just a bit more and is leagues ahead in terms of performance, features and usability
9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Oh and whoever thinks windows phone 8 will ever come close to competing in low end market, is seriously deluded.
The thing requires dual core processors at minimum.
Compare that to JB which will run on a single core 800 MHz phone (galaxy mini 2 ), yet packing truck load of additional features compared to WP8.
14. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
not WP8 but WP7.8
i hope you've read the article regarding the newest lumia member, 505.
11. aco96 (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
This asha has faster browser and better facebook app than my Nokia x7 xDD
15. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
I don't understand why PA is so harsh in judging entry level phones... Really
17. pliskin1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I know, it was also annoying of them to be constantly saying that the Asha 309 is just a little cheaper than a smartphone...well for the phone maybe. But you're saving all the money by not having to have those expensive data plans.
18. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Why are my points from above being ignored and thumbed down?!?!
Entry level android phones DO NOT DEMAND A DATA PLAN, for f!ck sake.
They sell prepaid (galaxy pocket, y, Huawei Y)just like this Nokia, at the same or lower price!
20. javorr (Posts: 14; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)
Asha phones are great in their price range. People who want functionality will get better smartphones which are not in this price range.
If I have to choose between Asha and cheap and laggy android, with an old android version that never will be updated and very bad battery life – I choose Asha.
Asha makes a great secondary phone – if you have to go in the forest or to work in the fields (or any hard conditions) – you will not carry a big expensive smartphone with several hours battery life, you will take the cheap nokia that will do the job .
22. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)
why 4/10 ?? this phone has better performance/price ratio better than i5
23. ayamga (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jan 2013)
please can someone help me out? my camera and other icons cannot be opened. this nokia asha 309 is really complex for me
24. ayamga (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jan 2013)
can someone help me out? my camera, music,video icons cannot be opened?