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Nokia Asha 309 Review

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Nokia Asha 309 Review
The Asha 309 is a feature phone, which puts an even bigger focus on call quality. When listening to our callers on the earpiece we were pleasantly surprised by clean and natural sounding voices, but on the other end of the line it’s a slightly different story.

The microphone on the device obviously lacks in quality and our callers heard our voice muffled and a bit dull. Side noise however was nicely filtered out.


Battery:

A 1,110mAh battery would look like a joke inside a smartphone, but in the case of the Asha 309 it lasts a fairly long time. We could easily squeeze around two to three days out of it, more than smartphones, and that’s a plus. Talk time is 17 hours.

You can charge the phone via both microUSB and Nokia’s proprietary 2mm connector.


Conclusion:

Finally, the Nokia Asha 309 in today’s market will have a single argument to make to its buyers - price. Selling for around $105 - $110, it is almost as affordable as the bottom low of Android, the 2.8-inch Samsung Galaxy Pocket (sold for around $115).

And if you really want a similar, 3-inch display, the Android-running Samsung Galaxy Y (sold for $130) and the LG Optimus L3 (some $130), are only slightly costlier, but worlds apart in terms of the experience.

We do understand, though, why Nokia is releasing the Asha 309. Windows Phone cannot yet go as low as Android in smartphones, and the company is trying to hit price points just below the most affordable ‘Droids.

The sad reality however is that there is a world of a difference between smartphones and feature phones, and only a tiny price gap. With Java frustration instead of real apps, dead-ends instead of sharing options, Series 40 - even with its new interface and on a capacitive display - looks terribly dated.

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Pros

  • Slightly more affordable than cheapest Androids
  • Refreshed Series 40 UI

Cons

  • Abysmal video quality, sub-par camera
  • Frustrating app situation
  • Interface still has leftovers from past
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posted on 19 Dec 2012, 05:38 3

1. natesvlogs (Posts: 40; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Best Nokia phone EVER! GO NOKIA!

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 05:44 2

2. redmd (Posts: 909; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I wish I could relate to this.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 06:45 9

7. brandonrana (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


PA just a 4 ?????? Too harsh

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 08:58 4

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).

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 10:18 1

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??

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 03:17

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

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 09:30

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

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 06:08 3

3. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


I would care if it was 2 years ago but I no longer care.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 10:35 3

13. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


that's what your ex said.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 06:11 1

4. smallworld (Posts: 439; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


To Nokia: please abandon those asha phones.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 06:26 9

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.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 06:19

5. Mghazisohail (Posts: 23; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


please nokia remember the display first not the build of the phone

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 08:09

8. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Nokia = perfection minus 60%

Grin

Even the phone like Huawei Y200 cost just a bit more and is leagues ahead in terms of performance, features and usability

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 08:18 1

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.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 10:36

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.

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 10:09 2

11. aco96 (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


This asha has faster browser and better facebook app than my Nokia x7 xDD

posted on 19 Dec 2012, 12:45 1

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

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 02:28

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.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 03:13

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!

posted on 22 Dec 2012, 02:08 1

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 .

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 09:42 1

22. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


why 4/10 ?? this phone has better performance/price ratio better than i5

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 03:25

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

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 03:28

24. ayamga (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Jan 2013)


can someone help me out? my camera, music,video icons cannot be opened?

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Camera2 megapixels
Size4.33 x 2.13 x 0.51 inches
(109.9 x 54 x 13 mm)
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Battery1110 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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