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Nokia Asha 310 Review

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Nokia Asha 310 Review
Introduction

Nokia's Asha range proved plenty popular since its introduction, hitting the sweet price spot between lowly feature phones and smart handsets, and managed to keep the company afloat during the Lumia phones transition.

Now that Lumias cover the gamut of price points, the Asha range has to be reinvented a bit to stay in the game, and the affordable Asha 310 is the first in the line with both dual SIM slots and Wi-Fi connectivity. Is this enough to make it battle low-end Lumias and cheap Androids? Read on to find out...

Nokia Asha 310 Review
Nokia Asha 310 Review
In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

Asha 310 is a soapy-shaped, comfortable to hold little handset, in champagne, white or gray metallic shell, which is patterned on the back. It's no doubt chubby for today's standards, but since it is pretty small, that extra thickness makes it lie well in the palm, and not be completely lost in there.

The Nokia Asha 310 is a soapy-shaped, comfortable to hold little handset - Nokia Asha 310 Review
The Nokia Asha 310 is a soapy-shaped, comfortable to hold little handset - Nokia Asha 310 Review
The Nokia Asha 310 is a soapy-shaped, comfortable to hold little handset - Nokia Asha 310 Review

The Nokia Asha 310 is a soapy-shaped, comfortable to hold little handset


Nokia Asha 310
4.33 x 2.13 x 0.51 inches
109.9 x 54 x 13 mm
3.58 oz (102 g)

Nokia Asha 310

Nokia Asha 311
4.17 x 2.05 x 0.51 inches
106 x 52 x 12.9 mm
3.35 oz (95 g)

Nokia Asha 311

Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS
4.32 x 2.36 x 0.47 inches
109.8 x 60 x 11.98 mm
3.84 oz (109 g)

Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS

Sony Xperia tipo dual
4.06 x 2.24 x 0.51 inches
103 x 57 x 13 mm
3.51 oz (99 g)

Sony Xperia tipo dual

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


There's a lot of polish and shine all over the chassis, including the call/hang physical keys underneath the display, which are in glossy piano black, and elevated to form a wave together with the microphone in-between.

The call key feels a bit iffy, with hollow feedback, and the side buttons, like the volume rocker and lock key on the right could use more click, but other than that they are all easy to feel and press without looking at the phone.

Front - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Keys underneath the display - Nokia Asha 310 Review

Front

Keys underneath the display


Nokia has done the right thing, and took one of the two regular SIM card slots on the left side of the phone. The feature is called Easy Swap for a reason, since you can hot-swap different carrier networks on the fly when the situation calls for it, while your default SIM is tucked neatly underneath the battery The microSD slot is also on the side, easing the access to additional memory, so in terms of access flexibility, the Asha 310 can put many to shame.

Right side - The sides of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Left - The sides of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Top - The sides of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review

Right side

Left

Top

The sides of the Nokia Asha 310

Back - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Rear camera - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Battery compartment - Nokia Asha 310 Review

Back

Rear camera

Battery compartment



Display

The 3” capacitive touchscreen panel sports lowly 240x400 pixels of resolution, rocking it old school. Other than the grainy image on account of the low 155ppi count, the panel sports decent colors and viewing angles, but could use more brightness outside.

In addition, its contrast ratio leaves something to be desired, so sunlight visibility is not the Asha 310's strong point. There are oleophobic and scratch-proof coatings, though, so it's a decent panel for the phone's rock bottom price point.


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posted on 01 May 2013, 15:45 1

1. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


AFAIK, it has no GPS

posted on 01 May 2013, 15:50 2

2. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


the phone is less laggy than most android phones, and most play sote appls won't run on QVGA phones anyway

posted on 02 May 2013, 02:15

3. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


The camera doesn't look as bad as the review say.

posted on 18 May 2013, 14:15

4. PorkyBurger (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 May 2013)


WQVGA is just fine on this phone, just imagine WVGA making the phone all laggy and pointless.

posted on 26 May 2013, 03:32

5. jawwad.raza (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 May 2013)


Nokia phones are reliable and good resale price. In particular this phone is very handy and with nice features like WiFi, map and weather etc.

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.33 x 2.13 x 0.51 inches
(109.9 x 54 x 13 mm)
3.58 oz  (102 g)
Battery1110 mAh, 17 hours talk time

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