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Nokia Asha 310 Review

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Interface and functionality

Nokia insists on calling the Asha range (using Nokia's Series 40 interface) “smartphones”, on account of the many thousands of Java applications available for them in the Nokia Store, but to hedge its bets, it also throws in 40 Electronic Arts game titles for free with the Asha 310.

The newest touch edition of Series 40 has an interface with all the prerequisites indeed, such as a lockscreen with time/date/connectivity status info, homescreen for app shortcuts, pull-down notification bar with connectivity switches, and the venerable back button and context menu keys in an on-screen version. The rounded app icons are really huge, making them easy to press on the smallish display. The on-screen keyboard, on the other hand, is really tiny on the 3” display in portrait mode, so we'd recommend using its keypad, rather than QWERTY layout.

On-screen keyboard - Nokia Asha 310 Review
On-screen keyboard - Nokia Asha 310 Review
On-screen keyboard - Nokia Asha 310 Review

On-screen keyboard


Swiping left and right changes between the homescreen, the app drawer and the dialer, while the notification bar has a small “lip” at the end for easier pulling, and gives quick access to the call, messaging and music playback apps, along with toggles for data, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the sound profiles. There is a cool volume animation with a speaker popping up when you press the rocker, which can be tapped to switch off the sound completely.

Lockscreen - Interface of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Homescreen - Interface of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review
App drawer - Interface of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Notification bar - Interface of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review

Lockscreen

Homescreen

App drawer

Notification bar

Interface of the Nokia Asha 310


The Asha 310 comes preloaded with Facebook, Twitter and the eBuddy push chat app for the social media junkies, and it also offers all the basic utility apps, as well as a SIM card manager for the two SIM slots. The app lets you set the default network for calls, data and messaging, or choose the option to be asked each time which card to use for the action. You can also set up to five different SIM profiles for work, home, data-only cards, and so on, and the cards can be inserted in and out without turning off the handset first for the ultimate convenience.

SIM card manager - Nokia Asha 310 Review
SIM card manager - Nokia Asha 310 Review
SIM card manager - Nokia Asha 310 Review
SIM card manager - Nokia Asha 310 Review

SIM card manager



Processor and memory

Unsurprisingly for a Series 40 phone, the Asha 310 doesn't require powerful hardware, and makes do with 1 GHz processor, 64 MB of RAM, and 128 MB of ROM for the OS and default apps. Still, the interface is zippy enough, and app loading times reasonable. The phone offers a microSD slot on the side for extra memory, and comes with either 2 GB or 4 GB piece in the box, depending on the region, but supports cards up to 32 GB of size.


Internet and connectivity

The phone does sport Wi-Fi connectivity, which is a first for a dual SIM Asha, but for those times when you are using data through one of your SIMs, Nokia provides its Xpress Browser. It precaches the pages on Nokia's servers before serving them to you, thus saving you on traffic charges.

As you can guess, on the 3” screen with 155ppi, text is pixelated and images grainy, and the browser is no speed rendering demon either, taking a few choppy moments while scrolling and panning around, or pinching to zoom. It's thus good for quick checks and basic tasks, rather than long browsing sessions.

Web browser of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Web browser of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Web browser of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review
Web browser of the Nokia Asha 310 - Nokia Asha 310 Review

Web browser of the Nokia Asha 310


The Asha 310 sports EDGE network download speeds up to 237 kbps (no 3G), as well as Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and FM radio and microUSB 2.0 port for wired connectivity and that's about it. The excellent Nokia Maps service comes preloaded, but it seems only the map of your region can be preloaded for offline usage.

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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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