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Nokia Asha 311 Review

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Interface:

The Nokia Asha 311 comes with the same overhauled interface of Series 40 that we first saw in the more affordable Asha 305. Everything we said then holds true - the UI is a blend of what we’ve seen in earlier Nokia projects and other platforms. There is a dropdown menu a la Android, three swipeable home screen we’ve seen in MeeGo and icon notifications a la iOS.

The improvements start right from the beginning. Notifications about messages show right on the lock screen and you can swipe them to the side which takes you directly to the messaging app. Neat! Unlocking the device is done by swiping to either side. After that, you are taken right to the app drawer which acts as one of three home screens. Swiping to the side changes between them and you also have a shortcuts panel and a dialer/music/radio panel. In either of those you can swipe down from the top to bring a notification drop down with toggles for connectivity and quick access to calling, messaging and music.

Interface of the Nokia Asha 311 - Nokia Asha 311 Review
Interface of the Nokia Asha 311 - Nokia Asha 311 Review
The notification drop down - Interface of the Nokia Asha 311 - Nokia Asha 311 Review
The Dialer - Interface of the Nokia Asha 311 - Nokia Asha 311 Review
  

The notification drop down

The Dialer

Interface of the Nokia Asha 311


One neat little flare that Nokia has added to the Asha 311 new Series 40 UI is a bouncy effect for icons whenever you scroll to the top of a list (can you smell a lawsuit from Apple coming?).


Processor and Memory:

One thing that’s much less visible in the Asha 311 is the terrible lag that ruined the experience in the 305. Mostly due to the more responsive capacitive touchscreen, but also to more RAM memory (128MB) and a 1GHz processor, this device is almost lag-free. Still, speaking about smoothness, even the cheapest Android smartphone easily blows it out of the water in terms of performance.

The phone is listed as coming with a 2GB microSD card in the box, but we were pleasantly surprised to find a 4GB microSD card, on top of the 256MB of internal storage. We don’t know whether we just got lucky or whether Nokia has slightly different packages for varying markets.


Internet and Connectivity:

The Nokia Asha 311 is a well equipped device for its class when it comes to connectivity. Wi-Fi, 3G with HSDPA of 14.4Mbps and Bluetooth 2.1 are all on board. Going online happens with the Nokia Browser and while the 3-inch screen looks a bit smallish and the browser lacks multitouch actions like pinch-to-zoom, we still found that it managed to open even larger websites and maintain a relatively smooth flow.

Browsing the web with the Nokia Asha 311 - Nokia Asha 311 Review
Browsing the web with the Nokia Asha 311 - Nokia Asha 311 Review
Browsing the web with the Nokia Asha 311 - Nokia Asha 311 Review
Browsing the web with the Nokia Asha 311 - Nokia Asha 311 Review

Browsing the web with the Nokia Asha 311


The phone comes with Nokia Maps preloaded, but there is no GPS chip, so it relies on triangulation from your carrier and/or wireless network to position itself.

Nokia Maps - Nokia Asha 311 Review
Nokia Maps - Nokia Asha 311 Review
Nokia Maps - Nokia Asha 311 Review
Nokia Maps - Nokia Asha 311 Review

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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:53 8

1. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


I say not a bad phone for the price, for my mum or dad, who want a relatively modern phone but would be lost in the world of useless android features...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:24 5

2. -box- (Posts: 3853; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


WHY ARE YOU COMPARING THE ASHAS TO ANDROID, AGAIN? You said yourself it's a *bleep*ing FEATURE PHONE. This compares to devices like the Pantech Pursuit & Swift, Samsung Solstice2, Flight2, Evergreen, LG Xpression, HTC Freestyle, etc, NOT ANDROIDS, which, as we all know, are [ta-da!] SMART PHONES, even the basic ones you included in your comparison.

Try again.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 09:23 7

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


"Mostly due to the more responsive capacitive touchscreen, but also to more RAM memory (128MB) and a 1GHz processor, this device is almost lag-free. Still, speaking about smoothness, even the cheapest Android smartphone easily blows it out of the water in terms of performance."

Wow, are the cheapest android smartphone easily blows this in terms of performance? Last time I checked, one of the laggiest phone i have was galaxy y. Not even the cheapest one.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:15 1

10. Chang7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 May 2012)


TOtally AgrEe WiTh YoU!

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 21:07 2

11. Sharky (Posts: 126; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)


One of the alternatives they mention is the Optimus L3... The same phone that they said "Apparently, one of the most significant compromises that LG had to make is the screen, because not only does it lack in terms of resolution, resulting in a paltry 125 ppi, but this is actually one of the ugliest TFT displays we've seen." Also in the review they say that it has terrible call quality and is overpriced... IDK... seems strange.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:21 1

12. btao99 (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Even my sony ericsson xperia ray, a mid-range android, is vey laggy

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:04 8

7. Veigald (Posts: 240; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Don't really agree with you here, you have to compare the price more than the supposed category of phones. If a phone costs 100 dollars, you have to compare it with other 100 dollar phones, imo.

That said, I highly doubt androids at that price level offer a better user experience, with a much heavier OS running on the same and lower-specced hardware. Also, the design of this phone is much more inspired than low level androids, imo.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:36 10

3. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


A rating of '5' .. It deserves a better score ..

Compared to the competition Asha 311 has a better screen , a better camera , a fast processor , better ram , Gorilla glass , a decent design with good colours etc etc ..

Yeah it doesn't have Android and it is not a smartphone ... But still i don't think Android mobile at this price are efficient enough .. They lag , not compatible with many apps ..

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:23 2

13. btao99 (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


This PA sems to give nokia phones low ratings, like the nokia x7 (The score was 5 as well)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:41 3

4. hkxm8 (Posts: 53; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


For the first time i agree with PA. Just spend a little more and you got LG L3, Galaxy Y,... Don't forget that 1Ghz CPU on S40 is very unnecessary.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:54 5

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Yes, i agree. I would really appreciate it if PA treat a feature phone as it is... And not compare it to the living Androids. S40 is an old timer and Nokia is trying to keep it alive, and well, they pretty much are doing great at that. If you want to campare it with an Android, compare the Froyos and Eclairs...name them and the S40 will outlive them.
GSMarena's reviews are much better and thorough...and i read it about 3 days back.
Really deserve better rating, at least a 6.8.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 17:34

8. ramoman (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


nice review but where the xperia tablet s

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:14 3

9. Chang7 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 May 2012)


I'm still a student right now and I think that Nokia Asha 311 will be a good phone for me.This phone just have everything I need.If I compare this phone with Samsung Galaxy Y or Samsung Galaxy Pocket(That I've used before),I will definitely choose Nokia Asha 311.Moreover,Nokia Products last longer!If you want a cool feature phone and not ready to change to a smartphone yet,I personally believed that Nokia Asha 311 will be a good option!

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 20:34

14. buyer (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


I need to raise this alert !!! I bought an Nokia Asha 311 2 months ago in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and now it crashed. Once you open it it only show the date and time on a grey background screen. Its strange for a phone that has just been released in the market really new to crash. This phone is made in India. I really do not know what to do with it. Please do not buy this type of phone that has a Palestinian guarantee. I want to return this from the seller but in the middle east they are ignorant of the "International Guarantee" which states the replacement of unit if it stops working. I know they will refuse. the seller is Mashal Al Majd.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 20:28

15. AppForNokia (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


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posted on 14 Oct 2012, 11:21

16. dcpl_bros (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Beware : WIFI is defective, will end up with high data usage charges

posted on 14 Oct 2012, 11:25

17. dcpl_bros (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


WIFI is DEFECTIVE, Updates 3.9 cannot be installedeven by Nokia Care Staff though mentioned on Web site and even by Call centre

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 21:22

18. sallu (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


A better Phone as compared to SS galaxy Y and Pocket..

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 10:34

19. dcpl_bros (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Please be specific. Maybe Wifi doen not matter to you. You can afford to pay extravagant 3g charges

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:13

20. sallu (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


WiFi matters me most that's y I had buyed 311, and it is working fine..

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 19:54

21. iphoneizgr8 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Please DO NOT buy this phone !!!! , i purchased in today and i noticed that you cant :

Play youtube
internet browser is so slow.. even my wifi is 20mbps
You cant rewind or forward any video in that phone LOL
most of the apps will not work..

DOnt waste your money on the looks of that phone..

posted on 16 Nov 2012, 09:29

22. graykerr (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


does this phone have dual sim?

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 07:16

23. johnherry (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Hello frnds!! Mostly due to the more responsive capacitive touchscreen, but also to more RAM memory (128MB) and a 1GHz processor, this device is almost lag-free. Still, speaking about smoothness, even the cheapest Android smartphone easily blows it out of the water in terms of performance." gadgetbuzz.in/

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 05:27

24. geetanjali (unregistered)


Hi,i have Nokia asha 311 but cannot use internet..Some days ago it was working ..but now not working.showing "service not available" ..can u please anyone help??

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) LCD
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
128 MB RAM
Size4.17 x 2.05 x 0.51 inches
(106 x 52 x 12.9 mm)
3.35 oz  (95 g)
Battery1110 mAh, 7.2 hours talk time

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