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Nokia Asha 205 hands-on

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Nokia Asha 205 hands-on
The Nokia Asha 205 might actually be called that elusive Facebook phone with its dedicated Facebook button. As a portrait QWERTY device with very affordable price tag it is evidently geared towards teens and emerging markets, as it also comes in a single and dual SIM varieties.

There are a few vibrant colors for the casing (black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and white), and the phone runs on Series 40, which Nokia now insists to be called a smartphone platform due to the numerous Java apps and the like available for it.

The phone is all-plastic, small and light, though somewhat chubby, with a 2.4-inch non-touch display with fairly weak viewing angles, a VGA camera, and microSD card support. Connectivity is limited to 2G only, but with the new SLAM Bluetooth sharing technology you’d be able to quickly share files between devices. The dedicated Facebook button simply launches the Facebook app, but you can remap it to do something else.

One thing you can brag about with the Asha 205 is battery life that most smartphones can only dream of. The dual-SIM version of the device comes with a stand-by time of 25 days, versus the 37 days of the regular variation. Overall nothing fancy but the Facebook button, yet the world needs brand-name basic phones, too.

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posted on 27 Feb 2013, 09:23 1

1. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

25 days standby? D A M N

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 01:11 1

11. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

i don't know why did it take phonearena so long to get their hands on it. I've been using this for the last 2 months. i live in Pakistan and had ads seen showing it in December 2012

and oh, i might add that the phone's top edge is relatively sharp and my ear hurts after a few minutes of calling

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 10:01 1

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Not bad looking.
I have one problem though...i don't think putting a VGA camera does justice anymore. At least 3.2megapixel should do good...how much extra will that cost?
Or better, make a switch. Take that camera to the front and make the phone 3G compatible. That should sound more attractive.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 11:57

4. hepresearch (unregistered)

Agreed. If this came to the US with 3G support, even just UMTS, and a slightly better camera, say even just 1.3 Mpixels... and a flash would be nice... I would buy one.

However... Series 40 a 'smartphone' platform? So, NOKIA is the one trying to make us think it is a 'smartphone' platform? Because it has sooooo many Java apps available? J.A.V.A. That says it all. Sorry, not a smartphone platform... Java! It may have been all re-done up to look like S60 3rd Edition's active standby screen, and now have lots of compatible Java apps, but that doesn't make a smartphone out of a device with a heart of straight Java...

I would buy one, but please, Nokia, be honest with the world, and don't try to call it a 'smartphone'... because you just don't sound so smart when you try to do that. Yes, I like Series 40 as a UI and for what it has become, but it is not a platform... Java, which has been on millions upon millions of feature and basic phones worldwide over the last decade or more, is the platform underneath Series 40 UI!

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 12:03

6. hepresearch (unregistered)

Would have to have A-GPS, too, in order to be legal in the US after 2016 (stupid FCC... daaaahhhh!). I probably wouldn't buy it without that at this point because I want to buy something that I'm not going to have to replace until it is completely dead. If my old Nokia 6010 was any indication, that'll take quite a while.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 10:22

3. Hemoroid (Posts: 72; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)

Wow, use a timemichine and travel to 1999, and someone maybe will buy this nokia.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 12:00

5. hepresearch (unregistered)

People in 1999 would have killed for a phone like this... try more like 2006. In 1999, they might also have actually thought this was indeed a 'smartphone'.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 14:32 1

7. Laura90 (banned) (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Feb 2013)

You are nothing . Just a crappy idiot bashing Nokia everywhere.
Step away Mr. Crap

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 21:46

9. Hemoroid (Posts: 72; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)

People like you are like religious fanatics. Criticizing nokia is like blasphemy here.

posted on 27 Feb 2013, 15:26 1

8. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

Welcome to 2007!

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 00:54

10. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

I'd have this as my backup phone when my smartphone batt goes empty. Irregardless, of what spec-crazy people (who could could only afford smartphones because the network pays for it, well, some of them..lol), smart people will get this reliable phone over some tinny entry Android with small screens to tap on and poor battery life.

posted on 28 Feb 2013, 13:14

12. featurephone (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Nokia Asha 302 has been my daily driver for four months now and it's really quite nice. After years of having Nokia Maps on s60, the lack of GPS is painful, but s40 is a surprisingly capable OS. Opera Mini is an amazing piece of software on this platform.

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