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Nokia Asha 200 Review

Nokia Asha 200

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Interface and Functionality:

Users who are not familiar with the Series 40 platform and its interface will be feeling lost at first and will have to spend a lot of time fiddling through menus, customizing shortcuts, and getting used to the way things are organized. Quite a drag, we know, and we really wish that the interface was designed in a more user-friendly manner.

You can choose between having a home screen with widgets and shortcuts, or a clean, minimalistic home screen with no widgets on it. We personally prefer the latter option as it is far less cluttered, although having the aforementioned widgets could be very useful as well. Keep in mind, however, that interacting with some of the widgets is somewhat laggy, but other than that, we didn't experience any other performance issues with the device's interface.

The interface of the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
The interface of the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
The interface of the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
The interface of the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review

Since the Nokia Asha 200 is a dual-SIM phone, you get to choose what each active SIM card is used for, which is pretty neat. For example you can have calls and text messages going through your primary one, while the secondary SIM card takes care of data connectivity. The latter can be replaced on the fly, and the phone can store settings for up to five different SIM cards.

You get to choose what each active SIM card is used for - Nokia Asha 200 Review
You get to choose what each active SIM card is used for - Nokia Asha 200 Review

Out of the box you get native Facebook, Twitter and Flickr integration via the Social app, which is great news if you are an avid social network user. Also, instant messaging client that can work with Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, and more comes out of the box.

Social networking services and messaging - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Social networking services and messaging - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Social networking services and messaging - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Social networking services and messaging - Nokia Asha 200 Review


Internet browser and Connectivity:

No matter how hard we tried, the stock web browser on the Nokia Asha 200 simply refused to work in our case. Instead, all we got upon attempting to load a web page was a “No server access” error message. We installed a third-party web browser from the Ovi Store (Ucbrowser 8) and it was good enough for browsing mobile versions of web sites.

The web browser - Nokia Asha 200 Review

The only way to have internet access on your Asha 200 is via its 2G radio with support for EDGE, so downloading apps or checking your Facebook feed take a while. Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR is included for wireless file transfer between devices. Alternatively, there is a microUSB port with support for mass storage mode, but transfer speeds are somewhat slow for a wired connection, so you will have to be patient.


Camera:

The 2-megapixel camera on the Nokia Asha 200 failed to impress for a number of reasons. First of all, photos lack detail due to the absence of auto-focus, and the shutter lag of over a second could be pretty annoying. But then again, we weren't really expecting anything better from such an affordable phone. When it comes to videos, however, they look terrible and are practically unusable.

Camera interface - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Nokia Asha 200 Review
Gallery - Nokia Asha 200 Review

Camera interface

 

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Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Nokia Asha 200 - Nokia Asha 200 Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 200 Review

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Multimedia:

Displaying album art is the most “advanced” functionality that you get with the phone's stock music player. Really, there is absolutely nothing fancy about it: just the most basic of features such as sorting music by title, artist, or album name have been covered. But if you want to use the music player at all and not be limited to FM radio only, providing your own microSD is a must since the phone's 10MB of internal storage are microscopic. Once that is covered, you are free to annoy bystanders by playing your favorite tunes over the phone's loudspeaker.

The phone can play back videos as well, but we doubt that you will be spending much time watching them on its relatively small display. In case you are wondering, the maximum video resolution supported is 320 by 240 pixels. Our MP4 and Xvid video samples were watchable, although slightly choppy on several occasions.

Multimedia playback - Nokia Asha 200 Review
Multimedia playback - Nokia Asha 200 Review


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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (167 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.54 x 2.41 x 0.55 inches
(115.4 x 61.1 x 14 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1320 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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