Nokia Asha 210 Dual SIM Review
The new Series 40 UI for non-touch Ashas doesn't differ much from the one we already reviewed with the Asha 302. The icons are very Symbian-like and there is a shortcut row at the bottom for quick access to your most used application.
Above them the Asha 210 sports widgets for rapid firing of the music and radio apps, and the dual SIM version we have adds another widget at the top, which gives you the signal status of both SIM cards, and from where you can call the SIM Manager app that lets you control which one to use for calls, texts, data and so on by default. The SIM card is hot-swappable, meaning that you don't have to turn off the device first, as the phone immediately connects to the second line upon insertion.
Nokia is selling the 210 as a social and messaging powerhouse that would be suitable for the first phone of your teen, and WhatsApp as well as Facebook shortcuts are prominently placed on the homescreen. The WhatsApp application lets you quickly attach a photo from the gallery and shoot to your group on the fly.
The whole process is pretty cumbersome with the context menu and trackpad keys, though, not to mention the typing speed if you have larger hands, so the programmable messaging key seems to be there mostly for marketing purposes. That goes for things like the YouTube app, too, for instance, since it simply fires up the browser and takes you to the mobile version of the site.
Processor and memory
The Asha 210 feels pretty slow with a basic ARM11 processor of undisclosed frequency, and just 32 MB of RAM, despite that the Series 40 UI is not graphically intensive. Going in and out of apps or simply strolling through menus takes quite a bit for modern standards. There is a 2 GB microSD card for storing your pics, videos and files by default and you can always add another, for up to 32 GB of storage.
Browser and connectivity
The Nokia Xpress Browser precaches the pages on Nokia's servers and streams optimized content to you, saving you a lot on data traffic. That's similar to the Opera Mobile concept, but on the 2.4” screen you'd be hard pressed to stay in the browser longer than needed for a quick reference or just for watching low-quality YouTube vids.
The Asha 210 sports a simple 2G connectivity, so the addition of Wi-Fi is a huge plus. It also sports Bluetooth and FM radio through the connected headphones serving as the antenna. There's no GPS, though, so that Nokia Maps navigation thingy needn't apply here.