Nokia Asha 303 Review

Introduction and Design

The Nokia Asha 303 is the flagship of Nokia's new affordable range, that is aimed towards youth and emerging markets. While not really impressive in terms of specs, Nokia's Series 40 phones have been around for a while with millions of loyal followers in emerging markets and among teens.

The sands in the mobile industry have shifted a lot since those times, though, but Asha 303 with its 1GHz processor, 3MP camera, capacitive touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard is also an evolution of the lineup. We also have to add the thousands of apps in the Nokia Store, but will the whole kit be enough to lure buyers away from the hip entry level Android phones? Read on our review to find out...

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • 2GB microSD card
  • In-ear headphones
  • Warranty and information leaflets


The Nokia Asha 303 feels pretty good in the hand, thanks to its curved back and tapered sides, plus the quite respectful yet not overbearing thickness. The portrait QWERTY keyboard half is recessed below the upper screen area, as if you are dealing with a slider at first glance. Overall the phone has a bit chubby, but very lightweight and sturdy construction, incorporating some premium elements like the metal battery cover. It comes in a variety of colors.

You can compare the Nokia Asha 303 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

There is no shortage of ports and keys around, with the top reserved for the charging and microUSB ports, as well as the standard audio jack. The lock key on the right, as well as the volume rocker above it are easy to feel and press, but with somewhat shallow feedback. The four navigational keys below the display are set for the most used functions – call and end keys, as well as a music playback and messaging buttons.


The 2.6” capacitive touch display is a first for the Series 40 line. Its colors seem pale, and brightness is about average, so using it in the sun is a bit of a chore.

The 240x320 pixels of resolution is pretty low by any standard, so even on this small size the poor 154ppi density makes interface elements look pixelated. Horizontal viewing angles are pretty bad, while the vertical ones are decent, and overall the display does the job.

Keyboard and Typing:

Considering that a larger thumb covers three columns of the keyboard at once, the typing experience can't exactly be called comfortable, so there’s bound to be quite the learning curve until you hit decent speeds. The keyboard also feels very plasticky, and it is on a single sheet, so space between the keys is nonexistent, making the typing matters worse.

The travel is mostly shallow, with poor tactile feedback. The cramped four-row physical QWERTY is slightly curved, which supposedly enhances typing comfort.

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