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Nokia Asha 303 Review

Nokia Asha 303

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The Asha range sports the same 3MP fixed-focus camera in the whole lineup, and the 303 is no exception. It doesn't have a flash on the back.

The touch interface is decent, with large buttons that make accessing the camera functions easy. Most of the basics like white balance and exposure adjustments are here, and there is face recognition, a few effects and funny frames thrown in for a good measure. The phone has a Sequence mode, which allows you to take up to five shots in rapid succession.

Camera interface - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Camera interface - Nokia Asha 303 Review

The pictures themselves turned out decent in terms of color representation and white balance measurements, but quite soft and a bit light on detail to be considered anything above average. Inside photos get even softer and noise ratchets up. Since the camera is fixed-focus, macro shots are out of the question with the phone as well.

Camera samples shot with the Nokia Asha 303 - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Camera samples shot with the Nokia Asha 303 - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Camera samples shot with the Nokia Asha 303 - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Camera samples shot with the Nokia Asha 303 - Nokia Asha 303 Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Nokia Asha 303 Review

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The Asha 303 shoots VGA video at 15fps, which again is nothing to write home about, but is usable if you have nothing better to capture the end of the world with around this Christmas.

Nokia Asha 303 Sample Video:




Multimedia:

The music player got touch controls, but otherwise keeps a very similar interface to its previous version. It is pretty functional as it is, with cover art, equalizers and song categorization support. One of the few advantages when you have a thick phone is that you can fit a more potent loudspeaker in it, and the one in the Asha 303 is indeed very strong and clear, and could serve as an improvised boombox.

The handset has a decent video player, too, this time enhanced with DivX/Xvid format support out of the box. It plays those vids up to 640x360 resolution, but if your file is above 700MB, the handset would refuse to take it for a spin.

Music player - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Nokia Asha 303 Review
FM radio - Nokia Asha 303 Review
Video player - Nokia Asha 303 Review

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FM radio

Video player



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PhoneArena rating:
6Average
Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) LCD
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.59 x 2.19 x 0.55 inches
(116.5 x 55.7 x 13.9 mm)
3.49 oz  (99 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 8.2 hours talk time

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