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Nokia Asha 303 Review

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Nokia Asha 303 Review
Call quality is rather clear in the earpiece, although we wish there was a tad more strength. The other side said they could hear us well, with no unpleasant crackling or distortions. The phone supports call recording, and, as we mentioned, has a very strong loudspeaker, so you are unlikely to miss a call with it.

Nokia specifies the 1300mAh battery in the Asha 303 for 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode, over a month of standby, and two days of continuous music playback.


The Nokia Asha 303 pushes the envelope of what we call a feature phone, providing an almost complete set of functions for your everyday needs. Granted, it doesn't have the rich application store that even a cheapo Android handset can take advantage of, but there are still plenty of apps for it, including the widely popular social networking ones, and even an exclusive version of Angry Birds to go along.

There are a few things holding it back, like the cramped keyboard, and the lack of GPS receiver, but still you get a sturdy and colorful design, very good call and loudspeaker quality, as well as a pentaband 3G radio,

Priced between $150-$200 (or Euros) at various retailers without a contract, the Nokia Asha 303 is a good value for the money, especially for people who are yet unwilling to make the jump to smartphones. For them it can serve as both a whiff of nostalgia from the times when Series 40 marched across the world uninterrupted, and a very decent evolution in line with the times.

When you look at its direct competition Android, however, things start to turn iffy for Asha 303. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro immediately come to mind. It combines physical portrait QWERTY with a 2.6” capacitive touchscreen as well, but for about the same price as the Asha 303 you get access to the hundreds of thousands of Android apps, and the keyboard is chiclet.

Even better, you can grab the HTC ChaCha (Status for AT&T) with its svelte design, much better pixel density and a 5MP camera with flash for only a tad more.

If you are a fan of the portrait QWERTY layout, you might as well go to the source, and get something like the BlackBerry Bold 9700 for the money, provided that you don't care whether the screen is touch-enabled or not.

If physical keyboards seem too old school for you, the HTC Wildfire S or the Samsung Galaxy Ace are decent bets in this price range, and sport 5MP cameras.

Software version: V13.47

Nokia Asha 303 Video Review:


  • Very lightweight and comfortable to hold phone
  • Strong and clear loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Global pentaband radio


  • Cramped keyboard
  • No GPS radio
  • Fixed-focus camera
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posted on 24 Apr 2012, 10:14 1

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Good for someone who wants a phone for a few games but not full fledged smartphone.

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 10:49 1

2. xplayer (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

@Daniel P.
Does it really has front-Facing camera ??????!!!!!????????

posted on 24 Apr 2012, 18:13

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


posted on 25 Apr 2012, 01:46

8. xplayer (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

Please get ur facts straight check out this and then say


posted on 24 Apr 2012, 23:57 1

4. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Conclusion Page needs correction. The Samsung Galaxy Y has a 3.0 inch screen not a 2.6" one..
Correct this as this can be somewhat confusing for some users..
And i don't like the rating. I mean it should be below 5 cuz it packs a decent hardware from today's standard and still does not have multitasking and other important things

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 00:19 1

6. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

It isn't a smartphone, and hence lacks most capabilities for true multitasking. Keep in mind the iPhone doesn't even offer true multitasking, so by your logic it should automatically lose 5 points for that.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 01:29

7. Daniel.P (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

It's the Galaxy Y Pro listed as an alternative, which has a 2.6-incher :-)

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 07:04

10. jimjam (unregistered)

The ratings are supposedly based on similar types of phone - feature phones don't have multi-tasking or quad core processors so no marks knocked off. Also how many feature phones have fast 3g and wifi ... not many. Probably only one or two with wifi. Few even have touchscreens. So this is quite special. You probably are looking at the wrong kind of phone if you think this deserves a low score.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 00:00 3

5. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You mentioned two Android phones as worthwhile options. Keep in mind many carriers require a data plan for Androids, whereas Series 40s can get away without the requirement, and/or get a feature phone data plan. Significant cost savings, especially in the target markets

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 07:00

9. jimjam (unregistered)

Keyboard looks almost identical to the nokia E63,E71,E72 etc range - these certainly are judged to be good keyboards. Is this one really so much worse?

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 13:50 1

11. Ankit1234 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)

Nokia Asha 303 is the latest phone with all luxury features at an affordable rate. Asha 303 is available across the Indian sub continent in all stores and online retail websites. Asha 303 is also packed with Nokia Messenger to chat or share files live and exclusively free any where and anytime.
The whatsapp is a inbuilt feature in the Nokia Asha 303 that gives direct free access to connect and share anything with all your contacts available in your phone. Nokia is the first mobile maker to give such a great feature. No need to install Skype, FB chat, G-chat or any other networking app in your phone, whatsapp fills all your requirements.
Asha 303 is also a good phone for Internet browsing, the innovative S40 OS can download multiple pages at once for lightning speed webpage browsing and one touch or push for direct downloads.
The first day of launch of Asha 303 in the Indian market, made people restless of having a messenger phone that saves upto 90% of their cost.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 13:34

12. ruchi (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)

It's the best of all "Ashas", Touch screen is also better than Asha 300.

posted on 30 Apr 2012, 13:26

13. Ankit1234 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)

Asha 303 is basically a touch and type phone that gives access to over 3 million apps and 2 million games.
Basically the whats app features saves 90% of the money, with which we can do share live anytime anything with all our contact lists.

I can download unlimited data at a very faster 2g speed. i actually use a Nokia Asha 303 and Nokia has recently signed an agreement with Vodafone India to provide assured speed with attractive data plans to all the asha 303 users in India.
so iam very happy paying just a couple of money for high speed and unlimited data plans. Thanks to Nokia Asha 303

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 02:14

15. shrikrishna (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

How can I switch on the front face camera ?

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 07:40

16. ajayarjun (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)

guys can anyone advice me on buying asha 303 or htc chacha since i am in a fix as i wanna buy a touch and type smart phone....!!! although i have gone through the reviews of both of them and i am convinced to buy asha but can't ignore the android factor.....!!!

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 05:30

17. gomo_in (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

Support GPS ?????

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 08:44 2

18. leo1052 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Nokia Asha 303 is the best touch and type phone that I have used to date, my previous phone was a Nokia X3 and that was frankly dissapointing. It is affordable, simple to use with a friendly user interface. I was looking for a phone that wasn't to complicated to use, I am not really into playing tons of games or downloading lots of apps I like to use a phone for basic phone calls and texts, don't be put off by that it will download apps and games galore if you want it to and is preloaded with lots of goodies anyway, it is aimed at a younger market and I am nearly sixty so if you are older like me you don't have to be a technical whizz Kid to use it beleive me. I use facebook for family and friends and with wifi connectivity its fast and furious with connection and I get updateds with BTFON for free with no extra data charges to the touch screen. You can connect it to other dvices and I use it along with my my desktop and laptop via nokia suite,that's great as it will also update the software on your phone and you can get faster downloads that way if you want them. It has a radio and a camera and takes video's as well, the camera isn't what I would call brilliant but if you just want to be able to take the odd family snap or of friends and pets etc when out and about then it's perfectaly ok for that and the pictures are acceptable and can be uploaded to facebook etc, if you are wanting the perfect picture of a beatuiful sunset or something with much more detail then you will need the use of another camera, the radio is fine with headphones if you are on a train journey and so are the games if you like them. The keyboard is easy to use and navigate, just a liitle on the small side for seeing what is displayed there but my eyesight is not so good these days so ithe fault really lies with me so don't let that put you off. It has bluetooth as well and I thouroughly reccomend this phone to all age groups. I have had a lot of phones since mobiles started and I know that Nokia perhaps is a little tired as the market goes, but in general and I have had other makes I find there phones the most reliable and I would sincerely give this a 9/10 it the camera was of a higher spec then 10/10

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Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) LCD
Camera3.2 megapixels
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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