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Nokia Asha 303 Review

Nokia Asha 303

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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.


Conclusion:


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


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Pros

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

Cons

  • Cramped keyboard
  • No GPS radio
  • Fixed-focus camera
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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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