Nokia Asha 309 Review

The Nokia Asha 309 is yet another affordable feature phone with a touchscreen to arrive at our office, covering the ever diminishing gap between smartphones and feature phones. This time Nokia bid farewell to resistive and went with a capacitive 3-inch display, and with the fresh new swipe-based interface of the Series 40 platform, the company is playing what seems like its last cards to keep the feature phone alive.

In modern-day reality, though, the most affordable Android smartphones come at nearly the same price. Can the Asha really pull it against them? And is it a good phone on its own? That’s what we asked ourselves when we first saw it, and we’ll start looking for answers to those questions right away.


The Asha 309 is a compact little device that fits comfortably in the hand. It’s plastic all over, with a glossy removable back cover.

You can compare the Nokia Asha 309 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Designwise, it is fairly ordinary, described best by its slightly curvy shape and the two physical buttons on the front bulging out a bit.

The silver plating on the front edges should allude the look of more premium materials like aluminum, but it’s just a coat of paint. Conveniently placed on the right side are the volume rocker and lock key, clicky side buttons that are easy to press. Across, on the left, there is a microSD card slot.

While it’s not particularly exciting in terms of its design, this Asha feature phone is not too thick at 0.51-inch (13mm) thick, nor too heavy at 3.59oz (102 g), and it lays well in the hand.


The biggest advancement the Asha 309 introduces to the series is the capacitive touchscreen. The 3-inch capacitive LCD multi-touch display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels makes navigating the phone easier than it was on previous Asha devices with resistive displays - everything requires less effort.

The resolution is fairly low, with pixel density of around 155ppi, and the screen reproduces only 65k colors.

Viewing angles are fairly tight, colors start fading out at even the slightest angle, and the same happens when you use the phone in direct sunlight. The device also lacks an ambient light sensor, and that means there is no automatic screen brightness adjustment.



24. ayamga

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2013

can someone help me out? my camera, music,video icons cannot be opened?

23. ayamga

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2013

please can someone help me out? my camera and other icons cannot be opened. this nokia asha 309 is really complex for me

22. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

why 4/10 ?? this phone has better performance/price ratio better than i5

20. javorr

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Asha phones are great in their price range. People who want functionality will get better smartphones which are not in this price range. If I have to choose between Asha and cheap and laggy android, with an old android version that never will be updated and very bad battery life – I choose Asha. Asha makes a great secondary phone – if you have to go in the forest or to work in the fields (or any hard conditions) – you will not carry a big expensive smartphone with several hours battery life, you will take the cheap nokia that will do the job .

15. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I don't understand why PA is so harsh in judging entry level phones... Really

17. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I know, it was also annoying of them to be constantly saying that the Asha 309 is just a little cheaper than a smartphone...well for the phone maybe. But you're saving all the money by not having to have those expensive data plans.

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Why are my points from above being ignored and thumbed down?!?! Entry level android phones DO NOT DEMAND A DATA PLAN, for f!ck sake. They sell prepaid (galaxy pocket, y, Huawei Y)just like this Nokia, at the same or lower price!

11. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

This asha has faster browser and better facebook app than my Nokia x7 xDD

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh and whoever thinks windows phone 8 will ever come close to competing in low end market, is seriously deluded. The thing requires dual core processors at minimum. Compare that to JB which will run on a single core 800 MHz phone (galaxy mini 2 ), yet packing truck load of additional features compared to WP8.

14. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

not WP8 but WP7.8 i hope you've read the article regarding the newest lumia member, 505.

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Nokia = perfection minus 60% Grin Even the phone like Huawei Y200 cost just a bit more and is leagues ahead in terms of performance, features and usability

5. Mghazisohail

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

please nokia remember the display first not the build of the phone

4. smallworld

Posts: 535; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

To Nokia: please abandon those asha phones.

6. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

They can not abbandon the Asha series. They are paying the bill right now. If you haven't noticed Nokia is still the second largest phone producer.

3. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

I would care if it was 2 years ago but I no longer care.

13. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

that's what your ex said.

1. natesvlogs

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2012

Best Nokia phone EVER! GO NOKIA!

2. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I wish I could relate to this.

7. brandonrana

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

PA just a 4 ?????? Too harsh

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yet again I am astonished at PA's insistence on comparing this with Android phones. They may be of similar price ranges, but they are hardly comparable. The Ashas compare to other feature phones, like the Pantech Swift, LG Xpression, etc, which can cost several hundred dollars off contract (from the carrier, though admittedly similar phones can be gotten much cheaper through a prepaid service). It doesn't require a data plan as the Androids do, which saves the buyer hundreds per year, and is designed as a phone first and multimedia device second, not the other way around, so it is highly desirable and satisfactory for its target audience. Try try again (again, again, again).

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What the hell are you talking about?? Android phones don't require a data plan! The same Huawei(phone in the iPhone 3gs class) I mentioned below costs the SAME as this crap, on my carrier. Now who in their right mind should buy this instead??

19. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Box, care to answer my reply? I can't believe I'm being thumbed down for stating facts! You Nokia fanboys are freaking hopeless

21. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

lol no, the best nokias are lumia 920, 808 and n8 or n9 maybe still remembering the times that u were cool with the xpressmusic

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Asha 309
  • Display 3.0 inches
    400 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware , 0.06GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1110 mAh

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