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Nokia Asha 309 Review

Nokia Asha 309

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Interface and Functionality:

Being a feature phone, the Nokia Asha 309 is based on the Series 40 platform, that recently got a refresh with swipe actions inspired by MeeGo, an Android-like notification shade and icon notifications similar to the ones in iOS.

It’s a welcome improvement that you’d appreciate from the get-go. Your missed messages and calls are visible straight from the lockscreen, and you can swipe them to go the application that issued them. You unlock the phone by swiping to either side.

Then, you arrive at a three-panel home screen. One of the panels is an app drawer, then there is a panel that you can customize with shortcuts and finally a dedicated panel for the dialer/music or radio.

All throughout the interface, you can swipe from top to bring the notification shade. There you can also find toggles for connectivity and quick access to your calls, messages and music.

Interface of the Nokia Asha 309 - Nokia Asha 309 Review
Interface of the Nokia Asha 309 - Nokia Asha 309 Review
Interface of the Nokia Asha 309 - Nokia Asha 309 Review
Interface of the Nokia Asha 309 - Nokia Asha 309 Review

And speaking of the interface in general, there are a lot of leftovers from the past, pop-up messages that annoyingly double check with the user when you try to exit an app, menus within menus within menus, and many more little annoyances, all across the system to remind you of its age.

Forget about apps on this feature phone. You do get a gift of free EA games when you buy this gadget, but don’t be fooled by titles like “Need for Speed” - those are merely extremely basic Java games and nothing more. The Nokia Store contains a few thousand applications, but again even basic apps like Facebook and Twitter are a disappointment of frustratingly slow performance.


Processor and Memory:

We don’t have the details on what kind of processor the Asha 309 uses, but we do know that it features 64MB of RAM memory, and a quick comparison with the older sibling in the Asha series, the Asha 311, hints the processor is far less capable.

What really matters is how the phone behaves and it was fairly speedy with basic tasks like opening the contacts log, but not completely lag-free. Also when switching between the three home panels there is a slight slowdown, but nothing fatal. Applications like the camera take a fairly long couple of seconds to open up.

The Asha 309 comes with 128MB of internal storage, but you can expand that with microSD cards of up to 32 gigs.


Internet and Connectivity:

Sporting a 3-inch capacitive screen and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Asha 309 has what it takes to connect to the Internet. With Nokia Browser 2.0, you can browse around simpler pages. You zoom in with a single tap on the screen, and double tapping zooms back out. We managed opening even moderately heavy websites, and that’s a plus. Cellular connectivity is limited to 2G GPRS/EDGE, though.

Web browser 1.0 of the Nokia Asha 309 - Nokia Asha 309 Review
Web browser 1.0 of the Nokia Asha 309 - Nokia Asha 309 Review
Web browser 1.0 of the Nokia Asha 309 - Nokia Asha 309 Review
Web browser 1.0 of the Nokia Asha 309 - Nokia Asha 309 Review

The Asha 309 lacks a GPS chip, but it does include Nokia’s Maps for Series 40 for your navigation and mapping needs. Having no GPS means it triangulates data from nearest cell towers to determine your position, and while not as accurate as GPS it does work when you need it.

Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP is also on board, allowing you to easily hook up wireless accessories like Bluetooth headsets.

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PhoneArena rating:
4Poor
Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) LCD
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.33 x 2.13 x 0.51 inches
(109.9 x 54 x 13 mm)
3.59 oz  (102 g)
Battery1110 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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