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Nokia Asha 309 Review

Nokia Asha 309

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Call quality:

Nokia Asha 309 Review
The Asha 309 is a feature phone, which puts an even bigger focus on call quality. When listening to our callers on the earpiece we were pleasantly surprised by clean and natural sounding voices, but on the other end of the line it’s a slightly different story.

The microphone on the device obviously lacks in quality and our callers heard our voice muffled and a bit dull. Side noise however was nicely filtered out.


Battery:

A 1,110mAh battery would look like a joke inside a smartphone, but in the case of the Asha 309 it lasts a fairly long time. We could easily squeeze around two to three days out of it, more than smartphones, and that’s a plus. Talk time is 17 hours.

You can charge the phone via both microUSB and Nokia’s proprietary 2mm connector.


Conclusion:

Finally, the Nokia Asha 309 in today’s market will have a single argument to make to its buyers - price. Selling for around $105 - $110, it is almost as affordable as the bottom low of Android, the 2.8-inch Samsung Galaxy Pocket (sold for around $115).

And if you really want a similar, 3-inch display, the Android-running Samsung Galaxy Y (sold for $130) and the LG Optimus L3 (some $130), are only slightly costlier, but worlds apart in terms of the experience.

We do understand, though, why Nokia is releasing the Asha 309. Windows Phone cannot yet go as low as Android in smartphones, and the company is trying to hit price points just below the most affordable ‘Droids.

The sad reality however is that there is a world of a difference between smartphones and feature phones, and only a tiny price gap. With Java frustration instead of real apps, dead-ends instead of sharing options, Series 40 - even with its new interface and on a capacitive display - looks terribly dated.

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Pros

  • Slightly more affordable than cheapest Androids
  • Refreshed Series 40 UI

Cons

  • Abysmal video quality, sub-par camera
  • Frustrating app situation
  • Interface still has leftovers from past
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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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