Nokia Asha 309 Review

Call quality:

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.

Nokia Asha 309 Video Review:



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

PhoneArena Rating:

4.0

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24 Comments

1. natesvlogs

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2012

Best Nokia phone EVER! GO NOKIA!

2. redmd

Posts: 1943; 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

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.

4. smallworld

Posts: 517; 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.

5. Mghazisohail

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

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

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

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.

11. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

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

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!

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 .

22. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

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

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

24. ayamga

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 19, 2013

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

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Asha 309
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 1110 mAh(6h talk time)

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