Nokia Asha 310 Review

Interface and functionality

Nokia insists on calling the Asha range (using Nokia's Series 40 interface) “smartphones”, on account of the many thousands of Java applications available for them in the Nokia Store, but to hedge its bets, it also throws in 40 Electronic Arts game titles for free with the Asha 310.

The newest touch edition of Series 40 has an interface with all the prerequisites indeed, such as a lockscreen with time/date/connectivity status info, homescreen for app shortcuts, pull-down notification bar with connectivity switches, and the venerable back button and context menu keys in an on-screen version. The rounded app icons are really huge, making them easy to press on the smallish display. The on-screen keyboard, on the other hand, is really tiny on the 3” display in portrait mode, so we'd recommend using its keypad, rather than QWERTY layout.


Swiping left and right changes between the homescreen, the app drawer and the dialer, while the notification bar has a small “lip” at the end for easier pulling, and gives quick access to the call, messaging and music playback apps, along with toggles for data, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the sound profiles. There is a cool volume animation with a speaker popping up when you press the rocker, which can be tapped to switch off the sound completely.


The Asha 310 comes preloaded with Facebook, Twitter and the eBuddy push chat app for the social media junkies, and it also offers all the basic utility apps, as well as a SIM card manager for the two SIM slots. The app lets you set the default network for calls, data and messaging, or choose the option to be asked each time which card to use for the action. You can also set up to five different SIM profiles for work, home, data-only cards, and so on, and the cards can be inserted in and out without turning off the handset first for the ultimate convenience.




The Asha 310 sports EDGE network download speeds up to 237 kbps (no 3G), as well as Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and FM radio and microUSB 2.0 port for wired connectivity and that's about it. The excellent Nokia Maps service comes preloaded, but it seems only the map of your region can be preloaded for offline usage.

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5 Comments

1. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

AFAIK, it has no GPS

2. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

the phone is less laggy than most android phones, and most play sote appls won't run on QVGA phones anyway

3. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

The camera doesn't look as bad as the review say.

4. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

WQVGA is just fine on this phone, just imagine WVGA making the phone all laggy and pointless.

5. jawwad.raza

Posts: 1; Member since: May 26, 2013

Nokia phones are reliable and good resale price. In particular this phone is very handy and with nice features like WiFi, map and weather etc.
Asha 310
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 1110 mAh(17h talk time)

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