Nokia Asha 311 Review

Nokia Asha 311 Review

The Nokia Asha 311 has arrived in our office and we received it with mixed feelings. It’s part of the Asha lineup, a series of feature phones that is largely keeping Nokia afloat at the moment as it struggles selling enough Windows Phone smartphones. The Asha has gained some momentum in developing markets like India and this here Asha 311 is one of the best touchscreen phones in the series.

The Nokia Asha 311 packs a 3-inch low-res capacitive display and a 1GHz processor, both working in concert to bring the best out of the revamped interface of Series 40. Still, as affordable as the device is, low-end Android smartphones are now available for less and fighting against Android seems like an order way too tall for the Nokia phone. Let’s see, however, how the phone actually performs before jumping into conclusions.

In the box, you get the usual pair of horrid Nokia earbuds that distort sound so much we wouldn’t even try listening to music on them.


There is nothing impressive about the design of the Asha 311. It’s a thick little phone with a good build quality, with no creaky moving parts. It comes in five different colors showing most in the fully colored back cover and less in the matte inward chin on the front. Fingerprints are definitely an issue with the glossy back cover.The screen (more on it later) is encircled with a hefty bezel that looks almost unusual for those accustomed to the narrower framing on smartphones.

You can compare the Nokia Asha 311 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The element that makes the phone easy to recognize are the the two physical buttons placed on a contrasted chromed plastic strip right below the screen. We wouldn’t say it adds much to the aesthetics of the phone (rather the opposite), but we loved the two physical buttons, both very responsive, easy to press.

Unlike the front buttons, the side keys we just couldn’t get used too - they were too rigid, too hard to press to the point of inconvenience. Not a dealbreaker, but definitely something to keep in mind.

Charging is done via either a proprietary Nokia port which is on top or a microUSB port right next to it. On top, there is also a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Finally, the phone does feature an ambient light and proximity sensor, that kick in during calls to dim the screen.


The Asha 311 is a touchscreen phone and one of the best in its family. The 3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 240x400 pixels is capacitive and much more responsive than the one on the younger Asha sibling, the 305. It comes with Gorilla Glass protection, which is great news.

Viewing angles are pretty average so colors only wash out slightly at extreme angles. Nokia is including a polarizing filter for better outdoor visibility, and with it we found outdoor visibility to be around average.



1. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

I say not a bad phone for the price, for my mum or dad, who want a relatively modern phone but would be lost in the world of useless android features...

2. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

WHY ARE YOU COMPARING THE ASHAS TO ANDROID, AGAIN? You said yourself it's a *bleep*ing FEATURE PHONE. This compares to devices like the Pantech Pursuit & Swift, Samsung Solstice2, Flight2, Evergreen, LG Xpression, HTC Freestyle, etc, NOT ANDROIDS, which, as we all know, are [ta-da!] SMART PHONES, even the basic ones you included in your comparison. Try again.

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"Mostly due to the more responsive capacitive touchscreen, but also to more RAM memory (128MB) and a 1GHz processor, this device is almost lag-free. Still, speaking about smoothness, even the cheapest Android smartphone easily blows it out of the water in terms of performance." Wow, are the cheapest android smartphone easily blows this in terms of performance? Last time I checked, one of the laggiest phone i have was galaxy y. Not even the cheapest one.

10. Chang7

Posts: 3; Member since: May 21, 2012

TOtally AgrEe WiTh YoU!

11. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

One of the alternatives they mention is the Optimus L3... The same phone that they said "Apparently, one of the most significant compromises that LG had to make is the screen, because not only does it lack in terms of resolution, resulting in a paltry 125 ppi, but this is actually one of the ugliest TFT displays we've seen." Also in the review they say that it has terrible call quality and is overpriced... IDK... seems strange.

12. btao99

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Even my sony ericsson xperia ray, a mid-range android, is vey laggy

7. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Don't really agree with you here, you have to compare the price more than the supposed category of phones. If a phone costs 100 dollars, you have to compare it with other 100 dollar phones, imo. That said, I highly doubt androids at that price level offer a better user experience, with a much heavier OS running on the same and lower-specced hardware. Also, the design of this phone is much more inspired than low level androids, imo.

3. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

A rating of '5' .. It deserves a better score .. Compared to the competition Asha 311 has a better screen , a better camera , a fast processor , better ram , Gorilla glass , a decent design with good colours etc etc .. Yeah it doesn't have Android and it is not a smartphone ... But still i don't think Android mobile at this price are efficient enough .. They lag , not compatible with many apps ..

13. btao99

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

This PA sems to give nokia phones low ratings, like the nokia x7 (The score was 5 as well)

4. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

For the first time i agree with PA. Just spend a little more and you got LG L3, Galaxy Y,... Don't forget that 1Ghz CPU on S40 is very unnecessary.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yes, i agree. I would really appreciate it if PA treat a feature phone as it is... And not compare it to the living Androids. S40 is an old timer and Nokia is trying to keep it alive, and well, they pretty much are doing great at that. If you want to campare it with an Android, compare the Froyos and them and the S40 will outlive them. GSMarena's reviews are much better and thorough...and i read it about 3 days back. Really deserve better rating, at least a 6.8.

8. ramoman

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

nice review but where the xperia tablet s

9. Chang7

Posts: 3; Member since: May 21, 2012

I'm still a student right now and I think that Nokia Asha 311 will be a good phone for me.This phone just have everything I need.If I compare this phone with Samsung Galaxy Y or Samsung Galaxy Pocket(That I've used before),I will definitely choose Nokia Asha 311.Moreover,Nokia Products last longer!If you want a cool feature phone and not ready to change to a smartphone yet,I personally believed that Nokia Asha 311 will be a good option!

14. buyer

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I need to raise this alert !!! I bought an Nokia Asha 311 2 months ago in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and now it crashed. Once you open it it only show the date and time on a grey background screen. Its strange for a phone that has just been released in the market really new to crash. This phone is made in India. I really do not know what to do with it. Please do not buy this type of phone that has a Palestinian guarantee. I want to return this from the seller but in the middle east they are ignorant of the "International Guarantee" which states the replacement of unit if it stops working. I know they will refuse. the seller is Mashal Al Majd.

15. AppForNokia

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

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16. dcpl_bros

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Beware : WIFI is defective, will end up with high data usage charges

17. dcpl_bros

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

WIFI is DEFECTIVE, Updates 3.9 cannot be installedeven by Nokia Care Staff though mentioned on Web site and even by Call centre

18. sallu

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

A better Phone as compared to SS galaxy Y and Pocket..

19. dcpl_bros

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Please be specific. Maybe Wifi doen not matter to you. You can afford to pay extravagant 3g charges

20. sallu

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

WiFi matters me most that's y I had buyed 311, and it is working fine..

21. iphoneizgr8

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Please DO NOT buy this phone !!!! , i purchased in today and i noticed that you cant : Play youtube internet browser is so slow.. even my wifi is 20mbps You cant rewind or forward any video in that phone LOL most of the apps will not work.. DOnt waste your money on the looks of that phone..

22. graykerr

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

does this phone have dual sim?

23. johnherry

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

Hello frnds!! Mostly due to the more responsive capacitive touchscreen, but also to more RAM memory (128MB) and a 1GHz processor, this device is almost lag-free. Still, speaking about smoothness, even the cheapest Android smartphone easily blows it out of the water in terms of performance."

24. geetanjali unregistered

Hi,i have Nokia asha 311 but cannot use internet..Some days ago it was working ..but now not working.showing "service not available" ..can u please anyone help??
Asha 311
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.14 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1110 mAh(7.20h 3G talk time)

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