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Nokia Asha 503 Review

Nokia Asha 503

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Nokia Asha 503 Review
Call Quality

We are fairly happy with call quality on the Asha 503. It features a single microphone, but our callers reported it sounding clear enough and loud, and could easily recognize the natural tone of our voice. On our end of the line, in the earpiece, voices are a bit too quiet - not so much for this to be a problem indoors, but talking outside in a busy spot or for those working at loud construction sites for instance it might be an issue.

Battery life

The Asha 503 comes with a 1200mAh battery, but while the size has not changed from the preceding Asha 501, the actual longevity has actually dropped down a bit to the average 12 hours on 2G, and the low 4.5 hours on 3G.

A feature phone is something that most people would use less often and with an excellent stand-by time, this translates into a perception of great battery life. In our few days with the phone, we averaged nearly three days between charges, which is still sufficiently more than what we get on most smartphones. Battery life is one of the very few cases where feature phones make sense.


With a price of around $99 (€99 in Europe), the Asha 503 is without a doubt an affordable device, but in this day and age there are plenty of smartphones offering much more for the same price.

The Asha 503 is coming to affordable markets where it will meet fierce rivalry by affordable Android devices from both well-established manufacturers and new Chinese phone companies that now sell phones in mainstream outlets. The Samsung Galaxy Star S5282 looks like a much better all-around solution, offered for the same price, yet packing a contemporary Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and four times more RAM. The real competition, though, comes from China with devices like the Huawei Y300 with its larger 4” WVGA screen, dual-core processor, dual SIM connectivity and Android 4.1 on board.

We like the colorful design and unique style of the Asha 503, and it has a decent 5-megapixel camera, but there is a huge mismatch between its price and functionality that we simply cannot overlook. A phone of this caliber should cost much less in this day and age. The Asha 503 will appeal to die-hard Nokia fans and people who for some reason do not want a smartphone. For all else, there are much better options out there.


  • Colorful fun design
  • Decent 5-megapixel camera


  • Underpowered feature phone with very limited functionality and poor apps
  • Poor display
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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.04 x 2.39 x 0.50 inches
(102.6 x 60.6 x 12.7 mm)
3.93 oz  (111 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 12 hours talk time

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