Expert Review of Nokia Asha 205 Black
Nokia is getting popular with its Asha series that is praised everywhere and is very warmly welcomed with open hands. Following the current trend of offering dual SIM functionality, Nokia also started designing and developing phones with dual SIM feature and Nokia Asha 205 is one of such kinds. With the tag-line, “Everyone Online Now”, this feature phone provides you super fast Internet connectivity, so that you can remain in touch with your friends and family members all the time, no matter where you are and what is the time. With the candy bar form factor and full QWERTY keypad, this feature phone is fully loaded with smart features and functions so that you can enjoy experiencing the facilities offered by a smartphone on this feature phone. With the five-way navigational D-pad, scrolling and navigation becomes easy like never before. With this multi-functional feature phone you will never miss out even a single information or news update by your friend on Facebook. A single click on a button will redirect you to Facebook where you can comment on the post of your friend and can update your status also. Sharing your feelings was never so easy and full of fun before but with Nokia Asha 205 everything seems to be simple and easy going. The interface of this device is so simple and easy to understand that if you are using a Nokia phone for the first time, then also you will not face any kind of problem while dealing with the handset. You will get use to the phone within a couple of days.
Nokia Asha 205 a very user friendly handset that has a very compact size of 112.8mm x 61.1mm x 13mm with 94 grams of mass, which includes the weight of the battery also. Unlike the contemporary handsets that offers touch screen input method, Nokia Asha 205 offers to its customers a full QWERTY keypad that has very aptly spaced keys, which reduces the chances of any accidental press. Typing becomes so easy that you can text continuously for long hours without feeling any kind of pain in your fingers. The keys are very soft and are large in shape, which makes it easy for you to become a textaholic. The point that one should keep in mind before purchasing any handset, is that handset should be eco-friendly and does not causes any harm to the environment at the time of disposal. Nokia follows this rule strictly and that is why its handsets are made up of renewable materials.
User Interface and UI functionality
Nokia Asha 205 comes with a user friendly interface that provides you simplicity in functioning. Nokia handsets are well known for their simple and easy to understand interfaces. Getting acquainted with Nokia handsets was never too hard and same is the case with Nokia Asha 205 that offers the similar kind of interface to its valuable customers. The 2.4 inches diagonally wide LCD screen does not support touch facility but the multi-functional QWERTY keypad balances the shortcoming of not having a touch sensitive display. The screen provides a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels with support of 56 thousand colors that combines in various groups to give millions of color combinations as are possible. The device runs on Nokia Series 40 platform that offers ample of features like Dictionary, Digital clock, Alarm clock with ring tones, Recorder, Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Converter, Fixed dialling number, Notes, Alarm clock, Reminders, To-do list, etc. and the mailing options loaded in this handset are Hotmail, Yahoo, Mail, Gmail, Nokia Mail and Direct E-mail. You can keep multiple e-mail accounts simultaneously and can receive and send attachments to your friends. You can enjoy lots of instant messaging services on Nokia Asha 205 as it comes blessed with options such as Google Talk, Yahoo, Facebook chat, Windows Live Messenger, Nokia Chat, eBuddy, etc. Messaging becomes fun with various features offered at your end, which include Instant messaging, concatenated SMS for long messages, List of recently used numbers, Conversational SMS for chat-style SMS, Text messaging, Common inbox for SMS and MMS messages, Picture messaging, Unified MMS/SMS editor, Automatic resizing of images for MMS, Distribution lists for messaging and Multimedia messaging.
The call management features provided by Nokia Asha 205 are Speed dialling, Call waiting, Call diverts, Integrated hands-free speakers, Call barring, Call logs, which include dialled, received and missed calls.
Nokia Asha 205 comes with all the multimedia features that are necessary for a device to attract the customers towards it. It has music player, video player, good quality speakers, audio equalizers, selection by artist, album and genre, playlists, album graphics display, OMA DRM 2 support, voice recorder, stereo FM radio, radio recording, and RDS feature along with FM radio, which automatically detects the name of the radio station to which you are tuned into. For audio recording the format supported is AMR with AMR-NB codec and the codec supported for speech are GSM FR, AMR-NB, GSM HR and EFR. For audio playback, the formats backed by the audio player of Nokia Asha 205 are WAV, MP4, AAC, AMR, MP3, WMA and WMV along with the MP3, AMR-WB, AMR-NB, MIDI, GSM FR and AAC LC supported codecs.
In terms of video player, it gives support to lots of formats and codecs that helps in the execution of a video file. This phone has an average quality video player that plays QCIF videos that are captured at a frame rate of 15 frames per second. The video features supported by this feature phone are video recorder, video ringtones, and video player.
Pictures and Video quality
Nokia Asha 205 is blessed with a primary 0.3 megapixels rear VGA camera that captures images with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and can also record QCIF videos by taking 10 frames per second. The images captured are supported in JPEG/Exif formats. The camera does not have any LED flash support so capturing images during low dim light is little problematic. Apart from this, the primary VGA camera provides lots of features that will enhance your photography experience. Various color tone modes supported are Sepia, Greyscale, Normal and Negative, whereas the capture modes supported are Sequence, Self-timer, Video and Still. The white balance modes provided are Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight and Automatic. You can have a look to the captured images via Timeline, Photo editor, Slide show and Album.
The phone does not have any secondary camera so you cannot make any video call to your family and friends. The video recorded with this primary camera supports a resolution of 176 x 144 pixels. Various white balance modes provided at your end to improve your video quality are Fluorescent, Incandescent, Automatic and Daylight.
Internal and External Memory
Nokia Asha 205 is supported with an internal memory of 64MB that can hold up to 1000 entries for phonebook and can also keep a track of your call records. For storing multimedia files and content, you can increase the external storage capacity of this smart feature phone up to 32GB using a microSD card in the provided memory card slot.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia Asha 205 supports Java games and you can also download up to 40 free EA games straight to your phone to begin the never ending fun. It comes loaded with lots of applications that will help you in doing your day to day work and also enable you to stay connected with the rest of the world. Features like Recorder, Calculator, Clock, Dictionary, Digital clock, Fixed dialling number, Notes, Alarm clock with ring tones, Calendar, Phonebook, Converter, Alarm clock, To-do list, Reminders, etc. are there to help you doing various tasks of yours. Various IM services are also available at your end via which you can share your photos, videos, comments, etc. with your family and friends.
Nokia Asha 205 has a rechargeable lithium ion 1,020 mAh BL-5C battery that offers a maximum talk time of up to 11 hours and a standby time of up to 608 hours, which is a very good time provided when compared to the time delivered by the other contemporary rivals. You can play non-stop music up to 31 hours continuously without facing any battery drainage problem.
To save the electric energy, this battery has voltage of only 3.7 volt, which consumes less power while charging.
Nokia Asha 205 offers connectivity to GSM + GSM networks for both the mini SIM card slots provided in this handset. The 2G GSM network supported provides a bandwidth of 850 / 1900 MHz for SIM 1 and a frequency of 900 / 1800 MHz for SIM 2. It offers optional dual SIM functionality, where you can opt for the second SIM in case you need it, else you can use single SIM also in this feature phone.
Unfortunately, the SIM card slots are not hot swappable so you have to switch off your Nokia Asha 205 and take out the battery in case you want to swap or change the SIM cards.
The market is getting hot and hot day by day, be it is a smartphone market or a simple feature phone market and Nokia Asha 205 is bestowed with all such features that will give all the smart facilities offered by a low end smartphone. With the easy to use QWERTY keypad you will have a totally new experience with Nokia Asha 205. This feature phone offers so many functions and facilities that will do your work fast and will also provide you entertainment and fun 24 x 7. All the instant messaging and e-mailing services are supported by this handset and to increase your fun more, it has the fast Nokia Xpress Browser that download pages in fractions of a second. You can have information about the latest top chart busters and can get reviews on the latest release movies on the FM radio supported by this feature phone. You can also do FM recording, as this handset comes with in-built FM recorder that allows you to record your favorite track and save it in the external memory. This phone is available in various colors such as Cyan, Magenta, Orange, Pink and White, so that you can go for the color of your choice.
Other handset available in the market that can give a good neck and neck competition to Nokia Asha 205 are Samsung Champ Neo, Samsung Champ Neo Duos, Samsung C3011, Samsung Metro Duos C3322, Spice 5252, Spice M4580, Micromax X231, Micromax X102, iBall Glam 3, iBall Aaura 3, Karbonn K102, Nokia C2 03, Nokia Asha 202, Chaze C555, Micromax A50 Superfone Ninja, Intex Yuva, Intex Avatar, Motorola Erin EX109, Samsung E1232 Hero, Samsung E2152 Guru, Nokia 100, Nokia 101, Nokia X1 01, Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia C1 02, Nokia Asha 305, Samsung Wave 525, Nokia C3, Samsung Galaxy Pocket, Nokia Asha 200, Samsung Wave Y, Samsung Star Duos, Nokia X2 01, Samsung Star 3 Duos and many more.