Expert Review of Nokia Asha 300 Red
Nokia seems to be on a spree of launching touch and type phones and Nokia Asha 300 is their latest offering. Nokia Asha 300 is a single SIM phone with touch and type capabilities. It runs on the Symbian series 40 operating system and that with support of a 1 GHz processor that renders its great performance speed and efficiency. It shall be out in a whole range of bold and bright colors to attract young users like Pink, Red, Graphite and Gold. This latest Nokia offerings boasts some really cool and impressive features like its Symbian series 40 OS, 1 GHz processor, 5 mega-pixels camera, expandable memory, Bluetooth, 3 G and USB support. It is good at power management with its 1110 mAh battery. It has pre-installed games, stereo FM radio, media player and loudspeakers for users entertainment. Nokia Asha 300 price falls in mid range and it is expected to officially arrive in the fourth quarter of 2012.
User Interface and UI functionality
Nokia Asha 300 is a blower device with prominent touch and type and swipe feature. It has a resistive touch-screen set above a typical alphanumeric keypad. The users can easily use this device with either of the two. It is easy to tap and swipe on this phone but its UI is not as smooth as that of a luxurious smartphone and users may find it easy to type (for those who prefer using a proper keypad). The resistive screen is its another drawback as many cheaper devices with better touch-screens are available. This Nokia device operates on 1 GHz processor and that ensures that its performance and speed will be envy of many on-lookers. Nokia Asha 300 looks reasonably classy with its rounded edges. Its wide 2.4 inches TFT resistive color touch display with 240 X 320 pixels resolution also sets it apart from the usual phones. The screen shows 256 K colors with ease. It seems durable with a nice body form and design. It has well spaced keys, physically measures 112.8 mm, 49.5 mm and 12.7 mm in length, width and thickness respectively and weighs as much as 85 grams. It is not very slim but definitely pocket able. It is not very heavy either. The phone shall be selling in exciting colors as Graphite, Night Shade, Gold, White Silver, Pink, Red colors.
Nokia Asha 300 boasts a good quality media player and a stereo FM radio. The audio quality of the phone is quite satisfying. It supports vibration, polyphonic (64) and MP3 ringtones. A music playback time of as long as 28 hours is also permissible on this device. The camera of the phone clicks stills at 5 mega pixels and also shoots VGA videos at 30fps. Users will find it amusing to upload their pictures and videos on social networking sites on a single tap.
Pictures and Video quality
Nokia Asha 300 clicks decent quality pictures and videos with its 5 mega pixels fixed focus camera that are in resolution of 2592 X 1944 pixels. The primary camera also shoots videos in VGA @30 fps. The memory of the phone is not enough to save many pictures and videos and they need to be almost instantly put up on Facebook, removed or saved elsewhere.
An advanced WAP 2.0/HTML/xHTML browser exists in Nokia Asha 300 and facilitates web browsing hassle free. The downloading, Internet speed and access is quite good, thanks to the power packed phone with a 1 GHz processor. Also, it operates on most familiar Symbian S40 operating system that many a people are used to. It does not facilitate navigation via GPS as it lacks the internal GPS receiver. However, with 3 G on board, it allows users to speedily download. On HSDPA, users can download at 10.2 mbps and on HSUPA at 2 mbps.
Internal and External Memory
Nokia Asha 300 claims to have an in built memory of 140 MB and also boasts 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM support. It also allows huge memory expansion of up to 32 GB with aid of a compatible micro SD card. It can save and maintain almost unlimited phonebook entries, photocalls, messages, mails, games, apps and call records.
Applications and Gaming
Nokia Asha 300 facilitates downloading of apps and games and because it is having an efficient processor, gaming is smarter and more enjoyable. Yet, since it is not a smartphone, we do not expect to get a whole range of fascinating stuff and downloading it greatest speeds and also it lacks enough space to save more games. Despite of not being an Android device, it comes pre-installed with incomplete version of Angry Birds Lite.
Thepower management capabilities of Nokia Asha 300 battery rated at 1110 mAh is such that it delivers talk time of 6 hours 54 minutes (2G) and 4 hours 18 minutes (3G). A standby time of 550 hours (2G) and 597 hours (3G) can also be availed on this phone with utmost ease.
Nokia Asha 300 boasts a Bluetooth, GPRS/EDGE network connection and 3 G support. Nokia Asha 300 also facilitates connectivity via mails, messages and social networking. There is network support on GSM bands over quad band operating frequencies of 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and on 3G HSDPA over 850/900/1900/2100 MHz frequencies.
There are many touch and type smartphones in the market to give tough competition to Nokia’s Asha 300. For instance, Nokia Asha 300 may easily lose out to a powerful Motorola device, the Motorola Charm. Other devices that may give competition to Nokia Asha 300 are Sony Xperia Mini Pro, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy 551 and Samsung Galaxy Pro. Though Motorola Charm is a bit expensive device, its touch and type capabilities are far better and so is its Motoblur UI which is far ahead of Nokia’s in house UI technology. It has a rich and classy feel attached to it. It boasts of many goodies like huge storage, 2.8 inches wide TFT touch screen, full QWERTY keypad, Android OS, backtrack navigation pad, CrystalTalk Plus technology for enhanced audio etc etc. However, this expensive device does not have a 5 mega pixels camera and other multimedia stuff that Nokia Asha 300 boasts of. The low price of this Nokia device also goes in its favor as it is also a vital consideration for many buyers.