Nokia Asha 200 Hands-on Phone Review

Just a week after reviewing two of Nokia Asha’s product line, we’ve decided to extend our coverage and go hands-on on Nokia Asha 200. Asha 300 comes with an alphanumeric keypad while its low-end sibling Nokia Asha 200 follows closely in the footsteps of its senior sibling Asha 303 with a QWERTY keyboard. There’s no much to talk about Nokia Asha 200 for a staunch smart phone fanatic; however, given its pricing, we’ll cut short on expectation and give it due consideration for those searching a cheap feature-phone. The phone combines both dual SIM capability and QWERTY keypad goodies in a single body while keeping the price tag as low as possible. We expected various compromises on this handset at the expense of maintaining a low price tag; it does not feature a reasonable processor (1GHz to be precise) and does not even come with a touch-screen like the rest of Asha siblings.

On the brighter side, Nokia Asha 200 is a dual SIM device which allows users to assign a name, logo and ring tone for up to 5 SIM cards; it comes with an easy swap option that enables users enjoy best deals from up to five different operators. Double SIM cards can be used on this device concurrently and changing the second SIM doesn’t demand switching off your handset. Nokia Asha 200 is made from polycarbonate just like the rest of Asha siblings and comes with a Nokia browser onboard, which is powered by the cloud and compresses data up to 90 percent, saving users of unnecessary data expenses. The colorful QWERTY keyboard is specially designed to cater for the young urban users who need to stay connected at all times. The phone comes with a 2.4inch TFT screen at 320x240p resolution and 167ppi pixel density. At 167ppi pixel density, text and images appear crisp enough for a phone in its league, even better than the rest of Asha siblings that boast of a bigger display panel. Browsing web pages is therefore a pleasant experience though you’ll need to do some scrolling.

Though you’ll get inadequate 10MB internal storage onboard, Nokia Asha 200 can accommodate up to 32GB MicroSD card. There’s a 2.0 Megapixel camera at the back which is well within the price tag. It has various social networking widgets integrated within the operating system such as Facebook and Twitter. Surprisingly, Nokia Asha 200 comes with a larger 1430mAh battery which can go for days without recharging. It doesn’t support 3G networks neither does it have WiFi or GPS onboard.
Nokia Asha 200 Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: Symbian 40 software
  • Display : 2.4inch (240x320p) (167ppi), 256k colors
  • Primary Camera: 2.0 Megapixel (1600x1200p)
  • Video: Yes, 176×144 @10fps
  • Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 10MB storage, 32MB RAM, 64MB ROM
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • Internet: GPRS, EDGE, Browser: Wap 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
  • Other features: FM Radio with RDS, FM recording
  • Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1430mAh

Nokia Asha 200Price in Kenya: Kshs.7000.


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