The unending hype and attention given to Android based devices has rendered other decent smart phones such as Nokia Asha 303 invisible despite serious specs it brings in the segment. However, we were quick and alert to single it out giving the phone a break and due consideration against its peers in the segment. Nokia Asha 303 falls under the budget portfolio making it even harder to elicit due attention from the manufacturer; instead, Nokia is busy marketing Windows based handsets which have so far failed to effectively counter Android’s popularity. Consequently, the phone maker is experiencing misfortunes in the handset business which is attributed to stiff competition from the South Korean giant (Samsung) and its failure to embrace Android OS. As Samsung strives to strengthen its grip on both high-end and entry level genres with devices such as Galaxy Ace S5830, Nokia is busy marketing its high-end windows phones at the expense of their entry level siblings.
Nokia Asha 303 features a distinct design that renders a fixed QWERTY keypad instead of a slide out just beneath the screen; there is a brushed metal at the back which gives it a quality feel and gentle curves at its bottom and top. Although Asha 303 isn’t as slim as other devices we’ve seen within its category (13.9mm to be precise), it weighs lighter than most (99g) making carrying around a pleasant experience, and it can fit perfectly in those skinny jeans without a hassle. Due to Nokia Asha 303’s size and its preference for a fixed keypad instead of a slide out, there are no spaces between the keys, essentially to cater for the QWERTY arrangement; this might occasionally cause slip up when tying quickly, however, as expected the space bar is an exception. It houses a 2.6inch capacitive touch screen which is a plus considering its responsiveness compared to resistive counterparts, a soft touch is enough to trigger on-screen actions.
One of the strong points for this phone is a 1GHz processor which makes applications run smoothly on this device, a test of the popular ‘angry birds’ mobile game that comes pre-loaded on Nokia Ashia 303 dint disappoint except the game isn’t full version. Other goodies on this device include 802.11b/g/n WiFi connectivity, a 3.2 Megapixel rear camera and support for 3G networks at 10.2Mbps HSDPA, 2Mbps HSUPA. Nokia Asha 303 supports up to 32GB MicroSD card so you don’t run short of storage space, you’ll also be able to watch videos via browsers courtesy of adobe flash lite which lacks on most entry level android devices powered by an ARMv6 processor.
Nokia Asha 303 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Symbian
- Processor: 1GHz
- Display : 2.6inch (320x240p) (154ppi) TFT Capacitive touch screen, 256k colors
- Primary Camera: 3.2 Megapixel (2048x1536p) fixed focus, face detection
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 170MB storage, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11/b/g/n, MicroUSB, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
- Internet: 3G 10.2Mbps HSDPA, 2Mbps HSUPA, Adobe Flash Lite
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1300mAh
- Other features: FM Radio with RDS
Nokia Asha 303Price in Kenya: Kshs.18,000