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Nokia Asha 302 Phone Review

Nokia Asha 302 is a premium feature phone adding up to Nokia’s Asha portfolio, the handset joins its older siblings Asha 303, Asha 300, Asha 200 and Asha 201 though with a unique taste of Microsoft’s mail for exchange feature that’s best known to allow users access mails, contacts and calendar on an exchange server. It has detailed professional oriented features such as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and a decent QWERTY keypad that best suits young geeks out there intending to venture into the business sector. This handset falls under the entry-level genre with an affordable price tag (about EUR 95). Symbian 40 OS feels awkwardly ancient, however, spicing up Nokia Asha 302 with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync makes it likeable and one of its kind in this arena. There’s not much to excite smart phone users on this device; but at its price range, we’ll forgive a lot and cut short on our expectations. If you’re looking for a smart device, you’ll be better-off with an Android smart phone costing same amount or less.

Behind the scenes is snappier 1.0GHz processor that’s capable of swallowing just any app available on the OVI store. Nokia Asha 302 won’t get any awards design-wise; however, it’s better than most devices in this category. Asha 302’s screen is annoyingly tiny but the QWERTY keypad is an acceptable reconciliatory feature. Unlike its older siblings which feel too plasticky, Nokia Asha 302 embraces a metallic theme featuring a metallic layer and a chrome strip. The front panel is dominated by a 2.4inch screen on the upper half and a QWERTY keypad on the lower half while the navigation buttons, call and end call buttons takes the middle strip, there’s a 3.15Megapixel camera around the back cover. Keys are not adequately spaced as it would be on an alphanumeric keypad and users with over-stretched fingers may find it difficult to use the keyboard or encounter more accidental typing errors. Nokia Asha has almost everything that was withheld from its older siblings such as WiFi, HSPA and a snappier 1GHz chipset.
Nokia Asha 302 is not as thin as most high-end devices, but at 13.5mm thick, it’ll fit in the smallest pockets. Its weight is reasonable as most devices in this category revolve around 105g, so you can carry-around without hurting a muscle on your arm. The screen resolution is at par with most devices under the same roof, though it’s practically dwarfed in the opinion of a high-end smart phone user. Just like its earlier sibling Asha 201, the WhatsApp instant messaging app and social services networks such as Facebook comes preloaded on Nokia Asha302. There’s 100MB internal storage though can be expanded using a MicroSD card up to 32GB.
Nokia Asha 302 Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: Symbian 40 software
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Display : 2.4inch (240x320p) (167ppi) TFT screen, 256k colors
  • Primary Camera: 3.15Megapixel (2048x1536p)
  • Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 100MB storage, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • Connectivity:  USB, MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • Internet: 14.4Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Other features: FM Radio with RDS
  • Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1110mAh
Nokia Asha 302Price in Kenya: (unavailable)

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  1. Hi. The Estimated Retail Price of the Nokia Asha 302 in Kenya is KES 10,000. Confirmed at the media event on Thursday evening. #letsqwerty

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