The Asha 311 runs on Nokia’s traditional Series 40 operating system; but it has a 1GHz processor and Wi-Fi, so it’s a big contender if analyzed all inclusive. Unlike its twin sibling Asha 305/3050, at least the Finnish based phone maker pimped in some smart phone quality stuff such as 3G and WLAN to be precise. Nokia Asha 311 is brimful of features considering its tiny price tag; although it won’t carry any awards, smart phones with similar features costs almost twice as much. It has the looks, you have a choice of four different colors but icons don’t come close to Android’s or iPhone’s. It has a better capacitive display compared to a resistive one used on 305; the corning gorilla branded glass will escape most scratches. If you’ve had an android or iOS device before, Nokia Asha 311 won’t bring in new value additions but at EUR 92, you can’t really complain. Something that’s at par with mid-range smart phones is a pleasingly 1GHz processor that should handle just about any app with little effort.
Sadly though, there’s no GPS, something you’ll find on almost every android powered device, but we can trade in for a decent internet connection speed of up to 14Mbps on HSDPA and 5.76Mbps on HSUPA. Besides the dedicated call, combined end and power hardware keys, the front panel is largely taken by a 3.0inch screen that’s not as brilliant as that of high-end devices but utilizes the most up to date capacitive technology rather than resistive. Nokia Asha 311 has a 3.2MP camera that’s just good enough for snapping standard shots of your mates, and not much else, you’re also limited to well lit conditions as Asha 311 lacks led flash. For those who can’t do without music, you’ll need to factor in the price of a MicroSD card as the internal 120MB memory is barely enough for a couple of MP4 files. Generally, the design is impressive, far much better than rivals; it sports a decent not too crowded front and a pleasingly rounded back.
Nokia Asha 311 features a 400x240pixels screen resolution which’s not the best we’ve seen though better than most smart phones. Icons and small text doesn’t appear as sharp as we wanted but we can live with it considering the price tag. Under the hood is a 1GHz processor that can handle just about any app such as the famous angry birds smoothly. There are a couple of preloaded apps on Nokia Asha 311 such as Google Talk, Yahoo!, Twitter, Facebook chat, MySpace and Windows Live Messenger, additional apps can be downloaded from Nokia’s Ovi store.
Nokia Asha 311 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Nokia OS (Java, Series 40 web apps)
- Processor : 1GHz
- Display : 3.0inch (240x400p) (155ppi) TFT Capacitive touch screen, 56k colors
- Primary Camera: 3.2 Megapixel (2048 x 1536p)
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 120MB internal, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
- Internet: EDGE, GPRS, 3G (HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps)
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1110.0 mAh
- Other features: FM Radio with RDS,
Nokia Asha 311Price in Kenya: Kshs.9300