Nokia Asha 205 Specs, Features and Price Review

Every time two or more Ashas are unleashed, we get to choose between a Qwerty and numeric keypad or Single and Dual SIM capability; in this case, Nokia Asha 205 has a fascinating Qwerty keypad contrary to its twin sibling 206. Besides an impressive smart phone level typing pad, you’ll get the benefit of dual sim capability on this phone, but that doesn’t mean it has exclusive bragging rights in a fast growing segment. It doesn’t have much underneath, but you’d easily reckon a premium design comparable to high-end devices in days of yore. For a device costing less than $70, a harsh scrutiny of included features is entirely uncalled for; it’s unlikely to put a smile on smart phone lovers but that doesn’t mean it’s the worst we’ve seen. If you’re torn between two mobile operators, into Qwerty keypads, financially limited and don’t mind using Nokia’s aged series 40 OS, Asha 205 could be the type of handset you’d love having around.

 Nokia Asha 205 will not impress Android users or let alone convince blackberry, windows phone or iOS fanatics, but for Symbian 40 veterans and cheapskates out there, it’s a deal in the making. Beyond the usual Qwerty keys, there’s a dedicated facebook key on the left side of navigation button before the left selection and call button, it’s pretty convincing if you’re into facebook and wouldn’t mind a standard alphabet arrangement that would guarantee fast text input whether chatting or just updating your profile. On the right side of navigation button before the right selection and end call key, there’s a dedicated email key, so you can easily access your inbox with just a single tap. The front panel is equally divided between a 2.4inch display screen and a Qwerty keypad, I wouldn’t say 167ppi (pixels per inch) resolution is worse for a phone with an almost rock-bottom price tag but expect small text to look blurry compared to pricier handsets

On the backside is a VGA camera which’s smaller to that of its twin sibling Asha 206, you’d rather factor in the price of a digital camera as photos captured on this device aren’t any better; in fact, a larger percentage of handsets costing around that price have better snappers some even with an additional secondary camera for video calling. 64mb internal storage is barely enough to hold a couple of mp4 files; however, you can expand using an external MicroSD card up to 32GB. And like its twin sibling, you’ll have a choice of Cyan, Magenta, Orange, Pink or White depending on your preference or just buy separate covers for each color. There are a few apps such as facebook that come preloaded; however, you can download more from Nokia’s Ovi store which’s accessible within the handsets menu. It doesn’t have WLAN or 3G, so expect web pages to load sluggishly, but again, it’s cheap, that should answer most of our questions.
Nokia Asha 205 Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: Symbian 40 software
  • Display : 2.4inch (240x320p) (167ppi), TFT, 256k colors
  • Primary Camera: VGA (640×480 pixels)
  • Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 64MB internal storage
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • Internet: GPRS, EDGE, Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
  • Other features: Dual-SIM, FM Radio with RDS, FM recording
  • Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1020mAh
Nokia Asha 205Price in Kenya: Kshs.6000.

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