The Nokia 301 is not exceptionally different from siblings released in the days of yore; it has everything you’d find on a typical Nokia device a few years back except for the 3.5G connectivity and Dual-Sim feature. The handset is undoubtedly classically made, pulling with it some interesting touches from the past – it maintains a classic Nokia candy-bar design and an iconic numbered keypad. Nokia 301 is available as a budget device, contrary to those days when similarly feature-packed devices required a substantial portion of your savings to own. It’ll be unrealistic to imagine this phone can overcome market odds and outperform rivals just like that – we’ve got better equipped smart phones such as Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 worth consideration in that scenario; however, its appeal to those looking for a classic Nokia feel at a reasonable price can’t be ignored either.
According to Nokia’s blog ‘conversations.nokia.com’, the handset is tagged with an almost rock-bottom price of €65; we’ll therefore forgive a lot when comparing one on one with pricier rivals. Almost everything on it looks classic – but there are a few surprises stretching Nokia 301 beyond its past siblings; there’s a 3.5G connectivity radio onboard – browsing and chatting is almost as fast as modern smart phones via 3.5G networks. Nokia’s Xpress browser that’s favored to compress up to 90% data makes browsing on this handset even faster, you can stream YouTube videos as well as downloading from Vuclip app with a breeze. Apart from the iconic keypad on the front panel, there’s a 2.4inch display screen – it’s far below that of pricier smart phones and doesn’t support touch functionality either, you’ll therefore be limited to physical keypad input. The screen resolution isn’t any better either; however considering the price tag, we’ve got no reason to complain, text and images don’t look as smooth and vibrant as those on expensive smart phones.
At the back is a 3.2MP snapper – there’s no LED flash to support it in darker conditions but shots taken in broad daylight don’t look as bad as you may presume. Features packed alongside include a step-by-step voice instructions guide that will take you through taking a self portrait. An epic 100 degree panorama support lets you capture more in your shots while the sequential function makes taking cool shots a breeze; with five pictures taken at the same time to choose from, only better shots are chosen. Nokia’s slam function makes sharing photos with your friends easier.
Nokia 301 Features/Specifications
- Operating System: Symbian vS40
- Display : 2.4inch (320x240p) (167ppi) QVGA TFT, 256k colors
- Primary Camera: 3.2 Megapixel (2048x1536p)
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 256MB ROM, 64MB RAM
- Connectivity: MicroUSB, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
- Internet: 3.5G 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1110mAh
- Other features: Stereo FM Radio
- Social Apps: Facebook, eBuddy, WhatsApp and Twitter
Nokia 301 Price in Kenya: (not available) Global Price: €65