Nokia is famous all over the world for manufacturing very high-end smart phones. It is also true that the smartphones which it adds day by day come under low budget category. The "Asha" series smart phones are the best examples. There are many Asha series smart phones from Nokia, such as Nokia Asha 205, Nokia Asha 310, Nokia Asha 200, Nokia Asha 201, Nokia Asha 302, Nokia Asha 305, Nokia Asha 202, Nokia Asha 311 and many more but Nokia is proud on to have developed such a low budget smartphone under this series that even don't give a realistic QWERTY style experience but also touch over keyboard. It is none other than Nokia Asha 303. It is perhaps the successor of Asha 203 smartphone and comes with many interesting features and specifications which no one would leave till knowing those fully. Let's have a detailed review of Nokia Asha smartphone.
Nokia Asha 303 is a smart QWERTY cum touchscreen phone. It is also popular in being a 3G device and comes with DGE Class 32, Wi-Fi b/g/n and incredible GPRS Class 33 support. Being a Nokia smartphone, 303 have a 3.2MP full focus camera with 4x digital zoom. The camera is also capable of recording high definition videos and much more. Users can remain in touch with their friends, community and buddies through many preloaded apps, including Nokia Messaging, WhatsApp, Push email, and social networking apps. Yet there is no end, the smartphone features Shazam app (latest music tracking app for Nokia smart phones), Flash Lite, VoIP, dazzling 1GHz processor and very more.
Looks and feel
The edges of the smartphone prove it's sharp, the light body proves its handiness, the dimensions prove it high end token and the color choice wholly and solely suits its versatility and worth being. Yes! Asha 303 weighs only 99 g and sizes (dimensioning) around 116.5 x 55.7 x 13.9 mm. It is of the Candybar form factor and comes in suitable colors, including silver, red, graphite, green, purple and aqua. Red and Aqua color are the best and recommended choices to be made while buying this smartphone.
Display, keyboard and voice calling
I have already mentioned above that Asha 303 is both touch and QWERTY style smartphone. Moreover it has a 2.6 inch Capacitive TFT LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 262 K color depth (number of colors). Also the keyboard features QWERTY interface, touch navigation and 2 side controls, volume keys and lock key. For voice calling, the smartphone features VoIP which is further featured with Quadband (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) 2G networks and Pentaband (WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100) 3G networks, both giving worldwide coverage.
Software, Internet and data connectivity
Camera, music and video
Nokia has always been in a try to include high tech and quality cameras and talking about Asha 303, it supports a 3.2 megapixel rear camera with many extraordinary features, including 4x digital zoom, Video recording @15fps, Self timer, Face detection, Full focus, Sequence mode and 4x video zoom. Moreover it features on-device image editor and furthermore, supports JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG and WBMP image formats. While pointing for music aspect, the smartphone offers MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, MXMF, WAV, MP4, AMR and MXMF audio formats, 3.5mm headset (earphone), speaker phone, FM radio with RDS, Polyphonic and Truetone ringtone types and Shazam app to recognize, download, buy and share music. Talking about video, it supports video recording @15fps, video playback @20fps, video streaming and MP4, 3GP, WMV and AVC video file format support.
Memory, storage and battery
Nokia Asha 303 has an average memory capacity of 100 MB and covers 128 MB of RAM (random access memory). Moreover, the smartphone has 256 MB ROM (read only memory). The expansion capacity of its memory is up to 32 GB including ample space for multimedia storage. In addition to these, it equips a Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery BP-3L which can be charged via 2mm Nokia charger AC-11 pin. The average battery backup which the smartphone offers is 47 hrs on music playback, 8 hours 10 minutes on 2G talk time, 7 hours 10 minutes on 3G talk time, 30 days on 2G standby and 35 days on 3G talk time modes.
Apps and games
The top software which one can access on Nokia Asha 303 include TrekBuddy, Peace Candle, FunSMS, Autorun Virus Removal Free, UC Browser (Java), WhatsApp Messenger, UC Browser Official English, eBuddy Messenger, Opera Mini Web Browser , Antivirus AVG, Opera Mini for Java , Nimbuzz, Facebook Chat, Quick_Heal Mobile, Abdio PDF Reader, AntiVirus for Mobile – Free, Jimm Motorola, Google Maps, Mobile Theme Creator, Mobiles Themes Maker, Nimbuzz (Java), Mobile GMaps, X Ray Scanner Best, IMPlus All-in-One Messenger Pro, SPB Mobile TV , Skype Lite (Nokia), Abdio PDF Reader Java, Skype Lite (Samsung), BOLT Browser, UC browser 8 mobile, TTPod (Java) , UcBrowser VS and BarcodeReader and much more. The top games which one can play on the smartphone include Uzracer 3D Freee, Rapid Fire, Angry birds s60v5, Zum-Zum Free, Need for Speed Undercover, Brothers In Arms 3: Hell's Highway, Freeflight 3D Flight Simulator, Ferrari Gt: Evolution HD, GTA IV, Spider-Man: Toxic City HD, Bounce Tales, Diamond Rush 3, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit – FREE, Project Gotham Racing, 3D Street Racing Free3, Talking Dog Real, Temple Flee (TEMPLE RUN), Pes 2013, Rapid Fire, The Sims 3 FREE, Asphalt 4, DLF IPL 2012, Fruit Ninja 3, Real football 2013, Angry Birds Green Day, Assassin's Creed, Uzracer 3D Freee, Age Of Heroes III Orcs retribution, God Of War 3D, Angry Birdo Space, Prince Of Persia Classic, Super Mario Planet, S T A L K E R, WWE Legends Of Wrestlemania and Chicken Forest Free.
Verdict: Price, availability and package contents
Nokia Asha 303 is available on many online shopping stores including Saholic.com, Snapdeal, MirchiMart and Kaunsa.com and so on. It has been priced around Rs 8,899 in India. The package contents of the smart device include Nokia Asha 303 handset, Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery BP-3L, 3.5mm headset, Nokia charger AC-11, data cable CA-101 and a user guide.
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Good to see a touch-Cum- QWERTY Phone.
If only it could support 4+ of 4G I would be the first to go for it.