Nokia Asha 302 review

Reviews Ben Griffin 11:26, 16 Apr 2012

We review the Nokia Asha 302, an affordable Series 40 mobile that comes equipped with a QWERTY keyboard

Rating: 
3
Pros: 
Solid build quality, Relatively inexpensive
Cons: 
Operating system can be a pain to use, Lacks functionality of comparatively priced Android device
Verdict: 
It's cheap, looks relatively good and has much of the functionality you would expect from a modern-day mobile phone, but Series 40 is looking a tad dated and price comparable Android devices will give you better value for money

Nokia continues to offer the world reasonably priced devices, which is reassuring news for those of us who can't drop a few hundred pounds on an all singing, all dancing, top of the range smartphone.

One recent example of a reasonably-priced Nokia device is the Asha 302, a QWERTY feature phone with its home-grown operating system, Series 40.

The Asha 302 is mostly comprised of plastic but the mixture of clean white and silver extras coupled with a silver backplate give it an element of class. Sadly, lightness in the hand does make it feel a bit cheap. In a fight to the death over looks, we'd have to give it to its cheaper sibling, the Asha 201.

The Asha 302's keyboard is quite well laid out, if a little bit fiddly at first. Numbers sit in the centre for easy access and the shift button is where you would expect, the bottom left. Sometimes the back space button feels like it should be larger but this, of course, depends on the size of your digits.

Above the keyboard are the answer/end call buttons, two shortcut keys you can personalise and a left and right button for pressing the corresponding buttons on screen. It's an old system but it works - just expect it to feel a little dated or reassuringly similar, depending on whether you have recently given smartphones a go or still like your old feature phone.

Unlike the Asha 201, which we reviewed here, the Asha 302 comes equipped with some fundamental differences, the first of which is 3G connectivity. This means data can be accessed relatively quickly, which means all the social networking functionality built into the Asha 302 can be used in a more timely fashion. It also means browsing the web is faster, making using the device a lot more enjoyable.

The Asha 302 also has Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing it to work on a home or work Wi-Fi network, saving you from using data unnecessarily. This was yet another feature noticeably absent from the Asha 201 and it means the Asha 302 scores well in this department.

Moving on to camera, you might not expect too much from a lowly 3.15-megapixel camera. And that's probably best, because it's not very good. Images lack detail and everything is a bit washed out with odd-coloured hues. Video is similarly off in colour, but it does have the added benefit of being more smooth than we thought it would be, so it actually gets a partial thumbs up. Still, if video and/or photography is important to you, the Asha 302 is way behind the competition.

As we mentioned earlier, Series 40 on this device brings the ability to add Facebook and Twitter integration. This means you can see the latest tweets and statuses from your friends and family from the home screen, which is fast becoming what we expect from mobile phones. You can't see much in the way beyond the odd status update, though, making it not great for keen social networkers.

Specifications

Typical Price Around £120
UK Launch February, 2012
Network Vodafone
Frequency GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Phone Style QWERTY
Thickness 13.5mm
Length 115.2mm
Width 58.9mm
Weight 106g
Built-in Memory 100MB
Additional Memory Up to 32GB via microSD card
High-speed Data HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Connectivity Wi-Fi, GRPS, EDGE
Screen Size 2.4-inch TFT display, 240x320 pixels (167ppi)
Screen Colours 256k
Camera 3.15-megapixel primary
Designer Lens No
Camera Resolution 2048x1536
Zoom No
Flash No
Video Resolution VGA@15 frames per second
Ringtones Yes
Music Player Yes
Music Formats MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player
Song Storage Up to 32GB via microSD card
Radio Stereo FM with RDS
Speaker Yes
Video Calling No
Internet Yes
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite

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