June 10, 2012 by admin
Feature phones are still around as there is a large market for them and Nokia’s latest offering in this category is the Nokia Asha 302. We have all used a Nokia feature phone sometime in our lives, and it’s simply because they were good. But how does Nokia Asha 302 fare with the competition from low-end Android touchscreen phones is something we need to find out.
To further instill the user’s satisfaction on the build quality of the phone, Nokia has also thrown in a metal back cover. On the front of course is the physical QWERTY keyboard that responds well to touch although it is quite small. The keyboard might not work out too well for those with bigger fingers. Also on the front is the 2.4 inch screen. Around the sides of the phone the usual buttons are ports are to be found. On the left side of the Nokia Asha 302 is the microSD card slot while on the top of the phone there is a standard audio jack, charging port as well as a microUSB port. Although there is one port specifically for charging, the microUSB port can be used for that purpose as well. Sitting pretty on the back is the 3.15MP camera.
Apart from the earlier gripes about the software, the Nokia Asha 302 constantly asks if it should carry out a task or not and then later also ask for your confirmation. It is a long process before you can finally get things done with this phone at times. Nevertheless, not everything is bad with this phone as it does come with a nice Social app, by feature phones’ standards that is. This app lets you get into all your favorite social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Orkut and Flickr. Although it is not up to the standards of an app you would see on a smartphone, it is still something that deserves an acknowledgement.
On the back of the Nokia Asha 302 is a 3.15MP camera that seems fitting for a feature phone. The interface even comes with settings for the user to play around with to come up with better photos. There were useful, but didn’t change the output that much. Photos showed decent amounts of detail and had very natural colors. Even when taking photos indoors the results were decent although there was some noise to be seen. Video recording on Nokia Asha 302 is done using VGA quality. That is acceptable for a feature phone but the 15 fps rate is however not acceptable as it results in choppy looking videos.
Using the internet browser on Nokia Asha 302 reminds us of the times we used Opera Mini as it is quite similar. However, the browser doesn’t provide as good an experience as the Opera Mini as it’s slower and does have trouble loading some pages. What’s good is that it still keeps the page overview feature allowing the user to zoom into the section that he or she is interested in. In terms of connectivity options, the Nokia Asha 302 has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.
The most important thing any user expects from a feature phone is of course the call quality. Nokia Asha 302 doesn’t disappoint as its earpiece produces a nice sound and there are no excessively sharp frequencies to be heard. On the other end, we didn’t get good feedback but it wasn’t too bad either. The loudspeaker did well as well. Battery life with the Nokia Asha 302 shouldn’t be a problem as it will take you through a few days even with its 1320mAh battery.
Pros and Cons
The user interface was hardly intuitive and had bugs that need to be worked on.
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