Nokia launched their Asha range of feature phones, back in December 2011 and today we have with us, the Asha 300, the candy-bar feature phone, which was touted as one of the first phones to have Angry Birds pre-installed. Let’s find out if this Series 40 phone is any good.
The Nokia Asha 300
A good looker
This is a touch-and-type phone, so there’s no directional pad - just the keypad and the call answer and end keys, along with a shortcut to e-mail. The keypad is built well and the buttons offer good feedback. Having been accustomed to QWERTY keypads, going back to this conventional style was a bit odd, but those who are used to them should not have a problem. The rest of the connectors like the 3.5mm headphone jack, charging port and microUSB port are placed on the top. The Asha 300 also supports 3G, but there’s no front facing camera for video chat. In the box, you get a 2GB microSD card, charger, user manual, data cable and headset. Overall, a pretty good feature set in a very nice form factor.
A similar looking interface
The resistive touchscreen is not the best and on several occasions, while trying to scroll through a menu, you’ll accidentally activate an app, which is quite annoying. If you’re careful, though, then the screen responds well, but you need to have some patience. The ‘Go to’ shortcut button lets you jump to applications, like the browser, game, camera, radio, etc. The resolution of the screen is not too much of a problem, as are the viewing angles, which are quite poor.
The music player supports the standard fare of formats. The loud speaker is actually quite powerful and music sounds quite good, so you can play it out loud when among friends. The player will automatically pick up any album art, if present and display it. The player also comes with a bunch of equalizer presets and the ability to create a custom setting from a 5-band graphic equalizer.
Music player is not too shabby
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