Nokia phones have always been considered as trustworthy if not best in the OS department and innovations.

I own a Nokia Asha 302 and believe it or not, this was my first phone and I still have it. This, by all means is not the best phone available in the price range of 5000-8000. One can easily buy a Samsung smart phone and if you are a person who likes smart features, you should by no means go for an Asha. Trust me.

The specifications for this phone are as follows-

GENERAL

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

SIM

Mini-SIM

DISPLAY

Type

TFT, 256K colors

Size

320 x 240 pixels, 2.4 inches (~167 ppi pixel density)

SOUND

Alert types

Vibration, MP3 ringtones

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

MEMORY

Card slot

microSD, up to 32 GB

Phonebook

Yes, Photocall

Call records

20 dialed, 20 received, 20 missed calls

Internal

100 MB storage, 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM

DATA

GPRS

Class 33

EDGE

Class 33

Speed

HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR

USB

Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

CAMERA

Primary

3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels

Video

Yes, VGA@15fps

Secondary

No

FEATURES

CPU

1 GHz

Messaging

SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Games

Yes

GPS

No

Java

Yes, MIDP 2.0

Source-  www.gsmarena.com

I like my Asha phone because it’s rough and tough and has a good QWERTY keypad. It has fallen on the hard concrete several times and still looks good. It has got really nice body, unlike the Samsung smart phones and has awesome speakers. That is actually one of the best things in the phone- one of the reasons why I don’t hold a grudge against it. Then the most awesome feature is the access to Nokia Music store- original music, small file size (in KBs, can you believe it?), quick download, rare music is also available (talking about U2 mp3 music files)- all for free, well, for the starting months at least. After the end of free subscription, one can get it recharged and enjoy music unconditionally! Then there is whatsapp as well, quite important in today’s time. One can download other chatting apps too, albeit they lack some functions that can be found in the smart phones. For e.g. whatsapp can’t be turned off and it will work even if your internet card has expired. But for a phone at 6k, it seems fine. The facility to connect to wifi is there but sometimes it can give a problem since not all wifi networks are compatible with it. The battery backup is good.

The thing that I hate about it is the Symbian platform. It lacks in good games, good apps that make the Smartphones so happening and for life’s sake, one can’t even open pdf or word documents using this phone.  Even if you visit the Nokia store, you won’t find any satisfactory app to open the files and that just leads to more frustration and cursing- but if you have this phone, keep reminding yourself about the price and the music, it might provide a second’s peace. But being a Nokia phone-it will face all the harshness of life along with you, never living your side (really, who would want to steal it?) because it’s reliable and trustworthy. So looking at its qualities- if you want a cell phone for long-term use with little expectations with respect to apps and all, this is the phone to go for- at least, for your parents, it’s perfect.

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Deeksha Yadav

Deeksha Yadav

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