Nokia Asha 300 is among the cheapest mobile phones to offer a touchscreen option. Though, the touchscreen of Nokia Asha 300 isn't great being a resistive type and it is also not for all those who need a QWERTY keyboard. One also has to do without WLAN connectivity on this device. But there's a nice 5 megapixels camera though it just has a fixed focus which isn't that exciting, but things can't get any better at this price. To wrap up, the Nokia Asha 300 is definitely an upgrade for someone coming from some of the most basic S30 Nokia phones and can adequately stand up to their expectations. On the contrary, this device is pretty interesting considering that it is 3.5G-capable, has a nice browser and offers many apps and games via Nokia app store. Nokia Asha 300 is expected to officially arrive in early 2012 and is a great value for money.[ + ] Read Nokia Asha 300 Review
Nokia Asha 300 is a candy bar phone with touch and type functionality. The realms of its functional power are extended because though it is not a smartphone it has a customizable home-screen. The non-smart UI of Nokia Asha 300 works upon a 2.4 inches wide TFT resistive color touch display with 240 X 320 pixels resolution. The keypad is nice with well-spaced keys and it is rather comfortable to type with this phone than use the touch input method. Nokia Asha 300 physically measures 112.8 mm, 49.5 mm, and 12.7 mm in length, width and thickness, respectively. It is portable and lightweight also. It is available in a variety of bold colors as graphite, gold, white silver, pink and red. Nokia Asha 300 runs on a 1 GHz processor that ensures a performance as speedy as a smartphone.
Nokia Asha 300 has a quality media player and a stereo FM radio with RDS feature on board. The music player just has one new attribute and that is it operates with touch. It has strong features viz album art and it supports fairly good number of formats. The player handles AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, WMA, AMR-NB and also has A2DP profile support as well. Users can put a homescreen widget for the music but it doesn’t work as nicely as it should. One can play the music in background but cannot pause or skip a song with help of the widget. This is a bit annoying. The FM radio also comes under the same basic functions of music interface. The audio quality as heard on Nokia Asha 300 is better than many Nokia smartphones even. There is no distortion and the signal-to-noise ratio is superb.
Nokia Asha 300 clicks stills and videos with its fixed focus 5 megapixels camera at a resolution of 2592 X 1944 pixels. There are controls for effects (greyscale, sepia, negative), white balance, a viewfinder grid and extended settings. The camera interface is updated to be operational on Symbian. The image quality is mixed as we get a lot of noise and it requires post processing to improve. Contrast and colors are good but detailing is not that great. The video recording in VGA @ 30 fps is not expected from a handset having a 1GHz processor. But that is all it delivers and the video quality is average. The videos so shot are only good enough to send across as MMS, nothing else.
Nokia Asha 300 has 140 MB of internal memory, 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM support. It also allows memory expansion to up to 32 GB via micro SD card.
The 1110 mAh BL-4U Li-Ion battery of Nokia Asha 300 delivers almost 600 hours of standby and about 4 hours of talk time on 3G networks. Approximately 28 hours of continuous music playback is also supported.
For connectivity, Bluetooth version 2.1 and A2DP is enabled, there is a microUSB port for both data connections and charging. The happening connectivity option on Nokia Asha 300 is USB On-the-go with which the handset can access USB flash drives and other phones. As the device is having a card reader, it can give the fastest data transfer rates. Unfortunately, the Nokia Asha 300 is not a Wi-Fi-enabled phone.
The Nokia Asha 300 offers a pleasant enough web experience. Users can witness opening of most elaborate web pages and finding their way round on the touch-enabled display is comfortably easy. There is full screen switch and the zoom key along with kinetic scrolling. Sadly, though there is Adobe Flash Lite 3.0 support on Nokia Asha 300, its web browser doesn’t support Flash. However, this is not very disturbing considering the fact that this is a handset with small screen and poor hardware.
Messaging can be done at a breezing speed over Nokia Asha 300. With this, the phone can handle SMS, MMS, email setup, flash as well as audio messages. Apart from standard message view, one also gets the threaded view on Nokia Asha 300. The email app is also quite efficient and let users create multiple accounts on various networks. It works with POP3, SMTP, and IMAP4 protocols and the email client supports SSL also. There's a Chat app on Nokia asha 300 which supports Facebook, GTalk, Ovi Chat, Windows Live Messenger, MySpce IM and Yahoo! Chat.
The Nokia Asha 300 offers quad-band GSM and UMTS support. There is also 3G HSPA network support for blazing fast download speeds.
There are plenty of free games available on Nokia Asha 300. This feature phone also offers many more games via its app store. The owners of this Nokia device can enjoy playing an exclusive Nokia Store - Angry Birds. The game is a very popular Apple iOS and Android based game but runs absolutely smooth on Nokia Asha 300 also.
The new Asha series handset, Nokia Asha 300, does have some nice things to boast but not enough stuff to create a splash. Nevertheless, Nokia Asha 300 has a worthy 5 megapixels camera and other multimedia stuff that can charm some buyers. The affordable price and the fact that this phone facilitates some apps via Nokia app store (for instance, Angry Birds is available in its game section) can further enhance its prospects in the competitive market.
Nokia’s Asha 300 cannot multi-task and works on rather dull, old Nokia UI, Symbian S40. As opposed to its sibling Nokia Asha 303, it has no Wi Fi connectivity on board. The memory card of Nokia Asha 300 is not hot-swappable. It lacks a video call camera and smart dialing feature too. The 2.4" touch-screen of Nokia Asha 300 is also resistive type and very small also as per smartphone standards. There are many touch and type phones available in the market with better specs sheet and it is thus hard to recommend Nokia Asha 300.[ - ] collapse
Nokia Asha 300 General
Nokia Asha 300 Standard Battery Features
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1110 mAh (BL-4U)|
|Talk Time||Up to 4 h 18 min (3G)/ Up to 6 h 54 min (2G)|
|StandBy Time||Up to 550 h (2G)Up to 597 h (3G)/|
Nokia Asha 300 Camera Features
Nokia Asha 300 Sound Settings
|Ringtones||Vibration, Polyphonic(64), WAV, MP3 ringtones|
Nokia Asha 300 Connectivity Options
|2GNetworkBands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3GNetworkBands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|3G Network||HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps|
Nokia Asha 300 Additional Features
|JAVA Type||MIDP 2.1|