The Asha series of S40 touch and type feature phones are especially designed for the emerging markets and it is quite evident that with Nokia Asha 303, Nokia has plans to target the newbies. Nokia Asha 303 is the most promising Asha series phone that boasts a 1GHz processor, solid built, many built-in apps and social networking features, games, Nokia browser, 3G, Wi-Fi, 2.6" capacitive touch-screen and a full QWERTY keyboard in combination. It resembles Nokia X3-02 touch-n-type feature phone launched sometime back. Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 300 are the other feature phones of the Asha series to which Nokia 303 belongs. It is also the most expensive of them all as its price is expected to be around Rs. 7900. It is expected that Nokia 303 shall arrive officially in the first quarter of 2012.[ + ] Read Nokia Asha 303 Review
Nokia Asha 303 is a mono-block device which has a 2.6" wide capacitive TFT resistive color QVGA touch display supported with full QWERTY keypad and great sensor controls. It is packed with a 1 GHz processor and Symbian series 40 operating system. This stylish monoblock device feels solid in hand and its build quality is good. The keys are well spaced and there are four hardware keys residing above its QWERTY keyboard. It is quite a treat for users as they serve as shortcuts for messaging app and music player. It measures 117 mm, 56 mm and 14 mm in length, width and thickness, respectively. The phone shall be selling in exciting color themes as red plus black.
Nokia Asha 303 boasts a good quality media player and stereo FM radio. The music output on its speakers and via standard 3.5 mm AV connector is quite decent.
Nokia Asha 303 has a 3.2 megapixels fixed focus camera that produces results in 2592 X 1944 pixels resolution and can also capture videos.
Nokia Asha 303 supports memory expansion to up to 32GB with a compatible microSD card and has enough in-built memory to save phonebook entries, photocalls, text messages and other important data.
The power management capabilities of Nokia Asha 303 are ought to be good as it has a great processor. This QWERTY cell phone is added with a solid 1300 mAh BP-3L battery that is strong enough to deliver minimum talk time of 7 to 8 hrs at WCDMA and GSM networks, while you can also enjoy music non-stop up to 47 hrs.
Nokia Asha 303 boasts a Bluetooth, high-speed USB 2.0 (microUSB connector), WLAN and 3G support. With integrated GPRS/EDGE network connection and advanced 3G support, data downloading occurs at blazing speeds. Nokia 303 and also facilitate navigation via Wi-Fi and navigation apps. Nokia's cloud-based browser is integrated in Nokia 303 and it easily compresses web content to up to 90%. Users who are budget conscious will enjoy this feature a great deal as it reduces the data consumption considerably.
E-mailing is facilitated on Nokia Asha 303 via e-mail client that supports e-mail attachment and multiple protocols. Users can also view mails on full screen, put up a distinct e-mail widget over home screen and use MMS/SMS editor, threaded view for SMS and push e-mail.
There is automatic switching between WCDMA and GSM bands on Nokia Asha 303 3G phone. It supports operating frequencies of 850/900/1800/1900 MHz over GSM network and 900/2100 MHz frequencies over WCDMA network for operation and accessing Internet.
Angry Birds Lite like popular games can be played on Nokia Asha 303, which is among the pioneering Nokia devices to have this. One may even download other interesting games.
Nokia Asha 303 is the latest feature phone of the Nokia’s Asha series. This touch-n-type feature phone is equipped with a full QWERTY keypad and looks really promising especially relative to its contemporaries of the same series. Despite being a feature phone, it boasts of some features that really are impressive. It is based on operating system, the Symbian series 40. It also has inherent support of 1 GHz processor unit for faster and smoother functionality. The internet access is also quick on Nokia Asha 303, thanks to 3G HSDPA support on the device. The phone is also at par with any smartphone at power management. It moves on to power-save mode, reminds user to unplug its charger and saves lot of its battery power with its ambient light sensors. It is quite a fascinating revelation that Nokia Asha 303 is built around social networking and mobile internet and as a direct consequence it comes with a number of built-in applications and the wireless hardware essential for the purpose. There is additionally 3G and WLAN connectivity. Even the Nokia Browser, which is a cloud based proxy web browser, compresses the web content to as much as 90%. This is quite similar to the performance of more popular Opera Mini browser. The pre-installed apps include Facebook Chat and WhatsApp and that is proof enough that Nokia is seriously incorporating the instant messaging features in its new devices. For the amusement of users, Nokia 303 has popular games like Angry Birds Lite. It has a FM radio, media player, video player, 3.2 megapixels camera, expandable memory to up to 32GB, 3G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. All in all, Nokia Asha 303, of the much-hyped Asha series is a neat performer, speedy, smart and with great supporting elements.
One has to realize that Nokia Asha 303 is after all a Symbian-based feature phone and would not be instantly liked by people who are willing to switch over to or upgrade to smartphone devices. Some users might find its features useful but not all. For instance, it lacks a typical GPS receiver for navigation while it still navigates with help of a navigation app. The nice ‘clicky’ tactile feel is missing from the keys of Nokia Asha 303 and that puts off the user especially who are looking for ease while typing and using the phone. The 3.2 megapixel camera is not pretty impressive but is decent for a device in this price range. Nokia Asha 303 will have to resist the competition, prove its credibility and also stand the test of time for gaining popularity.[ - ] collapse
Nokia Asha 303 General
Nokia Asha 303 Standard Battery Features
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BP-3L)|
Nokia Asha 303 Camera Features
Nokia Asha 303 Sound Settings
|Ringtones||Vibration, Polyphonic(64), WAV, MP3 ringtones|
Nokia Asha 303 Connectivity Options
|2GNetworkBands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3GNetworkBands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|3G Network||3G, HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps|
Nokia Asha 303 Additional Features
|JAVA Type||Yes, MIDP 2.1|