Review: Nokia Asha 302


The Asha 302 is an elegant-looking QWERTY phone that belongs to the Nokia’s Asha phone range. Though, it’s not a touch-screen phone but its 1GHz processor compensates with its QWERTY keymat for faster text input and navigation. The connectivity for this phone is almost complete–from microUSB up to the 3.5G HSPA access.

Navigation on this phone is instantaneous that you can open its several functions like opening the Message in an instant. Thanks to its 1GHz CPU.

Official Specification (from Nokia official data sheet):

  • System : WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100
    EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • User Interface: Symbian Series 40
  • Dimension: 115.2mm x 58.9mm x 13.5mm
  • Weight: 106gm (including battery)
  • Standby time: up to 29 days (GSM); up to 34 days (WCDMA)
  • Talk time: up to 9 hours (GSM); 5.9 hours (WCDMA)
  • Display: 2.4″ QVGA (320 x 240), up to 262k colors
  • Memory: up to 140MB internal memory, support for up to 32GB microSD memory cardData Services & Connectivity:
  • HSDPA
  • WLAN
  • EGPRS multislot class 32
  • Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 with enhanced data rates (EDR)
  • MicroUSB
  • 2mm charging connector (dynamo plug)
  • 3.5mm AV connector

The back plate of this phone which serves as its cover is aluminum alloy. This makes the phone look not cheap.

The siding is trimmed with a chrome-plated metal. The microSD card slot is at the left-side of the phone.

The 2mm charging connector jack, 3.5mm audio jack and the microUSB port are all at the top of the phone. Recharging the phone using  the USB is not encouraged as charging is too slow . The location of the jacks are best-suited for easy reach while holding the device in vertical position.

The keys: Navigation key at the center is fully programmable while the two metal keys at the sides are the Contact Key(left) and the Messaging Key (right) which can also set-up for specific functions.

The QWERTY keymat is just enough for texting convenience. I love composing text messages using QWERTY keypads.

BROWSING

Browsing in this phone is relatively fast and the Facebook app is awesome for this type of phone which is designed at mid-range. The FB chat app is not comparable to the one in Android phones but it works seamlessly for this type of device.

CONNECTIVITY

This phone has HSDPA, EGPRS, WLAN (WiFi), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rates), MicroUSB, and 3.5mm AV connector. When connecting to a PC using the MicroUSB, the phone will suggest these option: Open Nokia Suite, Media Transfer, and Mass storage.

For those who are budget conscious, you can disable the HS Packet Access to avoid data charges when you’re not accessing to the internet. You may configure the device to first connect to a WiFi network rather than through your cellular network directly to prevent accidental data charges. You may also configure the Packet Data Connection to “When needed” rather than “Always online” to further prevent unintentional data charging.

When connecting the phone to a PC, the phone will prompt you to use the Nokia Suite or just access directly to the Mass storage or transfer the media files to the computer.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

There’s a one-click access to social networking services in Asha 302–the “Social” shortcut which once opened will bring you to the menu of your social network accounts.

CAMERA

Here are some of the pics that i took using the 3.2MP camera of the Asha 302.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Video recording of Asha 302 in 3gp format.

BATTERY LIFE

The Asha 302 is using the BL-5J 1430mAh battery pack that has 9-hour talk time over GSM and 5.9 hours while on WCDMA. It can be recharged using its 2mm charging connector(dynamo plug) or through USB-charging while connecting it to a PC but it is discouraged because it is too slow. I’ve tried it and after more than 5 hours only one bar was added to the battery level.While recharging using the 2mm dynamo plug takes only about 2 hours. Battery life of Asha 302 is very impressive. You’ll forget when was the last time you recharged the phone.

AFFORDABILITY

SRP: PhP4,950. It’s free under Sun’s Plan 450. Free in Smart, starting at All-in Plan 800 or pay P975 @ Plan 500. Available colors are Dark Grey, White, Plum Red, Mid Blue, and Golden Light.

I LIKED

  • Fast CPU
  • QWERTY keymat
  • Shortcut buttons

I DON’T LIKE

  • The messages in the thread are sometimes confusing–which one to open. I ended scrolling the thread.
  • It’s not multi-tasking. You have to close the current app to use another app.

CONCLUSION

Don’t expect much on this phone because it’s not comparable to the touch screen smartphones. But its faster CPU makes this phone attractive especially if you’re on-the-go and need to compose messages in an instant. However the price of more than 5K makes this phone a little bit behind or a second choice considering there are several touchscreen phones out there that are even below 5k.

(Disclosure: Nokia Philippines through its PR agency–Fuentes Manila has provided the unit for this review.)

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