This is a beautifully crafted handset. The Asha 302 is fascinating to look at. The dark grey version handset is the best looker of them all. All handsets are beautifully constructed with tinges of chrome finishing here and there.
Nokia has stood true to its legacy. In this case, there is no flinching from this promise. This is yet again a solid phone. The construct is durable. The metal black cover is sleek and allows enough ridges for gripping the handset.
On first impressions, the physical QWERTY keypad of the phone captures your attention. But if you have large fingers, your typing experience could slow down. The keys are small and compactly packed. Otherwise, the keyboard is fine. It is best to try typing using the keyboard in-store before you buy the device.
The Nokia Asha 302 has a decent screen size of 2.4”. The display resolution of the screen is about 320 X 240 pixels. Although not the sharpest, the screen is functional. It fulfills your needs.
The device is powered by the Series 40 operating system. There are some additions made to the operating system. For instance, you can add a social widget to the home screen. You use this widget to glean through your social media updates.
The camera of the device delivers an above average performance. Photos captured were sharp. The reproduced colors were natural. Inside as well as outside shots were decent. There is no noise in any of the photographs. The camera has a natural tendency to shoot very sharp pictures. Most pictures turn out of be well-defined.
The photos app on the phone is a handy utility. You can view pictures in a grid-like arrangement. You can zoom in and out. You can also pan. All these system actions are smooth. The Series 40 platform does a good job in this regard. There’s also a handy image editor. You can customize images by rotating or cropping them. You can add text, clipart, and adjust brightness and contrast levels.
The phonebook of this phone allows you to store up to a whopping 2000 contacts. Adding a contact is a simple process. You just need to add the number, first name and last name. Likewise, retrieving and editing a contact’s details is easy as well.
Signal reception is always outstanding on Nokia phones. In-call sound of the Nokia Asha 302 is excellent. Nokia uses a proprietary technology called Voice Clarity. This technology enhances call quality.
The music player of the Nokia Asha 302 is good. There are equalizer presets that let you configure the sound output of the music player. As with all Nokia phones, this one has a good loudspeaker too. The loudspeaker is really loud. There is no jarring or disintegration in the sound quality when at high decibel levels. The earpiece of this device delivers good quality sound. There are no exorbitantly sharp frequencies.
Even the FM Radio interface looks similar to the music player interface. RDS is supported with the FM radio feature. This feature enables you to search and select radio stations when in a particular area. RDS information appears on the screen along with statistics.
The Nokia Asha 302 has excellent connectivity options. The device supports quad-band 2G/GPRS/EDGE and it has 3G network compatibility as well. 3G speeds are incredibly fast with speeds of 14.4 mbps. The device has WiFi to let you connect to the Internet in WiFi hotspots. The phone has a microUSB port that can be used to transfer data in addition to charging the phone. Finally, the device has Bluetooth to let you transfer content and multimedia to and from Bluetooth enabled devices.
What’s not so great?
There is nothing different or special about the user interface. Although Nokia has made some tweaks, it is not something that could be considered significant. The software seems unintuitive. For instance, you could be pondering half the time as to how many screen options have been selected and how many have not been.
The colors on the user interface do not have great contrast levels. User reviews have indicated bugs in the user interface. When an option is selected, the system selects multiple options instead.
The camera allows you to record VGA videos. The videos captured are choppy. This is because the video capture rate is 15 fps (frames per second). The camera specification is just 3 MP. Is this enough for these many camera features that come bundled? Camera performance scores indicate that this camera is certainly not the best or even one amongst the best. Simply because the camera is not able to control fringing. Although the camera does capture images, the colors are a little dull.
Vs. Samsung Galaxy Y
The Galaxy Y is a smartphone whereas the Asha 302 is a feature phone. The Galaxy Y has a slightly bigger screen size of 3”. But the screen resolution is poorer that the Asha 302’s screen. With a pixel per inch density of 133, this screen does not have the stature to be on a smartphone. This apart, there are not many substantial differences. The Asha 302 is clearly the better device given its price and features. The Galaxy Y seems to be lacking some essentialities to be called a smartphone.
The Nokia Asha 302 is yet another Series 40 platform phone. Although it does not have a touchscreen, there is the physical QWERTY keyboard. The hardware of the device is outstanding. The construction quality of the phone is solid. There are only few phones in this price range with such good build quality.
The software on the phone has defects. To compound problems, it is unintuitive too. This phone costs as low as some entry level Android smartphones. So there should be a really good reason to buy this phone over these entry level Android devices. There does not seem to be any.
Price and availability
The price of Nokia Asha 302 is 5780. The phone is available at any mobile store in India.