The Finnish Mobile giants Nokia announced the Nokia Asha 303 Smartphone in LONDON AT Nokia World last year along with other phones in the Asha series – Asha 200, 201 and 300. Nokia has branded the Asha 303 as the flagship of the Asha family. It is a touch and type Smartphone. It has a QWERTY keypad along with a 2.6” capacitive touch screen. The Asha 303 is a Series 40 Smartphone. It has a 1 GHz processor. Some of the special features of Asha 303 are pentaband 3G Radio, SIP VoIP over 3G and Wi-Fi and pre installed Angry Birds. The Asha 303 also has a 3.2 MP camera with fixed focus. The Nokia Asha 303 comes with customizable home screens.
Over the years Nokia has proved again and again that it means durability and quality. The Asha 303 is no less in this regard. It is built in such a way that it easily fits in the palm of your hands. The physical look of the phone is also quite impressive. On the front, there is the 4 row QWERTY keypad. Above the keypad there is the answer/call key, the messaging key that also brings up the instant messaging and email menu, and then there is the music key that also brings up the onscreen music menu and the end call/ close app key. The right side of the phone has the volume and the lock buttons. The top has the 3.5mm jack and a USB port. On the whole the keys are very conveniently placed and they are easy to use.
The Nokia Asha 303 has some very handsome features. First, the build quality is very good. Second, it is both a touch as well as type phone. Third, it supports pentaband 3G with 10 Mbps HSDPA. Fourth, it has 1 GHz processor. Fifth, it is Wi-Fi enabled. Sixth, it has 32 GB expandable memory. Seventh, the touch response is quite good. Eighth, the battery life is very decent. Ninth, it has Nokia browser 2.0. and last but not the least, the design of the phone is quite impressive, which combined with superb build quality and metallic back panel makes the Nokia Asha 303 a very handsome and attractive device.
What’s not so great?
The Nokia Asha 303 has many good features but there are some very serious shortcomings also. First, the device doesn’t allow for multitasking, which is a serious drawback. Second, the camera is fixed focus and the picture quality is also nothing to romp home about. Third, there is no front camera, which takes video calling out of question. Fourth, there is no document viewer. Fifth, the screen is a bit too small for touch screen functionalities. Sixth, the internal storage at 162 MB is very low. Seventh, the keys are a tad hard. Eighth, there is no LED flash. Ninth, the phone has no GPS! And lastly, there is a 3.5 mm jack but no HDMI out nor a data cable.
There are some other phones which may give competition to the Nokia Asha 303 namely Samsung Galaxy Pocket, Galaxy Y Pro, Galaxy Y Pro Duos and Galaxy Y Duos. First, let us take Galaxy Pocket – it scores over Asha 303 in the operating system (Android vs. Symbian), it has 3 GB internal memory compared to Asha 303’s 162 MB and larger display. second, the Galaxy Y Pro, Y Duos and Galaxy Y Pro Duos all score over the Asha 303 in the operating system and the ability to multi task. All the competitor phones are in the same price bracket and all of them have GPS, the lack of which is a serious constraint for Asha 303.
The Bottom Line
The Nokia Asha 303 has some very decent features. And the phone has very good design and build quality and offers the option of both type and touch. But, nevertheless, some features are there in which it lags behind. As usual operating system is one of them. The screen size of 2.6” is a bit too tedious for touch screen phones. The camera quality is not excellent and it is further handicapped by the lack of LED flash. Another thing to look about is the lack of GPS. But the communication features of the phone are definitely a thing to watch out for. On the whole, it would be nice to have one Asha 303 but the Samsung Galaxy series offers much more in scope and prospects.
Price and Availability
The Nokia Asha 303 is available in India in the price range of 7300 INR – 7900 INR. Many online shopping sites offer smart deals, which you can compare and choose the one which suits you the best.