Lots of our readers are interested in the most groundbreaking products which hit the market, however not everyone can afford such luxuries, therefore we thought we would look at the recently unveiled Nokia Asha 300 in more detail to follow on from our earlier article.
A few hours ago we told you that this handset will cost just €85, but we only briefly touched upon its true capabilities, so sit back whilst we attempt to tell you why people looking for a cheap, simple and reliable cell phone should bare the Asha 300 in mind.
So what is the Nokia Asha 300? Well it looks like lots of previous handset offerings from Nokia, it features the candbar form-factor we have seen plenty of times before, and the standard numpad, but what makes it different to a lot of similar previous Nokia handsets is its touchscreen display and more up-to-date operating system. Also it is pretty small compared to lots of today’s other offerings, it measures in at 112.8 x 49.5 x 12.7mm and weighs 85 grams.
You can see full technical specifications over at Nokia, however we will run through some of its most impressive attributes, these are its 1GHz processor, 128 MB of RAM, 2.4-inch WVGA touchscreen display, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR. 5 megapixel camera, FM radio, 140MB internal memory and microSD memory card slot. Obviously this is by no means an alternative to high-end smartphones like the Lumia 800 – but it’s a pretty decent basic device.
The Asha 300 runs Series 40 edition 9.2 and has access to the Nokia Store, this platform allows you to personalize your home screen, stay connected with social networks, browse the web faster than previous S40 devices, share photos you capture to Facebook easily and much more, you can find out more about the many features here.
So what else might win you over? Well Nokia seems keen to remind us that the Asha 300 and its packaging are 100% recyclable (the packaging is actually made from 47% recycled material), also the device itself supports a wide range of audio and video formats, finally why not mention the fact that it comes with Angry Birds Lite pre-installed.
We know that this is by no means the exciting Nokia handset you have ever seen, but we very much doubt you will find a better smartphone for the same price, yes the S40 OS is by no means as impressive as other software platforms, but for basic users it really isn’t too bad, especially this new version.
Will you buy the Nokia Asha 300?