The Nokia Asha 302 Review

This could be a real late review but nonetheless, we’d like to share with you our actual review of the Asha 302. With the Android and iOS phones around, we still think that there are people that are Nokia lovers and still want the usual text and call feature with the the Nokia phones. So, here we go with the Asha 302 review.

Do we really take the time to read the manual?

When I got the review unit, I immediately looked for the manual. But there was none. Spidey himself told me that maybe Nokia wanted me to have the “user experience.”

Come to think of it, most of us don’t usually read the manual. We barely open it, if ever we do. Maybe we are just so excited to get hold of our new mobile that we just play with it and get the hang of it as we use it. Of course, I know that the manual can be downloaded from Nokia’s official website. However, to really have that as-is-where-is encounter, I resisted the temptation from checking it out. I only read it a few days before the test period ended.

First impressions…
Upon seeing the unit, my initial impression is that this feature phone almost looks and feels like my old Nokia E71 (though the latter is thinner). It fits snugly into my hand. It’s so 99g-lightweight that I could not even feel its weight in my pocket. I specifically like its dark gray look and the shiny silver sidings. It even has a metal black cover. Not so loud as far as attention is concerned. But, it has that serious, professional look.

One thing with Nokia is that, for me, it’s not that hard to transition from one unit to another since most of the basic features are the same. The Asha 302 actually has the usual bells and whistles of a Nokia phone. Its 2.4” screen display size is easy to the eyes. The speakers are loud enough. Even in the din of a coffee shop, I could hear its ringtone. The battery when fully charged lasted a day.

Looking for names is a chore.
Unlike the E71 however, it’s a little hard to look for an entry if you don’t remember the actual name. Let’s say you saved my name, “Eyriche Cortez,” on the phonebook. You forgot my name but remembered my surname. If you only type “Cortez,” your search would end up negative. You have to type my name “Eyriche” to find me. I think that’s cumbersome.

Entangled web
The space bar serves as a toggle also to turn on the wi-fi. However, connecting with the Internet through the wi-fi can be tricky and technical. Geeks would actually relish the challenge of tweaking it. But, the techno-challenged might probably give up easily. Just reading the detailed help instructions on the website would be a challenge to them. Yet, despite that, once you are connected, its speed is relatively fast. It’s a good thing, other than the wi-fi, one may also use its 3G capabilities. I checked my Facebook using its 3G. Unlike the iPhone or the Blackberry, your status updates will not have that note saying you posted it using Nokia. It has its own browser for surfing convenience.

Qwerty keyboard is compact as compact is
Since I was already exposed to the E71, I’m already used to compact Qwerty keyboard. Despite having big fingers, I can still compose text messages. But for those who are using such keys for the first time, it may take some time getting used to. I asked my teenage son to play with the games that came loaded with the unit. Even if he said it went smoothly, he pointed out that the keys (and even the 5-way Navi key) are too small to navigate or maneuver. One ends up pressing the wrong key. I guess it’s not really made for serious gaming.

Real-time radio
I do live tweets for an FM radio program. I tweet the quotable quotes the host or his guest/s would utter. To make sure I heard everything, I turn on my desk radio and I also listen to the mobile radio. In my Blackberry, there’s a broadcast delay between the desk radio and the mobile radio. But, in the FM radio of the Nokia Asha 302, there’s no such delay.

Picture just right
Despite its lack of a flash, its 3.2MP camera does not disappoint. As long as there’s adequate lighting, the pictures come out clear. The shots are not that crispy since the pictures when enlarged get pixelized. Nevertheless, that’s really minor when one remembers that these pictures are the usual ones we mobile upload on social media such as Facebook or Twitter. The Nokia Asha 302 is like a scaled-down digital camera. You can edit the pictures. You can frame it. I like the multi-shot or burst feature, which works well to capture that perfect “jump-shot.” You can also “age” the picture by turning it into sepia. Find it hard to scroll through the albums to find that one shot you want to post? Nokia Asha 302 features a timeline. The pictures are grouped according to the date you took them. So, it’s no longer tasking to search for the pictures.

On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), for a feature phone, I give the Nokia Asha 302 a 7 rating all in all. For me, since its Internet capabilities are its main selling point, Nokia should make it simpler to use (specifically its wi-fi). Its camera is a plus factor and adding a flash would be better for night shots.

What I like about the Nokia Asha 302
– Its scaled-down digital camera features and the way it organizes the photos
– Its looks. I will not be ashamed to put it on top of the table while meeting people.
– Fast browsing (if only the wi-fi is set right)

What I don’t like
– The clumsy phonebook
– The just-for-geeks wi-fi settings

Nokia Asha 302 is already out in the market for an SRP of P5,290.

Nokia Asha 302 Specs:
2.4-inch TFT screen (240 x 320), 256K colors
Series 40 OS
1 GHz processor
100MB storage, 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM
Up to 32GB microSD support
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
3.2MPcamera, VGA video recording @ 15fps
Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Available in Grey, Blue, Red, White, & Golden Light
Li-Ion 1320 mAh battery (BL-5J)

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