Despite its commendable build, the Nokia X feels a little bit too much like a toy
In conclusion, we're unable to recommend the Nokia X. Whether it's the toy-ish design, the poor display, camera and overall performance, or just the extremely limited nature of the forked Android on board, it's safe to say that we expected more.
An entry-level smartphone, based on AOSP, without Google services and a limited selection of apps.
There we go, the first Android smartphone by the company, which was never going to have anything to do with Android. Anyone surprised that the Nokia X has nothing to do with droids as we know them? Good. Thought so.
Funny little handset that one - and its timing is funnier still. Less than a month before the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia devices is finalized. It's tempting to search for conspiracy theories.
Nokia does budget Android smartphones
The Nokia X itself is relatively nice but it's certainly a confusing proposition for consumers – a Nokia smartphone with Android which looks like Windows Phone. Nokia will want to feed users up to Lumia devices as an upgrade but getting people to start with the Nokia X might be a hard task.
The Nokia Asha 503 brings a more robust 5MP camera (be it fixed-focus) and 3G to a package we already liked, and that's what we can safely call a good start.
The Nokia Asha 503 brings a more robust 5MP camera (be it fixed-focus) and 3G to a package we already liked, and that's what we can safely call a good start. Emerging markets are the most likely destination as usual but, yet again, the Asha series look capable of transcending borders. The Asha 501 looked like a good first phone for you kid or a decent second phone that won't break the bank and the 503 is bringing even more value.
Display look smaller than it actually is
Nokia Asha 503 leaves a lot to be desire, it lacks performance, apps and reliability, but what it does have is affordability. The 502 really is an entry level smartphone that should only be considered if you are desperate to get your hands on a smartphone for as little money as possible - even then we'd suggest looking at the refurbished 2nd hand market first as using this phone on a day-to-day basis would drive you bananas.
Affordable Windows Phone
The Nokia Lumia 610 has both its strengths and weaknesses. On one hand, you should be able to get one for about $250, as long as you do some digging around, which makes it a decent entry-level offering. On the other, you will have to accept the incompatibility of select applications and the occasional software lags caused by the smartphone's modest hardware.
Great social networking
The Nokia Lumia 610 is a great addition to the Lumia stable (and to Windows Phone in general), thanks to its incredibly low price tag. While the launch of Windows Phone Tango means that we can expect more budget handsets in the future, for now this is about as cheap as it gets.
But it's not just cheap; it's also quite good value for money. You get almost the complete Windows Phone experience, along with a solid camera, decent build quality and strong battery life.
Good social networking integration
The Nokia Lumia 610 is a budget Windows Phone 7.5 handset. Hardware cuts have been made to get the price under Â£200, but most must-have smartphone features are included. And while lag has increased, it's snappy enough to go head-to-head with similarly-priced Androids. What's less easy to forgive is the limited app and games support, which adds a bitter edge to the phone, especially as an intro to smartphones.
Slick user experience
The Nokia Lumia 610 is the baby of the company's Lumia family and aims to bring a Windows Phone device to the low-end of the market. With a reasonably sized screen and most likely a hugely competitive price point, the Lumia 610 may prove to be an excellent, entry-level smartphone.
Great battery life
On a more expensive proposition, the weak camera, capped RAM and slow browsing performance on this device would be deal-breakers. On the Lumia 610, however, they're things you can learn to live with. The handset delivers a stunning OS, good phone functionality and a healthy battery life all packaged within an acceptable design.
There is, quite simply, no better Windows Phone smartphone on the market than the Nokia Lumia 800. It features wonderful hardware in terms of both design and quality, and Microsoft's operating system runs more smoothly on the Lumia than on any other Windows Phone to date. This phone is a flat out winner, and a great alternative for those that wish to rise above the flood of iPhones and Android smartphones that we wade through daily.
Solid, stylized design
And so it begins, Nokia's partnership with Microsoft has reached fruition and the first taste is in our hands. Bearing in mind how quickly Nokia got this to market, the custom Nokia Apps they pulled out of the bag and the reformatting of MeeGo hardware to fit a Windows Phone platform, we can do little but commend. The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a beautiful screen, slick design and promising OS only made more attractive by the inclusion of Nokia Maps, Drive and Music.
Although we had our doubts during initial familiarisation with the Nokia WP7 environment, the transition from the Symbian environment will be much less painful than expected for those still entranced by the Nokia brand. In less than 48 hours we went from wanting to return to our old phones to not wanting to let go of this one. After four months with the Nokia Lumia 800 we still don't want to let it go, although we have had to accept some of its negatives to make the most of its positives.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is a well built and handsome handset with a solid set of features. However, its combination of mediocre specs and mostly standard implementation of Windows Phone certainly doesn't catapult it above the competition. It's definitely one of the better Windows Phones, and the Nokia exclusives like Nokia Drive and Mix Radio have the potential to be great features, but considering the fanfare, we're a bit underwhelmed.
Comfort is quite good
As much a fashion accessory as it is a headset, Nokia's BH-800 mono Bluetooth headset puts on a good show despite its compact size. Its mediocre range and average battery life are likely both consequences of its design, while the rubber-encircled speaker insert is less so; still, comfort is quite good once the initial (and cumbersome) adaptation has been carried out, and the headset's easily-distinguished keys and good quality further contribute to a positive overall impression.
Sturdy and sleek construction, with a vivid display
The Nokia Lumia 800 is probably Nokia's best smartphone so far. It has a sturdy and sleek construction, with a vivid display, paired with refreshing software from Microsoft. If you are just upgrading to a smartphone or you have one of Nokia's Symbian devices, then the Lumia 800 is a stellar upgrade: it's fast, easy to use and it looks great.
Sturdy, elegant design
The Nokia Lumia 800 is probably Nokia's best smartphone so far. It has a sturdy and sleek construction plus a vivid display, paired with refreshing software from Microsoft. If you are just moving up to a smartphone, or if you have one of Nokia's Symbian devices, the Lumia 800 is a stellar upgrade: It's fast, it's easy to use, and it looks great.
The mid-end price point coupled with the simplistic Windows Phone OS and the unibody chassis of Nokia N9 is definitely a good buy. The Nokia Lumia 800 definitely is a great choice to include to your to -buy list.
However, the drawback will be the limited applications available for Windows Phone (for now) and the absence of mass storage. Overall, you will find it a pretty decent partner to go with, especially when it is priced at RM1650.
Not cheap enough, better smartphones now available at same price
We've looked at the Nokia Asha 311 from all sides, but we've reserved its most important aspect, the price, for last. The device costs between $120 to $140 depending on the market which puts it in the same category as low-end Android smartphones.
Full Touch user interface is the best yet on a Series 40 handset
We really didn't expect all that much from the Nokia Asha 311. After all, the other Asha handsets that we've looked at have been pretty mediocre. However, despite some weaknesses, such as the lack of GPS and basic web browser, it's a surprisingly strong feature phone, quite speedy to use, has a pretty intuitive user interface and long battery life.
Perfect phone on budget
Buy this phone! It does everything you need and looks great doing it. It's not a "Smart Phone" but it does everything one does. If you want tons of pointless apps then this isn't the phone for you. If you want a reliable, portable, sexy and usable device then pick this one up and you won't be disappointed.
Low resolution screen
We're not sold on the Nokia Asha 311. It's a good feature phone that costs more than some great smartphones. The design is middling, the screen underwhelming, the camera poor and the functionality limited. Its interface is charming, it has plenty of pre-installed apps and when the price drops below £80, it will be more compelling, but in excess of £120, we'd sooner recommend a Nokia Lumia 710, Sony Xperia Tipo or Huawei Ascend G300.
Series 40 operating system is laggy, cryptic and error prone
The Nokia Asha 311 may be the most easy to use Series 40 device ever made, but it's still saddled with legacy baggage that throws up cryptic error messages and annoying confirmation requests far too often to make it pleasing to use. This old technology just isn't a serious competitor to all the slick budget Androids.
Good battery life; easily set-up email and networking
The Nokia Asha 311 might be the top handset in the range but it won't cut it in the current market. The Series 40 operating system feels like old technology, polished to look like an Android, yet for the same money or less, you could pick up a higher specced droid with access to the vastly superior Google Play store.
Solid and reliable feature phone
The Nokia Asha 311 is a solid and reliable feature phone that offers everything the basic user needs. It's well built, compact and quicker than you'd imagine. Nokia has done a great job with the Series 40 interface making it highly usable while still keeping it familiar for anyone comfortable with its layout.
As it represents Nokia's first effort in the U.S. with a Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone, it's hard not to feel disappointed with the Lumia 710. It doesn't turn any heads or break any new ground in design or performance, and there are some issues with the quality of the components in its construction.
Free turn-by-turn directions with Nokia Drive
Behind the lights and glamor of being the first Nokia smartphone to arrive in the US with Windows Phone on board, there's some expectations riding with its release. However, we're simply not convinced that the Nokia Lumia 710 is going to be THAT device to bring Nokia from the ashes, but rather, we'll have to wait a bit longer to find it. It's not to say that it's a totally boring device, but it simply lacks the star power to propel it over other recent Windows Phones.
Intuitive user interface
Although we would buy the Nokia Lumia 710 over the HTC Radar, it's overshadowed by the Nokia Lumia 800, which impressed us a lot more and makes the Nokia Lumia 710 feel more like its cheaper relative than we would have liked. We know that the phone costs less, but the cost savings feel too apparent.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is competing in a very tough game. Mid-range WP7 handsets have virtually identical specs and clear advantages over competitors are hard to come by. The Lumia 710 carries Nokia's pedigree and some exclusive software, which have a lot of appeal, but newcomers to the brand might not be so easily convinced. However, in a world full of ageing Symbian smartphones, there should be plenty of business for the Lumia 710.
Slick Windows Phone OS
The Nokia Lumia 710 could have been the first budget Windows Phone handset to attract users in large numbers, but the inherent limitations placed on Nokia by Microsoft, along with a couple of poor design choices mean it falls just short of being a great budget handset. However, if Nokia gets the pricing right, it could represent great value for money for those looking to take their first step on the Windows Phone 7 platform.
Bargain priced smartphone with solid specs and good quality
There's a lot to like in Nokia's first US Windows Phone. The bargain price belies a solid set of features; quick performance and an elegant though not thin design. Call quality is excellent, the camera takes good photos and the phone is fast. Gaming is fluid and fun, the Zune music experience is as ever enjoyable and streaming video plays well over T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. If you're looking for an easy to pocket smartphone that's wallet-friendly, the Nokia Lumia 710 is worth a look.
When you stack the 710 up side-by-side with its sexier sibling the 800, you'll be hard pressed to find exactly what keeps this particular Lumia 90 points lower on the Nokia totem pole. It's certainly not the specs, as both handsets are nearly identical in that respect -- powered by a 1.4GHz MSM8255 processor, 512MB RAM and boasting the same undersized 3.7-inch screen, plus or minus the display tech.
Abysmal video quality, sub-par camera
The Nokia Asha 309 in today's market will have a single argument to make to its buyers - price. Selling for around $105 - $110, it is almost as affordable as the bottom low of Android, the 2.8-inch Samsung Galaxy Pocket (sold for around $115).
And if you really want a similar, 3-inch display, the Android-running Samsung Galaxy Y (sold for $130) and the LG Optimus L3 (some $130), are only slightly costlier, but worlds apart in terms of the experience.
The Nokia Asha 309 finds itself between a rock and hard place; on the one hand it's not cheap enough to tempt non-technical users away from traditional candy-bar phones, and on the other, it's not powerful enough to punch it out with heavy-weight, low-cost Android phones. Unless you really, really need a touchscreen phone with long battery life, there's pretty much no reason to choose the Asha 309 over a budget Android phone such as the stunning ZTE Blade III.
Very long battery life
Nokia has stuck its neck out in using the very old S40 operating system and foregoing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In the end we aren't sure it quite works for us. The slowish processor is a bind, and we'd have liked either Wi-Fi or 3G to make this handset feel like a worthy model for 2012.
But there's no denying that the Nokia Asha 201's relatively low specs make for awesome battery life, and with that we are impressed.
Good chat functionality
If you need a phone with a physical keyboard, the Nokia Asha 201 is one of the cheapest you can get. However, its outdated OS and slow mobile internet connections stop it being much use in its role as a social networking and email tool. Other phones around the same price offer both Wi-Fi and 3G, making this phone feel as though it's stuck in the past.
No Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity
The Nokia Asha 201 is a cheap mobile that looks and feels better than some devices two or three times its price, but Series 40 is a bit long in the tooth. Unless you want a throwaway phone or care little for new technology, a budget Android device or an old BlackBerry would make more sense
Good battery life
The Nokia Asha 201 does the basics with minimum fuss and costs a super-inexpensive £45 on pay-as-you-go. Battery life is great and we like how easy it is to find your way around everything. The music player is pretty basic but we like that there's support for all of the main audio files and microSD cards of up to 32GB. Surfing the web, checking Facebook and Twitter is more hassle than its worth on the Nokia Asha 201 - without 3G or Wi-Fi web services really crawl at a snail's pace.
Screen is sharp and bright
If your main requirements are making voice calls and keeping on top of your e-mails and texts then the Asha 201 is an easy recommendation. The screen is sharp and bright, the keyboard nearly faultless and the new-look S40 interface a joy to behold. If you want a phone that can handle data then the 3G and Wi-Fi-less 201 is clearly not for you but if all you want are the telephonic and communication basics covered it's well worth the limited outlay.
The Nokia Asha 201 is very much a budget phone but still puts up a good show for itself thanks to its decent quality keyboard, sturdy build and social networking functions. For keeping in touch on the go -- and at a very good price -- it does a decent job, but the lack or 3G or Wi-Fi limits the possibilities for anything more advanced.
Free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation
The Nokia X7 brings a much anticipated overhaul of the Symbian platform, but even with Anna, Nokia's platform UI and performance seems a year or even more behind rivals like Android and iOS. The Finns also fail to deliver contemporary hardware with a sub-par 680MHz CPU and only 256MB of RAM on the Nokia X7, which seem to be the main reasons behind its sometimes slightly laggy performance.
OLED-powered contrast ratio
There are nice things we can say about the Nokia X7. It has good hardware design, a basically pleasing screen and good battery life. And Symbian Anna is a step in the right direction.But we just aren't sure where Anna is headed in the long term, and that alone could make the Nokia X7 a blind alley. And it doesn't do anything supremely well.
Large 4-inch AMOLED display
Nokia has a good track record for making great hardware and the X7 will probably be a beneficiary of that, too. A factor that may put off potential buyers is the Symbian software. Nokia has already publicly embraced Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform, so it is natural to think that Symbian would take a back seat when it comes to improvements and developer support
There's no denying it, Nokia is a class act, capable of delivering some of the best-looking handsets around. This metal-cased phone is well-designed and has great build quality. There are lots of features, all handled well and Nokia's ability to make a smartphone run for a decent length of time should not be underestimated. In many ways, this is a simply terrific phone, if a bit on the large side.
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