Dual SIM card system with hot-swappable slot on the side
Overall for the $100 off-contract price you get what you pay for with the Asha 310 in terms of screen resolution and other hardware extras, but the phone does have a few aces up its design sleeve, such as good build quality and ergonomic grip. The phone does sport a subpar camera as well as lousy voice quality in the earpiece, but some major tradeoffs could be expected for the rock-bottom price.
Mammoth battery life
The Nokia 105 is a funny proposition for the European market as people won't be buying it as their main device and possibly not even as their second handset.
It's very much a back up, emergency phone which is capable of taking some knocks and deliver a battery life which can last you a month, but it won't be able to offer the experience we've come to expect from our mobile phones today.
Very cheap, dust and splash resistant, very long battery life
Strange that a phone like this should seem like a novelty, but it's so basic as to appear perverse. That barely-there price tag is what swings it though -- if you want to keep in contact while you're away, at a festival for instance, and don't want to risk your "real" phone, the 105 is a pretty good bet.
User interface is pretty noisy
The REX 90 is definitely a feature-rich phone, but not without a few quirks. The missing flash, absence of GPS and multi-tasking features, the issue with the power switch and the necessity to transcode the videos are a few areas of concern. Adding to this list is the hefty MRP of Rs 6,490, which makes it a bit dicey for the phone to draw potential customers. By investing a few hundreds more, one can opt for the Samsung Galaxy Y, which is an Android-based smartphone.
Good Festival Phone
Basically one I can use for nights outs and festivals and for this purpose it works really well. On its plus side its got a never ending battery, facebook is limited but workable for messaging and status updates, memory card surport up to 32GB for use of a pretty decent mp3 player ( a lot cheaper than buying a iPod), its solidly well made and general operation such as messaging is quick. Also if it gets lost or stolen its not the end of the world.
No Wi-Fi connectivity, Poor video recording quality
So just what kind of room is the Samsung Array trying to play to? There's an aging generation of users still buying basic phones to stay connected on the go, although many of them lack a QWERTY keyboard for more efficient text messaging.
In the grand scheme of things, 20 bucks is cheap for something that would have cost hundreds just a few years ago.
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.
Great phone, long lasting battery life, and strong signal
This is one of the best phones MetroPCS has to offer. The sleek design, easy to use, light weight phone has all the basic features any user needs in a phone but what I truly liked about this phone is the long lasting batter life and great signal. I have used similar phones in the past, all from metro and they had week signal, cheap quality, and over heating problems. After buying this phone I no longer had to deal with any of those issues.
Very ugly UI
The LG Select is a sly phone, it's one of those phones you buy thinking "I'm just going to use it for calls and texting", and while it can do both, the other traits start to drag it down. Eventually the phone will start getting on your nerves every time you fire up the browser in an emergency, or suddenly find yourself in an area with less then utopian network coverage.
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.
Considering that the Nokia Asha 200 currently costs under $90 off contract, there is quite a lot that you get for your money, so we would gladly recommend getting it if you need a low cost dual-SIM device. It looks good, has a nice physical keyboard, and comes with a whole bunch of social networking features, which makes it especially suitable for young users.
Hot-swappable external SIM slot
I've been using this device for over a day, and the 1430 mAh battery is showing around half the charge. Although the battery performance is not bad for a dual-SIM device, I think that it could have been better. Priced at around Rs 4300, this phone offers excellent build quality, decent design, and pleasant UI. Additionally, its music player, email app, and in-built social networking apps are better than what its competitors offer.
Good call quality
The Samsung Star 3 is aiming for the sub-$100 mark without any subsidies, so there isn't much else we can desire from its hardware except what is already in there. We wish it had at least the same screen as the Star 2, but the slightly lower pixel density is a minor quibble on such a phone. The incapable browser is is a bigger gripe, though. More importantly, the phone sports an above average call quality, and that's all that could be asked from its price point.
Excellent Keyboard And Trackpad
Samsung's 15-inch Series 3 budget model sets itself apart is a few areas, but there are enough minor issues with it that it fails to rise above an average laptop priced at $600. The big problem with it is the overall feel and the plastics used in the case just feel cheap. This mars what is in some ways an above average system thanks to its nice keyboard and trackpad as well as Bluetooth capability.
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