Good build quality
The Nokia Asha 302 is your standard Series 40 affair. It doesn't have a touchscreen, but it compensates with a physical QWERTY keyboard, trying to appease those users needing such kind of input option. In terms of hardware, Nokia has done a remarkable job. There aren't many phones at this price point that can offer such build quality. Unfortunately, this handset falls victim to its software, which is unintuitive and buggy.
Good build quality
All in all, the Asha 302 is neat little messaging phone that feels well built, has a good keyboard and decent range of features. However, its small screen makes web browsing a bit of a chore and for a similar price you can now get entry level Android handsets that are arguably easier and more fun to use.
Impressive features list
The Nokia Asha 302 is a feature phone that could give a few smartphones a run for their money with its impressive features list. For starters there's both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity so you can browse and access social networks quickly. The centrepiece of the phone is a full qwerty keyboard presented BlackBerry style beneath the 2.4 inch landscape screen. The 3.2 megapixel camera is a nice addition, though it's not quite up to the standards of high-end smartphone cameras.
Build quality feels reassuringly pricey and sturdy
The Nokia Asha 302 joins the growing band of new Series 40 handsets designed for those that love to keep in touch and use social networks on a budget. One of its standout features is its QWERTY keypad. Where would a messaging phone be without it? Here we take a look at how it performs, in our Nokia Asha 302 QWERTY keypad review.
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 However, its outdated OS and slow mobile internet connections stop it being much use in its role as a social networking and email tool.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.
Beautifully crisp and responsive ClearBlack screen
All in all, it's a lovely phone for someone who wants to dip in and out of smart phone capabilities without losing either the phone element or most of their pocket space.
It's a discreet smartphone, one for a businessperson perhaps, who doesn't want to pull out an obnoxiously large piece of kit every time they want to make a call.
Comprehensive video support
With a top-quality Gorilla Glass screen and part-metal build, the Nokia 700 instantly feels like a top-quality device. The display carries this on too, using a great AMOLED panel. Sure, it's a smaller phone than many but hardware wise it almost seems surprising how you can get this handset for free on contracts of £20 or less. However, all becomes clear when using the phone as it's limited by the constraints of Symbian, with disappointing app support.
Superb call quality
A lovely little phone. It's a bit small for the larger fingers, but even if you have fat fingers like us, the phone still manages to understand what you're typing, most of the time. The build quality and design are second to none, and although Symbian is far from perfect, Nokia has tweaked it to the point where it's more than usable on a touchscreen.
Fantastic build quality
The Nokia 700 is a solid addition to Nokia's line-up, it's small, stylish and speedy, with a great screen. However, some may find it a little too small and Nokia's app store still lags behind rivals, in choice compared to the Xperia Ray. However, this is still a solid mid/high-end smartphone.
In short, the Nokia 700 occupies a spot in-between featurephone and smartphone, both in Nokia's own line-up and the market as a whole. If your priorities are staying connected without staying tethered to a mains socket, making occasional forays onto the web and all in something that won't dominate your pocket or purse, then the Nokia 700 could well be the first Symbian device we'd suggest you consider.
Symbian Belle is the most visually pleasing and easy to use Symbian to date
Having a more visible screen outdoors than other smartphones is a very tangible differentiating factor for the Nokia 701, but the handset has some other tricks to show. It is solidly built and features the best-looking Symbian to date in its Belle edition.
Excellent build quality
The 701 is a sturdy device made of premium materials. The IPS LCD is impressive, and its sunlight legibility is unmatched. It scores over competitors with top-notch GPS navigation and superb battery performance. NFC, an FM transmitter, and TV-Out are a yet another bunch of handy features. Moreover, with Belle, Symbian can now stand against other modern operating systems.
The Nokia 701 is available for a retail price of Rs. 16,590 which is a great bargain for a phone with such great features. There are a lot of other Android-counterparts. Some have bigger screens, some have great features. However, the 701 has one thing the others don't a huge fanbase in India. At least until the future releases (Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710), this is the Nokia phone to buy if you were looking out for one.
8 GB of internal storage
The Nokia 701 is moderately priced at Rs 16,700. If you're not too fond of the Android experience and find Apple products way too expensive, the Symbian Belle OS is definitely a good alternative. It has a few extremely minor issues here and there as mentioned in the review above, but it's absolutely at par with the other smartphones out in the market. The only noticeable problem for Symbian right now is the app store; it's dwarfed in comparison to the Android and Apple markets.
Very good sunlight visibility
The Nokia 603 serves its purpose to be an affordable yet capable smartphone with Symbian Belle. It offers an ergonomic grip, very bright display and decent camera quality, unless you are into macro shots. Free lifetime navigation with Nokia Maps, the novelty of NFC, and a good set of preinstalled apps aren't something to sniff at too.
If the fact the Nokia 603 will be running Symbian Belle does not put you off, and you want something that can read NFC tags, then this is probably the handset you are looking for. However, paying a little more (S$469) for the Lumia 710, which runs WP7 and faster hardware, may be the better option.
Keys have a good feedback
The Nokia 603 is priced at Rs.12,900 (MOP). At this price tag, it's got a few older handsets like the Galaxy Ace and the Wildfire S to compete with. Naturally, the 603 is more recommended over those two. For Rs.1,500 more, you'll get the Live with Walkman, which definitely has a better app store, but a poorer display quality and smaller screen size. As you can read in the review itself, we weren't disappointed with this handset.
Cheap but capable handset with pleasant design
Overall, the world's largest phone maker by volume has trimmed specs from the right places to arrive to its new entry-level Symbian star, the Nokia 500. The lack of LED flash and the basic video capture capabilities of the 5MP camera module seem to be the main victims that fell in the quest for a low-end pricing. Others, like less RAM and smaller battery we can live with, as they don't affect usability that much besides, the update to Symbian Belle will speed the interface up significantly.
Nokia 500 carries the impressive list of the functional and innovative features including 5MP camera with high 2592x1944 pixels resolution counts, geo-tagging and VGA video recording option, 3G network connectivity for fast internet experience, Wi-Fi/GPRS/EDGE internet connectivity features, WAP & HTML browser for unlimited web surfing, basic data exchanging Bluetooth & USB connectivity, Stereo FM radio, Multiple audio file supported media player (like MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA), advanced...
Camera lacks autofocus
It isn't all bad. The Nokia E6 delivers some delights, not least of all in terms of build quality, screen performance and battery life. It's such a shame that the area the handset falls down hardest is usability, a vital bridge between user and handset. Symbian Anna doesn't modernize the OS enough to make it competitive and it repeatedly presents a convoluted and frustrating user experience just begging to be streamlined.
With MeeGo, Nokia has proven it can make a more modern smartphone interface.
The Nokia E6 is a well-built, very capable business phone with plenty of apps and features to suit business users. It's built for text heavy users, with a powerful camera for good light photography.
However, while Symbian Anna is a step forward, it still feels like it's hamstrung by previous iterations with a slightly clunky feel and long time to open some applications still present.
With MeeGo, Nokia has proven it can make a more modern smartphone interface.
Excellent hardware, but let down by software that just isn't as slick, fast or user friendly as competitors
The Nokia E6 is an impressively built smartphone with a great keyboard and a very good camera. Unfortunately, it's much of the same story for Nokia -- it has produced another piece of excellent hardware that is ultimately held back by the unintuitive Symbian software.
Plenty of storage and memory for fast operations
The Nokia E6 is another awesome business mobility smartphone from the Nokia E-Series family of business phones. It comes well enhanced with plenty of storage and memory for fast operations. An improved user interface and enhanced hardware features make the Nokia E6 a must have phone for the serious business executive on the go.
There are some fantastic touches on this budget business smartphone but it's not quite enough from Nokia
The Nokia E6 is a decent Symbian phone that doesn't break the bank at Â£300-odd SIM free - it's just that the Symbian OS still needs a lot of work to make it industry leading (and it doesn't look like Nokia is going to put the effort in to get it there). The 'thinking' icon that kept popping up whenever we opened apps was maddening, and while the internet browser looks beautiful, it's still a few steps behind its peers.
We like Nokia's touch-and-type approach to a business smartphone, but there are still so many other smartphones available that are better than the E6.
We don't want this to read like we're taking any pleasure in rubbing salt in Nokia's very public wounds, but the E6 just isn't a very good example of what you should expect when buying a smartphone in 2011. The touch-and-type approach is novel, and Nokia's styling is impeccable, but the Symbian platform is still crippled with complexity harking back to older versions of the software, and while many of the features that business users will expect are available, Nokia's solutions just aren't...
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.
Call quality was very good with the Astound.
In conclusion, while there are certain things we do like about the Astound, it is a difficult phone to recommend in today's market. The build quality is excellent, the design is attractive, the size is just about right, call quality is great, and battery life is very good. Unfortunately, that's where the good things end.
fantastic calling quality
Clearly better priced than the Nokia Nuron from last year, the Astound is undoubtedly something you might want to look at if you simply tire of the usual smartphones out there and want to experience Symbian^3. Sporting a fantastic looking design that's assisted with various features that are generally abundant with most high-end devices, the $79.99 on-contract Nokia Astound is something you want to keep a watchful eye on.
The Nokia Astound comes off as both a solid value, and a slightly marred product. It certainly has the features to compete with any smartphone available, and aside from some user interfface quirks and the camera, its probably better than even devices costing a bit more. It is going to suffer from a perception issue -- at least initially -- but like the Nokia E73 Mode (also offered by T-Mobile) -- it will not hurt Nokia's reputation.
The Nokia Astound is a relatively good phone with decent performance. The phone looks great, is easy on the eyes and is comfortable to carry. This Nokia phone comes with the Symbian^3 OS interface with the gesture controls and it is an improvement over previous Symbian OS versions. There is still room for improvement though. All-in-all this T-Mobile Nokia C Series phone is definitely worth getting hold of.
Good battery life
In case you get tired of the usual smartphones out there and want to experience Symbian^3, the Nokia Astound might be what you are looking for. The device sports a fantastic looking design assisted with various features (mostly met with high-end devices), and the $50 on-contract looks appealing.
Its balanced performance and affordable cost will certainly help the device in the fierce competition of the mid-range market.
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