Nokia is all set to woo the India mobile phone market with the release of Nokia Asha 309 which is a mid-segment phone. In this review let us evaluate and determine whether or not Nokia Asha 309 has enough strength to come out with flying colors.
Features Of Nokia Asha 309
Nokia has continued the bar phone design in Nokia Asha 309. Dimensionally, this phone will occupy 109.9 x 54 x 13.2 mm in your pocket. With these dimensions, you must have guessed already that the phone is not bulky. The weight of the phone is hardly 102 grams.
The hardware buttons that this full touch phone has are Send, Volume, Lock, Call Combined End and Power key; all neatly placed. The color options available for you to choose from are silver and black.
The display of Nokia Asha 309 is powered by LCD Transmissive technology. This technology can support up to 65536 colors. The display resolution stands at 400 pixels x 200 pixels for height x width, respectively.
The screen of this phone supports multi-touch, by default. The actual screen size is 3 inches giving you a 155 ppi pixel density. As a norm, the screen has orientation sensor, too.
Nokia Asha 309 has the hardware comprising of industry standard CPU and chipset combination which leads the phone to a satisfactory performance. The internal memory of the phone is a decent 64MB. The external memory support is available and can be expanded up to 32 GB. The phone does slow down during multi-tasking indicating that the RAM is not hugely powerful.
Nokia Asha is truly capable in this department. An array of email support like OMA E-mail Notification v1.0, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Nokia Messaging, Gmail, Nokia Mail over emailing protocols like SMTP, POP3 etc are supported seamlessly. SMS, MMS, IM are features which are supported extensively too.
Nokia Asha 309 has a humble 2 MP camera which certainly is not a highlight of the phone.
The camera can work well as a make shift camera, but it is not meant for people who genuinely want a camera phone. The resolution at which the camera can take photographs is 1600 x 1200 pixels. The video taking capability of the camera is 176 x 144 pixels at 10 fps only.
Nokia Asha 309 is a basic phone without dual SIM support. The phone supports 2G networks only.
The alternatives for 2G networks include EGDE with 236 Kbps speed and GPRS with 86 Kbps speed.The phone can support Wi-Fi on 802.11 b/g/n protocol, and Bluetooth version 3.0 with A2DP.
Nokia Asha 309 has an accelerometer which can be utilized for gaming. Navigation can be utilized via Nokia Maps. This phone also has stereo FM with recording capabilities.
Nokia Asha 309 has a standard battery of Li-Ion 1110 mAh (BL-4U) which gives impressive standby times of 650 hours, talk time up to 6 hours and around 40 hours of continuous music play.
Price and Availability
Nokia Asha 309 has been released for sale in the Indian market in December 2012. The good news is that the product can be yours for Rs.5883 only!
Nokia Asha 309 is a basic touch phone which is ideal for people who are not smart phone savvy. With an affordable price tag, Nokia will certainly give competition to peers. However, this phone may not be able to sustain the competition for long.