Nokia Asha 303, in-depth analysis

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The Nokia Asha 303 is another of the terminals that the Finnish firm Nokia has presented within the basic range of Asha terminals , a family presented in the context of Nokia World 2011 in London that will be released in emerging countries, mainly. However, it is possible that Nokia finally decides to present it in Europe . So much so, that direct sources from the company have pointed to a possible presentation later this year. In this way, the Nokia Asha 303 could become one of the important pieces in the catalog of Symbian phones that are currently in force.

Indeed, the Nokia Asha 303 is a good alternative for those who are looking for a mobile phone equipped, but simple and even cheap. Leaving aside the most basic features of the device, we can advance that one of its main advantages is the full QWERTY keyboard , located in a discreet space , just below the main , touch and capacitive screen , although of reduced dimensions. You will see that the camera complies, but it will not satisfy the most demanding users. And it just has a 3.2 megapixel sensor . Here is an in-depth analysis with photos, videos and opinions.


Design and display

Its external appearance reveals a somewhat more sophisticated terminal than the rest of the devices of the same Asha series . Its data sheet reveals some measures 116.5 x 55.7 x 13.9 mm and weight of 99 grams , with battery included. Despite being a bit wider than usual, the phone does not exceed grams, so we could consider it a fairly light and practical terminal to carry. It looks elegant and beautiful , especially since the finishes in quite vivid matte colors look very similar to those of the Nokia Lumia 800 . In this way, it is expected that Nokia can make the terminal available to us in thegray and red colors , combining the preferences of the youngest users with those of the most serious.

The screen is a 2.6-inch multi-touch TFT panel with an interesting advantage over the others. We refer to the fact that the terminal has a capacitive touch screen , which allows us to operate in a more intuitive way than with a resistive panel, included in the rest of Asha terminals . In any case, you will see that this panel is perfectly complemented by a full QWERTY keyboard , attached to the bottom. You will see that it occupies part of the surface, so that it will be very practical when writing long messages or chatting with your friends, family or colleagues . This is your end.

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Luckily, the Nokia Asha 303 is a mobile phone ready for connectivity. We say it because it is capable of operating on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 networks . Users who want to always stay connected to the Internet, interacting with their favorite social networks or sharing content through email, will especially like it . For this, it is strictly necessary to have a 3G connection , or what is known as broadband Internet . This means that you will be able to connect at the maximum speed that your operator can offer you and download content in an agile and fluid way. Something that does not happen with 2G connections. Additionally, you can also connect to Wi-Fi wireless networks through the Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n protocol .

In addition, the terminal also supports Bluetooth 2.1 technology with EDR . You can use it to share content between devices, which will be very practical if you want to share photos or music with your friends.

In the section on external connections, you should have a 3.5 mm headphone output , useful as long as you like to listen to music through your mobile phone or even amplify it if you have speakers at hand. The Nokia Asha 303 also has a microUSB 2.0 input that will allow you to connect the phone to the computer to add files or synchronize all the contents from one device to another. Meanwhile, you can also expand the memory of the terminal thanks to the microSD card slot that the Asha 303 has on one of the sides. This will be great for you to take advantage of the full potential of this device.

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Photographic and multimedia camera

The Nokia Asha 303 is not a phone with a great camera . So much so, that just has a sensor of 3.2 megapixels that will not allow you to take great snapshots, but it does make occasional use of it. In this sense, you will see that you also have the option to record video, even if it is in a slightly low quality. In fact, you will only have the opportunity to obtain images in VGA quality and up to 15 frames per second . In this way, if the quality of the camera is not important to you , it is very possible that this Nokia Asha 303 is a good solution for you. Yes with the three megapixelsyou do not have enough, we recommend that you look at other phones in this same range. For example, the Nokia Asha 300 has a good five megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics .

In the multimedia section, you will see that the phone is perfectly capable of playing content in the main compatible formats. According to the official data sheet, we can mention the following:  H.263, H.264, MPEG4, MP3, MP4 (audio), AAC, AAC LC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA, NRT, MXMF, WAV, NB AMR, WB AMR , MIDI . You can record voice memos and also listen to the FM stereo Radio with RDS , something that lovers of the medium will love. In addition, you can connect headphones and listen to songs, watch videos or enjoy the radio in silence, or even amplify the music through compatible speakers.

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Memory and operating system

The Nokia Asha 303 has a somewhat reduced memory. As indicated by Nokia , the phone has 100 MB of internal memory that will have to be expanded if you want to enjoy all the options that this terminal can offer you. As usual in these cases, you can extend it up to 32 GB with microSD cards , thanks to the slot included in the phone, specially enabled for this issue. Additionally, it will not be bad if you know that the phone has 128 MB of RAM and that it works through a 1 GHz processor. Mononucleus , obviously.

And we go for the operating system. And it is that according to Nokia's own tradition , this terminal works through the classic Symbian platform in its S40 version . This is undoubtedly an advantage for those users who are already used to Nokia's methodology and who have no intention of changing. At least for now. If Symbian is not your thing, you will have to look to another front. To devices such as the Nokia Lumia 800 or the Nokia Lumia 710 , computers that already work with the new Windows Phone operating system . However, you should know that the operating system in question is compatible with the main applications on the market: instant messaging, for example, orpopular games like Angry Birds .

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Autonomy and availability

The Nokia Asha 303 has a lithium ion battery with a capacity of 1,300 milliamps . This means that according to Nokia's forecasts, the phone will support up to 8.10 hours (2G) and 7.10 hours (3G) in conversation. At rest, it is estimated that it can support around 30 days (2G) and 35 days (3G) . If what you do is play music for up to 47 hours . However, it would be better to see for yourself if these balances are adapted to the use that you are going to give the phone. Because things can change. And a lot.

And when will it be available? , you may be wondering. Well, the terminal will begin to be sold from the last quarter of this year, although an exact date for distribution has not yet been specified . So far, we know we can reach Spain and that would be available through some operators in our country . We will have to be cautious and wait before advancing any data. On the other hand, you will see that the phone will be made available to customers who want to buy it free from 115 euros. We will be attentive to tell you all the news about it.

The best

Its modern design and finishes, in addition to the QWERTY keyboard and the ability to connect to broadband Internet (3G) and Wi-Fi wireless networks .

It can be better

Its camera of just 3.2 megapixels and its screen of few inches.

StandardEGSM 850/900/1800/1900

WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100

Weight and measurements116.5 x 55.7 x 13.9 mm

99 grams

Memory100 Mb of internal memory + microSD 32 Gb

128 Mb RAM memory


Capacitive multi-touch TFT

2.6 inch

Capacitive multi-touch

240 x 320 pixels

Camera3.2 megapixel sensor

VGA video recording @ 15 fps

MultimediaPlay music, video and photos

Supported formats: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, MP3, MP4 (audio), AAC, AAC LC, AAC +, eAAC +, WMA, NRT, MXMF, WAV, NB AMR, WB AMR, MIDI.

Voice memo recording

FM stereo radio with RDS

Controls and connectionsSymbian S40 operating system

1 Ghz single core processor


Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n

Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR

Plug for Nokia charger

3.5mm headphone output

MicroUSB 2.0

Autonomy1,300 mAh battery

2G sleep: 30 days

2G use: 8 hours 10 minutes

3G standby: 35 days

3G use: 7 hours 10 minutes

Music Playback: 47 hours

Price115 euros
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