Nokia Asha 210 review
|Review: November 2013|
In a nutshell: The Nokia Asha 210 is a cheap but practical messaging phone with its QWERTY keyboard and dedicated Facebook key plus built-in Wi-Fi.
Best buy: Nokia Asha 210 from eBay (£41.99)
The styling of the Asha 210 QWERTY messaging phone has a flavour of Nokia's high-end Lumia smartphones about it, with its square plastic build looking very modern. It's available in a choice of eye-catching colours too. The build feels solid and should be capable of surviving quite a few knocks. It's a very lightweight phone too, although quick chunky, measuring nearly 12mm in thickness.
The QWERTY keyboard works well, but it's a shame that there's no touchscreen interface. Instead the clunky old S40 user interface does the job, but is looking really quite old-fashioned these days.
The processor isn't very fast, so navigating and accessing apps can be a little slow. Also there's little memory available on board, so you'll be needing to add a microSD memory card for additional storage.
There's a camera here, but it's one of the most basic kinds possible, capturing grainy images at 2 megapixel resolution and some jaggedy video too.
Connectivity is OK, with Wi-Fi available for data access and Bluetooth and USB too. A 3.5mm headphone jack is provided. Cellular connections are 2G only, which is useless for any kind of data.
Battery life is quite reasonable. Although the battery isn't big, there's not too much work for it to do, so the overall battery performance isn't bad.
But it's in messaging that the Asha 210 performs best. The QWERTY keyboard with a dedicated Facebook key comes into its own, even though the small display and old-style user interface work against the user. With email and instant messaging (Twitter, WhatsApp, Direct chat, eBuddy IM, Facebook) easily available, and a native facebook app, this is really a very good phone for teenagers or anyone who messages more than anything else on their phone.
Nokia Asha 210 features include:
- 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
- Video camera, 176x144 pixels, 10 frames per second
- Display: TFT, 240 x 320 pixels (2.4 inches)
- Music Player with Audio Equalizer
- FM radio
- MP3 ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, IMAP4 and SMTP protocols), Instant messaging
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 32MB RAM plus microSD card slot (up to 32GB supported)
- Vibration alert
- GSM (850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz)
- Size: 112 x 60 x 12 mm
- Weight: 100g
- Battery: 1200mAh
- Talktime: 12 hours
Nokia Asha 210 user reviews
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Average rating from 20 reviews:
Reviewed by susan
on 28th Mar 2015
i have had a nokia 210 for a couple of years now,,,,,, i like it because it,s so easy to use,,,, the only thing that,s a bit of a faf is when you want to use the numbers u have to keep pressing the button for each one ,,,,,,, plus the qwerty keyboard is fiddely if u have big hands as the buttons are quite small,,,, i would like to try and see if i could get another qwerty phone like it but in a different foam,,,, if not then i will stay with the nokia 210 i don,t mind it been out dated from all the fancy new ones that is coming out ,,,,,,,
Reviewed by gina
on 5th Mar 2015
love this phone only problem very quiet ring tone overall easy to use.
Reviewed by andrew
on 14th Jan 2015
Bottom line first: it's excellent value for £29 (from Tesco).
Obviously it can't compete with an £80 phone on camera and video functionality, but it has Bluetooth, Wifi, FM radio, MP3 player. Those facilities together with a QWERTY keyboard, adequate display, and decent battery life made it the best buy for me.
So, what wrong with it? Well, there doesn't seem to be a way to move apps from My Apps to the Main Menu. Couple of other minor OS things but then it's a phone not a laptop.
Reviewed by Joe Blow
on 1st Dec 2014
Reviewed by Rosie
from South Africa
on 5th Nov 2014
I've had this phone for a week - it's awful and I will be returning it. Sound is hopeless - can't hear message alerts - ringtones are tinny and even at max volume aren't good.
Reviewed by ronald dela pena
on 14th Sep 2014
i got asha 210 color black and i very greatful of this phone
Reviewed by Sobhan kumar
on 13th Sep 2014
Its a good phone.The best thing is that its budjet.
Reviewed by CLAIRE
from UNITED KINGDOM
on 9th Sep 2014
I HAVE ONE OF THESE PHONES IN YELLOW. I,M NOT BOTHERED BY ALL THIS FANCY ANDROID STUFF THATS OUT. I PREFER A PHONE WITH RUBBER BUTTONS AND NO DOESN,T LOOK OLD FASHIONED, AND SO WHAT IF IT DOES. THE TROUBLE IS NOWADAYS IS THAT EVERYTHING TECHNICAL HAS TO BE UP TO DATE, WELL I,M NOT BOTHERED AND I LIKE THIS PHONE. THE ONLY TROUBLE IS IT DOESN,T STORE MANY PHOTOS/VIDEOS, OTHERWISE ITS FINE. I HOPE THEY STILL PRODUCE KEYBOARD PHONES FOR A WHILE LONGER, I,M NO THROWING EVERYTHING OUT COS ITS NOT AN ANDROID. THE BLUE PHONE I,VE BEEN USING BEFORE THIS I,VE USED FOR 6 YEARS.
Reviewed by tamirat zigale
on 21st Aug 2014
i like mobile but system is difficult
Reviewed by My name iz fiza
on 17th Aug 2014
All iz ok but videos some times does not play:(
Reviewed by jithesh
on 13th Jul 2014
I likes the phone but one disappointment the phone have no front camera :'(
Reviewed by ajithkumar.m
on 29th Mar 2014
cell is good but battery stant by time is one only in my cell why. i bought new on dubai
Reviewed by Ryan
on 19th Mar 2014
It's a great little QWERTY feature phone..
You can capture self-portrait using the inbuilt voice guidance to get a great self-portrait..
It even has Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp apps..
Reviewed by Prasenjit
on 7th Mar 2014
It is a pretty good phone. Social media apps are real fun, and data connectivity is also quite good. QWERTY key pad has added an extra charm to this set. I'm happy with its battery performance. It is a very user friendly and rugged phone.
Reviewed by rider
on 27th Feb 2014
it feels solid at hand, good keyboard design, it could of better of if they added a flash camera on it to, it would of make the brand realy top of its game...colour displays are bit fade but over all, it is a solid fun phone for texting and social media :)
Reviewed by AHQ
on 20th Feb 2014
Okay as a basic phone
Reviewed by Alfredo
from South Africa
on 15th Feb 2014
Bad phone slow internet and less memory
Reviewed by alvin
on 19th Jan 2014
This is a pretty nice phone , it is cheap and full of social media app that I need .
Reviewed by laetitia deutschmann
from south africa
on 8th Jan 2014
i bought my nokia asha a week ago and i am already fed up with it. it is very slow and i cant figure out how "not" to let my messages appear on the screen for everyone to read before i read it.
it is not a user friendly phone.
i am thinking of returning the phone for a better one.
Reviewed by rehan
on 21st Dec 2013
I like it and it is good