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Nokia Asha 302 Review
|| Review: March 2012
Last updated Sep 2012.
In a nutshell: The Nokia Asha
302 is a budget phone designed for messaging and social networking.
Its key features are its QWERTY keyboard, facebook and whatsapp
(instant messaging) apps, Wi-Fi and 3G HSPA connectivity. A
fast processor and premium styling make it a great phone all
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The Asha 302 is a budget BlackBerry-style phone with a full QWERTY
keyboard. Similar in size and style to other phones of this type - the
BlackBerry Curve 8520, Samsung
Chat 335 and Orange Rio II - the
Nokia is lightweight but looks premium with its smart metallic strip
It's a great phone for social media and messaging, with the obvious
advantage of the physical QWERTY keyboard, plus easy texting, email
and instant messaging. A facebook app is provided and the Asha also
comes with the WhatsApp instant messaging app pre-installed.
The screen isn't huge, but it's standard for this type of phone. Similarly
the camera is rather basic, at just 3.2 megapixels and no fancy features.
Video recording is at a pixel-challenging 176x144 resolution, so don't
expect to be shooting many movies on this thing.
The Asha is very well equipped for connectivity, with both Wi-Fi and
fast 3G HSPA connectivity available for downloading data and messages.
This is not a smart phone - it runs Nokia's Series 40 operating system,
but there are some handy apps pre-installed. The facebook app is well
integrated, so you can check on updates live. You can download a small
range of apps from the Nokia Store too.
The processor is very fast, running at 1GHz, which is faster than many
smartphones, and makes everything respond instantly. On the other hand,
the built-in memory is limited to 100MB, which isn't a lot by today's
standards. You can add a microSD card for extra storage though.
It's useful to compare the Asha with its competitors. The BlackBerry
8520 costs about the same, and does everything the same, except
it lacks the Asha's 3G connection. The Samsung
Chat costs less, but again is missing 3G. The Orange
Rio II does have 3G (but not Wi-Fi) and also costs less than the
Nokia. On the other hand, the Nokia is a very good phone in its own
right, with an excellent array of features in a smart and reasonably-priced
Features of the Nokia Asha 302 include:
- 3.2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
- Video camera, 176x144 pixels, 30 frames per second
- Display: TFT, 240 x 320 pixels (2.4 inches)
- Music Player
- FM radio with RDS support
- Music ringtones / video ringtones
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, email (POP3, IMAP4 and
SMTP protocols), Instant messaging
- Internet: Web browser, GPRS, EDGE,
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 100MB plus microSD card slot (up to 32GB supported)
- Processor: 1GHz
- Vibration alert
- Dual-band GSM plus quadband 3G HSPA
- Size: 117 x 56 x 14 mm
- Weight: 99g
- Battery: 1320mAh
- Talktime: 5.9 hours (3G)
- Battery standby: 830 hours
Nokia Asha 302 User Reviews
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Average rating from 13 reviews:
Reviewed by Hitler Meinam from India on 2nd Oct
I like nokia Asha 302.
It's very handy and its 1gh processor makes me to chat,message instantly.
But when i tried to connect it to my pc using nokia pc suite it does't
By the way i like it.
Reviewed by Cam from UK on 12th Sep 2012
If your stuck in a contract and hate your phone this could be the one
I really disliked my touch screen phone (HTC) I don't think im the only
one. So i was looking for a phone with physical buttons. This phone
is ideal for that purpose. it doesn't have many apps etc. but if like
me? i never really use them anyway.
So if you just call, text and occasionally check the football scores
on 3G, then this is the phone for you.
(and then upgrade to a blackberry when you want a bit more)
Reviewed by Darcy from UK on 5th Sep 2012
Have had 2 Nokia C300 and thought I would have a change and bought an
HTC Salsa. What a big mistake that was. Gave it to hubby. Bought the
Asha 302 today. Give me Nokia QWERTY keyboards anytime and as for the
phone - its brilliant.
Reviewed by J from UK on 24th Jun 2012
the video camera is actually 640x480, phone is very fast and efficient.
switch from android phone to this, much better ^^
Reviewed by Extra T from Nigeria on 8th May 2012
I'm writing from Nigeria, and so you guys don't just think "oh, Third
World," I've lived in England for years too. Asha 302 is a basic phone
alright but it does all a modern phone is supposed to and it does it
well. An ok camera, Qwerty keyboard, 3.5G connectivity, quick access
to social networks (we do this to over here too!). It's good, very good.
A for such a low price? It's a steal.
Reviewed by Heyyupp from Cornwall on 21st Apr
Ya know something, all these top dosh top phones we all know are amazing,
proper wow technology star trekky stuff an all thst, when they work,
which lot of the time they do, and it seems some of the time they dont
which yeh is like tough, bit like broken down ferrari, bmw, audi, me
own f.....g daewoo ;-) and we all know any phone, even the ten quideroonee
ones can sometimes not work but hey,a tenner,payg.. Just recycled my
3 1/2 year old E71(brilliant) for £42 which I had to do by the way,
and through online discountings :-) getting another £5 offings bought
the £69.99 Asha 302 on 02 payg. So whats that, err £22.99.. And of course
I have my 4gb card with over 15 hours of top tunes, proper mad mixes
an allsorts, loads photos, and about 1 1/2 gig free space, still!! Well
quess what, this phone for me is sale of the century, YehYehYeh it doesn't
have the top top premium quality feel of the E71 or bits and pieces
but the Asha 302 for me is way way way improved from the E71 and I should
know shouldn't I. See, the camera on the E71 is rubbish, we all know
that, but the camera on the Asha 302 is a little bit better, screen
is better, music player is loads better even with cheap headphones,
and for speed, well different generation for a mobile, E71 was it 237mhz
processor?? Asha 302 1ghz processor and 32gig card handling, wireless
and reet fast internet. Yeh I love it, but only because it works, I've
only had it two weeks but while it works, it is amazing for the money,
isn't it? Anyway, toodlepip and stuff xxx
Reviewed by The1beard from London uk on 13th Apr
I hate touch screen phones which have short battery life and poor response
This Nokia is fast and has reasonable battery life.
It just annoys me that Nokia haven't made it just a little better there
is no gps and the screen could have been of a higher resolution and
it could have even better battery life.
But Nokia have again fallen just short of what could have been a great
I just don't get nokias thought process they appear to always leave
something out on every phone it's about time nokia got their act together
and made an effort to make a high end numerical keypad and qwerty keypad
phone to dominate these areas rather than waste time and effort on chasing
the iPhone which is just a toy...
Reviewed by FionaT from United Kingdom on 2nd
Just got the Nokia Asha 302 last week after finally giving up on the
abysmal HTC Wildfire S and the too many to mention probs I had with
it for 7 months.
I was delighted with this phone the second I got it and that only seems
to increase as time goes on.
A smart handset with understated style, charm and elegance to match
any more expensive model out there.
The price absolutely stunned me at £100. I was concerned after spending
nearly double that on the HTC Wildfire but to be honest, I needn't have
worried at all.
I did not want an all singing all dancing app-saturated phone that would
let me do amusing things with a funny mimicking monkey or age myself
prematurely (god knows why I'd want to see that anyway!) so this is
by far proving to be the best phone I have ever owned bar none.
The keyboard is reassuringly easy to use and within 2 texts, I was handling
it like a pro. The layout is logical on the home screen, can be changed
and amended as you please so will adapt to fit you rather pleasingly.
Texts - spot on, reliable, never misses a letter and same for calls.
In fact, I am now enjoying less frustration and call drops than I did
with the HTC by far and have clear, confident and COMPLETED calls now!
Woo hoo! :)
I adore the one button email touch - marvellous and have all my email
accounts listed so I simply pick one. Clear, easy to read and easily
switched between email accounts make working on the go a doddle.
Social networking couldn't be easier either. All set up and within a
couple of buttons you can be tweeting, fb'ing or whatever your poison
is within seconds.
And I am thrilled to bits to find the music player is actually awesome!!
Volume is ace and the quality is crystal clear. I uploaded some music,
ok a LOT of music from my cds and wow..did it within seconds, it didn't
even break into a sweat!
I really cannot fault this phone in any way shape or form...even browsing
the internet is fast, fuss-free and just gets on with it.
Absolutely bravo and well done Nokia! You really have played a blinder
with this little gem!
Keep your iphones, your bb's and your samsungs...THIS phone is where
The revolution has begun and affordable outstanding phones are here!
off to adore my phone some more now. :)
Reply by nicki from uk on 19th Jun
Atleast im not the only one to change from the htc wildfire s to this
nokia =) hadit for 5 days, and no probsyet, i agree with everything
your saying, its10x easier to text, one small moan i do have,its probs
mewith the settingsis my texs i recieve the timeis an hour behind even
though the texts are in order,but thats not an issue tomoan about, not
going to rate he phone anyless becaue of that small problem, just let
it be. This is my 3rdnokia, and so far the best.
Reviewed by robert from uk on 30th Mar 2012
Who needs a smart phone when you have a tablet? I dumped my HTC Mozart
for this asha 302_ its a all you need for a phone... future trends will
be a move away from smart phones back to dumb phones that work fast
and are practical with a physical keyboard. Tablets will replace laptops
and smartphones will be redundant. Nokia know what they are doing, this
phone is way better than an overpriced blackberry and build quality
is superior well done Nokia.
Reviewed by jon from UK on 26th Mar 2012
The phone is a budget phone which does not run android. What it does
do however is run the Nokia OS very quickly - Opera web browser opens
in an instant and the WLAN searches and connects to suitable connections
Built in push e-mail for hotmail, gmail etc works perfectly and is really
easy to setup as is the built in facebook app.
Yes it may not have the flexibility that a phone running android has
but what it does have is a rock solid OS that never freezes and a battery
that lasts well over one day.
Plus - Fast stable OS, Ok build, Push e-mail, QWERTY keypad
Cons - Not an android phone.
Reviewed by Bill from UK on 25th Mar 2012
I have had this mobile for a week now and can not fault it in anyway.
Easy to use, excellent qwerty keyboard, fast internet connections, and
very helpful prompts. This is not a touch screen phone and i am happy
it isn't as my previous Nokia c02 touch screen was absolutely hopeless
and am glad i exchanged for the Nokia 302 asha which i find very good
for voice calls, texts, web surfing, e.mails, Facebook etc. Well done
Nokia for producing this budget phone.
Reviewed by viral from England on 22nd Mar 2012
I think this excellent budget handset, just like the Blackberry Curve,
will be a bestseller for Nokia with even more for the price. I think
the wifi and 3g is an extra boost to this phone and will advance more
from the Nokia Asha 202
Reviewed by samunder singh from india on 22nd
very good phone
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