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Nokia Asha 503 review

 Review: December 2013  

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: The Nokia Asha 503 is a fun, low-cost alternative to a smartphone. Pocket-sized, with a touchscreen interface and built-in messaging, this could be a good phone for teens.

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Design & looks

Innovation doesn't come very often to the budget phone sector, but here it is in abundance! The Nokia Asha 503 is a non-smart touchscreen phone with an unusual, if not unique, design.

The phone is made from a plastic core (available in a choice of colours) encased in a clear plastic shell that protects it and gives it a very distinctive look. It's a funky and practical design, with your phone protected from knocks and scratches. Gorilla Glass adds further protection to the screen.

The Asha is light in weight and pocket friendly in size too.

The screen is small for a touch-based phone. Perhaps too small to be comfortable. 3 inches isn't a lot, especially when you need a large part of the screen for a virtual keyboard. It isn't a high-res screen either, with just 320 x 240 pixels available, giving a pixel density of 134ppi. We'd say it's too small for serious use.

Asha platform

The Asha 503 runs Nokia's touchscreen-based Asha operating system. It's not a smartphone, but it does have some apps available. pre-installed apps include Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo, LINE and WeChat. It's basically a phone that's designed for messaging.


The Asha 503 is fitted with a 5 megapixel fixed focus camera. Although it has an LED flash, it's not a great camera for low-light photos, and the lack of focus means that it's below average even in the budget end of the camera phone market.


The phone comes with a stereo FM radio and a music player. There isn't much memory onboard, but you can add a 32GB memory card to store your music collection.


The phone includes Wi-Fi for fast data access, as well as Bluetooth 3.0, a micro-USB connection and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.

It's also a 3G enabled phone, with HSPA giving download speeds up to 7.2Mbps for fast data on the move.

Battery life

The 1200mAh battery is small in comparison to smartphones. Although the screen is small, if you use the phone extensively with Wi-Fi enabled, you'll drain the battery quite quickly. Check your social media regularly and you'll be charging every night.


The Asha 503 is a fun, entry-level phone that could be a good alternative to an Android smartphone for a teen. It's cheap, robust, easy to use and with all the essential apps. But there are Android phones that can match it on price and offer more flexibility and power.

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I have Nokia asha 503 but my camera flash is not working, also earphones are not working, what's the ploblem?

Asked by Alfayo from Kenyan on 12th Dec 2017
Which type of earphones are best for Nokia asha 503? When i try my other phone earphones they are not working, i can't here even a radio. Also when i set a camera flash on the camera flash is not working, what's the ploblem?

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Reviewed by florence from south africa on 8th Dec 2015
This cell phone is freezing. Also as its facecover is glass its break so quick an easily if fell on down. Mine fell while it was only 3 months old and it broke, after that the touch screen stop working, some bottons were jammimg.

Reviewed by Brian majawa from Malawi on 4th May 2015
This phone is useless, freezing all the time.

Reviewed by Brett from South Africa on 20th Apr 2015
I have had this phone for 6 months now and I have not any problems with it. Good camera and excellent battery life with whatsapp and facebook. It is easy to use and built to last as its encased in a hard shell.

Reviewed by daniel from south africa on 12th Nov 2014
This phone is a stupid thing,I sold it to my customers and problem of freezing ,many of them complained of this device,most returned them for another

Reviewed by VJ from Bangladesh on 7th Feb 2014
Stupidest phone ever!

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