16 February 2013

Nokia Asha 310 Review

Nokia Asha 310
When it comes to high- end smartphones, Nokia is nowhere near the Samsung or Apple. But the low- end smartphone arena is also a very tough field as far as the Chinese companies rule with their cheap cost smartphones. Struggling in both the areas, Nokia seems to have decided to take the command from the Chinese companies and to dominate the territory of low- end smartphones. Nokia unveiled its brand new smartphone Asha 310 yesterday. The phone has Dual SIM capability and also Wi-Fi connectivity. All these features have been packed with a price tag of Rs.6,000/-. Nokia has announced that the phone will be available in Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil in the first quarter of the year 2013. The powerful combination of Dual SIM and Wi-Fi is featuring for the first time in Nokia.

One of the main key features of Asha 310 is the "Swap SIM cards to suit your lifestyle". This makes the user able to slide in a secondary SIM card via the SIM slot on the side of the phone, while the primary is kept under the rear panel, along with the battery. The user can also switch between these two SIM cards to slide between their professional and personal worlds, without turning the phone off. They can also swap SIM cards while on-the-go, to get the best available tariffs when commuting. Nokia Easy Swap Dual SIM makes it possible to assign and store unique profiles for up to five SIM cards. Users can designate SIM cards for text, voice and data and switch between them at their convenience.

The Wi-Fi enables the user to enjoy more surfing and browsing. The Wi- Fi with Nokia Asha 310 provides numerous facilities like streaming videos from YouTube or downloading the 40 free EA Games from Nokia Store. The Nokia Asha 310 packs Nokia Xpress Browser, which helps the consumer to save a lot of money by compressing the Internet data by up to 90%. Asha 310 Wi-Fi allows the user to be more social through its pre installed Facebook and Twitter apps, which enables the user to chat with friends 24×7. It support push notifications using eBuddy instant messaging.
A rich and reliable mapping application is in built with Asha 310, which works online and offline. The user can find more interesting places using the using the Nokia Nearby web app. The phone has a 3" scratch-proof, capacitive touchscreen, with WQVGA (384×240 pixels) display. It has 128MB of internal storage. The device comes with microSD card support for up 32GB of additional storage, and 2G GPRS/EDGE connectivity alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. Charging is done via a proprietary 2mm pin. It also has a rear camera of 2 mega pixels. On the con side, the device has no 3G connection.

With all these specifications, definitely Nokia is gonna have an upper hand over any other smart phone of the range. The Symbian Devices of Nokia had been so close to the common man that it is still on demand. With Asha 310, we can hope that the low-end smartphone will be spreading over India soon.

Rogger Shaw is a tech geek. He also wrote a Review on Nokia Asha 310 - tenocation.