I am rather surprised by the hostile comments (in many websites) on the Nokia Asha 302. Agreed, it may not have the bells and whistles of a touch screen phone and yes, it may seem to have a "dated" operating system and interface, in comparison to an android system. But hey, not every phone user is desperate for a touch phone.
On the contrary, I know of quite a few people (like myself) who want a phone for two primary features -- calls and text messages. I may love technologically and aesthetically superior phones, but at the end of the day, I want a phone that does basic tasks (calls and text messages) and moreover, does them well. And if a physical QWERTY keypad does the job -- and does it as well or better than an onscreen virtual QWERTY keypad -- why would I not like the Nokia 302?
And by the way, it also helps when a phone is rugged, durable and can withstand the occasional fall. With a 4-yr-old daughter, I'm constantly afraid that my phone could accidentally fall on the ground and the first casualty could easily be the "delicate" touch screen. I am currently using a Nokia X2-01 which has fallen quite a few times. The back cover and the battery have popped out, but the Nokia X2-01 has worked just as fine whenever I put back the battery and close the cover. I'm not sure many touch screen phones within a price tag of Rs 6000 ($120) in India would survive such abuse.
Many will debunk the Asha 302 as an overpriced dumb (not smart) phone. But then, how many people actually use all, most or even some of all features offered in a phone? For me (and for a sizeable number of people), the follow features are essential in my phone:
It sends and receives clear calls.
It sends and receives text messages.
It has a physical QWERTY keypad.
It has a simple interface.
It has an alarm/calandar/calculator.
It can check email.
It has bluetooth/Wi-fi/3G facilities.
It has a basic camera.
It does NOT have a touch screen.
It is rugged and durable.
And guess what? The Nokia 302 checks all these requirements. And it looks pretty good (premium look) as well. The fact that the 302 comes from a respected manufacturer (and not a "here-today-gone-tomorrow" company), only enhances my respect for the Nokia 302, given the pan-India after-sales service.
Will it have bugs and snags? Of course, it could and any piece of technology is prone to snags. But then, I can always expect Nokia to update its firmware as and when necessary.
Will I miss multi-tasking on the Nokia 302? Of course, I would. But then, it is a desirable not an essential feature for me.
As I see it, when a phone offers (or promises to offer) everything, it could only mean two things. First, it will be highly priced (and beyond my means) and two, it lures the phone user to become an addict of the phone. When the phone takes over the life of its user, the user tends to live in a "phoney" world.
So, when a phone (like the Nokia 302 or even some physical QWERTY phones from other manufacturers) promises the essential (not necessary the desirable) features mentioned above, I am more than happy. Why? It is bound to be an affordable phone and secondly, I know I will use the Nokia 302 only when in need. After all, there is more to life than a little piece of telephony.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a Nokia employee but happen to be a journalist (40) based in Goa-India, who has an avid interest in technology and gadgets.
man o war, 28 Apr 2012I like it but the battery is not the kind that i know from nokia,pls i like to how to get good... moreI like the phone,but the battery can not last 10 hours that is not nokia i know pls how do i get a good one
I like it but the battery is not the kind that i know from nokia,pls i like to how to get good battery
AnonD-17191, 28 Apr 2012do not buy this phone even do not think about this phone..
worst ever phone waste of money
1) No volume con.
Yap. That's why I bought... You know what it is. Hahahahaha.
2) Wifi not working.
Working perfectly for me.
3) No brightness con.
Get a decent screen filter. And avoid using smartphone in the dark area especially before you sleep. It doesn't matter it has a brightness control or not from the first place.
4) Cheap material.
Some people like it, some people don't.
5) I would say, the short battery life too. It really sucks! Of course, I bought a extra li-ion charger.
That's exactly why some people should not buy a budget phone like this one as you said. There is always a catch especially in the cheap one, but just same as the expensive one like they "catch" your location all the time.
AnonD-38430, 28 Apr 2012Yeah.. biggest con of s40 phones is no option to adjust screen brightness.. Even cheap china m... moreYeah, you're absolutely right. Its too bright. That's why I bought a screen filter so that I can reduce the light little bit. So far, so good. Another extra money. Thanks NOKIA, you're the best! Hahahahaha.
By the way, my friend (he is a doc) told me that, he does not recommend that I use the phone in the dark place, especially before I sleep. Because sometimes those bright screen light could cause me a sleeping disorder EVEN IF it has a brightness control. According doc, its still too bright as long as you use the phone in the dark place. Just FYI.
AnonD-17191, 28 Apr 2012do not buy this phone even do not think about this phone.. worst ever phone waste of money ... moreYeah.. biggest con of s40 phones is no option to adjust screen brightness.. Even cheap china make phones have this option... It is hard to concentrate/watch on 'too bright' screen during night time/in dark area, it can damage our eyes.. Nokia should consider this feature for their s40 phones
do not buy this phone even do not think about this phone..
worst ever phone waste of money
no volume keys
wifi not working
no adjustments of scrren brigtness
my personal suggestion is please never buy this phone
To be precise, S40 is not a simbian based platform. My bad.
If you like SE java phone so much, just go for it. I wouldn't mind at all. Just don't buy this phone. I don't recommend either. That's the way it is, isn't it.
You can "hide" (what they call) some of the apps without closing it. But, not all of them as you expect unfotunately.
Simply, nokia is not making the new symbian OS anymore. I thought. I am just dreaming it. I don't know.
is nokia asha 302 dual band or quad band??? is nokia asha 302 can be use in japan or not?? i need your immediate answer please thanks
Great design n spec bt crap s40 ruined dis , if it would hv wid s60, it will worth every single penny of 6000 ..bt for s40 price must nt hv crossed d threshold of 4500 ..oh poor nokia u cn beg for ideas we r here please dont disappoint us so much..:-(
Anonymous, 26 Apr 2012So far, no such feature. Perhaps never will be. I don't know. But, like I said, they will make... moreOk.. But i am not getting that why nokia still have not implemented apps minimizing feature in their s40 phones? Just look at sony ericsson Java phones, from many years, they all have apps minimizing feature & a very huge java heap size..
AnonD-38430, 26 Apr 2012I have not any problem with 1-2ghz cpu n 128-512mb RAM in s40 phones, i asked that bcoz i want... moreSo far, no such feature. Perhaps never will be. I don't know. But, like I said, they will make sure that you get some decent memory on board as they change the OS. Unless otherwise, nobodys going to buy it.
lana, 25 Apr 2012guys anyone know how to adjust the brightness of this phone? it's too bright. i just bought it... moreit's not possible yet so wait for new phone to come might that phone that ..........
if any one wants to adjust brightness of these asha series mobiles he needs to wait for nokia to provide some soft ware update to do that and really i used asha 200 it was shocking for my eyes and couldnt use more than one day had to give out...
Anonymous, 25 Apr 2012 1) Why 1ghz? Because its fast. I don't quite get it why people are so complaing about it?? ... moreI have not any problem with 1-2ghz cpu n 128-512mb RAM in s40 phones, i asked that bcoz i want to know whether this phone have minimizing apps/ multitasking feature or not, bcoz for minimizing apps/ multitasking feature you need these type of cpu n ram capacity..