The Nokia Asha 311 has raised lots of interest especially among the Kenyan youth. With an attractive design and an affordable price tag, Nokia is specifically targeting the emerging Kenyan Smartphone market that was for long monopolized by the Korean Smartphone manufacturer, Samsung Electronics.
Enough of the biz talk, here is an independent review of the phone that is expected to give the rest of the Smartphone brands a serious run for the money.
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Unlike most entry-level Smartphones brands, the Nokia Asha 311 display comes coated with corning gorilla glass to keep scratches at bay . This is a first considering that the corning glass display has been for long a privilege of the high-end range of Smartphones.
Body And Design
Now on to my favorite review aspect; the technical specifications. The phone comes with a processor clocked at 1GHz. The 1 GHz ARM11 makes multi-tasking a breeze on the Nokia Asha 311. Though it comes a little as a disappointment that the phone lacks a Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) necessary for 3D gaming and come with only 128MB of RAM.
The rest of the technical specification details are that of a typical Smartphone i.e Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Push Email etc. Another downside of the Nokia Asha 311 is it lacks a GPS chip that is a standard in most modern Smartphones. For navigation, the phone relies on the Nokia Maps service that uses cell based triangulation rather than GPS (No Google Maps)
The phone comes loaded with the Nokia OS. The Nokia OS looks a lot like the Meego software. The OS comes with a smooth swiping UI and pull down notifications for incoming mail and texts. It is worth noting that the software provides an awesome navigation for multimedia that most music lovers will enjoy.
The phone comes with 140 MB of User available internal memory and a memory card slot that can handle up to 32GB of MicroSD memory. The phone comes bundled with a 2GB memory card in the box.
Network & Connectivity
On the connectivity aspect, the phone comes with 3G, Edge and GPRS. The phone can therefore handle HSDPA and HSUPA networks. The phone also comes with the standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n that saves you from the expensive data charges and Bluetooth V 2.1 to handle your wireless file transfers.
On the camera, Nokia Asha 311 comes with a 3.2-megapixel fixed focus camera. The phone lacks an LED flash making it unsuitable for photography in low light settings. The camera shoots 480p video in a 3GP format.
On the multimedia, the phone comes with a well-designed music player that fits perfectly on the 3-inch screen. In addition to its smooth interface, the music player comes with lots of codecs to handle most of the audio file types. The stock video player can handle Avi, MP4 and 3GP files.
Tech Trends Diary Verdict
Nokia Asha 311: [usr 6]
In Kenya the phone is priced at Ksh 9,999 and comes bundled with 40 Free Electronic arts games.