Individuals looking for an affordable feature phone will find everything they need in the Nokia Asha 308. The product provides decent specs and features that will suffice many of your basic and business needs. Although it may not compare to the more powerful smart phones today, it can adequately hold its own against others in the same class. The attractive style and great features make it a good buy.
The Nokia Asha 308 phone has 2G network capability using GSM 900/1800 and GSM 850/1900 on both sims. The product was announced in September 2012 and released the following month. It weighs 104 grams and measures 4.33 x 2.13 x 0.51 inches. It has a very sleek and attractive design and feels comfortable in the hand. The display is the TFT capacitive touchscreen featuring 65,000 colors. The resolution is 240 x 400 pixels on its 3 inches of screen which many may define as only average. There is also multitouch and the scratch-resistant glass. You can set the alerts by picking WAV, polyphonic, vibration and MP3 ringtones. The product also has a loudspeaker and 3.5 mm jack.
The Nokia Asha 308 phone includes 20 MB of internal memory, 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM. You can also add more storage capacity through a microSD memory stick which will increase the total by up to 32 GB. The phonebook allows you 2000 entries. There are also call records and photocall. Data is transmitted via EDGE and GPRS. Using GPRS provides you speed of up to 85.6 kbps while EDGE provides you up to 236.8 kbps. There is no Wi-Fi connectivity but the Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. You will also get the microUSB v2.0.
More Features to Get
The Nokia Asha 308 has a picture camera with 2 megapixels and renders images with a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The video camera offers a resolution of 176 x 144 at 13 fps. There is no secondary camera. An accelerometer is available. You can also send messages via IM, MMS, SMS and email. The browser includes HTML and WAP 2.0/xHTML. The produce also has a stereo FM radio with RDS and FM recording. Games can be downloaded but there is no GPS. Java support is present through 2.1.
The feature phone comes in either Golden light or Black. Other features to expect include SNS integration, predictive text input, voice memo, organizer and player for MP4, MP3, WMV, WMA, AAC+, WAV, H.263 and H.264. The device is supported by the Li-Ion 1110 mAh battery (BL-4U). You have a maximum standby time of 510 hours, talk time of 6 hours and music play of 40 hours.
Although the camera features are not that great, you can get all the necessary features expected of a midrange phone for under $100. The screen presents decent images and music playing is good. Navigation is relatively easy as expected of any Nokia product. The Nokia Asha 308 is only priced between $95 and $105 depending on the source and location.
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