Okay, so here’s what happened. Every other mobile manufacturer was taking over Nokia in one or the other way, some even tried to take down Nokia’s camera prowess. But, Nokia has fired back and I don’t think anyone is going to talk for a long time. At the Mobile World Congress 2012, Nokia announced the true successor to the N8, the Nokia 808 PureView. The most astonishing, wild, crazy and eye opening feature of this phone is the 41 megapixel sensor. Yes, you heard that right! A FORTY ONE MEGAPIXEL CAMERA.
Nokia 808 PureView Features and Specifications
Before I start talking about that mother of all cameras camera, let me tell you more about the phone, the operating system it runs and the other features that we’ve come to know. So, the Nokia 808 PureView has a 1.3 GHz single core CPU and 512 MB of RAM, which isn’t a lot of power in the current world of dual core and quad core phones. The phone runs on the Symbian Belle operating system, which even though has been getting a lot of updates, isn’t the best one around. That’s the reason, why Nokia hasn’t put a powerful processor on the phone. It has 16 GB of internal storage, NFC capabilities and all the regular tech that you find in most smartphones these days.
The 808 Pureview has a 4 inch nHD display, which again, isn’t the best around. With a resolution of 360 x 640, you must be wondering how well the photos and videos taken by that huge camera is shown on the display. Well, it works out okay because once the images are transferred to a computer it will blow you away. We also have embedded a hands on video from The Verge, and you can clearly see that the user interface isn’t very good. Thus, the only thing that’s out of the world about the device is the 41 Megapixel camera, the image clarity, the lens technology and what not.
The Nokia 808 PureView : 41 Megapixel Camera
Let’s talk about the 41 megapixel beast of a camera that is huge and adds a noticeable bump to the phone. It has 41 million pixels, but doesn’t shoot at 41 million pixels, because that would mean 1 image = 100 MB. What the intelligent camera does is, it takes 7 pixels and converts it in to 1 to give amazing quality and zero noise even when zoomed. The lens was developed by Carl Zeiss as always and is the best phone on a camera and will probably remain one for years to come. It shoots full HD 1080p videos at quality that you’ve never seen on a mobile device. You can even zoom a full HD video up to 4 times without losing any quality whatsoever.
You can also shoot photos and videos at 2 megapixel, 5 megapixel, 8 megapixel all the way up to 38 megapixels for the best quality. Okay, enough talking about the amazing camera then. Let us now talk about the Dolby Surround tech and Nokia Rich recording technology available in this phone. The Nokia 808 PureView also features Nokia Rich Recording, which lets you record CD quality audio without the use of external microphones. There’s also the Dolby Headphone technology and Dolby Digital Plus, both of which provide true surround sound when using headphones (read: any good headphone) and during playback on the device.
Finally, the Nokia 808 PureView is expected to launch in the Month of May starting in the United Kingdom in Red, Black and White. As for the price, it is said to be €450, which isn’t a lot! People who’ve always wanted to own a SLR camera that isn’t bulky and big are the ones who should think about using this one. If you have a lot of money and like to carry two or three mobile phones, you should definitely get this. You can take amazing shots with the camera and keep your DSLR at home! Seriously, I’m not kidding.
Nowadays, all major companies are spending most time developing the best smartphone and are not giving enough though for the mid-ranged feature phones. These feature phones are normally aimed at the larger population, who just want to use their mobile device to make phone calls, text and maybe listen to the Radio or Music.
There are so many smartphones being released these days, that people are forgetting about the smaller and less powerful feature phones that actually started the whole thing. Nokia, however, are still at it and are still making some good devices in the sub $200 price range. And here’s a review of one such device, the Nokia Asha 300, that was recently launched along with the more powerful Lumia series of devices.
Nokia Asha 300 is a touch and type, candy-bar mobile phone that has modern design and styling. So, without wasting any more time, let’s get on with the review!
Nokia Asha 300 Review
Firstly, let’s start off with the specifications, the pros and the cons of Asha 300 and then talk about each in detail. The Asha 300 is a workers phone and yes it delivers!
Nokia Asha 300 Features
2.4″ QVGA touchscreen
128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
5 megapixel camera
VGA video recording at 30fps
Stereo FM radio with RDS
Bluetooth v2.1 (with A2DP)
Standard microUSB port (charging enabled)
USB On-The-Go support
microSD card slot (32 GB supported)
3.5mm audio jack
Nokia Asha 300 Cons:
The 5 megapixel camera has a fixed focus and is not that great
No video calling camera
Nokia Asha 300 Design and Build
The Asha 300 is supposed to be the replacement for the older C3-01, but does a poor job at proving that. At the design end, however, things look good, but the plastic feels like it came from one of those old Nokia phones that aren’t around anymore. The keypad on the other hand, is nice to use, but things sometimes get rough because of the touchscreen. Whoever thought that both a keypad and touchscreen would be a good idea, wasn’t thinking straight. Finally, I love the form factor, I’ve always preferred candy bar to flip or slide and the Asha 300 does have a good design. From the frontside, the device looks pretty nice, but the back looks cheap!
As for the buttons and connectivity ports on the device, you’ll find the volume locker on the right side along with a lock/unlock button. The left and the bottom side of the device have no ports or buttons. On the top, you’ll find 3 ports, one for charging, a 3.5mm jack that will let you enjoy music and a microUSB port that can also be used to charge the device. The 5 megapixel camera on the back doesn’t have a flash and is left alone. The speaker is housed at the back of the device on the bottom left. The microSD slot is hidden on the left side of the device and is only accessible if you remove the back cover.
I’d give the Nokia Asha 300, a 3/5 for Design and Build.
Display and User Interface
A 2.4 inch TFT display is pretty sufficient for a regular user and a non touchscreen device. But, this does have a touchscreen and that’s one of the reasons why I do not like the phone very much. A 3 inch touchscreen and a keyboard would’ve been a better choice, but the combination used here is not. The display is alright in terms of colors and brightness and because it is resistive, the response is not very good. For a feature phone, however, these features stand good, but I really doubt if anyone would enjoy the touchscreen with the keypad.
Because of the small display size and the use of a UI that packs lot of widgets, the whole thing looks crammed. If you’ve ever used a Symbian device, then you should have no trouble whatsoever. Navigating through the device is very easy and there are some pretty good shortcuts too. If you swype left to right on the homescreen, you’ll be directly taken to the games folder. I did not find any settings for using that action, so I believe it was a surprise for the users.
A 3/5 is the best I can give ! Your opinions may differ.
Nokia has given the Asha 300 a 1GHz processor and 128 MB of RAM. WHY? WHY? WHY? During all the time I spent using the device, I didn’t come across any app or program or feature that would require a 1GHz processor. The special edition Angry Birds game for the device didn’t look like it needed a 1GHz CPU to run. I’m not saying it’s a waste, but there’s no point of it because the Asha 300 doesn’t really require it. The transitions, games, apps, browser, camera and everything else worked really smooth. But for a phone that doesn’t cost so much, I enjoyed playing Angry Birds on it!
I’d give it a 3.5/5 in performance and I bet it would be same with a 600mhz processor.
Functionality, Nokia Music and Apps
Again, if you’ve ever used a Symbian device running the S40 or S60 operating system, then this should be super easy for you. There’s one main menu that houses everything, the apps, settings etc. A Go To menu for shortcuts and another Names menu for contacts. It’s very simple, the functionality of this device, anyone can understand without any problems. As for the apps and goodies, Nokia is giving free music for a limited period of time. There aren’t many apps though, but yes, you can try your luck at the Ovi store to find some for this device.
The Angry Birds game developed for Nokia Asha 300, consists of 15 levels and like always is fun to play, even on the resistive touch display. The graphics are okay and nothing very surprising and I did not face any sluggishness. The music quality is good enough and is nothing more than what one would expect from a feature phone.
For functionality, music and Apps, I’d give it a 3.7/5 because of the ease of use.
Battery, Usage and Others
For the time the device was with us, it had to be charged only twice. The battery life, however, isn’t amazing because the powerful processor keeps using the juice all the while. One thing I noticed though, the standby life is pretty good, which means that if you don’t use the device you’ll probably get up to 4-5 days of backup. But, that isn’t very practical, as these phones will be used rigorously by users to make calls, send messages etc. Thus, a maximum 2 days of backup is what we’re looking at!
The lockscreen looks like it has been lifted off from the iPhone. The typical Slide to unlock found on iOS devices is also found on this small Nokia device, but without all the text. But, there won’t be any suing business here as it doesn’t look similar to the Slider on iOS, however, it does use the same concept.
In terms of practicality, the Asha 300 is a very good device. The audio quality was good, the camera is alright for daytime use, video isn’t bad either and the overall functionality and easy usage makes this a really good buy for the price it sells at. You can check out some sample images of the 5 megapixel shooter on this device, it did okay inside the house under normal lighting.
Nokia Asha Image quality:
Because there is no auto focus, the images can be blurry, as seen in the sample image above!
Nokia Asha 300 Review : video
Here is a 3 minute video, showing features of Asha 300:
Final Verdict, Pricing
The Nokia Asha 300 is designed and built for the everyday working class people and also for the budget constraint ones. If you’re in either of those categories, want a phone for the sole purpose of call, texts and music and don’t want to pay a lot at the same time, then you should get the Asha 300 without thinking twice. I’m pretty sure that the extra CPU, the 5 megapixel fixed focus camera and the old operating system won’t bother you at all! There are other phones that come with Android and have better features, more apps and are available at a similar price.
You can buy Nokia Asha 300 for as low as INR 4,800 or $102 from various mobile retailers. Will you be buying the Asha 300? Let us know how you liked the device if you did buy one.
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3 months ago, Nokia announced the new series in Symbian phones. The series was named Symbian Belle. Three phones were announced in this series: Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701. Due to some unknown reasons, Nokia 600 was cancelled. This phone was expected to hit the stores before the end of third quarter of 2011 but we didn’t saw that. People thought that the phone has been delayed but sadly, at least for some people, the phone has been cancelled.
The cancellation of this phone began when Nokia removed all the pages it had dedicated to Nokia 600. The videos of Nokia 600 announcement from Nokia’s official Youtube channel were removed. Nokia didn’t left even a single clue to show that they had ever announced a phone named as Nokia 600.
On 2nd November 2011, Nokia made it official on their Facebook fanpage by posting this as a reply to question on cancellation of this phone: The thing is, after careful consideration, we have decided not to ship the Nokia 600.
Check the comment thread – Link
Nokia 600 was tagged as ‘the best Nokia phone’ by many people. A lot of people were too much excited for this phone. Nokia 600 received a lot of appreciation. It had quite amazing specifications which made many people a fan of this phone. It was one of the first Symbian Belle with Nokia 700 and 701. Now, there are just two of them.
The rumors are that operators denies to buy enough phones from Nokia and that’s why they scraped off Nokia 600. Well, there is no official post from Nokia informing about the reason of the cancellation. And I don’t think we would get any of it.
The cancellation has definitely disappointed a lot of folks all around the world and this disappointment might take them away from Nokia to other brands. Let’s see whether Nokia can save themselves by the Windows Phones and Asha Phones.
The Nokia World Event is currently in process and along with adding some new phones to it’s Symbian line-up, they’ve finally gone ahead and announced their first ever Windows Phone 7.5 device. They announced their partnership with Microsoft earlier this year, and after months of wait, the first ever Nokia Windows Phone 7 device is out.
Nokia Lumia 800 is their first every Windows Phone 7.5 device and is exceptionally beautiful, although it basically is a Nokia N9 in disguise with slightly improved hardware. It’s a big day for all Nokia fans out there, as it’s time for them to move to the other side and leave Symbian behind. Well, it’s all a choice. WP7.5 is beautiful and we really love that Metro UI.
As for hardware specifications, not much has been revealed yet, but it sure is a powerful smartphone. With a ClearBlack AMOLED display and 1.4 GHz of Snapdragon processor power, this is going to be running apps real smoothly. It also has 512MB of RAM, an 8 mega pixel Carl Zeiss camera that has an aperture of f/2.2.
There’s more to come. The Nokia Lumia 800 is priced at about $585 and up for pre-order at www.nokia.com. It will be available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK starting November. It’ll also be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan by the end of this year.
Being a Nokia fan, I constantly look out for the announcements and leaks of Nokia phones. Nokia 603 leaked some days back and now Nokia has made the phone official by announcing it themselves. Symbian Belle is the new operating system by Nokia and Nokia had previously announced a few Belle running phones were announced before and this is yet another addition to those.
The operating system will definitely make this phone stand out but that is not all. There are a lot of other features which could make this phone very successful. The specs are totally awesome. Just keep reading the post to know them.
It has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.
The size of the display screen is 3.5 inches with a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels.
It weighs 109.6 grams.
It has an internal memory of 2 GB(340 MB user available). 512 MB RAM and 1 GB ROM is available. The memory can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
It has a 5 megapixels camera with fixed focus, geo-tagging and face detection. Video recording is available at 720p @30 fps. No secondary camera is available just like most of Nokia’s smartphones.
It runs on Symbian Belle operating system.
It has a 1 GHz processor, 2D/3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 support.
GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
It is available in black, white (front panel)/ black, white, fuchsia, green, yellow, blue (back panel) colors.
It has a Li-ion BP-3L battery. The details are: Standby Time: Up to 460 hours (2G) / Up to 490 hours (3G)
Talk Time: Up 16 hours (2G) / Up to 7 hours (3G)
This is an awesome phone. Symbian Belle, 1 Ghz processor, great battery backup, large screen, quite affordable… what more do you want? The design makes it a lot more attractive and the specs could make you buy this one. There is no reason that you wouldn’t buy it. Features are great, design is great and that’s why, this phone is totally great.
Wait till the phone launches, which is very soon and go for it if you are looking for an affordable smartphone. It is expected to hit the stores in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the expected price of this phone is Rs. 13,500.