Nokia Asha 300 Review : Touch, Type and GO!

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

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

The Pros:

  • 2.4″ QVGA touchscreen
  • 1GHz processor
  • 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • VGA video recording at 30fps
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth v2.1 (with A2DP)
  • 3G Support
  • 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 Wi-Fi!! 
  • No video calling camera 
  • No multi-tasking
  • Symbian OS

Nokia Asha 300 Design and Build

Nokia Asha 300 Design

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.

Asha 300 Buttons

Asha 300 Ports

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I’d give the Nokia Asha 300, a 3/5 for Design and Build.

Display and User Interface

Nokia Asha 300 Display

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.

Main Menu Asha 300

A 3/5 is the best I can give ! Your opinions may differ.

Performance

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!

Asha 300 Performance

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.

Nokia Asha 300 Music

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.

Nokia Asha Game Angry Birds

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!

Asha 300 battery

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.

Asha 300 Lockscreen

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:

Nokia Asha 300 Camera Sample 1

Asha 300 Camera Sample
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.

I hope this Nokia Asha review will help you to decide about this phone. If you are gadget manufacturer and need a gadget to be reviewed, get in touch with our Submit gadget page.

ResumeBaking : Create Resume Online in Few Minutes

ResumeBakingOne of the most important factors to impress employers is to create a professional resume. While users can create their resume in Microsoft Word but it’s too much time consuming compared to different tools which can help users create resume online in minutes. You have to first fill in your details, than design it and a lot more. ResumeBaking can solve this problem and help users create professional looking resume in few minutes.

ResumeBaking is a useful online utility for job seekers who are looking for an easy way to create a professional resume. To start using ResumeBaking, click on Create Resume button on homepage and it will redirect you to the registration page. In order to create your resume, you must make an account on ResumeBaking by filling out basic details.

Create Resume Online

How to create Resume online using ResumeBaking?

After registering, it will redirect you to resume builder dashboard where you can specify you start making your resume by filling out your contact details like your name, phone number, address etc. After that, just scroll down and fill out the remaining details required for your resume like your objectives, education background, work experience, your hobbies, skills and other relevant information. After filling all the details click on Save All and Continue button.

ResumeBuilder

After filling out the details, you can select the template and design of your CV from list of samples provided by ResumeBaking and click on Finish Resume button.

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You can later view your online resume from your dashboard and share it on different social networks or download the resume in PDF format so that you can print it out and send to different companies and employers around the globe.

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In the past, I tested many online tools to create resume online but this one is one of the best tools I have used so far. A person can easily create his/her resume in few minutes.

Checkout ResumeBaking

Do you know more such online tools like ResumeBaking which let us create resume online for free?

Smartphone YouTube Advertisements Campaign in Year 2011

Smartphone YouTube Advertisements Here at CallingAllGeeks, we have covered some awesome innovations in smartphone technology. While technology in the smart-phones took a great leap forward, the advertisers weren’t far behind. Today’s post takes a look at some of the top Smartphone YouTube Advertisements campaigns of 2011. Some “smart” , some funny and some just plain bonkers.

As it is social media campaigns are getting popular among smart phone companies. Every big companies like Nokia, Samsung, Micromax comes with seperate budget for social media campaign, including blogger outreach. Companies, have started sending exclusive review devices to Bloggers and journalist to play and come up with review. This all comes in the social media marketing campaign of any company. Specially, in this process, World largest video channel “Youtube” plays the major role.

Most of the official video commercial and advertisements done is uploaded on Youtube, as it makes it more reachable and bloggers and other online media can share and embed those videos easily. Though, this is the technical side but to make a kick-ass campaign, first requirement is creating a video advertisement, which actually make it sharable and people will talk about it. For example, Airtel campaign on “Har ek friend Zaroori hota hai” or Epic Vodafone “Zoozoos‘”.

Here we will look into some of the Youtube advertisements and campaign run by these smartphone companies in the year 2011, and I would love to get your reaction on, which is the best advertisement according to you.

Quick look at Smartphone YouTube Advertisements

Samsung Galaxy Note-Feel Free

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a power packed superhero among smart-phones and this is amply proved in its advertisement. The beautiful panoramic view of the hills and rivers and beaches beautifully orchestrated into the 5.3” screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note is scintillating. The subsequent jugglery with the images and creation of the new idea is not just engaging but also shows the viewer the sheer potential of the device.

Made for dreamers by dreamers, Samsung Galaxy Note may just replace most of the enterprise smart-phones out there. You may feel free to explore the immense opportunities the phablet provides.

Samsung Galaxy Y-Change to smart

Smart, peppy, and can’t take nonsense,thats the youth of India today. They are go- getters and people who are resourceful and require things as fast as possible. The Samsung Galaxy Y has come out with the perfect advertisement to target this burgeoning class of youngsters in India aspiring for the best in the world, at the most affordable price.

The Ads feature two funny premises of an angry boss and a lost business man. The young go-getters who own Samsung Galaxy Y show us that the “Uncles” and “Chiefs” of the world are getting fast outdated. Enter the new “Smart” and young India of android and smart Phone users.

Samsung takes on the Uncles

Samsung mocks the Chiefs

Nokia Lumia 800– Amazing Everyday

Targeted at the social networking users, The Amazing Everyday campaign is both delightful and engaging. With a peppy background score and brilliant visuals, the ad represents everything Nokia Lumia 800 is about; Getting connected, admiring the small things in life, and telling everyone about it. The visuals of the Ad seem just a great metaphor to the exciting and engaging look of the Windows Mango OS, on the exquisitely designed Nokia Lumia 800.

Samsung Galaxy S2– greatest smart-phone

Samsung Galaxy S2 has been a game changer both for Samsung and Android phones around the world. Packed with specifications that rival the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S2’s ad shows just what your Android Galaxy could be like. Incredible special effects in the ad makes this perhaps the best smart-phone ad in terms of aspirational value. Targeted at not just enterprise users but also the youngsters, the advertisement portrays the multiple needs of a smart-phone customer, Music, Movie, Internet, Games and Work all packed into one powerful package. Truly, Samsung Galaxy S2 is the greatest smart-phone out there.

HTC Explorer– Fingers do the talk

HTC’s shy entry into the Indian smart-phone market has been made with great wit and ingenuity. Targeted at the youth, the Fingers do the talk campaign is focused on exploring the one touch feature of the android enabled HTC explorer . While the Television Ads focus on the efforts of a young boy wooing his sweetheart, the print ad campaigns show the full range of uses of HTC explorer.

Blackberry-Welcome to the family

Welcome to the Blackberry family focuses on the Blackberry messenger feature and the fact that if you want to “belong” to a family you are probably looking for the Blackberry clan of PIN holders and Push messengers.

Karbonn A1– Ahem!!

Karbonn A1 was made for all the aspirants and the dreamers who wish to hold a sleek Smart-phone with all the fancy applications the more luxurious buyers are used to. The ad, perhaps one of the smartest pick at (clears throat) iPhone,sends a clear message: you needn’t miss out on the Smart-phone bandwagon anymore. While I may consider Karbonn to be extremely brave to take on a giant(ala David Vs Goliath), we are not entirely convinced that the Ad would do much to convince anyone Karbonn is even remotely as good as an iPhone. Buy a Karbonn A1 if thats all you can afford.

Summary

The year 2011 was most exciting for Ad makers and smart-phone enthusiasts alike. While it was clearly a year of aggressive marketing by Samsung with its plethora of “smart” options for its users, the other players too came out with exciting and interesting way to show their presence. Nokia’s saving grace was its Lumia both in the ad word as well as its real world presence. 2012 presents itself with more opportunities for companies, everyone has a role to play especially the ones that missed the plot in 2011.

This is a guest post by SitaKanta from MySmartPrice. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our Guest posting criteria.

10 Free Online Tools to Test Internet Speed

Internet has moved from .3gp to HD and now print media is going digital with Youtube channel integration and so on. To enjoy the life of online media, it’s important to have a good broadband connection. Now, a good broadband connection doesn’t mean only faster speed, but the DNS should also be faster for better speed. Here I’m sharing few online tools to test Internet speed, which will give you an idea about how your internet connection is performing.

I usually do internet speed check, thrice at one time and use the average to calculate the upload and download speed. Being a Blogger, I not only opt for a broadband connection with higher download speed but also look for decent upload speed.

We do need to download useful software or torrents very often thus it is important we should be having good internet speed. Either you want to download files, browse files or watch videos online it is very important that you must have good internet connection.

Free Web tools to Test Internet Speed

SpeedTest:

SpeedTest is a tool to test your internet speed and you can share the results with your friends also via social networking websites and email.

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Speedtest

Speed.io:

Speed.io doesn’t require any kind of information to enter before starting a test. As soon as you will land to Speed.io website and click Start it will begin internet speed test and you can share the results with others in the form of text as well as graph.

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Speedio

BandWidthPlace:

BandWidthPlace also provide you the result with download and upload speed like other internet speed testing tool. It’s simple and quick to use.

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Bandwidth place

Test Internet Speed:

Test Internet Speed provides you internet speed as well as free system scan. Many times internet speed also gets less because of errors and virus. So you can take both the test for free.

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Test Internet

CNET Bandwidth Meter:

CNET Bandwidth Meter provides you Internet speed of all kind of connections like satellite, broadband, cable etc. It will ask you the location you are using your connection i.e. home, office, school to provide you accurate results.

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iSpeedOMeter:

iSpeedOMeter is providing online tool to check your internet speed as well as iPhone app for checking your internet speed even when you are travelling. Here is the link to iPhone app in iTunes store.

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ISpeedOmeter

AuditMyPC:

The best part of this online tool is that it checks speed of all kind of internet connect such as broadband, cable, DSL etc but for using this tool you need to have latest java version on your computer.

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AuditMyPC

Broadband expert:

We need to fill the entries like which connection we are using, service provider, rating the provider, our state etc before starting the test.

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Broadband expert

Reohnix:

It helps you to check out upload and download speed of your internet connect. You can also test the test of your internet connection with other servers.

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Reohnix

2Wire:

It’s quick and simple. As soon as you will land to website, it will start testing the speed of your internet connection and provide you the results.

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2Wire

Well, these are some of those online tools which I tried and tested for testing Internet speed. Many ISP’s offer default tool in their panel to check internet speed, but I still prefer and recommend to use these public speed check hubs, as they will give more unbiased result.

If you are aware of any such online tool to check internet speed, do share with us.

Do You Believe Sexting Is Just Good Clean Fun?: Think Again

Sexting is one cons of latest technology which has given birth to one of the severe crime in U.S (Child pornography). Sex-ting was first coined in 2005 and since then many cases has been reported and strict action has been taken against the people involved. Different countries have different laws regarding pornography and child nudity.

Every new generation has its own technological innovations For your parents’ generation it was the Sony Walkman and the advent of music videos. It may seem strange, but those inventions, now more likely to be seen at an antique shop than in real life, were revolutionary, and even controversial, in their time.

Sexting

What is Sexting?

Sexting in simple word is act of sending pornographic images or text over phone using SMS, MMS or any other apps like iMessage, Whats app, BBM or anything using phone. According to Wiki article the most common form of sexting is sending semi nude or complete nude photograph of themselves.

Your own generation has grown up with computers, cell phones and other gadgets, and as a result you might not see the inherent dangers in those technologies. But while the GPS features on your phone enable your friends to find you in a crowded mall, they also allow predators and others to find you just as easily.

The same danger is inherent in other uses of your cell phone and Its camera. The practice of sexting can seem look just innocent fun, but the consequences of snapping that risque picture and hitting the send button can follow you for the rest of your life.

It may seem silly, and it probably is, but in many places around the country, a 15 year old girl who sends a nude or semi-nude picture of herself to her 16 year old boyfriend has just transmitted child porn. When the 16 year old boy on the other end of the phone looks at the picture he is also guilty of child porn in the eyes of the law. And when he sends it to his friends, as you know he will, he is now trafficking in child porn.

The rules governing child porn are harsh, and for good reason, but when those laws were written no one was thinking about sexting. As it stands right now, sending a singngle picture of yourself to anyone, regardless of their age, could lead to a felony conviction, and a lifetime as a registered sex offender.

So think before you start a sexting conversation — while it may seem fun to send naughty pictures of yourself to your significant other, think about your future before you hit the send button.

Also, my suggestion to parents, starts monitoring your child activities at times to save their child from prey eyes of predators and people who may misuse your child pictures. Or least, share this article and inform them about what’s happening around and how they can prevent themselves from embarrassment, which takes time to go from life.

This is a guest post by Zenil who blogs at ZenilShroff. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our adsense revenue sharing program.