Nokia Asha 303 The QWERTY messenger Phone

 

ASHA 303

The Asha series is a range of low end smartphone and feature phones produced by Nokia. Asha 303 belong to this series and the word “Asha” is adopted from a Sanskrit word meaning “Hope”.

 

The Nokia Asha 303 is a QWERTY messenger phone powered by Nokia  Series 40 operating system. the Nokia Asha 200, 201 and 300. The Nokia Asha 303 is considered to be the flagship of the Asha family. Nokia Asha 303 main features are the qwerty keyboard and capacitive touch screen, the pent band 3G radio, SIP VoIP over 3G and Wi-Fi and the ability to play Angry birds which were all never seen before on a Series 40 phone.

 

 Nokia Asha 303 full specification

The Nokia Asha 303 is powered by the same 1 GHz ARM11 processor found in Symbian bell phones such as the Nokia 500, 600 and 700. Nokia Asha 303 also has 128 MB of low power single channel RAM (Mobile DDR).

 

Nokia Asha 303 Screen and input

The Nokia Asha 303 has a 2.6-inch (66 mm) transmissive LCD capacitive touchscreen (1 point) with a resolution of 320 × 240 pixel (QVGA, 154 ppi). In contrast with the Nokia C3-00, the screen of the Nokia Asha 303 is taller than wider (portrait). According to Nokia it is capable of displaying up to 262 thousands colors. Nokia Asha 303 also has a backlit 4-row keyboard with regional variant available (QWERTY, AZERTY, etc. …).

The back camera of Nokia Asha 303 has an extended depth of field feature (no mechanical zoom), no flash and has a 4× digital zoom for both video and camera. The sensor size of the back camera of Nokia Asha 303 is 3.2-megapixel (2048 x 1536 px), has a f/2.8 aperture and a 50 cm to infinity focus range. Nokia Asha 303 is capable of video recording at up to 640 x 480 px at 15 fps with mono sound.

 

Nokia Asha 303 Buttons

On the front of Nokia Asha 303, there is 4-row keyboard, there the answer/call key, the messaging key which brings up an onscreen menu (instant messaging and e-mail), the music key which also brings up an onscreen menu (last song/rewind, play/pause, next song/fast forward) and the end call/close application key. On the right side of the Nokia asha 303 there are the volume rocker and the lock/unlock button. A long press on the space bar brings up the wireless network menu.

 

Nokia Asha 303 Audio and output

The Nokia Asha 303 has one microphone and a loudspeaker, which is situated on the back of the device below the anodized aluminum battery cover. On the top of Nokia Asha 303, there is a 3.5 mm AV connector which simultaneously provides stereo audio output and microphone input. Between the 3.5 mm AV connector and the 2 mm charging connector, there is a High-Speed USB 2.0 USB Micro AB connector provided for data synchronization, battery charging and supports for USB On-The-Go  1.3 (the ability to act as a USB host) using a Nokia Adapter Cable for USB OTG CA-157 (not included upon purchase).

 

The built-in Bluetooth of Nokia ASHA 303 IS v2.1 +EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) supports stereo audio output with the A2DP profile. Built-in car hands-free kits are also supported with the HFP profile. File transfer is supported (FTP) along with the OPP profile for sending/receiving objects. It is possible to remote control the Nokia Asha 303 with the AVRCP profile.Nokia Asha 303 supports wireless earpieces and headphones through the HSP profile. The DUN profile of Nokia Asha 303 permits access to the Internet from a laptop by dialing up on a mobile phone wirelessly (tethering) and PAN profile for networking using Bluetooth are also supported. Nokia Asha  303 also functions as a FM Receiver, allowing one to listen to the FM radio by using headphones connected to the 3.5 jack as antenna.

 

Nokia Asha 303 Battery and SIM

The battery life of Nokia Asha 303 is BP-3L (1300 mAh) as claimed by Nokia is from 7 to 8 hours of talk time, from 30 to 35 days of standby and 47 hours of music playback depending on actual usage.

The SIM card of Nokia Asha 303 is located under the battery which can be accessed by removing the back panel of the device. The microSDHC card socket is also located under the back cover (but not under the battery). No tool is necessary to remove the back panel of Nokia Asha 303.

 

Nokia Asha 303 Storage

 Nokia Asha 303 has 150 MB of available non-removable storage. Additional storage is available via a microSDHC card socket, which is certified to support up to 32 GB of additional storage.

SOFTWARE used in Nokia Asha 303

The Nokia Asha 303 is powered by Nokia Series 40 operating system with service pack 1 for touchscreen devices and comes with a variety of applications:

 

• Web: Nokia (proxy) Browser for Series 40

• Conversations: Nokia Messaging Service 3.2 (instant messaging and e-mail) and SMS,MMS

• Social: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Orkut

• Media: Camera, Photos, Music player, Nokia Music Store (on selected market), Flash Lite 3.0 (for YouTube video), Video player

• Personal Information Management: Calendar, Detailed contact information

• Utilities: VOIP, Notes, Calculator, To-do list, Alarm clock, Voice recorder, Stopwatch

• Games: Angry Birds Lite (first level only, additional levels can be purchased on the Nokia Store)

The Home screen of Nokia Asha 303 is customizable and allow the user to add, amongst others, favorite contacts, Twitter/Facebook feeds, applications shortcuts, IM/e-mail notifications and calendar alert.

Nokia Asha 303 also integrate a basic form of finger gesture (marketed by Nokia as Swype), as first seen on the Nokia N9, to navigate the user interface. For example, on the homescreen, the user has to swipe their finger from the left side of the bezel surrounding the screen to the opposite side to bring up the application drawer. A swipe from the right side will bring up the calendar application; this can be configured to fit the user preferences.

 Nokia Asha 303 comes with Nokia Maps for Series 40 and make use of cellular network for positioning as there is no GPS in the phone. Nokia Maps for Series 40 phones does not provide voice guided navigation and only allows for basic route (<10 km) to be plan. The software of Nokia Asha  303 provide step by step instructions, allows the user to see the route on a map and search for nearby points of interest. Depending on where the phone was purchased, regional maps (Europe, South America, Africa etc.) are preloaded and, as such, an active internet connection to download map data is not required.

With the acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone business by Microsoft, expected to close in early 2014, Microsoft will gain rights to the Asha brand, and plans to use it as an “on-ramp” to the Windows Phone platform. The acquisition is not yet finalized, as it requires approval from Nokia shareholders and regulators

The price of Nokia Asha 303 is just 20,000 and it is available at www.kara.com.ng

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