Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nokia Asha 311 review

Posted by K.NAVNEETHA RAO at 10:01 AM

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We did the unboxing of the Nokia Asha 311 last week. Here is the complete review of the Asha 311, Nokia’s first Full-touch phone in the Asha series with a capacitive touch screen. It was announced in June and launched in India earlier this month.

There is a drop down notification bar that shows you notifications for calls and messages. You can also toggle 2G / 3G data connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth and profile (Silent, Normal, Beep and Loud). The lock screen display Time, Date and new message or missed call notification. You can also quickly open music player, contacts or go message compile screen from it. You can just swipe on the message from the lock screen that takes you right into that message.

The 3.2MP fixed focus camera is decent. The UI is completely different from previous S40 devices. There is a shutter button at the center, gallery at the bottom left and settings menu and the top left. You can switch to video mode from the video button at the top right and zoom in or out + or – buttons below them or use the volume buttons. There are different capture modes in the settings including, normal, sequence and self-time. The fun mode lets you add effects (Sepia, Normal, grayscale and Negative), Frames and fun capture sounds. The phone automatically adjusts the orientation since there is Accelerometer Sensor. It also has an image editor.

The Video recorder is capable of recording video at 640 x 480 pixels resolution at 25 fps (Frames per second).

There are utility apps such as Alarm Clock, Calculator, Voice Recorder, Timer, Counter and File Manager. There are some social apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Orkut. Other apps include, Weather, News Reader, WhatsApp, Nimbuzz Messenger, Zomato. Nokia Life Tools offers information messages on several topics. There is Nokia Maps 2.0 for navigation . Since there is no GPS, it uses mobile triangulation and WiFi positioning.

There is Angry Birds game Gedda- Headz online mutiplayer game, Cimate, dice, Maze and Picture Puzzle. There are also demo versions of Diamond Twister, Green Fram and Real Football 2012 from Gameloft that lets you play 20 trials for 180 seconds before you can buy the full game with Operator billing with in-app purchase. The games are smooth since it has 1GHz processor

You also get 40 game EA gift pack for 60 days that lets you download popular games such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed The Run, EA Cricket 11, Need for Speed Shift, Fifa 2012 and more. You can download more apps from the Nokia Store.
Music and FM Radio

The Music player has new UI that shows library selection, playlist and a back button in the now playing menu. The top right menu option that has shuffle, repeat, equalizer (normal, pop, rock, jazz and classical), mute audio and play via BT option. The loud-speaker is pretty loud and the bundled earphones are decent. It can play 3G2, AAC, AAC+, AMR, MP3, MP4, WAV and WMA formats. The video player can play 3GPP (H.263), ASF, AVI, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4 and WMV format at 30 fps. The Nokia Music lets you download DRM-free Music for 3 moths from over 45 lakh songs. It lists
The FM Radio offers auto tuning and has RDS. You can switch between heaphones and loudspeaker easily with the on-screen buttons at the center. There is Play / Stop and Previous and Next buttons below that. The bottom bar lets you view the list of stations, go to settings to toggle RDS and auto-frequency on or off.
Contacts and Messaging

The Phone options has dialer, Contacts with options for search, delete and copy. It also has call logs with different icons to differentiate incoming, outgoing and missed calls. The calls were clear without any dropped calls.

The text messaging is similar to the other S40 devices, but the on-screen keyboard is new. You can switch between T9 keypad or QWERTY keyboard from the keyboard settings at the bottom. Since the display is small, it is hard to press the exact letters in the full keyboard in the portrait mode if you have large fingers, but you can switch the phone to landscape mode for the full QWERTY keyboard. It also has prediction, word completion and indic language support such as Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali.
Connectivity and Browser

The connectivity options include, 3G (HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR. The Micro USB charges when you connect it to the PC or through the Adapter which is a great addition. There is no GPS. The new Nokia Browser 2.0 has quick shortcuts in the start page and is faster than the earlier versions. It also reduces data consumption by up to 90%.
Nokia launched their first powerful Asha phones, 300 and 303 with 1GHz processor that we reviewed recently , but this is their first full-touch Asha phone with the new UI. The new Touch UI is good and battery life is also good that lasts more than 2 days with average use such as few hours of music, few calls, messaging, and FM Radio and some gaming. Still there is no multitasking and there is no GPS, and relies on mobile network and WiFi for positioning in Maps and other location-based apps. The games are good and offers better experience since it has a capacitive touch screen, but still S40 lacks quality apps.But in terms of user experience S40 does deliver a much more enjoyable experience than similar Android phones in this price point.

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