Nokia Asha 311 review: First impressions

Reviews Natasha Garyali 19:35, 28 Aug 2012

Know Your Mobile India takes a look at Nokia's latest budget smartphone offering running on S40 platform - Nokia Asha 311


Nokia has been on the forefront in accelerating consumers journey to the mobile internet.

The Finnish company spearheaded the 'connecting the next billion' campaign with its Nokia Asha range of smart mobile phones have hit the right spot with consumers with appetite for Internet and social networking.

The global leader in mobile communications, recently extended its popular Asha family series with Asha 311.

Like its other siblings, this S40 powered handset also aims at delivering a great smartphone experience to 'aspirational' consumers. Featuring a cloud accelerated Nokia browser which compresses data by up to 85 percent for faster and cheaper browsing experience, games, apps and social networking makes you enjoy a lot more for a lot less. 

The 3-inch scratch resistant touch phone brings a sturdy built and a compact design. The phone looks quite descent taking in consideration that the company has utilized plastic to keep the costs down.

Taking about the form factor, the device sports a bar form with a chrome strip housing the red power/end call button on the right and a green receive call/home button on the left, at the bottom. On the top rests a
 3.5mm audio jack, a microUSB port and a port for charger, which is increasingly becoming the convenient way of charging the device. On the side you find the lock button alongside the volume rocker.

The upper part of the device is quite shiny and sports trendy colors - like red, blue, grey and white.

The main screen of the device displays battery usage, Wi-Fi, phone signal and Bluetooth among other settings.  Unlocking the screen, by simply swiping the lock screen greets you with the familiar interface.

Noticeable are three homescreens which shows a app drawer, shortcuts and the third screen can be customized according to your favorite or most used apps. Extensive use of bright colours adds some vibrancy to the otherwise basic and bland interface.

One of the annoying things about the device is the obscure way in which its basic phone settings are arranged within menus and sub-menus instead of being laid out in the forefront.

The performance is quite descent with a 1GHz single core processor running the show.  There is also 140Mb internal storage coupled with 250MB of ROM and 128MB of RAM further propping the processor.

On the camera front we see a basic 3.2-megapixel snapper which delivers fairly clear pictures and videos.

The device also supports up to 32GB memory expansion giving you ample storage space and pre-installed Nokia maps and DRM free Nokia music for additional entertainment.  

Battery is not a issue either with a 1110mAh battery assuring you a talk time of 14 hours and a stand by time upto 32 days.

The device houses a descent selection of apps and games which includes Facebook, Twitter among others. The Asha 311 also packs in a package of 40 EA games, which can be downloaded from the Nokia Store for free.

And when you are done playing with the EA collection there are over 35,000 other apps to be explored. oh and did we mention the cool 15 level pre-bundled version of the popular angry birds game?

Priced at Rs 7139, Asha 311 makes for a ideal handset for consumers looking for style, functionality and entertainment at a great price.

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