Nokia 301 Review: The Nokia 301 was released in 2013 in an event that also saw a debut for the budget Nokia 105. By this year, the definition of a budget phone could mean many things. Newer entrants such as ZTE were releasing extremely cheap touchscreen handsets that ran on Android. This brought much of the functionality seen on the top phones to the masses.
At the bottom end of the market, Nokia still specialised in the cheap candybar phone. The Nokia 100 was perhaps the best embodiment of this. Cheap and reliable, these handsets never really went out of fashion. A slightly advanced version – the Nokia 2016 was released at the end of 2012. The Nokia 301 goes a little further and packs in a few more improvements.
To be sure, we are still not talking top of the range. After all, these handsets still had to be cheap. Many advanced features would also be wasted on this type of handset. Wi-Fi for instance, made little sense when the phones were not really optimised for the internet. But Nokia knew what customers wanted, and this was put into the newer handset. A new 3.2MP camera arrived. A greater amount of on-board storage. MicroSD cards were supported and Bluetooth A2DP allowed the connection of wireless headphones. A higher capacity battery giving even longer talk time. It was powerful enough.
The Nokia 1-series and 2-series rumbled on and are still going to this day. But perhaps higher specs were not deemed necessary. A more powerful variant – the Nokia 515 was released in the same year but this is about as advanced as this model got.
Nokia 301 Review Pros:
Despite the look of the phone, this was a much more powerful unit than the base models. A better use of space was present in the screen which at 2.4 inches and a 240 x 320 resolution provided much space to display data.
Cameras were often an afterthought in these models, but the 301 had a 3.2MP higher resolution with some impressive features such as burst shot and panorama mode. These were not seen in budget models.
More storage was put into the phone, with 256MB space. If that wasn’t enough the phone also accepted microSD cards and could function as an MP3 player.
The battery life on the phone was outstanding for a phone with a colour screen. A 1110mAH battery delivered almost a month’s worth of standby time.
Nokia 301 Review Cons:
The phone lacked a touchscreen, which other lower-end Nokia phones had started to bring in. Perhaps with the limited functionality, this was not required.
Despite the phones power, it was lumped in with the rest of the low-end Nokias in terms of operating system. No special functions for this phone.
The price sat on an uneasy plateau: more expensive than the base range Nokia phones but competing with the budget touchscreen phones.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects:
The Nokia 301 shares much of its design with handsets such as the Nokia 105. It may not be apparent immediately that this phone is a much more versatile one. However kept in good condition these phones still have a market as useable working models and will be priced as such.
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