Nokia Asha 302 Review: The Nokia Asha 302 was released in 2012 and was a successor to the Nokia Asha 200 the year beforehand. Nokia had gone back to basics with their new Asha series which was aimed at the younger markets. But the 302 was a fairly substantial upgrade on the previous phone and was more reminiscent of the mid-range Nokia C3-00 in 2010.
The path of the Nokia QWERTY phones was pretty assured. The original devices were designed for business users, and handsets like the Nokia E72 featured very high quality finishes. The last business phone in this line was the Nokia E6 which featured a spec far above any of these phones. But the market for the QWERTY handset was going more mainstream, especially for younger users that texted a lot. Most of all price was the important point, and often they were priced out of the top range handsets.
So the 302 meshed together many business and leisure aspects. It returned to a more business-like look, but without many of the top-range features but at a lower price. This being said, it still brings enough features to make this a popular purchase.
Notably this was the last mid-range QWERTY that Nokia made. Nokia Asha 205 and Nokia Asha 210 followed, but these were more basic handsets. After this the Lumia series took hold and touchscreens made the keypads redundant.
Nokia Asha 302 Review Pros:
- The construction of the phone was much more premium. The phone gained a more serious look and added a metallic rear battery cover, as seen from the E-series.
- RAM was doubled to 128MB, making the phone run much smoother than before.
- The camera gained an upgrade and was now at 3 megapixel resolution.
- The phone gained Wi-Fi where the Asha 200 had none, making this a much more media friendly phone. MicroSD and Bluetooth came as standard.
Nokia Asha 302 Review Cons:
- The screen was not improved in this model. It was the same size and resolution of previous phones – 2.4 inches, 320 x 240 pixels. Not bad, but not particularly great either.
- Overall imaging was slightly weak: there was no flash on the camera and no selfie camera.
- The operating system could not keep up with Android/Apple and did not feature multi-tasking.
- Some business-related apps were trimmed from the phone such as document editing.
Current Pricing and Future Prospects
Maybe because of their relative rarity in the Nokia line-up, their QWERTY phones are almost all well-regarded by the market. The 302 is probably not up there with the most expensive ones, but is a solid enough model nonetheless.
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Nokia Asha 302 Disassembly Instructions
If you are interested in taking apart the Nokia Asha 302 for repair purposes, here is a useful link.
Nokia Asha 302 Video Review
Here is a video showing the features of the Nokia Asha 302: