Nokia Asha 300 Review – Touch and Type Mobile Phone

Nokia Asha 300 Review: Released in 2011, the Nokia Asha 300 was another phone in the ‘Touch and Type’ series of phones. By 2011 the touchscreen phone had basically taken over as the default style of phone, but old habits die hard – and particularly at the lower end of the market the touchscreen experience was unsatisfactory.

Nokia by this time had their own full touchscreen handsets, both running their own software and Microsoft Windows Mobile, but a combination of input types was still seen as a rarity, even within other phone manufacturers. The most common type was a QWERTY keypad with touchscreen, and even then that was only used because the touchscreen quality was resistive and thus unreliable. Thus, the Nokia C3-01 combined a solid Nokia candybar model with a touchscreen, allowing the users the best of both worlds. This was quite a high-spec model but ultimately the size of screen meant that it was not too practical.

So it came as no surprise that this phone was released in the new ‘Asha’ family. Broadly speaking, this family of phones was about re-releasing past classic designs into a budget-friendly range. The first Asha phones were merely cut-down versions of the Nokia E range, which had phones such as the Nokia E6. The Asha 300 was a cheaper phone at release than the C3-01 but almost at the same specification.

Full specifications here.

This was a popular phone and offered a good alternative between the touchscreen models and also the ultra-basic phones (which offered no touchscreen). However, it was the last Asha phone to be released in this way, as budget phones quickly gained the multi-touch capability. Touchscreen was also deemed to be not worth the cost on the existing candybar handsets.

Nokia Asha 300 Review Pros: 

  • The phone design was solid: possibly just the right size for a candybar style phone. The metallic finish of the C3-01 was ditched for plastic and thus the phone was light at 85g.
  • The touchscreen was of the resistive type, but the upgraded Asha software took into account that a user had dual input methods. Many things were optimised for touch, such as the logos on the homepage.
  • The processor gained an upgrade over the C3-01 to 1GHz; and with only one app at a time, made things quite fast.
  • Strong audio quality was on the phone with microSD card, 3.5mm jack and Bluetooth.

Nokia Asha 300 Review Cons: 

  • No change in size or resolution to the screen from the C3-01. The touch remained of the resistive type which made many multi-touch functions redundant.
  • Wi-Fi was missing from the C3-01 – this would be a big miss, especially for those who would like to stream music or video.
  • The rear camera was the same resolution but lost the auto-focus and flash functions; it also did not have a front-facing camera.
  • Access to the new Ovi app store was possible but relatively few apps were available.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects:

With basic phones still in use, this phone still is in demand as the touchscreen adds a degree of useability to proceedings. Phones in good condition can still sell for modest prices.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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