Conclusion: We're not sold on the Nokia Asha 311. It's a good feature phone that costs more than some great smartphones. The design is middling, the screen underwhelming, the camera poor and the functionality limited. Its interface is charming, it has plenty of pre-installed apps and when the price drops below £80, it will be more compelling, but in excess of £120, we'd sooner recommend a Nokia Lumia 710 , Sony Xperia Tipo or Huawei Ascend G300.
Pros: Small body, Charming touch UI, Great codec support
Summary: At Rs. 7,200, the Nokia Asha 311 is very expensive and not worth a buy at all. We highly recommend you add another thousand and blindly pick up the HTC Explorer . If you want a newer version of Android, more internal memory and a slightly bigger battery, then for a little more, the Sony Xpera tipo is a very good choice at around 9K. The Asha 311 has good build quality and battery life going for it, but that’s pretty much it.
Conclusion: We’ve looked at the Nokia Asha 311 from all sides, but we’ve reserved its most important aspect, the price, for last. The device costs between $120 to $140 depending on the market which puts it in the same category as low-end Android smartphones. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Y (sold for around $130), the Galaxy Pocket (around $115), the LG Optimus L3 (some $140) cost either the same or lower than the Asha 311, but bring you into smartphone land with tons of actually...
Conclusion: The featurephone game is quite the non sequitur. It is simultaneously a vestige of a time before smartphones and a reflection of their influence - and sometimes not a very clear one at that. Yet undeniably there is market for such devices, and the Nokia Asha 311 shapes up as the likely frontrunner as the Asha series keep blurring the lines between old and new, smart and dumb.
Pros: Quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Penta-band 3G with 14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps support, S40-based Asha touch interface, 3" WQVGA capacitive touchscreen, ~155 pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass, Polarizing filter, 1GHz CPU, 128MB RAM, Nokia Browser 2.0, Nokia store and 40 EA games for free, 3.15 MP camera, VGA video recording, 140MB internal memory, microSD card support (up to 32 GB), Complimentary 2 GB microSD card in the box, Proximity and ambient light sensors, Accele...
Cons: Low screen resolution, Fixed-focus camera, No smart dialing, Costs as much as some smartphones
Summary: 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 .
Excerpt: In recent years, Nokia has seen a falling graph in the midst of cheap Android phones. To recapture the lost fame, Nokia has introduced a fine combination of a budgeted smartphone and a gaming device with Asha series. The warm response to the series has inspired Nokia to add new members in the family with some more refreshing stuff for consumers.
Conclusion: For an extra £20 the Asha 311 throws in quite a few advantages over the cheaper 306 , with a better screen, faster processing power and 3G connectivity -- if you must have a budget feature phone rather than an Android, it's worth the extra.
Pros: Basic but solidly built, 3G, Wi-Fi, free EA games, capacitive touch screen, low price
Summary: Nokia has been making waves with its Asha series and one of the latest to join the bandwagon is the Asha 311 . The handset comes packed with a number of features, ranging from a powerful processor to music and games. And yes, in best Asha tradition, it does not cost the earth far from it.
Conclusion: Nokia’s Asha 311 sports some well thought out, swipe-loving, Series 40 OS enhancements plus decent specs for its recommended retail price of R1 500. In this price bracket it competes against the cheaper (R1 000) Android-running Samsung Galaxy Pocket and LG Optimus L3 (R1 500). Both these devices are proper smartphones that can multi-task, as opposed to the one-task-at-a-time Asha 311 feature phone.
Pros: Great battery life; 40 free EA Games voucher; snappy performance; FM Radio; 2 GB memory card included in retail package.
Cons: Resistive-like touchscreen experience on a capacitive display; and paltry internal storage.