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
Conclusion: Nokia have designed the Asha 311 to be an affordable handset, and as such it won’t be packing a lot of hardware under the hood. The specs are enough to run the phone’s Series 40 OS, but you’ll see some apps lag slightly when using them.
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: Given the age and low power requirements of S40, it’s incredible what Nokia’s pulled off here: it can do just about anything a smartphone can in a pinch. But here’s the thing. The UK mobile market is so heavily subsidized by the networks, there’s just no point bothering with a phone like this, when smartphones can be had for just as little.
Conclusion: The Nokia Asha 311 might be the top handset in the range but it won’t cut it in the current market. The Series 40 operating system feels like old technology, polished to look like an Android, yet for the same money or less, you could pick up a higher specced ‘droid with access to the vastly superior Google Play store.
Pros: Good battery life; easily set-up email and networking; free EA games bundle
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.