Nokia unveiled a new wave of Asha phones, 305, 306 and 311. What’s in them? All of them are touch screen devices with an all new notification bar. Yes, you heard it right. The costliest among these 3, but still affordable Nokia Asha 311 has the best features. Read the review and find out what’s new in it.

Nokia Asha 311

I personally didn’t like the Asha series when it was first launched. The first phones of this series does not have any cool feature and they are priced higher. Nonetheless, Nokia learned a lesson and launched a new wave . . . Asha 311 is the one which packs the best features. It has capacitive touch, WiFi support, 3.5G technology and like the other two, a notification bar. Seriously, it’s the best thing about these phones.

Design:

Asha 311 has a new look. On the front, there is a 3-inch capacitive touch display and just two buttons – Green and Red (call/end). The screen resolution is 320 x 240 with orientation sensor. Orientation sensor allows the screen to rotate from landscape to portrait mode, and vice-versa. There is Corning Gorilla Glass so you can’t question the durability of the display, plus the capacitive touch increases the smoothness and usability. The polarised display filters makes the display suitable for using in direct sunlight.

A lock/unlock button at the side with a dedicated volume control above it and two call/end buttons on the front – everything else need just one touch.

Score: 3.5 out of 5

User Interface And Experience:

It runs on Series 40 interface, specially designed for Asha touch phones – with a notification bar. The first best thing is, its touch interface and the second best thing is the notification bar, which we have seen on Android and iOS devices only. It’s a good thing as S40 interface doesn’t support multitasking, so at least you can perform some functions using the bar. That’s not it! There is swipe, like N9; Remember? It gives you smartphone-like experience in a budgeted price.

Score: 4 out of 5

Also Read: Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 Review

Applications And Features:

Yet another good thing is that you will get 3G . . . uh oh, 3.5G and WiFi accessibility. Definitely browsing internet on this device will fulfil your Asha (expectation). It also features a decent camera of 3.2 megapixels with an internal storage capacity of 256 MB, which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a Micro SD card if you need more memory. Applications include Facebook and Twitter pre-loaded with Nokia browser, which is updated to use cloud technology. The updated browser can save up to 90% of the data transfer to increase the speed and experience of internet browsing. Angry Birds fans! Catch ‘em on this phone.

Score: 3.5 out of 5

Nokia Asha 311

Performance And Power:

The massive 1 GHz processor is enough for your high-processing needs, play games and utilize apps with absolutely no lag. It packs a BL-4U 1110 mAh which offers talk-time up to 7.5 hours on 2G and 4.5 hours on 3G, standby time is 711 hours and 781 hours respectively. You can listen to non-stop music for up to 40 hours with a fully charged battery.

Score: 4 out of 5

Price And Availability:

Nokia Asha 311 Price announced by Nokia is 92 euros/121 USD. We can expect it to be around Rs.6,500 in India. It will be out in market in 3rd Quarter of this year.

Update: It is now official. As expected, the price is Rs.6,500 only (may vary from retailer to retailer) in India.

Update: [23/07/2013] Price: Rs.6,050. Buy Now!

Also Read: 10 Best Android Phones in India Below 7000

Conclusion:

The touch series is great deal if you’re looking for an affordable, fully featured and ‘usable’ mobile device. The notification bar and touch experience simply wins the game. The only thing that may not satisfy you is the operating system, because there is no multitasking support; but, of course you can play music in the background and do your work plus you can check new notifications too – thanks to the notification bar!

Overall Score: 3.5 out of 5

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