Nokia has been aggressively expanding its Asha series to cater to the price-sensitive market. One of the latest entrants to the Asha series is Asha 311 and we recently spent some time with the device to have a first hand feel of the phone. Nokia Asha 311 is a full touch compact phone enough to fit in one’s hands and boasts a minimalistic look with a decent 3-inch display on the front and shiny battery cover, which, mind you, is a fingerprint magnet.
The phone is powered by a 1GHz processor and features the all new Asha UI. The user interface is optimized for touch and frankly, is a step up from feature phones in similar price point. The rounded icons, swipe gestures and quick access to calls, music or FM Radio make the phone fairly easy to use. There’s a notification bar at the top as well, akin to Symbian and Android that shows recent events like missed calls, SMS and toggle buttons for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile Data etc.
Asha 311 has a 3MP EDoF camera which means users will have to make do with fixed focus. The web browser present in the phone uses web compression, which Nokia claims to compress data by 85 percent. Moreover, Nokia gives three months of free Music Unlimited access, Nokia Maps, pre-bundled apps like Whatsapp, Zomato, Nimbuzz and 40 free EA games that are downloadable for the first 60 days.
All in all, the first impression of the phone looks good but we’ll hold our final thoughts until we put the device through the paces.