Nokia Asha 308 review

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Welcome to the Nokia Asha 308 phone review. The Nokia Asha 308 was released in late 2012 and comes with the latest version of S40 Nokia OS. The claim to fame for the Asha 308 is that it is one of the more powerful a dual SIM phones yet priced very reasonably. The Asha 308 retails for around $120 if you can still buy one since dual SIM phone are niche models in this market.

The Asha 308 is essentially an upgrade for the C2-03, besides being a dual-SIM phone it is also a pure touch screen model. The dual SIM setup also allows for live swapping of SIM cards without turn off. ┬áLike its predecessor the 308 is missing features specifically 3G capability which means this is mainly a mobile phone for talk and text although it can do emails…. If you want 3G and Wi-Fi you have to go for the Asha 311 model which is a mere $9 more. But you can’t have the dual SIM.

In terms of construction the 308 is put together really well but the materials are for durability rather than ‘luxury’. The gold version looks quite good and not too tacky for a cheap phone. Nothing to complain about or commend thanks to the low outright handset price.

On terms of use, bearing in mind it’s cheapness is very good. There’s a camera and phone FM radio touch screen and so forth, 10 years ago this would be top of heap… It’s very easy to use and quite responsive … We don’t have much more to say since we all have seen it before, Nokia’s efficient but old S40 interface. We can see where the Apple iPhone copied its simplicity from. Mind you higher screen resolution or nicer icons would have been nice.

In the end the Asha 208 is a decent low end dual SIM mobile phone that works. If this was the sort of phone we where after and on a budget then this would definitely be on the final list.

Specifications

  • Nokia Asha 308
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 900/1900 and 850/1800
    Dual SIM
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L110 x W54 x D13 mm
    Weight 104 grams
  • Display/s
    2.4 inch TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    2MP
  • Video Camera
    176 x 144 pixel main video camera 8FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V3
    Micro-USB
  • CPU
    xxxMhz
  • Memory
    Up to 10MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    JAVA Apps
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    3.5mm AV/headset
    BL-4U 3.7V 1110mAh
    Up to 21 days Standby
    Up to 6 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $120 AUS early-2013 (Outright)