Nokia Asha 309 review: Capacitive Touchscreen Featurephone

posted at 15 February 2013 by Paul

The Nokia Asha 309 is yet another affordable feature phone that comes with a capacitive 3-inch touchscreen display and with the fresh new interface of the Series 40 platform. However, with the gap between feature phones and smartphones quickly disappearing, and the most affordable Android smartphones coming at nearly the same price, we believe it won’t be easy for the Asha 309 to cope with the competition.

Nokia Asha 309 Review

What is in the box:
- The Nokia Asha 309 phone
- Wall Charger
- Stereo Headset WH-102
- User guides

In terms of design, the Asha 309 has nothing to impress with, being a rather ordinary compact little device made of plastic, with a glossy removable back cover. It fits comfortably in the hand, and has a slightly curvy shape and two physical buttons on the front as a sort of distinctive mark. The silver plating on the front edges is unfortunately just a coat of paint.

The volume rocker and lock key conveniently placed on the right side, while on the left there is a microSD card slot. The Asha 309 is not too thick at 0.51-inch (13mm), nor too heavy at 3.59oz (102 g), and it fits pretty well in the hand.

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The device is also innovative as it introduces the capacitive touchscreen to Asha series. The 3-inch capacitive LCD multi-touch display with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels makes it easier to navigate on the phone than it was on previous Asha devices that came with resistive displays.

Even though it is better than that on previous Asha phones, the display is still nothing to write home about, as the resolution is rather low with a pixel density of around 155ppi, and the screen produces only 65k colors. Viewing angles are also tight, colors seem to be fading out, and outdoor visibility in direct sunlight is not that great either. There is no ambient light sensor, so the screen brightness adjustment should be done manually.

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