With the availability of Android powered mobile handsets at an extremely low price, would anyone like to buy a non Android Smartphone? Nokia seems to be thinking this way as they have launched their non Android Smartphone called Nokia Asha 311. Similar to the phones in the Nokia Asha series, Asha 311 is powered by the Nokia Series 40 OS. Contradictory to its Symbian counterpart, Nokia Asha 311 abandons the keyboard that is seen on most Asha models. It comes with a touch screen display that controls the device’s front interface. The question remains whether Nokia Asha 311, the first ever touch screen smartphone running Series 40 OS will be able to compete with Android smart phones available at the same price range in the market.
Nokia Asha 311: Features
1. The design
The phone comes with a 3 inch wide touch screen display with a resolution of 24 by 400 pixels that is smaller than most of the Android smart phones and appears to be very much like other smart phones available in the market. Below the touch screen, you will find two buttons for call receiving and menu display. At the right side of the device, you will find switch for volume management and a button for locking up the phone. All other functions of the device are managed and controlled through the touch screen. The device’s display is quite bright and sharp with lush colors and angles can be viewed widely enough. The device’s smaller resolution makes some apps looks weird.
Nokia Asha 311 runs on a 1GHz Arm 11 chip. The phone has a 128MB RAM and a 256MB ROM.
3. Memory and storage
Nokia Asha 311 has 120MB built in memory and can be expanded up to 32GB by inserting a microSD card. You will find a memory card worth 2GB as a part of the purchase package.
The phone supports 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth but does not support GPS.
The phone supports a 3.2MP camera. Camera is sufficiently good for sharing images on social websites but the image quality is not good enough. Images get smudged, and seem to be dark in places when uploaded to the web. Video capturing quality is also not too satisfactory.
6. Operating system
Nokia Asha 311 is powered by Nokia’s own Series 40 operating system that for the first time works on a touch screen Nokia phone. The interface boosted by Series 40 seems to be a low quality copy of Android. There is no home screen and all apps are stored in an application launcher.
No one expected the huge range of features in Nokia Asha 311 because the previous range of Asha series disappointed users with its mid-ranged features and specifications. Apart from the fact that it does not support GPS as well as multi tasking, and lacks a good number of apps, the Nokia Asha 311 appears to be a reasonably attractive smartphone with durable battery life.