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Nokia Asha 230

Andrew Williams



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Nokia Asha 230
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  • Nokia Asha 230
  • Nokia Asha 230


Key Features

  • 2.8-inch 240 x 320 pixel screen
  • Nokia Asha platform
  • Manufacturer: Nokia
  • Review Price: £40.00

Life on the small screen

The Nokia Asha 230 is a small, low-cost phone that runs the Asha platform – which powers Nokia's cheaper mobiles. Asha phones are often geared towards developing markets, but a £40-odd price and touch interface could well see it win a few fans in the UK.

We took as closer look at MWC 2014 to see what it's about.

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Nokia Asha 230 – Design and Features

The Nokia Asha 230 is a tiny, stubby phone. It's chunky, and comes in several of the Lumia series-favourite colours – including green, yellow, blue and red as well as the less ambitious black and white.

It is, predictably, a plastic phone. Build quality is better than many ultra-budget phones, but you're not going to be impressing anyone down the pub with this mobile. It is pretty cute, though, in a sort of chubby runt-of-the-litter way.

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Little extras like matching the colour of the volume and power buttons to the body show that this is a Nokia phone – not a budget phone from some brand no-one has ever heard of. Like the Nokia X Android phone, there's just the one front control button – a little arrow that acts as a back/home button.

In-hand, the Asha 230 feels oddly small. It's not often we see touchscreen mobiles with tiny screens these days.

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Nokia Asha 230 – Screen and Software

The screen is perhaps the part hardest-hit by the phone's low budget. It's a 2.8-inch, 240 x 320 pixel screen. These sorts of specs used to be common 8-10 years ago, but now seem positively antiquated.

They leave the Nokia Asha 230 with a very blocky-looking display. It's really this, rather than the immediate look of the Asha system, that betrays this as a 'feature phone' grade device, rather than a smartphone. The software is also a bit sluggish.

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The Asha 230 also misses out on some smartphone-essential features. There's no 3G – just EDGE/GPRS – and no Wi-Fi. However, it does let you get on-board with many things you'd want to do with a smartphone. There's WhatsApp support, Facebook and Twitter. The phone has 4GB of internal storage and a microSD socket, making it a potential little music player.

Other specs are very basic, though. The rear camera has a 1.3-megapixel sensor with a fixed focus – incapable of producing remotely good photos. And the 64MB of RAM shows you how intensive the Asha system really is.

If you value flexibility, you'll be able to do a good deal more with a low-cost Android. They're already available for under £50.

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First Impressions

The Nokia Asha 230 is a cute phone that looks and feels better than many £40 phones. However, the poor screen and limited hardware/software mean it'll be of limited appeal to UK buyers.

Next, read our review of the bargain-tastic Motorola Moto G


April 9, 2014, 11:08 am

to be very honest. nokia asha 230 not a good one...
i am using it.. its just a touch, and nothing else like real smart phones.. even no wifi..


April 29, 2014, 10:10 am

I love the Asha 230. Small and does what I need, which is having a phone, not a computer with a phone.
What is disappointing with Asha 230 is that many of its functions do not work. For example, it is loaded with apps that I do not need, but there is no way to remove them. Nokia gives some simple directions to uninstall apps, but it does not work. It also failed to move data from another Nokia phone using Bluetooth. The last disappointment is that Nokia's Suite fails to recognize the Asha 230. Besides these frustrating flaws, I think the phone's size and capabilities is just right for millions of us who do not need a super powerful phone

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