The Nokia Asha 302 is powered by a 1Ghz ARM 11 processor with 128Mb of Ram to help it along. This is actually quite a beefy specification for a handset that runs Nokia’s S40 OS. The menus are zippy and apps load quite quickly by S40 standards.
The handset also has both 3G and Wi-Fi onboard – two things missing from the cheaper Asha 201 (http://www.trustedreviews.com/nokia-asha-201_Mobile-Phone_review) That said, web browsing feels a bit sluggish on the phone compared to budget Android devices. The S40 OS is also a long way off the slickness or complexity of Android. If you’re used to S40 then you’ll find that it runs nicely on this handset, but we think new comers will find it fiddly and annoying to use. Nevertheless, Nokia is still hanging in there with it and persevering with some development. For example, this phone supports Mail for Exchange.
There are quite a few apps preloaded including a Social one covering social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Nokia’ Messaging Service is naturally also including and WhatsApp Messenger is present too. You can download extra apps from Nokia’s app store, but the shelves are pretty bare and nowhere near as well stocked as Google Play, for example.
There’s a 3.2mgapxie shooter on the rear of the phone, but the shots it produces aren’t great. It generally does a poor job of handling exposure and photos lack detail and so look quite soft. Its video performance isn’t great, either as videos can only have a maximum resolution of 640×480 pixels.
Nokia phones are generally pretty strong when it comes to call quality and thankfully the Asha 302 is no different in this regard delivering clean and clear speech from both the microphone and the earpiece. The hands free feature works quite well too and is reasonably loud.
Given the phone’s modest specification and small screen size we expected it to be a pretty good performer when it came to battery life. It didn’t disappoint as we managed to get around two days of moderate usage out of it before it needed a recharge.
All in all, the Asha 302 is neat little messaging phone that feels well built, has a good keyboard and decent range of features. However, its small screen makes web browsing a bit of a chore and for a similar price you can now get entry level Android handsets that are arguably easier and more fun to use.