Phonebook, Telephony & Messaging
A very nice looking and efficient phonebook is offered with the Asha 308 that is a part of the updated Series 40 touch friendly platform that integrates well with the call log and the dialer. Furthermore, contacts are displayed with the options to show photos with the name and numbers. Moreover, you will get the advanced menu and Add new contact shortcut on top of the actual list.
Talking about dual SIM telephony, you can select which SIM to be used for making calls. You can either select a default SIM for making calls or can choose to be prompted every time you need to make a call. Same goes with the SMS, MMS and data works.
There is a SIM manager app to help you configure each of the SIM cards. Having chosen your preferred settings, the rest is pretty straightforward. The only thing missing is smart dialing.
Furthermore, messaging on the new Asha 308 is also as good as ever. The messaging department covers everything including text message that are organized in threads, chat client that supports multiple services as well as a feature rich email client with a quick setup. Creating a message is very easy. You can choose between a portrait multitap keypad, portrait QWERTY keyboard and a landscape QWERTY keyboard. In addition, if you move the phone horizontally, you will be provided with a lot more room to work with the keyboard and create messages with great accuracy.
Web & Social Media
The new Asha 308 is a dual SIM phone that comes with the Nokia’s Easy Swap technology in order to allow its users to switch between multiple SIM cards and therefore, they can easily and very quickly use multiple SIM cards without the need of removing the battery and turning off the device.
What’s more you will get with the Asha 308? Well, the phone is packed with 40 premium EA games, Facebook and Twitter integration, the Nokia Messaging Service and video streaming. These features are first to be introduced within the Asha touch series. Furthermore, the phone is also loaded with Xpress browser that eases 90% more efficient internet browsing.
The full featured great file browser makes the S40 user interface much more smarter and makes it somewhat similar to iOS and Windows phone this app is named as Files and it lists down all the local folders with the memory card on top.
The phone is also blessed with a functional gallery and photo editor, though the image gallery is somewhat a Symbian copycat but it does its function quite well. Organizing and editing pictures are also easy. The available options are crop, rotate, flip, effects, warp, add frame, clip art, add text, adjust brightness and contrast, retune colors or do auto enhance.
Talking about the music player, do not expect anything extraordinary as the interface is quite basic with some hidden options to explore. The music player supports background playback, but there are no quick controls in the notification area or the lock screen.
The Asha 308 also boasts a neat and simple interface for the FM radio and you can change stations with the dedicated controls at the bottom. There is a tab with all available stations.
The audio quality is of mediocre level with no resistance applied to its line-out. Though, the phone audio quality overall is quite good but its frequency response is somewhat poor.
The Asha 308 comes with a 2 mega pixels fixed focus camera that produces average quality images with a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200. This clearly suggests that the Asha 308 camera is good enough for the occasional use and it is not meant for the demanding applications. The camera user interface is also very pleasing and easy to use. The phone offers you settings, camcorder or still camera toggle as well as a shortcut to the gallery. Meanwhile, the virtual shutter is always placed centered at the bottom.
From the Settings, users can change effects, self-timer, grid and scenes and can also go into the deeper Advanced settings menu if he wants to change resolution options, camera sounds, orientation, and so on. Moreover, with the help of “Funny Sounds” feature of Asha 308, you can make your subject to laugh as it plays one of the several preset funny sounds just before taking a picture.
With respect to design and build quality, there is a typical defect that is certainly because of cheap phone design, and this is that plenty of unused space is there around the 3 inch display. We have seen this on the handset with actual hardware buttons that there is too much screen bezel particularly at the top of the screen. Usually such space above the screen is meant for a camera and sensor but Nokia Asha 308 has none of them.
Should I Buy Nokia Asha 308?
On the whole the Asha 308 is the best dual SIM phone with smart phone features, this is the reason it offers you a complete smart phone experience. To be precise, Asha 308 is not for those who are looking for an excellent camera phone as it lacks in this department, however, it takes very good care of all the other needs people with strict budget are looking for in a smart phone feature phone. This is one of the most recent Nokia’s most affordable capacitive touchscreen swap dual SIM phone to date.
With the Asha touch screen series, the company tries to bring a smartphone like experience to the low end budget phones, and the Asha 308 does just that with its Java based S40 platform with an app store, games as well as social app to help you stay connected with your friends and relatives and make your life easier. Despite the fact that Asha 308 is not a real smartphone, it does offer you a lot of amazing feature and apps that you won’t find on any other smartphone.