Hands on: Nokia Asha 205

Nokia’s Asha line of smartphones have been designed to give the user a smartphone like experience at ultra low price points and the company has been relatively successful with this strategy of late. The Asha 205 is the latest in this line and unlike the previously released offerings it is a QWERTY device, which does not have a touch panel but it does retain the S40 OS. We went hands on with it, read on to find out more.

At first glance the Asha 205 borrows a number of design elements from previously released Nokia Asha 302 feature phone, which also had a QWERTY keypad.

The QWERTY keypad has a supple response and it is indeed very fast to type on. As far as the build quality is concerned we believe it to be of the highest order for device that will come for less than Rs 4,000.

Another notable addition is the presence of a dedicated Facebook button like the HTC Chacha, which ran Android. This is another nice feature to have, if you are a social bug.

Additionally Nokia borrows the fruity color scheme from the Lumia line of smartphones that adds a layer of luster to the Asha 205.

As far as the software is concerned it is more or less the S40 experience we have be one accustomed to but Nokia adds a wide array of tricks. Perhaps the biggest one is the Slam sharing feature that basically uses Bluetooth but instead of pairing a device the user can just tap the other device to quickly share the content. This feature also works with Android devices but not with iOS and Windows Phone.

Adding to the wealth of features Nokia also offers the Express browser that makes browsing frugal even on slow connections and reaching commonly used websites is a rather hassle free affair as Nokia pins a number of quick links to the homescreen. Apart from this users can also download 40 EA games for free from the Nokia store that are optimised for the S40 OS.

All this makes the Asha 205 a very attractive device at first glance especially for the pro e bracket it is competing in. But as always we will reserve our judgment for the final review.

Photo Credits: Rohit Sharma

  • faizan

    Can we stream youtube videos in this handset or in asha 206. Is the music player of this handset and asha 206 support streaming?

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  • Krishna Acha

    Pros:

    Battery Life: good battery life (so far) One full charge can handle two days of load, includes approximately 60 minutes of FB, 120 minutes of browsing (news/e-mails/chat/etc.), 200 minutes of music, phone calls for about 300 minutes. These numbers are approximate but based on two weeks’ usage.

    Browsing and Data Consumption: browser speed is okay (not bad) and accessing internet is handy, data consumption is very less and it hardly uses any data for the kind of browsing I do. I have not downloaded anything so far, yet the data consumption is less.

    QWERTY keypad: this is awesome, I love it. My fingers are broad and yet I’m able to use it with ease. It’s actually fun to use this keypad over Asha 200. Each key is spaced out nicely. Have to appreciate the designer for bringing this feature.

    Phone: the overall phone design, color (I got a white foreground and orange background), its light weight is very helpful, I where there are accessories available as well (like a pouch to protect the phone from scratches)

    Music: I will mention the music quality and clarity in this section and I have some bad news to share as well. The quality of the music is awesome and it’s clear, radio is okay but not as good as the music that you store in your mobile. I have never experienced problem so far with accessing music. I wish there are volume control buttons on the side to have a quick control over volume.

    Cons:

    Call list: The phone does not contain different call list like: received calls, dialed calls, missed calls, etc. It only has one list called ‘All calls’. It is preferable to have different call lists for user convenience.

    2G network connection issue: the network gets disconnected often when used from the same place. I don’t have to comment when in the move. It’s sometime impossible to use GPRS (2G) while in move.

    Text management (SMS): I am unable to delete multiple messages at the same time. This is totally annoying to delete one after the other. This is annoying and not good for those who use this mobile for texting a lot.

    Music management: Very poor in terms of creating playlist; can’t add multiple files at the same time…means you got to add each music file separately to your favorite playlist. This is annoying as well.

    Dual SIM: its dual standby and it means the network for the other SIM will be completely 0 and no network coverage is there. This is not a convincing feature.

    VGA Camera: it’s poor in terms of quality. I wish it had a 2mp camera for nice photo taking experience for this class of phone.

    I might have more but trust this information will be useful. I’ll keep you updated if I come across something else. ByE!!!

    Signing off …KA