Nokia Asha 311

The Nokia Asha 311 impressed us. It has a good design with curved edges and no sharp corners on the body. It has a stainless steel strip resting between the touchscreen and the chin of the smartphone. However, we’re not impressed with the glossy finish, which is applied to almost the entire back panel, and looks reminiscent of the cheaper “Xpress Music” series offered by Nokia in the past.
At just 100 grams, the Nokia Asha 311 is very lightweight and comfortable to use. 

Hardware

The Nokia Asha 311 has a 3 inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports 400 x 240 pixel resolution natively and offers about 156 ppi pixel density. The screen is wrapped under a Gorilla Glass to protect against scratches. It offers nice vivid colours and viewing angles are decent as well. We were very impressed with view ability under sunlight. 
The device is powered by a 1110 mAh Li-Ion battery, which is rated at up to 696 h of 2G stand-by or up to 768 h of 3G idling. The Asha 311 runs the latest iteration of the Symbian S40 , called Asha Touch or Nokia OS, and is the best S40 we’ve seen by quite some distance.
The phone packs a 1GHz ARM11 mobile processor along with 128 MB RAM and 256 MB dedicated ROM (which isn’t quite useful, more on that later). It also has Quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE support and Penta-band 3G with 14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps support. On the back there is a 3.15 MP camera with VGA video recording.

Multimedia and Camera

The audio quality on the Nokia Asha 311 is impressive, with high volume and detail. The phone also features an FM radio. Also, the Nokia OS offers a redesigned music app which makes the overall music experience much better. Video playback however is average. The Asha 311 was capable of playing most of the files we threw at it, including AVI, MP4 and 3GP, and had no problem with DivX/Xvid videos.
The 3.15MP camera produces photos at maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536. The image quality is nothing spectacular, and there is a fair amount of noise when viewed at native resolution. The camera has adequate color reproduction, but had some problems with nailing down the proper exposure in outdoor shots. You get the standard fare of settings and options to tweak, including effects and frames. Video recording maxes out at VGA resolution so not much to talk about here either.
As far as apps go, we really wonder why Nokia even bothered to pack in a 1GHz processor as there isn’t much you can do with it given the fact that it runs Nokia OS and the Ovi Store doesn’t really have a wide array of apps.  The phone comes preloaded with Angry Birds (which ran very smoothly) and a demo version of Real Soccer. 

Phone, Messaging and Network

The Nokia Asha 311 offers impressive call quality with clear sound and no disturbance. We did not experience any dropped calls and the speaker is also loud and crisp.
Messaging on the Nokia Asha 311 is decent, but the keyboard layout could have been a bit better. The screen is nice and responsive so typing shouldn’t be bothersome. 

Battery Life

  • Talk Time 3G network(data off): 5 Hours
  • Talk Time 2g (data off) : 6.5 hours
  • Internet : N/A
  • Music : 6 Hours
  • Video : 2.5 hours

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