Weekend Read: Nokia 303 Review – Dangerously Close to Smartphones (by GSM Arena)

| January 8, 2012 | 16 Replies

The Nokia 303 has an 8 page review over at GSM Arena where they conclude that this wallet friendly QWERTY is ‘dangerously close to smartphones’. 1GHz again for a ‘dumbphone’, just wait till Nokia fully utilise that with more smartphone like devices this year, eventually we’ll see the fruits of whatever Meltemi and Qt for the next billion produces that truly blurs the definition of smartphone. In an instant, Nokia could once again be the unrivalled producer of ‘smartphones’ since Nokia could potentially be getting 1m of these to the hands of consumers every DAY.

Even though this is a budget phone it is neither that in looks or build.

“Budget or not, the phone doesn’t feel and look cheap”

“The first capacitive unit on a S40 handset is nicely responsive without overdoing it.”

“Impressive is a difficult word to use to describe a basic package like the Nokia Asha 303. If anything about it comes close to that though, it’s the build quality. In fact, it should be one of the phone’s key selling points alongside the QWERTY keyboard and the capacitive touchscreen”

On the keyboard, they’re happy enough with the ‘pleasingly tactile’ keys and rather impressed with the backlight

“The backlighting is impressively sharp and solid.”

As usual with S40, the battery is a champ. My little sister uses a C3-01 and she only charges it maybe a couple of times a week, if that.

Here’s a demo of the 303. I do like GSM Arena’s start up sequence, including Nokia icons.

Cheers Kamal and Viktas Padar for the tip!


Category: Nokia, S40

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