Video/Gallery: Asha 302 Unboxing + Asha Challenge #SmartPhoneLiteWeek

| May 17, 2012 | 30 Replies

Hey Guys, Today I received  my trail 302 from the Nokia Connects guys (shout out!), basically the whole reason I have one is because me @psychomania666@alsiladka  and a couple other guys on twitter are doing this challenge thing were the only phone we’re going to sue all week is this piece of S40 goodness, the Asha 302. So here’s an unboxing video, a gallery and an update of what I’ve gone through so far.


Honestly the 302 is quite the looker, I find it bears a close resemblance to the More recently launched Lumia 610; but that could be due to the chrome border/finish. The black/Dark Grey device has a very premium look/feel about it that would make you second guess it’s price.

Spec wise the 302 has a 1Ghz processes (I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that i’s more powerful than my N8), a 3.2 MP camera (don’t expect any miracles- if you like I’ll upload some samples later), Micro SD Card supported (up to 32GB) and the usual BT, WiFi Etc.

On selling point alone the feel of sliding this phone into your pocket is more than enough to be a notable feature, I’m serious the curves of the body can’t help put a smile on your face as you slide it into your pocket.

Worth mentioning that the Asha range comes preloaded with Whatsapp- which would make it one of the first device to come with a CROSS-messenger platform Semi-built in.


Woes of Day one:
A couple hours ago my Asha 302 arrived, and #SmartPhoneLiteWeek commenced, after a quick unboxing I moved on with setting up my email accounts, whatsapp, social etc… The first problem I encountered was that No matter what I try Gmail refuses to link up to the phone- even though there are some pre-set options that enable you to just slam down your password and Email and get moving, I always end up with the same error, till now I haven’t been able to resolve it (if anyone know please drop a comment).
The second and much more critical issue was that of contacts- Recently Mail For Exchange was released for the Asha 302- however the variant that Nokia Connects sent me isn’t yet supported (Gradual roll out); meaning I would have to find another way to copy my contacts from the World Wide Web, what I tried:
  1. Simple copy through Nokia Suite- issue was that my contacts on Nokia Suite weren’t updated with my latest Lumia contacts (since WP doesn’t sync through it)
  2. Downloading MFE – which was unavailable
  3. Downloading .CSV file from Gmail and moving that to the phone- Failed
  4. Installed the older NOkia PC Suite and attempted to copy the .CSV file through it- Also failed
  5. Re-Downloaded the contacts in Vcard format and tried copying them through Pc Suite- Which also failed.
  6. At the brink of desperation Richard Dorman (@Sheridan01) ‏Suggested I copy them through my N9 to the 302- this worked however multiple contacts where only partially copies (names and emails minus numbers = defeats the purpose)
  7. I tried porting them onto the Asha off my Lumia but was faced with an unsupported file error.
  8.  In the end I gave up and used the partial contact info off the N9 and added the vital contacts manually. Thankfully it’s only for a week.
Blatant lies of a successful transfer, I WANT MY NUMBERS!



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Hey, my name's Ali- Currently a fifth (and final) year Dental Student from Chicago; studying in Jordan. I love all sorts of gadgets almost as much as I love my cookies! Be sure to follow my Twitter handle @AliQudsi and Subcribe to my Youtube for the latest videos - no pressure. Thanks.
  • Nagol

    I bet the battery life is great.

  • D

    Smartphonelite fail. No multitasking.

    Even the cheaper Samsung Galaxy Y has multitasking.

    Nokia E5 has multitasking and is cheaper.

    Price is lower than the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. But I reckon people will buy the Ace 2 over this. Wake up Nokia!

    • incognito

      If you think that low-end Androids have actual multitasking, I have a bridge over there for sale. Android by itself doesn’t really multitask, and if you go through hoops & bounds to make it (because unlike the iOS and WP it can properly multitask in some situations) you’re in a world of pain when you see how it actually performs on a device such as Galaxy Y…

      Don’t know how the current s40 line performs and stacks on features, but I’d pick an s40 phone (or Bada if we go to the upper shelf of the feature phones price range) instead of a low-end Android in the same price category any time of the day.

    • viktor von d.

      the galaxy y isn’t cheaper. it has the same price. and what multitasking? the damn thing has 1 day battery life and freezes everytime you use 2 or 3 apps the sitty quality of the device. also it’s another kind of phone. it’s wrong to compare a qwerty device to a touchscreen phone. they both have different uses and clientele.

      also the nokia e5 is almost double the price of this phone.

      and why bring the galaxy ace 2 into question? touchscreen vs qwerty, and massively different price points


  • markfirst

    to set your gmail, in mail app choose other and enter ur full email add n it’ll work inshallah.

  • nice device…and it comes preloaded with GH 2.0

  • James

    looks surprisingly well made for such a low-end device

  • harrypants

    Gone back 3 years in smartphone terms & 1 month in the real world – its May for the rest of us, can you put some bets on Man City to win the English Premier league and make a packet!

  • I don’t care about the device , as long as Ali did the review sure it’s da besssssssssst thing evaaaar 😀

    • James

      “as long as Ali did the review sure it’s da besssssssssst thing evaaaar”

      Oh shut-up you sicko…
      Enough with the off-topic chants of your attraction. No-one cares…..

    • James

      “as long as Ali did the review sure it’s da besssssssssst thing evaaaar”

      Oh shut-up you sicko…
      Enough with the off-topic chants of your attraction.
      No-one cares…..

  • Michael Faro-Tusino

    Its a micro[sd slot Ali, not sim. I was like 32gb sim card!

    • Aliqudsi

      Hhaha woops typo, imagine a Sim card integrated within a SD card. I should probably patent that idea.

      • Michael Faro-Tusino

        That would be the best! The sim would act as a secure element as well for NFC Payments, whilst having 32GB storage. Beats my 128k sim atm :p

  • rahul

    Some things of interest to me:

    1. How good is the twitter client? I suppose S40 doesn’t have any way of notifying the user of incoming mentions and DMs etc?

    2. Audio quality over headphones?

    3. Does it come with a IM client for Google talk/mail? If so, can the IM client actually stay active in background?

    4. Any VoIP (VoIP to landline/mobile) clients available that allow me to do calls on the cheap?

    5. How well does the keyboard work? For example, how does it compare to E71 or the E63?

    • Aliqudsi

      Hey I haven’t fully played around with it yet so not sure about all your points- but from what I’ve seen

      1- the twitter client is decent for a Feature phone, it runs a similar version to symbians nokia social, but that’s actually better than it- the Ui aint much but the client fetches tweets in the background (you can pin it to the homescreen) and supports tweeting images and the usual (although th eimages are really poor res.)

      3- It comes preloaded with Nokia Chat whch supports Gtalk, Ovi chat, Facebook chat, MSN messenger, Aol and a couple more platforms

      5- the Keyboard is quite decent and easy to use- the keys are more rubbery than plastic (I would call the E71s keys plastic) and even though I’m not big on Hardware full qwertys I got used to it pretty quickly- my only issue is that the Spacebar seems a little stiff, but I’m sure that’ll sort itself out.

  • Aliqudsi

    Also I’m pretty sure it supports Skype and Fring.

  • Ebon & Unicorn N9s

    Looks like a copy of the E6.

    From the S40 family, I would prefer the 303 to the 302.

  • Emmanuel Crown

    well i had say Asha 302 is the best really couldn’t buy any other phone than the phone. For the spacebar that is how it is. And i have a problem with it, i can’t download from Nokia Store.

    • Aliqudsi

      Agreed, it it quite a phone; I had a similar problem with the Nokia store were it required an update but kept on failing, first off make sure that your on the latest SW version (you can update it OTA) then also double check your date and time, mine was failing cause I had accidentally set the month to April rather than May

      • Emmanuel Crown

        the nokia store is working thanks and pls how can i restore my social application back

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  • Emmanuel Crown

    pls who can help my Asha 302 socail application is not working

  • Emmanuel Crown

    Pls i need websites to download free games and application for ma phone.
    sites that support Asha 302

  • Jaya

    1 GHz CPU – that mean this one would be able to run MeeGo/Meltemi Linux. And most probably most of your problems would be a history. Anybody know how to do it? How to flash this to MeeGo Linux?

  • Josh

    Hi I would kindly like to know if having a tiny led in the middle of th A,S,Z and X keys are normal thanks

  • Saif

    Nokia Chat in Asha 302 is not working. First i was using this app. but when I updated SW from Nokia. It stoped to work. Now When I try to open Nokia Chat, First window appear that Read First & Accept. When I click on Accept. Message appears about checking for updates. but finnaly it doesnot connect and show that Service temporarliy not available, Try again Later.

    I am worried about this. Can anyone help me. All other programs and network is working well.

  • gaurav

    I downloaded line app frm the nokia store on my nokia asha 302 nd it ws running mch better then i expected bt i m unable to make calls on it….can sumbdy help me….?

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