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Nokia Asha 202 Hands-on Review

The Finnish company Nokia has wanted to pay special attention to the most basic line of his catalog. Beyond the prestige of the Lumia family, there are the Asha teams, colorful and equipped as smartphones, excellently prepared for those users who want to enter the world of intelligent mobile. The Nokia Asha 202 is one of its most illustrious members, since their sheet could make real bestsellers. Not surprisingly it is a mobile phone on the open market that costs just 77 USD (60 Euro). It is therefore a very affordable proposal that will appeal to many users who connect to the Internet occasionally and want to stay up to two phone lines in the same device.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

The Nokia Asha 202 is a Dual-Sim computer and is equipped with a TFT resistive Touchscreen of small dimensions but combines the feature with basic alphanumeric keyboard useful for entering text in the classical manner. Its internal memory is low so that content will need to save via inserting an external microSD card. It has a camera of only 2-MP but perfectly prepared to play music and video, even in a very basic quality. It’s running through Asha S40 operating system, the phone like especially to those who are true fans of Nokia. Its battery has a capacity of 1020-mAh, enough to give the user a range of several days at full capacity.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

Technical Specs of Nokia Asha 202:

Network 2G GSM 900/1800 – SIM 1 & SIM 2  -  Dual-Sim (Mini-Sim)
Dimensions 114.8 x 49.8 x 13.9 mm, 91.5 cc (4.52 x 1.96 x 0.55 in)
Weight 90-g (3.17 oz)
Screen 2.4-inch TFT Resistive Touchscreen
QVGA 320 x 240 pixels, 167ppi
Memory 10-MB internal, expandable with microSD, 32-MB ROM, 16-MB RAM
Camera 2-MP,1600 x 1200 pixels, Record Video 176 × 144 @ 15fps 
Camera Feature: Horizontal orientation, Manual and Auto white balance, Still Image Editor, Full Screen Viewfinder, Self Timer
Capture modes: Timer, Video, Fixed 
Color tone modes: Sepia, Grayscale, Normal, Negative 
White Balance Modes: Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight
Photos viewed by: Timeline, Slideshow, Album
Multimedia Playing music, video and photos 
Supported formats: MIDI, AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, Mobile XMF, MP3, MP4, M4A, NRC, WAV, SP MIDI, WMA, WMA 9, AAC LC, GSM FR, WMA 10 WMA 10 Pro, a-law, mu-law, .264/AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, 3GPP formats (H.263), VC-1, GIF89a, BMP, GIF87a, WBMP, EXIF, PNG, DCF , JPEG, JAVA Support 
Stereo FM radio with RDS
OS Asha Series 40 
Connections Bluetooth 2.0, microUSB 2.0, Output 3.5 mm headphone 
Features: Digital clock, Recorder, Calculator, Calendar, Calendar, Converter, Fixed Dialing Number, Notes, Alarm, Reminders, To Do List pending 
Synchronization: remote SyncML 
Nokia Xpress Browser for efficient navigation
Autonomy Battery (BL-4U) lithium ion 1020-mAh 
Standby time: 400 hours 
Talk time: 5 hours 
Music playback time: 25 hours
Price 77 USD (60 Euro)

 

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

Design and Display:

The Nokia Asha 202 is a phone with a classic design, consisting of a small size screen (although touch and resistive) and a basic alphanumeric keypad. This is a piece designed to fit in your pocket, as it is small and light. It has dimensions of 114.8 x 49.8 x 13.9 mm and weighs around 90-grams, including battery. The Finnish company already has been presented it in three different colors: red, white and gold but availability depends on the will of Nokia and its distributors.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

You will see that the screen occupies part of the front surface of the device and the keyboard sits just below the buttons. At the top of the screen just found a framework in which the name of the brand resides and the handset jack will enable you to listen to calls and content that we reproduce.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

But that’s not all; the TFT resistive Touchscreen with 2.4-inch size is also an important feature. In any case, the panel has a QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 167ppi. It is a modest capacity but enough for users looking to get hold of a terminal with basic functions.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

Camera:

The camera is not one of the strengths of this phone. In fact this is a camera with 2-MP sensor that will help you to take pictures at a very basic quality of 1600 x 1200 pixels. This camera is perfectly capable of recording videos, even from 176 × 144 pixels and @ 15fps. The other important features of the camera include the ability for a horizontal orientation, manual and auto White Balance (incandescent, fluorescent, daylight, automatic), simple image editor, a full screen viewfinder and timer. Additionally, the users can enjoy various capture modes, extra color tones (sepia, grayscale, normal and negative) and ability to view photos through the Timeline, the Slide Show or the album.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

Memory, OS and Applications:

The Nokia Asha 202 has a fairly small user memory of just 10-MB. In fact, this capability lets you enjoy just storage for your phone book so you need to expand with microSD memory cards up to max of 32-GB.

The operating system is one of its strongest points. Nokia has bet again for the S40 interface for Nokia Asha, a platform that you had seen in more austere and devices that will be very familiar to those who are accustomed to the operation of Nokia. The user interface consists of some icons configurable to the needs of each user and system updates automatically incorporating what is going on in your favorite social networks; Facebook or Twitter. By accessing the Nokia website you can buy some of the most used apps and will have direct access to the video games like Electronic Arts. It also features basic functions such as digital clock, recorder, calculator, calendar, converter, fixed dialing number, notes, alarm, reminders and to-do list.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

Connectivity:

The Nokia Asha 202 is a phone designed for the everyday users connected to the Internet. You can see in its official sheet that the smartphone is able to operate through 2G networks with much slower data transfer rate. Thus, it is especially necessary to combine this feature with the features of Xpress browser, a browser for such special circumstances. Moreover the phone has a Bluetooth 2.0 connection, useful for synchronizing various accessories or even to transfer content between the devices.

In the field of physical connections the Asha responds with a MicroUSB 2.0 input, along with a 3.5-mm output for headphones, which will help you to enjoy the music or radio through the Nokia Asha 202 true pocket media player. It includes a slot for memory expansion microSD cards. The Dual-Sim device has a dual slot for two SIM cards in one side.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

Music, Video, Photos and Multimedia:

The Nokia Asha 202 is a phone ready to play music, videos and photos. It will in the main multimedia formats (the most used), which are: MIDI, AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, Mobile XMF, MP3, MP4, M4A, NRC, WAV, SP MIDI, WMA, WMA 9 , AAC LC, GSM FR, WMA 10 WMA 10 Pro, a-law, mu-law, .264/AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, 3GPP formats (H.263), VC-1, GIF89a, BMP, GIF87a , WBMP, EXIF, PNG, and JPEG DCF. It means you should not have any problem when using these types of extensions. On the other hand the phone has JAVA support and has FM Radio with RDS stereo. You can host your songs on a microSD card and so carry them everywhere to use the Nokia Asha 202 as a pocket media player.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands on Review

Autonomy:

The Nokia Asha 202 is not a smartphone with a large screen neither looks great features. It means that the energy consumption is not large, so the lithium ion battery of 1020-mAh will have more than enough for most of a day of hard work. According to official tests conducted by Nokia, the device will offer the user a range of 400 hours standby and 5 hours talk time. Those who use the phone for music will enjoy it until 25 hours. However keep in mind that the autonomy always depends on many factors such as the operation of the terminal itself, the conditions in which they encounter and even the state of the network.

Nokia Asha 202 Hands-on Review

Verdict:

The Nokia Asha 202 is an easy and convenient phone that completes the Nokia Asha series. It stands as an alternative for those users who are seeking a mobile phone easy to use. One of the main advantages of this terminal is that it incidentally offers Internet access and direct access to social networks like Facebook or Twitter. The Nokia Asha 202 is sold in free format at 77 USD (60 Euro), an amount more than reasonable for a device that will open the door of the “Internet Everywhere” to many users. We like it because it has the classic Nokia S40 interface, an easier operating system.

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M. Yousuf is a Technology Enthusiast from Malaysia. He loves to write on the Latest Tech news especially on Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Blackberry, Google, Sony, HP, Dell, LG, HTC, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Philips, Motorola, Panasonic and Microsoft.

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