Nokia Asha 200 [Review]

Continuing to serve its consumers with higher quality cell phones, Nokia once again presented ravishing series of Asha phones to their consumers. Nokia , this time, came up with a mid-range phone series that is designed for price conscious consumers.

Nokia Asha 200 is a 2G network phone with dual SIM and Easy Swap functionality to facilitate its customers to swap multiple SIM cards while on the go without any rebooting.

clip_image002Appearance and Display

Simply saying, Nokia ASHA 200 looks similar to blackberry handsets. It has this portrait QWERTY keypad to enhance the speed of all its conceded features such as integrated texting, social networking, MMS, adding RenRen, email and IM, Orkut along with Flickr support.

The overall structure of Asha 200 such as its wide 2.4’’ screen QVGA display with support of palette of about 262,000 colors, curved side corners, colorful QWERTY keypad and its well finished plastic back is really enough to attract the ones who love style with simplicity.

These overall structural appearances make easy for user to operate it easily while using all physical keys of device. However 5-way navigation button sometime could be confusing as slipping of fingers accidently.

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This 105 g light handy device is available in Black, Graphite, Aqua, Pearl white, pink, light pink and orange colors.

Interface and Functionality

It carries S40 Asha platform to run different apps but due to its lessen usage S40 could not get as user friendly as one would have wished. Once the user is familiar with this OS, it would be not hard to get through menus, customizing shortcuts, and getting used to the way things are controlled.

However, users have choice to set home screen with widgets or to go without widgets. Although, the widget’s choice would be more useful and attractive in understanding the device settings shortly.

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What I like about it is its store settings for five different SIMs. So, whatever SIM card you have, your setting would be stored.

Camera

By far, the Nokia Asha 200 carries 2MP camera with digital zoom along with a number of various connectivity choices like GPRS, EDGE and social networking options conferring good image results significant to its price.

However, due to absence of auto-focus and shutter holdup of over a second; it has been hard to get attention by finicky camera users that really want high resolution pics in their devices. Likewise the camera, video feature exactly has the same result.

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Battery

This device is giving its users more than its price as giving up to 7 hours of talk time by a single charge and 52 hours of music playback like as the expensive smart phones.

However, in stand-by mode, this device calls for charging after a full month with single SIM card usage and by two of the SIM cards, it is enough for probably 3 weeks long.

Multimedia

Cataloging of music by several names such as album name, singer or any title is not a big deal to enclose. However, if you are a music lover above the FM radio, you have to be with micro SD while the device’s 10MB of internal storage is microscopic.

After that is covered, user will be able play favorite tunes via the device’s loudspeaker. Its 32 GB memory card makes it possible to play thousands of songs that are attraction for music lovers.

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This device has been preloaded with Angry Birds game which increases enjoyment factors for users.

The video resolution is supported with 320 by 240 pixels that facilitate to play back videos but due to small screen display, viewer could bored or switch to another devices such as MP4 or etc.

Performance:

The first QWERTY keyboard with dual SIM cards has all the tremendous features as it is a social media ready phone, which would really welcomed by youngsters.

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But drawback is its lacking of 3G AND Wi-Fi support.

Connectivity

To have access to internet is possible through 2G radio with support for EDGE and this takes a moment while downloading any apps or checking facebook feed and status.

Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR is quite faster for rapid data transfer between devices and then again a micro USB port through support for mass storage mode having slow speed of transferring for a wired connection.

Avid Social network users could get easily join their friends and groups by preloaded apps of Facebook, Twitter and Flickr integration. Moreover, for chat lovers, instant messaging client allows to get talked with friends’ circle by Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, and MSN Messenger. However user can download any apps from the Nokia Ovi store that is supported by PC suite.

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Price

In Pakistan, this stylish handy device is available to consumers at the rate of 6,750 Rupees and this price is reasonable to all income groups for whole exciting and vibrant device along with social enthusiasm.

Verdict

Seeing overall features of the Asha200, it would be experienced as comprehensive Smartphone with the bunch of multimedia and social networking features. If one wants to go for smart phone at quite affordable price, surely Nokia Asha 200 would be idyllic and sturdily recommended.


  • Asha Series is a Big fail of Nokia, because of no Multi tasking.

    • Azi

      Agreed!

    • Saeed

      In Rs. 6.5k do u think they offer multitasking….

      • That comment was about whole Asha series, not about this mobile only.

        Asha 302,Asha 303 are more than 10K. But no multitasking..

        Offering internet, providing no backup for the running data to listen a call or read a sms, That Internet is almost useless.

        • Reader

          Balouch Which phone is multi tasking and provide internet data backup ?

          • Brother, Internet back up data, while browsing or internet using, you can check your sms,call or play games, while you internet remain in background. After the activity you can go back to that data,and restart your browsing from where you stop that. All multitask mobile allow this.

            Short trick for Nokia, the mobile which have “Home” button, are multitasking.

            • Reader

              Baloch baba, tell few model numbers of nokia of multitasking & what about asha 302? review pls

  • Ascetic

    No, Its not SmartPhone it is FeaturePhone. It operates on S40 os.

  • Ikram Musawir

    yeah u r right, but u should know that symbian S 40 doesn’t support multi tasking. for multi tasking u should go for symbian Anna and belle OS’s based sets, or you have to choose among alot of android OS based sets. its basically a cheap phone with some handy features but not basically for multitasking.

  • Hinna Mushahid

    some body told me that Asha series has been failed … is it true?

  • Humair

    It is an awsome mobile with good features, prices are also very affordable, i bought it just a week back from SYMBIOS.PK, when they delivered me my phone in just 1 day i was amazed to see such a nice phone, i am loving my phone

    • TPSstar

      Opps, spam here… :D advertising for Symbios

  • maham

    Nokia 3rd class itni price dene se to acha hai used blackberry set le lo samsung ne galaxy pop plus android 2.2 upgrade to 2.3 8500 mai dia hai nokia us k samne pani nahi mangta or talk time stanby time multi task wifi 3G sabhi kuch hai nokia puri dunia ki tarha pak people ko bewakuf samajhti hai jo thik bh hai jitna chaho loot lo koi pochne wala nahi vote to inhe zardari apne relative ko hi dena hai

    • Reader

      maham konsa set 10k tak sab se best hai qwerty style mei multitask?

  • ahafeezb

    It is an excellent feature phone with quality hardware stuff. People who compare it with android, iOS, or any other multi-tasking platforms smartphone are fools.
    This series are intended to give an introductory experience of smartphone features to novices. Price is also economic.

    • rabia

      You are right hafeez:))

  • farahan

    In this price range, it has all good features along with social platforms.For more best results,the price range would increase.

  • Hadia

    I like its qwerty as it speed up texting and other features.

  • maham

    Reader aap used mai blackberry lelo 7 tak esy mil jayga nokia to 3rd class logon ki pehchan hai bb freemason illuminati rothchild obama rockefeller use karte hain best hai wese aap net se check karna set lene se pehle hamesha reachers karna chaye aap ki mehnat ka paisa hai or paise kharch kar k bh aap ka dil khush na ho to kia faida

    • Reader

      maham bb used mei sahi kahan se milega aur konsa model lon?

  • rabia

    For social people, it could be as good as feature phone.

    • Reader

      rabi konsa ?

  • Ali

    Maham,Is nokia 6120 is good for multitasking?N plz samsung 8500 waly fone ka model bta do plz.

  • optmist

    Nokia has lost it’s image really… what’s the difference between china and nokia now?
    no difference

    and asha series is the worst i have ever seen
    real shame for nokia

    i am about to cry now :))

  • Irfan Khalid

    fazooooollll set he…. bohat slow he…

  • salman

    KARACHI main kisi ko Samsung champ delux dous c3312 chaiye takreeban new set hai ,company ki taraf se opper screen wala protector bhi laga hoa hai,earphones bhi panni main pack hai, charger bhi nahi khula hai,meri FINAL price 7000rs (fixed) hai agar kisi ko chaiye tu is pe mail karey = [email protected]

    • reader

      nahi chiye

  • reader

    Nokia ka qwerty mein sab se acha set konsa hai jo multi task bhi ho aur price b economical ho?

    nokia C3 kesa hai ?

    nokia c3 lon ya asha series qwerty?

    • optmist

      blackberry 8520

      • reader

        kitnay ka hai

  • Soha

    I have this phone from last 5 months. I think Major drawback of this handset is SLOW SPEED. While taking a picture or watching a video on Nokia Asha 200, it gets very slow which results in constant frustration. All other features pay off its price. They should overcome slow speed issue in this handset.

  • Zabardast set ha yaar…. I m using nd enjoying it!!!!!!!!!

  • First when i bought it was slow in internet but now it seems fast

  • MadMonkey

    Its a good looking phone, but in the end its a feature phone not a smart phone but you can still download and use Java applications and games. Yes it is a bit slow especially for taking pictures but it is supposed to be a cheap entry-level Nokia phone. As for Internet my advice, get Opera Mini for the Asha 200 (or even other Ashas!) the best version in my opinion is Opera Mini 4.4, its fast and can save you money on data charges as it compresses the pages before they are seen on the screen and its FREE!

    Summary its a good budget level phone it is not supposed to be a smart phone replacement as it runs the Nokia series 40 platform but can still do some cool things and its Nokia so quality should not be an issue. Also don’t forget to get themes for the Asha (just google them). You can get themes like Blackberry, iPhone and even Android so it even looks like another phone!

    One more thing some people say that there is a network problem with the Asha 200 because when you are calling with one SIM the signal for the other SIM goes down, this is not a network issue, if the users actually took the time to read the user manual they would know that the ASHA 200 is a dual standby phone that supports 2 SIMS at the same time but when one is being used the other will be ‘disabled’ temporarily.

  • samiya

    its a fail series u r ryt …… waste of money …no wifi no whatsapp support :( baykar