Nokia adds touch to budget blowers
House of Asha
Nokia expanded its Asha range of budget S40 smartphones today with the 305, 306 and 311, the first three models in the series to feature touchscreen interfaces.
The Nokia Asha 311 features a 1GHz processor with a 3in scratch-resistant capacitive touchscreen. There is also a 3.2Mp camera and various pre-installed apps such as Nokia Maps, WhatsApp and Angry Birds.
The Nokia Asha 305 comes with dual-Sim capabilities and a 3in resistive touchscreen, while its sister, the Asha 306, drops the multi-Sim in favour of Wi-Fi. Both feature 2Mp cameras and Bluetooth capabilities.
All three devices run the Asha Touch UI – a swipe-enabled version of S40 – and come with the Nokia Browser 2.0, as well as the option to download 40 EA games for free.
The Nokia Asha 305 hits shelves in Q2 2012 for €63 (£51), while the Asha 311 and 306 are expected in Q3 2012 for €92 (£75) and €68 (£55) respectively. ®
Nokia corrupted by Microsoft in the English Markets?
Looks like people are finding the lack of Ashas in UK similar to my problem.
I wanted a Nokia 701, not a Lumia or the very small 700.
For some insane reason the 701 is only available from mainland Europe. Why? Because it owns all Windows phones made by Nokia and Microsoft know it (even the lumia 900 imho). I am convinced MS have paid Nokia to not make it available in their prime WinPho markets of UK and US. Looks like the same is being done with the Ashas. In the end I imported the 701 from amazon.de for 300 euros. This phone does not disappoint and is everything a good Nokia has always been. Even Belle is up their with Android for usability. Anyone looking for a capable do everything 3.5" handset should check this phone out.
I can't imagine the Moderatrix (RIP) doing that...
Deleting two posts quite correctly pointing out the same error as in a previous article here and the article silently edited...
Bad form, Reg.
Maybe worth a look.....
Think about this pragmatically.
A bigger screen than most candy bar devices, an OK Touch interface [not brilliant, but OK] , the menu structure, from the Nokia website seems to be the standard Nokia fare, and if it does the usual Nokia stuff like Multi Tasking, email, sup0er quick typing and predictive text, the usual excellent speakerphone facilities as well as Nokia excellent battery life and radio reception, then for under a hundred quid, this does seem like a bargain.
OK the previous version of touch screens /may/ have been less then exceptional, but this is not a £500 device. I have to say, for a work 'phone, I'd look at this quite happily.....
Having experienced Nokia's resistive touch in their N97 I'd keep well clear of another fiasco - no matter how cheap.
Re: Resistive Touch
Only the 305 and 306 are resistive screens.
The slightly more expensive 311 uses capacitive multitouch.
311 also has a WiFi+3G data connection, whereas the 305/306 are 2.5G+WiFi.