Design and Specification
Design-wise, the handset is defined by its compact looks, curvy back, cheap glossy plastic and two physical buttons up front. It is a relatively thick device weighing 3.45 ounces (98 grams), but we wouldn’t hold this against such a compact gadget. Still, the phone comes with a huge bezel and lots of extra space in the casing that make it much bigger than what it could be. We found the big volume rocker and lock buttons to be practical, and the microSD and second SIM card slots are placed on the side so you can swap cards without rebooting the device. Neat. Interestingly, this device features both a microUSB port and the standard Nokia 2mm port for charging the device, so you can use your old Nokia charger as well. On the downside, though, the glossy front catches fingerprints very easily.
Camera and Multimedia
"The Asha 305 comes with a basic 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera with an accent on basic. If you don’t have unreasonably high expectations, the images actually turned out decent for this type of device. We would only shoot during the day as noise will start to get really noticeable when it gets darker, but otherwise the camera captured colors relatively accurate with some troubles in highly contrasted scenes.While on paper, the camera claims to shoot video, the recording is done at the practically unusable QCIF 176x144-pixel resolution at 10fps. That’s such low quality that you shouldn’t even bother shooting. When it comes video playback, the handset does have a video player, but the experience is far from perfect. The small, dim and low-res screen is the first thing you’d have to deal with. We could only play back video at the native resolution and it played okay. Music is a different story. The loudspeaker on this thing gets pretty loud and ample, with a rich in options media player that would let you create playlists, shuffle your favorite songs and others.Another thing we should mention is the gift of 40 EA games that come for free when you get this Nokia device. You’d need to register on the app catalog to get them and at first you’d be impressed to see titles like Need For Speed, FIFA and Tetris. Well, when it comes to those graphical games like NFS and FIFA, they really are very basic versions with little graphical punch and often lagging, but still free. The simpler ones are fun.In terms of internal storage you get the measly 10MB on board, but luckily there’s a microSD card slot, so you can expand with a card of up to 32GB."
"Internet and connectivity are Series 40’s weakest sides, so don’t get your hopes too high about browsing much on this device. The first problem you’d encounter however is not the browser itself, but the lack of both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity whatsoever. Yup, it’s back to GPRS/EDGE that max out at the snail fast 236.8Kbps. We should also mention that the phone is dual-band, so it won’t work in all parts of the world. Once you’ve swallowed that 2G pill, you can head on to the browser which is utilitarian. It supports tabs but it loads pages slowly and doesn’t support multitouch. You can zoom in a page to a certain fixed level, but everything from zooming to scrolling is painfully slow and frustrating.The one notable feature missing is GPS. You still get Nokia Maps with Navigation but you’d need to rely on triangulation from your carrier cell towers rather than accurate satellite positioning system."
Battery and Storage
"Having a feature phone like this grants you one advantage (probably the only one) over the smartphone crowd - battery life. Even with its paltry 1,110mAh battery, the Asha easily gets through a couple of days without ever looking at the charger. The handset remained alive on low battery for nearly a day and it’s juicer is officially rated for 14 hours of talk time."