Design and Specification
"There is nothing impressive about the design of the Asha 311. It’s a thick little phone with a good build quality, with no creaky moving parts. It comes in five different colors showing most in the fully colored back cover and less in the matte inward chin on the front. Fingerprints are definitely an issue with the glossy back cover.The screen (more on it later) is encircled with a hefty bezel that looks almost unusual for those accustomed to the narrower framing on smartphones.The element that makes the phone easy to recognize are the the two physical buttons placed on a contrasted chromed plastic strip right below the screen. We wouldn’t say it adds much to the aesthetics of the phone (rather the opposite), but we loved the two physical buttons, both very responsive, easy to press.Unlike the front buttons, the side keys we just couldn’t get used too - they were too rigid, too hard to press to the point of inconvenience. Not a dealbreaker, but definitely something to keep in mind. Charging is done via either a proprietary Nokia port which is on top or a microUSB port right next to it. On top, there is also a 3.5mm headphone jack. "
Camera and Multimedia
"The Asha 311 features a 3.2-megapixel camera with no flash. It’s a fixed-focus affair producing very low quality shots with little resolved detail and too much noise ruining pictures whenever it gets dusky. When it comes to the interface of the camera, everything is as simple as possible with little options available. The camera also captures video in 480p recorded in the .3GP format. The frame rate is 25fps, and overall while video is jittery if you are recording fast-moving objects, it’s what you’d expect from a phone of this class.While it can never be a multimedia powerhouse with that 3-inch 240x400-pixel display, the Asha 311 is a surprisingly well equipped media player with tons of codec support and a clear sounding loudspeaker. It plays back music nicely, and loudspeaker gets pretty loud, not lastly because of how thick the phone is. The music player works just fine, organizing your music collection into artists, albums, songs and genres, and has an equalizer.Video playback was solid and we managed to play all our MPEG-4, AVI and 3GP clips including Xvid/Divx-encoded files at up to 640x480 pixel resolution. Nokia is giving away 60 Java games from EA for free as a gift for Asha buyers, and while basic we found those games to be fun, but way too basic. It’s Series 40 and Java after all. Good news is that Angry Birds comes pre-installed and it runs at actually playable framerates, unlike what we saw on the Asha 305."
"The Nokia Asha 311 is a well equipped device for its class when it comes to connectivity. Wi-Fi, 3G with HSDPA of 14.4Mbps and Bluetooth 2.1 are all on board. Going online happens with the Nokia Browser and while the 3-inch screen looks a bit smallish and the browser lacks multitouch actions like pinch-to-zoom, we still found that it managed to open even larger websites and maintain a relatively smooth flow. The phone comes with Nokia Maps preloaded, but there is no GPS chip, so it relies on triangulation from your carrier and/or wireless network to position itself."
Battery and Storage
As a feature phone, the Asha 311 also takes pride in its longer battery life. It ships with a 1110mAh battery that yields 6 hours of 3G talk time and 14 hours of 2G talk time.