Nokia Asha 205 Review: Connecting People Again

Remember the tagline connecting peopleNokia found its market by delivering upon this particular market value. Of late with samsung utilizing its android connection with Google, Nokia has lost ground in the connecting people market. However with a few lower end phones like the Asha series Nokia is trying hard to get back the lower segment chunk, to which Samsung does not actually cater. I found the Nokia Asha 205 to specifically stand out when I talk about Nokia bringing out some really market changing phones in the lower end segment. I would say market changing because not many players are working on bringing qualitative features at affordable prices to specifically cater to lower end demands. Check out how Nokia does or does not do that with the Asha 205.

SPECS SPEAK 

 

DIMENSIONS SPEAK :  The Asha 205 has dimensions of 112.8×61.1×13.0 mm. Specifically it is taller then a C3-00. The best part of the dimensions of the ASha 205 is that it gives a wide grip in your hands which makes it very easy to interface with the keyboard and use it hands on. Furthermore the thickness and width distribution make sure that the phone doesn’t slip out of your hands too often. At 94 g the phone is not that heavy and is easy to carry about.

FEATURES SPEAK

DISPLAY: The Display is sized at 2.4 inches which is pretty small but then at a lower end phone with a qwerty keyboard design that is an averagely good size. The screen resolution stands at 240 x 320 pixels. The screen sports a LCD display technology which implies that even at the low price segment in which the Asha 205 is placed, the display clarity would be decent.

POWER: The Asha 205 has been designed with a compatible battery of 1020 mAh capacity which is optimal to handle the capabilities of the Asha 205. Depending upon usage the Asha 205 gives a maximum 2G standby time of 608 h, a maximum 2G talktime of 11 h and a music playback time of 30h. All in all an average good battery performance. A quick recap on the battery goes something like:

  • Battery: BL-5C
  • Battery capacity: 1020 mAh
  • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
  • Removable battery: Yes
  • Maximum 2G standby time: 608 h
  • Maximum 2G talk time: 11 h
  • Music playback time: 30 h

 

SOUND,CAMERA,ACTION: The audio on the Asha 205 is a very ordinary affair with a standard music and media player with audio equalizer. The output on it is as good as could be expected from a low end phone as it. In fact I would say its a pretty decent audio affair.

The camera on the Asha 205 is a low key affair with only a 0.3 MP vga primary camera. However you would be surprised it gives pretty decent images if you are keeping a normal expectation with the photography action on it provided you have optimal environment while shooting. On a hands down the following is a quick speak on the camera specs:

  • Primary camera sensor size: 0.3 megapixels
  • Camera Flash Type: No Flash
  • Carl Zeiss Tessar lens: No
  • Camera resolution: 640 x 480 pixels
  • Camera F number/aperture: 2.8
  • Camera digital zoom: 4 x
  • Camera focal length: 1.8 mm

The Asha 205 does not standout when it comes to the audio and camera action. But I definitely give it a thumbs up when it comes to the features on its communication features. If I were to put a keynote on the features that standout I would rank them as follows:

  1. Dedicated Facebook Key: The Asha 205 sports a very easy to use direct facebook dedicated key which allows direct connection to Facebook updates, chat and every single Facebook interface feature.
  2. Online Faster App: The Asha 205 gives a faster browsing experience by the Nokia Express Browser with web apps which allow a racy browsing experience at 85 % lesser price then other browsing applications
  3. eBuddy: The eBuddy feature allows seeing the instant messages live on your homescreen by an effortless integration of Google Talk, Facebook Chat, Yahoo messenger etc. Its one happy communicating feature.
  4. Design And Dual Sim : The design of the Asha 205 gets an all out hands up rating from me. The qwerty keyboard deserves special mention with the keys being etched separately which gives a very good user experience. Further the effortless dual sim integration assures you of a seamless communication experience.

With all these and more the Asha 205 gets an overall high rating from me on its utility and if you like easy communication, this is the phone for you. I would say Nokia has got the connecting people statement right with this one. 

MACHINEHAPPY CUT
LOOKS-4/5
PERFORMANCE-3/5
VALUE-4/5