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I believe that Samsung and Nokia produce the most reliable mobile phones, so bearing this in mind, at the end of last year I bought the Nokia Asha 302, as it was cheap, looked sturdy and had a blackberry style keyboard, which I preferred to the touch screen. However, I now have an iPhone 4s (still to be reviewed) as I found the Asha was not the phone for me. After I got my iphone, my gran asked for the Asha, and she's found that it's a reliable, easy to use and a basic mobile phone, which she really likes. I think whether this phone is right for you or not is dependant on which purposes your using the phone for. If you're looking for a more modern, hitech phone, keep looking. But... If you're looking for a basic, easy to use and reliable phone, this is definitely worth having a look at.
I bought the Asha for around £70/80 at the end of last year. Nokia itself is currently selling this phone on Pay as you go for £69.99. The cheapest price I've seen has been in Argos, where its being sold for £49.99. (However, it's with Vodaphone). Wesbites like Amazon and eBay are worth taking a quick look at if you're thinking of purchasing this phone.
I love the look of white phones, so I bought the Asha in white. It has a qwerty keyboard on it, and has a very similar look to blackberry's. The screen takes up just less than half of the whole phone, and is of average quality. The qwerty keyboard is quite small and compact, however is quite easy to use. In the centre it has the navigation keys. The colour scheme of the phone is white, chrome and silver. The front of the phone is all white except for the navgiation buttons and the edges of the phone, which is chrome. NOKIA is written at the top just below the ear piece. The back is white with a silver panel. The connector and charger jacks are located at the top, micro sd slot located on the left. Although I have the phone in white, it also comes in a huge variety of colours such as black, blue, pink and gold.
The phone is incredibly easy to use, mostly due to the qwerty keyboard, which is brilliant for quick texting. The home screen can be personalised to suit your own preferrences and allows you to put in your own shortcuts, which will then be located on the bottom right. This is so handy for quick navigation and ease of use. Top left of the screen has the battery, signal setting icons. Top right has the service provider, -Vodaphone, o2 or in this case, giff gaff. Time is also located at the top of the screen.
Pressing the down button takes you to the personalised shortcuts on the home screen, such as camera, email, contacts etc. The other navigation keys take you to other shortcuts. Centre button takes you to the main menu, which is in list format, and has the usual options - messaging, contacts, internet, photos, social, calendar, music, settings, games, store, mail and finally, applications.
Messaging is inceribly easy on this phone due to the qwerty keyboard. Another great thing about this phone is that contacts have an identification photos, which come up when the person phones. I know this is now quite a common thing in phones, but my phone before the asha didn't have this, so I really appreciated it when I first got it. The internet is also very easy to use however, it used to take quite a while to load. I don't know if this was to do with the service provider or the phone. The camera also has options such as frames and effects, which I think is quite good too, although the camera takes pictures that are not of very high quality.
The Asha I would say, is more for people who are looking for a phone for everyday duties like texting and calling. A basic phone. I would say that this phone would be great for people who don't have much experience with phones, eg. My grandma. Or for a first phone. It's a very easy to use phone, reliable, and with a very good battery life. However, it is not a very sturdy phone. It's been in use for give or take 4 months and already the back has fallen off the phone and is being held on with sellotape. Despite all this, I think it is a good phone and my gran backs this up and says she loves the phone and that it's hugely easy to use - her texting has improved majorly. And that she would also recommend the phone to other people who don't consider themselves very good with technology.