Apart from the headliners which were the main focus for everyone attending Nokia’s press event at MWC 2014, Nokia has released a few other devices to occupy an entire range of prices and specifications. By now, you probably know about the the new Nokia Android smartphones, the Nokia X, X+ and XL, but apart from these devices, others like the Asha 230 and Nokia 220 have also seen the light of day.
Nokia Asha 230: A cross between feature phones and smartphones
Nokia calls the 230 “the most affordable Asha touch phone” and considering the price at which it will be shipped at, 45 EUR/ 59 USD, we can’t argue with that. This is even lower than the lowest priced ASUS ZenFone 4. Of course, at such a low price, don’t expect a blazing fast, premium smartphone, but rather a “smarter feature phone”.
It comes with many pre-loaded apps, like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, LINE and WeChat and for WEB browsing, users will have the Nokia Xpress Browser which is powered by Bing as well as to Nokia’s HERE Maps complete with traffic information. As part of the software package, Nokia will be adding Microsoft OneDrive to the entire Asha family. For entertainment purposes, Nokia has also included with the Asha 230 a “game gift” consisting of 10 games which can be downloaded from the Nokia Store. Also, if you run out of memory, you should know that the device supports microSD cards up to 32GB.
As most of you know, Nokia is always interested in increasing sales in developing countries, and Nokia Asha 230 is a great device for such areas, as it is cheap, it offers a basic software package and in operates in Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900MHz frequencies) which makes it usable pretty much all over the world. Battery power is as you’ve might expect, and that is very long: 12 hrs on dual-SIM and an amazing 33 days (yes, that’s days) standby time, and this with using Bluetooth 3.0 , which isn’t as power efficient as the new 4.0 LE standard. The screen of the device is a 2.8-inch QVGA display, which by today’s standards is very low (almost like a smart watch), but it will get the job done if you’re not interested in gaming or too much web browsing.
The phone comes in two flavors: single and dual-SIM, and in terms of customization, it will be available in a range of colors (Bright Red, Yellow, Bright Green, White, Cyan and Black).
Nokia 220: The next step in cheap feature phones
Following the success of the Nokia 110, which was launched a while back, Nokia has decided to upgrade the feature phone we all know and make it smarter and more entertaining. The Nokia 220 is an impressive little fellow, having a classic Nokia look, with spacious keys and pretty good (but rather small) display.
The Nokia 220 offers users pretty much all of the software features which come with the Asha 230, the only difference being that this device will come with some pre-installed games (Asphalt 6 Adrenaline, Assassin Creed, Block Breaker 3, Brain Challenge 3 and Modern Combat 2). And if we’re talking about entertainment, you should know that the device also has an MP3 player as well as a Radio FM player (headset required for Radio FM to work).
Bluetooth 2.1 and Nokia SLAM are also present on the device, both technologies allowing users to share files between compatible phones, and like with other low-tier Nokia devices, there is an integrated flashlight.
The Nokia 220 will be available in a range of colors, red, black, white, yellow, cyan, but we’re used to this type of diversity on Nokia devices. The device will be retailing as soon as possible for around 29EUR/39USD, so if you’re interested in a good backup phone which will work for a long time, then this might be the device you need.
(The editor travelled to Barcelona on the invitation of Nokia)