We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on the Nokia Asha 306 and the Nokia Asha 311, the first two smartphone lite device to launch from Nokia but how do these budget little numbers stack up against each other? Check out our Nokia Asha 306 versus Nokia Asha 311 hands-on review to find out more.
The Nokia Asha 311 and Nokia Asha 306 both use a brand new version of the Series 40 operating system, called Asha Touch. Designed with the latest touchscreen technology in mind, you won’t find buttons and keypads on these new Asha devices.
Nokia Asha 306 Vs Nokia Asha 311: Screen
Both Nokia Asha 306 and the Nokia Asha 311 come with a 3-inch touchscreen, the first such Series 40 phones to do away with buttons and keypads in favour of full touchscreen input. Both screens come with a 240 x 400-pixel resolution and you’ll find they share a 16-bit brightness rating.
However, there are clear differences when you start to touch and use both devices. The Nokia Asha 311 is more expensive and as such uses a slightly better technology than the Nokia Asha 306. It uses a capacitive screen technology so you’ll find that interacting with the screen is that little bit smoother, little bit faster. Then there is the use of Gorilla Glass, which means it’ll stand up to a whole host of punishment and still show no signs of scratches and dints.
Nokia Asha 306 Vs Nokia Asha 311: Size and Weight
The Nokia Asha 311 is the slightly more compact of the two devices, measuring 106 x 52 x 12.9mm and weighing in at just 95g. By comparison, the Nokia Asha 306 weighs a tad more at 96g and measures 110.3 x 53.8 x 12.8mm, which makes it slightly thinner but the tapered edges make it longer overall.
Having spent time with both the Nokia Asha 311 and the Nokia Asha 306, we have to admit, the Nokia Asha 311 is our preferred handset out of the two. That’s not to say the Nokia Asha 306 isn’t stylish, but we actually like the look and feel of the more expensive handset in the hand.
Nokia Asha 306 Vs Nokia Asha 311: Camera
Multimedia is playing an increasingly larger role in Nokia Asha devices as the technology trickles down to ever cheaper and cheaper handsets. The Nokia Asha 306 comes with a 2-Megapixel camera, which is more than usable in most situations as it takes photos up to 1600 x 1200 pixels in size, so easy to send even without a 3G connection.
By contrast, the 3.2-Megapixel camera of the Nokia Asha 311 delivers bigger image sizes, but still eminently sharable on a standard connection, but the main advantage here is that you’ll find video is much more proficient in the Asha 311, offers video clips as 25fps with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
Nokia Asha 306 Vs Nokia Asha 311: Tech Spec
When it comes to the overall tech spec of the Nokia Asha 311 and Nokia Asha 306 you won’t find too much splitting them apart. Both is fitted with a 1GHz processor, which means apps load and run quickly and smoothly but you will find the Asha 311 has the edge in terms of RAM as it comes with 128MB as opposed to just 32MB of RAM for the Asha 306, which means you will find navigating around the cheaper handset slightly slower.
Storage also differs, with the Nokia Asha 311 getting 140MB of built-in memory as well as a microSD slot, while the Nokia Asha 306 has just 10MB but you will find microSD cards up to 32GB also supported.
Nokia Asha 306 Vs Nokia Asha 311: Battery Life
Both the Nokia Asha 306 and Nokia Asha 311 come with a 1110mAh, which means you can expect up to 14 hours of talk time from either device, 600 hours of standby time and up to 9.5 hours of continuous music playback if you should wish.
Nokia Asha 306 Vs Nokia Asha 311: Colours
While both our review units came in the Dark Grey colour there are a host of bright coloured Asha phones out there, as Nokia is offering both handsets in the following colour ways:
Nokia Asha 306: Silver White, Red, Mid Blue and Dark Grey
Nokia Asha 311: Dark Grey, Rose Red, Blue, Brown and Sand White
There we have it, the Nokia Asha 311 clearly has the edge in terms of tech spec and usability, which is very much what you would expect from a slightly more expensive handset but for the asking price of less than £80, the Nokia Asha 306 has a great deal to offer.
Discover more about the Nokia Asha 311 at Nokia UK
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