27 December 2012

Uganda: Gadgets - Giving All Props to My Asha 308

The Nokia Asha range is not aimed at those with means to purchase the latest smartphone.

It's designed for people upgrading from feature phones with a desire to get the feel of a smart phone. It's for markets like Uganda's where high- end devices are prohibitively expensive. I have used my Asha 308 for a month and I love it. Its long battery life of a whopping 17 hours talktime while using 2G internet (600 hrs standby) is simply wonderful.

It has a micro SD slot that can fit up to 32 GB and it comes with a 2 GB SD card. With its long battery life, quality output of earphones and sleek look, who needs an iPod? Have a blast with over 40 hours of music playback. In addition, the Asha 305 has inbuilt FM radio with ability to record your favourite radio show. Its 2.0 Mega pixel camera is good enough.

I have proven that it's better than other phone cameras claiming to be 2 MPs. The downside is that it cannot give good-quality images in low light - it has no flash. You can also record video at 10 frames per second (fps) and share your moments directly on YouTube. Its three-inch capacity screen is very sensitive to touch. If you are the type into savings, then take advantage of the phone's easy swap which makes switching from one telecom service provider to another a breeze.

The SIM2 slot is easily accessible enabling the user to swap lines without restarting the handset. In addition, the Nokia Express Browser compresses webpages for speedier and cheaper internet browsing. With this download, 40 free EA Games like FIFA 2012, Tetris Need for Speed, straight to your phone and fire up the fun when you're on the go.

On the downside, the phone is not Wifi enabled. With internet bundles still high in Uganda, most people are taking advantage of very available Wifi hot spot or WhatsApp to plot for the weekend. For such customers, the single sim Asha 309 is the answer. You want to get an Asha 308? It goes for Shs 345,000 at all Midcom outlets.

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