With a price tag aimed at those on the tightest of budgets, a touchscreen display, a brilliant selection of apps and games, and homescreen options like Fastlane, the Nokia Asha 230 is a true game changer.
It’s the most affordable smartphone in the current Asha family, yet it still offers enough features to change the lives of millions of people around the world. Here are 10 reasons we think you should add the Asha 230 to your wish list.
Bright and breezy design
Crisp, vibrant styling is one of the characteristics of the current Nokia Asha range, and the Nokia Asha 230 fits in perfectly with the Asha 501 and its siblings. Clean lines, near-perfect symmetry and range of vivid colours – it’s available in red, green, black, white, yellow and cyan – will be familiar to existing Asha owners, and there are more than a few design similarities with Nokia Lumia phones costing three times the price.
42 hours of music
With the Asha 230, there’s no longer any need to carry a dedicated MP3 player. Nokia’s latest Asha touch phone is capable of playing a large variety of audio formats including MP3, MP4 and WAV. And its jaw-dropping 42-hour playback time gives you nearly two days of constant music from a single charge
A Fastlane to success
Fastlane has changed the way Asha owners navigate their phones forever, and the ever-popular feature is an integral part of the and Asha 230 too. Fastlane lets you access calendar notifications, a call log, messages, music, social media status updates, and even recent web pages you’ve visited.
Better yet, you can also select exactly what you want to appear on the Fastlane of your Nokia Asha 230. Prefer to keep things private? No problem, remove notifications at the tap of a button – it’s that simple.
Exclusive game gift
Check out some of the apps that work on the Asha 230, and you’d be forgiven for thinking this is a far more expensive device than it actually is. It comes with €20 worth of games letting you enjoy 10 top titles like Assassin’s Creed 3, SimCity Deluxe and World at Arms,* and you’ll have access to thousands of other apps on the Nokia Store.
This gift is not Gameloft only, there are others as well: Joy Bits: Doodle God, Doodle Farm; EA: Need for Speed Shift, Sim City Deluxe, Sims 3 World Adventures; Namco: Pac-Man Party, Ace Combat; Gameloft: Asphalt 6, Assassin’s Creed 3, Dungeon Hunter 3
A social networker
Despite its many other abilities, staying in touch with friends and family remains a key feature for a mobile phone, and this is an area the Asha 230 really delivers. It’s quad-band, for a start, so you’ll be able to chat to people almost wherever you are in the world, and the Asha 230 also comes out on top when it comes to instant messaging.
Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, LINE and WeChat come all pre-installed, letting you select the social networks that best suit your needs, and connect whenever you want, however you want.
Nokia Xpress Browser
The Nokia Xpress Browser provides a fast and more affordable way of exploring the internet on the Asha 230. The browser uses cloud-based acceleration, compressing the webpages you visit by up to 90 per cent. This means pages load quicker, and less data helps to keep your mobile phone bill to a minimum.
You’ll also find an innovative home page on the Xpress Browser, letting you choose from tabs that launch entertainment and videos, social media, news, apps and more, so you’ll never waste time looking in the wrong place.
Ease of use
Bluetooth 3.0 is a great addition to have, and when combined with Nokia’s Slam technology, it’s super easy to share photographs with friends.
Nokia’s Slam technology means you’ll be able to share snaps wirelessly via Bluetooth without having to worry about going through a pairing process. Just select the ‘Slam’ option and the Asha 230 will seek out the nearest Bluetooth-enabled phone. Then all you need to do is press send, and your photo will be shared.
If you love Slam for its simplicity, you’ll be particularly fond of Asha Motion, Nokia’s new wallpaper app. Asha Motion uses accelerometers in the phone to detect movement, creating stunning and unique images that differ depending on how you tilt and move the phone. Once you’ve created something you like, you can save it as the background image for your Asha.
45 EUR/ 59 USD price tag
These features add up to an unbeatable experience, but add in a price tag of just 45 EUR/ 59 USD to the mix, and the Nokia Asha 230 really does stand out as a game changer.
What feature would compel you to buy the Nokia Asha 230? Let us know below.