MWC 2014: Nokia Asha 220 and 230 to get first-timers on the web from as little as €29

MWC 2014: Nokia Asha 220 and 230 to get first-timers on the web from as little as €29We still can't quite believe Nokia now has three Android smartphones in its lineup, but the company also dished up a pair of feature phones at MWC 2014 yesterday – the Asha 220 and Asha 230.

As you'd expect, they're cheap, chunky and cheerful – in fact, at a ridiculous €29 Nokia can claim the Asha 220 is its cheapest internet-enabled phone ever.

That fits nicely with Nokia's well-trodden trail of being on a mission to enable “the next billion” internet users around the globe.

And in the case of the Asha 220 it's sure to be a very gentle enabling, what with its 240 x 320-pixel display. The fact that it measures only 2.4in across actually makes for a passably acceptable 167ppi pixel density.

It's a classic candybar Nokia just like in the old days, with the non-touch display sitting above a number pad complete with traditional navigation and control button layout.

Nokia has included a 2-megapixel camera around the back, and on-board extras include an FM radio, media player, integrated flashlight and microSD slot (largely because on-board storage is all but non-existent).

What you don't get, however, is 3G, but then considering the markets the Asha 220 is destined for, that's less of an issue than it might seem.

Like most low-end Nokias, the Asha 220 gives impressive battery life – 29 days on standby, 13 hours of talktime and 51 hours of media playback.

It'll launch in selected markets immediately, and will be available in red, black, white, yellow and cyan.

As for the Asha 230, it's an all-touch affair (down to the capacitive navigation button below the screen) yet still only comes in at €45 – these prices are before taxes and subsidies, by the way, so in reality they'll both cost a bit more than we've quoted here.

The Asha 230 has the same 240 x 320 resolution as the Asha 220, though the screen is bigger at 2.8in. Other features include a 1.3MP camera, 1020mAh battery, microSD card support and Bluetooth. As with the Asha 220, there's no 3G on board.

Overall the Asha 230 is unashamedly plastic-looking, not helped by the bright finishes you have to choose from, which include red, yellow, green, white, cyan and black. It too is available immediately in selected markets.

Both handsets run the Nokia Xpress browser, and have a selection of hand-picked apps for access to Facebook, Twitter and the like. The Asha 230, meanwhile, will feature Nokia's Fastlane UI introduced last year with the Asha 500 series.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2014 at 12:16

Lets be honest: if you buy this primarily for the featured 'web capabilities', you are in need of real retail therapy.
The Nokia 503 - a much more 'powerful' device and much more expensive - sucks.
It's UI is slow - though, admittedly, quite clever. Social networking apps are painfully slow also, and lack most features. You may as well use Twitter via sms. For reals.
Nokia's Xpress browser is awful even on the high-end Lumia 1020. I dread to imagine using it on a £29 blower/sucker.
This is maybe a decent emergency/back-up phone, or a phone in, um, 'developing' markets - you know, those poor people who make our stuff but don't earn enough to buy said stuff. Ever.

SpeedyG  Feb. 25, 2014 at 13:38

'Development market' phones like this sound disconcerting and pretty useless in everyday use tbh.

Like as if before the big phone manufacturers haven't been aware what people in these countries need until now...

'Yeah, let's get them some cheap crappy phones cause they're poor and cannot afford a flagship Apple or Samsung. Makes a world of difference...'

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2014 at 13:46


But hey, we makesed it colourful...
C'mon - somebody else must have used the 503 or, even weirder, the 515. They are horrible, pointless phones. Like selling a Porsche chassis with a rubberband drive.

Buy any 5 year old java phone - install Opera Mini 3 or 4 and you get a better web experience. Hell, you can probably get an old k800 for £30 - and have a half-decent camera, also.


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