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Are Nokia Asha phones smartphones?

Are Nokia Asha phones smartphones, technically, or featurephones?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jun. 8, 2013 at 07:34

Stephen Elop tried to make us believe they are.
They have some smartphone features in limited capacity - some native apps can multitask, there's an api for 3rd party apps development etc...
So, compared to the first iPhone or the first few Android phones the Ashas qualify. Otherwise? Nah - clever featurephones. Smart even, but not quite smartphone. Having said that: many users wouldn't notice the difference in daily usage.

Worth noting that the term 'smartphone' is a fluffy term. There is no one valid definition

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 8, 2013 at 07:34

Stephen Elop tried to make us believe they are.
They have some smartphone features in limited capacity - some native apps can multitask, there's an api for 3rd party apps development etc...
So, compared to the first iPhone or the first few Android phones the Ashas qualify. Otherwise? Nah - clever featurephones. Smart even, but not quite smartphone. Having said that: many users wouldn't notice the difference in daily usage.

Worth noting that the term 'smartphone' is a fluffy term. There is no one valid definition

Marekj  Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:11

Feature phone plus, I would argue. The modern Asha series are actually quite slick, for what are, quite often, sub £60 handsets.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:47

Feature phone plus, I would argue. The modern Asha series are actually quite slick, for what are, quite often, sub £60 handsets.

Agree. They are - mostly - a good series of devices.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2013 at 12:39

Are Asha devices the ones which are primarily aimed at developing nations?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2013 at 16:11

Are Asha devices the ones which are primarily aimed at developing nations?

Not all of them... They are, at this point, Nokia's feature phone range. Everywhere. But within the Asha series there are 2G models; WiFi-less models etc etc... I wish they released one with a good camera.

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