Nokia Asha 306 Review


Nokia Asha 306
Nokia Asha 306
Nokia Asha 306
Nokia Asha 306

Feature set summary for Nokia Asha 306 review

The phone is lacking 3G and GPS, which is disappointing, but you do get a reasonable snapper – and 40 free EA titles are on offer to download.


Style and handling summary for Nokia Asha 306 review

Style is not the 306’s middle name – it lacks curved edges, instead it looks as if the designers have used a hatchet to craft it. It has a matt battery cover to improve grip, but we don’t think anyone would want to hold on to this handset.


Battery power summary for Nokia Asha 306 review

Having a 2G phone means that battery life is vastly improved – you should get three or four days out of a full charge, although this will drop a little if you use the music player.


Performance summary for Nokia Asha 306 review

Unresponsive and sluggish thanks to the touch display. Accessing the net is painfully slow on GPRS and doesn’t get much better using Wi-Fi.


User friendliness summary for Nokia Asha 306 review

The resistive touchscreen is really outdated – makes the phone frustrating to use.

Nokia Asha 306 Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Battery Power
Overall Score grey star


Pros :
Long battery life

Cons :
Lacks 3G; sluggish, unresponsive touchscreen; mediocre browser; pricey



The Nokia Asha 306 will win no prizes for its looks, and is no rival for the smartphone market at this price. As a phone it’s just about okay but don’t expect anything more from it.

Full Review and Specification for the Nokia Asha 306

While Nokia has been busy wowing everyone with its Lumia range, the phone giant has also been quietly working on its budget range of Asha handsets. The top-of-the-range Asha 311 has not impressed us, but maybe the Nokia Asha 306 will fare better…


Touchy Feely

At first glance, the chiselled design and Gorilla Glass touchscreen might fool you into thinking you’ve picked up a smartphone. Although it’s nice to see something other than the usual rounded edges found on most phones, it won’t take long to realise this is no smartphone…


Our review model was black and smoke grey, but the Asha 306 also comes in red, white and blue. The battery cover has a matt finish to improve grip. Under the screen sit the usual Nokia Call/End buttons, while the edges play host to the lock key, volume rocker and microSD slot. Along the top edge you’ll find the mini charging socket, USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack.


Slow down

Turn on the handset and you’ll see the same Series 40 OS found on the Asha 311. Its home screen features a range of colourful icons, all tweaked to look like those on Android handsets. Swipe to the right for a second screen that can contain 16 shortcuts to contacts and apps. Well, swipe if you can – because this is a resistive screen – yes, remember them? The trouble is that you end up having to push and prod to get anything to happen. If you manage to get the screen to move to the left, you’ll be greeted with a full-screen dialler. This was easy to use on the 311, but the touchscreen on the 306 does not help things along


The screen itself measures three inches and has a resolution of 400x240 (and 155 pixels per inch). So it looks okay but don’t expect to read websites on full page. In fact, the phone’s browser is so sluggish you may as well not bother trying to go online at all. There’s no 3G so you’re stuck with GPRS. Even when we connected to Wi-Fi it was incredibly slow - so there’s not much point in having those preloaded Twitter and Facebook apps.


Music fans can use the music player, which supports most usual formats and offers decent sound quality. There’s a speaker on the rear of the handset that is thin sounding but pretty loud – and Nokia has also seen fit to include an FM radio player.


Nokia has also teamed up with EA to offer users 40 free titles to download within 60 days – they’re all pretty basic Java apps, but nevertheless are good enough for passing the time. You’ll have to wait a while for them to download though, and have a microSD card big enough to store them.  


Maps and snaps

The 306 has Nokia maps preloaded, but you’ll be lucky if it helps you navigate your way around town. There’s no GPS, so instead it has to use GPRS triangulation to work out where you are – it may take some time. And don’t expect it to direct you on any journey over 10km. There’s a 2-megapixel snapper too – images in good light are okay but capturing video results in low-res, jittery films.


Our conclusion

From being one of the must-haves of the mobile world, Nokia has really fallen from favour, and with phones like the Asha 306 it’s not hard to see why. It could have been a decent solid phone, but Nokia has attempted to dress it up to look like an Android phones, and with a price to match. The screen, display and browser all disappoint – but at least battery life is good.


Nokia Asha 306 Specification


Type of device Mobile phone
Operating System N/A
Dimensions 110 x 53 x 12.8mm
Weight 96g
Form factor Touchscreen
Input Touch Screen
Processor speed 1GHz single-core
CPU 1GHz single-core
Graphic chipset  
Status Available


Screen size 3 inches
Screen type TFT
Resolution 240x400
Display type TFT


Internal storage 10MB
Memory card slot


Camera 2 megapixels
Secondary camera N/A
Special camera features  


3.5mm Jack
Music player MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC
Audio recording
FM Radio description Yes


Video recording
Video player MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV
Video calling
Video streaming

Additional Features

Games Nokia downloadable
Voice control
Voice dailing




Band N/A




Colors (Standard)  
Handsfree speaker phone
Customisable ringtones
What's in the box  


Standby 600 hours
Talktime 14 hours
Battery life multimedia

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By Simon Thomas on 30th September, 2012

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