Messaging phones such as the Nokia Asha 302 tend not to be the most sexy devices on the block, but this particular handset costs less than €100 before tax and packs in an impressive amount of features for that money.
On the front of the Asha 302 is a 2.4" 320 x 240 pixel display and a compact QWERTY keyboard. On the back is a basic 3.2 megapixel camera and the Asha 302 also has a microSD slot and a USB connector.
Inside, the Asha 302 gets more interesting, it has a speedy 1GHz processor, support for both 3.5G and WiFi connectivity, an FM radio and media player plus Bluetooth, not bad at all for this sort of price range.
It doesn't just look like a messaging phone from the outside, the Asha 302 also supports various push email services and now also supports Mail for Exchange, the first time this has been available on a Series 40 feature phone such as this one. So, if you use Microsoft Exchange, you can potentially equip your workforce with Asha 302 devices at a fraction of the cost of some better known rivals.
Other software includes a web browser, social networking services, instant messaging and in some markets Nokia Life Tools. You can download other applications from the Nokia Store, but bear in mind that this isn't a smartphone.
The 1430 mAh BL-5J battery is quoted as giving almost 6 hours talktime on 3G and 34 days standby time. The Asha 302 measures 115 x 59 x 13.5mm and weighs 106 grams. It's worth noting that the standard sales package includes a wired headset but no microSD card.
Nokia say that the Asha 302 is available right now in some markets in grey, white, plum, blue and golden light colours. At this sort of price, the Asha 302 looks like an appealing proposition for both consumers and businesses alike.
Nokia Asha 302 at a glance
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA + WiFi
2.4" 320 x 240 pixels
115 x 59 x 14mm / 106 grams
5.9 hours talk / 34 days standby (3G)