Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Asha 311 hands-on comparison of budget smartphones

nokia-lumia-620-nokia-asha-311-hands-on-05The Nokia Lumia 620 is the entry-level smartphone everyone is talking about but it’s not the only budget phone out there. Here we compare it to the Nokia Asha 311, which could be considered the flagship of the Asha line-up, to see how the two compare.

Before we look Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Asha 311 in greater detail it’s worth looking at how these two devices differ in usage. The Nokia Lumia 620 is very much a smartphone, in that it’s designed to allow you an instant connection to 3G services and apps.

By contrast, the Nokia Asha 311 is what’s known as a ‘smartphone lite’ device. This means it looks and acts like a smartphone, so you can download and install apps, have access to the web and all your social media networks. However, in order to be more cost-effective, you need to instigate the connection.

The big difference between the Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Asha 311 is the operating system both devices are based on. The Nokia Lumia 620 is running the latest Windows Phone 8 OS, allowing you to tap into all the now classic Nokia apps and services.

The Nokia Asha 311 in contrast is using the Asha OS, which is a touchscreen enabled version of the Series 40 OS. While this is a far less power hungry OS you’ll find that it still offers you access to all your everyday apps and features, including Facebook and Twitter at the tap of the screen.

Check out our Nokia Lumia 620 hands-on guide

Check out our Nokia Asha 311 hands-on guide

Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Asha 311 hands-on: Design

In terms of design, the Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Asha 311 are very much different beasts. The Lumia is bright, comes with interchangeable shells and has a highly youthful look. By comparison, the Nokia Asha 311 is a little more sedate, even if you opt for the Cyan or Magenta colours the phone is a lot more understated than the Lumia 620 – at least in our opinion.

The Nokia Lumia 620 has physical buttons on the right-hand side and virtual ones on the screen itself, while the Nokia Asha 311 follows suit with buttons on the side and two hardware keys below the screen.

The Nokia Asha 311 is the slightly more compact of the two devices, measuring 106 x 52 x 12.9mm and weighing in at just 95g. The Nokia Lumia 620 due to its larger screen is a bigger device, measuring 15.4 x 61.1 x 11mm and weighing in at 127g. However, it’s been designed to be snug and portable and we love size of it in the hand.

The designs do have similarities, such as the cupped shell that allows the phone to sit perfectly in the palm of the hand. Then there is the attention to detail and build quality, letting you know you’re holding a Nokia device.


Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Asha 311 hands-on: Screen

The Nokia Lumia 620 has a 3.8-inch TFT touchscreen that comes with a Nokia ClearBlack layer, making it highly readable in outdoors situations as well as under artificial light. The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with the standard Windows Phone 800 x 480-pixel resolution, but you will find that the Nokia Lumia 620 delivers a sharper image with brighter colours courtesy of its 24-bit display.

The Nokia Asha 311 comes with a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen, the first such Series 40 phone to do away with buttons and keypad in favour of full touchscreen experience. The screen has a 240 x 400-pixel resolution and you’ll find it comes with a 16-bit brightness rating. Then there is the use of Gorilla Glass, which means it’ll stand up to a whole host of punishment and still show no signs of scratches and dints.


Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Asha 311 hands-on: Tech Spec

The Nokia Lumia 620 is a Windows Phone 8 smartphone that comes powered by 1GHz dual-core processor and backed by 512MB of RAM. Also adding to the flexibility of the Nokia Lumia 620 is that it comes with a microSD slot, so you can expand the 8GB of internal memory with an additional 64GB card if required.

When it comes to the overall tech spec of the Nokia Asha 311 it is fitted with a 1GHz processor, the big difference being this is a single core processor as opposed to the dual-core of the Nokia Lumia 620. There is also a huge shift in the amount of memory, with the Nokia Asha 311 coming with just 128MB of RAM. Storage also differs, with the Nokia Asha 311 getting 140MB of built-in memory as well as a microSD slot with 32GB cards supported.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a 5-Megapixel camera, so you’ll find photos of a size up to 2592 x 1936 pixels are possible. You’ll find there is an LED Flash too, allowing you to get great shots in even the darkest of situations. However, the Nokia Lumia 620 ups the anti when it comes to video as you’ll find that it supports 720p HD video recording at 30fps, making it a far more capable video camera. So much so that we’ve been truly impress wit how capable the camera is on the Nokia Lumia 620.

The 3.2-Megapixel camera of the Nokia Asha 311delivers image sizes up to 2048 x 1536, which is eminently sharable on a standard connection. Sadly you won’t find a Flash but the main advantage here is that you’ll find video is much more proficient in the Asha 311, offers video clips as 25fps with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a 1300mAh battery, which means you’ll find that it offers 14.6 hours of talk time, on average, and up to 330 hours on standby. This equates to 61 hours of continuous music playback according to Nokia’s tests.

The Nokia Asha 311 comes with a 110mAh, which means you can expect up to 14 hours of talk time from either device, 600 hours of standby time and up to 40 hours of continuous music playback if you should wish.


Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Asha 311 hands-on: Price

The Nokia Asha 311 costs around the £100 (inc. VAT) mark depending on where you look. Expansys has it for £99.99 (inc. VAT), while Amazon is asking £91.75 (inc. AT) presently, which is great value.

The Nokia Lumia 620 is slightly more expensive with prices starting at £149 (inc. VAT) on PAYG but it does offer a more modern solution for those with the extra budget to pay for it.

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  • Rigor

    My Asha 311 is for family/work. and
    my Lumia 620 is for friends.

  • Mikey_Bee

    Nice touch! What do you use them both for, let us know :)

  • Rigor

    Haha, I have these 2 phones.