The Nokia Asha 503 is that the latest handset inside a series of low-cost, feature-packed devices coming from the Microsoft-owned company. The Asha 503 is really a slightly upgraded version from the Asha 501, by having an improved camera more enhanced social integration as default. Picking in the Nokia Asha 503 SIM-free will set you back about £100. However in case you check in to some pay-as-you-go deal, you ought to often get the 503 for under £80 - an absolute bargain.
The 503 comes designed with one rear facing 5MP camera accompanied by an LED flash, and that is similar to the Nokia Lumia 520 and also the Motorola Moto G when it comes to megapixels. The downside is that the tiny 3-inch screen on 503 feels minute when when compared with the likes from the 4. 7-inch display you will get coming from the Nokia Lumia 625.
Just what the Asha 503 lacks in screen size is made up for with solid battery life and it also offers a lot of the features you'd expect given by a modern smartphone. Running on Nokia's Asha software platform 1. 2, the 503 is smooth to operate with little lag. The operating system is extremely basic, however that does mean it is simple to use.
The Asha 503 runs onsoftware platform, that has replaced the MeeGo software Nokia was developing before it was eventually bought by Microsoft. The Asha OS is really a stripped back version of MeeGo, but additionally an upgrade coming from the Symbian OS which were utilized by other Nokia devices for a long time.
Inside the Asha 503 a 4GB microSD card is included, but that may be upgraded to some maximum of 32GB for many your files and apps. The phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3. 0, and also a 1200mAh battery which boasts a fantastic 35 days of standby time. However, maximum talk time over 3G is really a rather average 4. 5 hours, and please don‘t expect 4G or perhaps GPS support here.
Measuring only 102. 6 x 60. 6 x 12. 7mm, and weighs in at 110g, just what the device lacks in height is unquestionably made up for in thickness, however it feels comfortable, sturdy and well built inside the hand. Any fragile parts or features happen to be eliminated coming from the 503's design, and like older handsets from Nokia - for instance the Nokia 5110 - the 503 feels durable.
It‘s likely that it device could possibly be dropped many times without breaking it because of its thick and durable plastic case. However, that is unlikely to happen since the 503 fits so snugly in one hand you will rarely feel it slip. All around the fringe of the Asha 503 you will see the volume controls and the ability button towards the right, the headphone socket and charging / data port along the highest and an opening to the microphone in the bottom. Addititionally there is touch operated button beneath the screen, which provides the rear feature.
The colourful rear cover is removable, allowing for replacement or customisation. Nokia has provided the Asha 503 inside a handful of colours, including yellow, black, green, red, and blue. Each case has a transparent plastic layer that covers the rear, this really is what noticeably helps make the 503 instantly differ from its 501 version. Presumably, to added protection, however the corners are very sharp and also the extra clear plastic helps make the device unnecessarily bulky.
The protection also extends towards the screen and that is covered in Gorilla Glass to ensure extra durability. The 503's screen is removed from high definition with only 134 pixels per inch, which provides an obviously pixelated image when when compared with any mid-to-high end device.
The viewing experience is less enjoyable consequently, but once you will get used towards the three-inch display, you begin to realise that it weakness gives the Asha 503 strengths in other departments.
- Lawrence Lessig - Remix Nov 9 2008 @ NYU