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Smartphone wars: Nokia Asha vs Samsung Rex

Last updated on: May 31, 2013 16:07 IST

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Don't be surprised for the Nokia Asha series smartphones offer better gaming, music, Internet and social experience than phones that come under the Samsung Rex brand.

Lately, a lot of people have been taking my suggestions to buy a budget phone that would help them connect to the Internet as well as facilitate some entertainment on the go. Majority of those users were confused between the Samsung Rex Series phones and Samsung's proprietary Java OS and the Nokia Asha phone and the S40 Asha operating system.

Today, I will compare both these Series of phones against each other on the basis of the features expected by most of the customers buying the handsets in the Rs 3,000 to Rs 7,000 price range.

Speedy phone and speedy Internet

Most Asha phones come with a 1GHz processor and support 3G, while none of the Rex series phones have neither 3G support nor a very powerful processor. This surely gives the Nokia Asha phones the much required push considering its powerful specifications and features!

Courtesy: TechFreakStuff.com


Image: Collage of Nokia Asha 310 and Samsung Rex 90
Photographs: samsung.com and nokia.com

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Gaming

Since phones are being used for entertainment apart from communicating with people, gaming on budget phones have taken off in a big way. The Samsung Rex series phones have limited game options when compared to the Nokia Asha series.

The Rex Series phone users have 10 Gameloft games inbuilt, while the Nokia Asha users have access to 40 premium games from Electronic Arts worth Rs 2,700 for free.

This, gives the Asha series an advantage in the Gaming segment!

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Image: Nokia Asha 305
Photographs: nokia.com

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Music

The Nokia phones come with the Nokia Music subscription which allows the user to download unlimited songs from the database of over 77 lakh DRM free songs. This, gives the users the freedom to download any song they wish without doing any illegal activity or promoting piracy.

Even though Samsung gives myStation service along with myMovies and myMobileTV on the Rex series, the repository isn't as large as the one of Nokia.

The speaker output on the Nokia Asha devices is extremely loud and clear even at high volumes when compared to the Samsung Rex Series phones.

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Image: Samsung Rex 80
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Social communications

Everyone wants to use WhatsApp and Facebook these days, and the phone that could make these Apps available at hand is always preferred. Even though these apps are available on the Rex series phones, some of the features of these Apps are missing from them.

The Push notifications for Facebook and Twitter apps aren't available in the Rex series phones, but work smoothly on the Nokia Asha series.

Also, WhatsApp comes pre-installed on the Asha series phones enabling the users to start using it right away!

The Asha series phones also come with multiple e-mail account support for e-mailing on the go, which is missing in the Rex series.

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Image: Nokia Asha 311
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Battery life

Having known for providing amazing battery life for the longest of times, the Nokia devices still stand tall in this segment! Comparing the batteries on the two best devices in the respective series, we can clearly conclude the Asha 311 as the winner with a powerful 1100 mAh battery compared to the 100 mAh battery on the Rex 90.

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Image: Samsung Rex 70
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