Nokia Asha 503 Review

Nokia Pakistan sent me a new Nokia Asha 503 to try out. The experience with this low-end device was quite different & surprising.


Nokia Asha 503

The first thing you’d notice in Nokia Asha 503 is the icy plastic coating over the phone, making the phone look really attractive. I tried Nokia X too, yet miss this icy touch over it. And then, the next best thing is its Gorilla Glass 2 covering. I can fearlessly use it roughly as I use my Lumia 920. Yes, I still own that heavy master piece.

The Nokia Asha 503 is available in six different colors: yellow, white, black, green, red & blue. I was provided with a pure white colored device. Well, this device comes with a 5MP camera with LED flash, 3G and a Wi-Fi connectivity. It also got an optional dual-SIM support plus expandable memory. I got a preloaded 4GB SD card in it.

When it comes to hardware, the display on Nokia Asha 503 is 3” TFT unit of QVGA (240 x 320), sliding into pockets easily. The colors are very charming or bright or HD displays however, you can’t expect much in this price range. All the hardware controls are on the right side. There you can find the power/lock button and the volume controller. The soft touch experience of Nokia Asha 503 is delighting thanks to the nice matte plastic. The back button is replaced by a capacitive control and is the only means of navigation. The taps & swipes do the rest magic. At the top you’d find a microUSB port for charging & data connections, and also a 3.5mm headphones jack. And at the very bottom of phone, you’d only see the microphone pinhole only.


Nokia Asha 503

To be honest, at first I had a hard time removing the back cover and popping in the battery, however later when I mastered the trick of pushing the nub at the bottom, it went easy. The SIM slots were at the back, with the swappable microSD on the side. The battery is 1200 mAh Li-Ion and is quoted at 840 hours of stand-by time and 12 hours of calls over a 2G network.


With the software capabilities of Asha, Fastlane cannot be just ignored. With Nokia Asha 503, you can just swipe to view the stuff you love. Tap to share instantly and get all the updates in the new homescreen. From your recent text message to your last played song, it’s all saved to scroll back through. No more digging through your phone looking for your cool stuff previously accessed. The WhatsApp support with better Fastlane UI features spices up the phone more.

Another worth mentioning feature is the ability to launch the camera right from your locked screen since no Asha comes up with dedicated camera key (As we have in Lumia series). To see it in action, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

There is also Glance Screen option available in Nokia Asha 503 powering the notification experience.

I also noticed that the Qwerty keyboard is redesigned and makes texting really easily despite of the small screen display.

The classy soft touch of Asha 503 made me realize that the soft body was missing in Nokia X. The overall experience, with Nokia Asha 503 low-end device, was better than many other devices out there in market. The phone is highly durable, classy and fits perfectly in pocket!

The 3 Families; Lumia, Nokia X, Asha

Pakistan Tour Images & Cinemagraph

Hello readers,
Finally after sharing few Panorama Shots & Closeup Shots from Nokia Lumia 920, here are final pictures from my recent Pakistan tour this summer. I feel quite lucky to be in Pakistan covering most of its hidden beauty.

I say this again that I’m not a professional photographer, but a programmer who lives mostly in his binary world.
The tour proved to be an excellent change from my older geek world though.

The first & last two images are shot using Nokia Cinemagraph! Quite an innovative app .

So here it goes,

Our first stop was Kewai Mountains. The water stream gushed beneath our chairs & tables as we enjoyed hot tea & paratha served with fried omelet. I tried dipping my foot in water for a while and found it getting numb in few minutes!





This is from where the water stream appeared, somewhere far from the mountains, melting its way down.


As we visited places, we found Honey Farms almost everywhere. They sold two types of honey, one was Yellow in color & the other was Red. Luckily no honey bee turned me yellow!


Traveling in those shaky jeeps was thrilling, specially when I got the window seat and glancing down gave me goosebumps. It couldn’t get any worse when on a One-Way jeep track and another jeep comes out of the blue & starts honking you from ahead!



Finally at “Saiful Muluk” which is at an approx altitude of 10,500+ ft. The wind was chilled with dew at night, we stayed there for a night in camps. Later next morning we went trekking at “Ansoo Lake” ahead.



I met and interviewed this kid who named his horse as “Sooraj – The Sun” and lived there at “Saiful Muluk”. He was full of excitement, happy & content with his life!



Boating at “Saiful Muluk” gave tourist at good time, however many devalued nature and polluted the lake.



The sun rising in morning at “Saiful Muluk”. The beautiful dark mountains gradually turning of gold.



So our trekking began for “Ansoo Lake” at morning, we saw wild horses, oxes, goats, sheeps, donkeys etc. And one my seniors tried having a shot with horse and instantly got kicked from that horse! Luckily no bones were broken but he was badly hurt!




I tried talking to her and heard nothing from her side, not even a slight acknowledgment. No offense but she reminded me of someone from Mama-2013 Movie!



Up up and we went having all instant energy edibles with us. The walk to Ansoo Lake included 6 hours of hiking and trekking on muddy mountains, stony mountains & then snow covered mountains! (And then 6 hours more to return back).


There was a point when I made a decision to never look back down from such height, it made me feel dizzy and quite nervous. Fighting & taming the thoughts & mind is a tough job. Those continuous noises within questioning “What if you fell down?”, “What if the stick slipped away”, “What if the stone slipped”! But eventually I muted all those questions and chewed Mentos!



Finally we reached at “Ansoo Lake” (Ansoo = Tear Drop) and watched it from the height of approx 13,000+ ft! The clouds were below us and hid our view, but soon they flew away. It was worth it all.



Our next spot was “Siri Paye Meadows”, this place instantly became my favorite spot because of the peace & serenity here. The cold soft breeze, the green fields, people riding horses and the best was when clouds went past us.




I just love the below image, I may frame this one for sure.



This is the closest I could get (recalling the kick which my senior received from a wild horse)




We gave few biscuits to these goats and soon the whole herd headed straight to us. I wonder through what medium do these goats pass messages.



Found something weird below ? The lost animal indeed!



Beautiful view of “Siri Payee”. The lake seemed heart shaped.



Happy Family! When a mother is with her child, its necessary to keep distance, specially when daddy is nearby watching!





Then we arrived at “Sheran Forest”. Every place had its charm, during night wild tigers, bears and monkeys were found here. Oh yes, I ate loads of wild berries growing in this forest. Do see my earlier “Closeup Blog” where I shared that juicy wild berry!




This monkey! We gave him Corn Sticks and he ate them before us. As soon as he started eating, I mischievously shouted to give that Corn Stick back, to my amazement the monkey nodded twice and when I raised my voice slightly more, he jumped unto the closest branch near me and started shaking it aggressively. I ran and stopped recording all this! He was really pissed off! I’ll share the video soon.



There were thousands of pictures I shot from Nokia Lumia 920, recorded videos, captured panoramas, closeup shots, using total memory space of 12+ GB! It was worth it, every minute I was ready to shoot any beautiful scene, flower, insect, food -anything!




Pakistan is indeed a beautiful country, with so much negativity filled in our minds through media lets focus on the brighter aspects that unite us together. The places I visited made me fall more in love with Pakistan, the people were very welcoming and friendly. Nature is a gift that brings harmony and peace to our withered hearts and lightens it up, I could never complain of anything here!

Whenever you pay a visit to Pakistan, be my guest!

Cheers &

Note: I had to compress above images due to uploading limitations, don’t hesitate to contact me for better quality images.

Pakistan Tour Panorama Shots (Nokia Lumia 920)

Few days back I shared few Closeup shots here, incase you missed those here’s the link “Pakistan Tour Closeup shots”

I’m not a professional photographer but a geek who lives in the world of binary 1’s & 0’s. This summer I returned back from Pakistan Tour and luckily had my Lumia 920 for shots. I had no idea how perfectly it’d stitch the images resulting in amazing Panoramic Views!

Most of the below panorama images were shot at first attempt!

So let me introduce you to few amazing sights I managed to capture on my way.

I just loved the greenery and peaceful atmosphere at Siri Paye Meadows. The clouds there played hide n seek with us and we loved passing through them. (I wonder what would’ve happened in a thunder storm then!)



The following is the view from Shogran village situated on a green plateau at  Kaghan Valley.




Here appears the “Queen of Mountains” – Malika Parbat! We were on our way hiking & tracking from “Saiful Maluk” to “Ansoo Lake” and came across the beauty of this queen!


Finally we reached at “Ansoo Lake” (Ansoo = Tear Drop) and watched it from the height of approx 13,000+ ft! The walk to Ansoo Lake included 6 hours of hiking and tracking on muddy mountains, stony mountains & then snow covered mountains! (And then 6 hours more to return back) To refill ourselves we carried loads of Yogurt, Boiled Eggs, Vitamin Tablets & my favorite Mentos mints that I kept chewing all my way, somehow those helped me in controlling my headache at such altitude! Oh yes, I might soon compile a video of our hiking and tracking visit to Ansoo Lake shot again by Nokia Lumia 920! It fitted in my hands perfectly and came up every time I needed it!



And few side poses of our Queen “Malika Parbat”



Perfect timing here! The sun was setting at Saiful Muluk which is at an approx altitude of 10,500+ ft. The battery life of amazing Nokia Lumia 920 survived here when we had only 4 hours of electricity per day (thanks to generators there) and then we had also our “Ansoo Lake” quest to be done in morning too!



Humans invading “Saiful Muluk” here! A perfect tourist spot but for only those who value nature and respect in cleaning the environment.



Far across those mountains was our way to “Ansoo Lake”, we began next day early in morning and returned just few minutes after dark!



Few Random shots, I some loved this round shape!




Finally, I must say that the Northern Areas of Pakistan are amazingly beautiful. Gifts of Nature is what I understood back then, peace & serenity was all I found in it. In our minds we have somehow removed this beautiful image of Pakistan into something worth not explaining. Now before I go out exploring other countries, I have yet many more places to explore in my country.

You can give suggestions for better photography, I repeat myself again, I’m not professional in it. Next summer I’d take Nokia Lumia 1020 with me. I fear these devices might turn a geek into an adventurer!
Till next time on few more amazing pictures captured!

Note: I had to compress above images due to uploading limitations, don’t hesitate to contact me for better  quality images.


Pakistan Tour Closeup Shots (Nokia Lumia 920)

Last week I returned from Pakistan Tour visiting many Northern Areas here. I must say that Pakistan is blessed with many beautiful sights. The perfect peaceful atmosphere here is quite freshening for the human soul.

Following are few “Closeup” shots I managed to shoot in various places using Nokia Lumia 920. I’ll release more pictures soon!


I found these delicious Wild berries growing in Sheran Forest, they had a taste similar to Strawberries! Later I called my human friends to invade that region & fill themselves up!

Wild Berries (They tasted like Stawberries) Location: Sheran

Wild Berries (They tasted like Stawberries) Location: Sheran



On my way  I found this pretty spider (could be highly poisonous) and oh look at the charming “Yellow” color on its back. Reminds of Lumia 1020 eh!

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


Oh yes, this snail was taking a nap

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


Here is another snail found on my way to Hotel Room. Later that night we had BBQ at the garden and one of these snails managed to crawl half way towards my knee! You should have seen me dancing there! I could feel the moisture of it against my skin

Location: Paras

Location: Paras


Now this one was way over grown Mushroom, seemed more like an Ice cream to me.

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


Finally I found a  normal Mushroom growing on Siri Paye Meadows, finally what I saw in movies was real!

Location Siri Pai

Location Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai


I was amazed to see such beauty in nature, look at this beautiful insect. All set for modeling!

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


And ofcourse, who wouldn’t encounter LadyBird in forest!

Pretty lady bird! Location: Sheran

Pretty lady bird! Location: Sheran


And here we have this amazing insect that had a shiny body reflecting shades of blue!

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


I loved this butterfly, she posed as if she wanted me to capture her pictures! She was quite friendly to Lumia, as soon as my friend brought another *ABC* camera for the shot, she snapped her wings and bid farewell!

Location: Sheran

Location: Sheran


I just loved blowing it after!

Location: Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai


Siri Paye, the place where clouds play Hide and Seek with you!

Location:Siri Pai

Location:Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai

Location: Siri Pai


Ah! The Gushing stream at Kewai, it came from mountains and local people  had placed chairs and tables there and served Hot Tea, Paratha and Egg! We sat there,  dipped our foot in that cold stream, had hot tea &  later found that we could hardly feel our feet! It was amazing!

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai


These beautiful flowers were considered to be wild there and grew in hundreds!

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai


The feeling of cold breeze following through the icy cold water is beyond words

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai

Location: Kewai


This is just a peak of big rock at Saif-Ul-Malooq, however that place has its own beauty. I’ll probably share more images soon and ofcourse, our walk to Ansoo Lake aswell. A walk to Ansoo Lake included 6 hours of hiking and tracking on muddy mountains, stony mountains & then snow covered mountains! (And then 6 hours more to return back before it gets dark, and we returned in  the nick of time, it was about to RAIN!)

Location: Saif Ul Muluq

Location: Saif Ul Muluq