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Get a load of the Nokia Asha 503's ice-cube aesthetic (pictures)

Trapped in carbonite? Been there, done that. The Nokia Asha 503 looks like a phone suspended in ice. And that's a good thing.

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The cool-looking Nokia Asha 503

I'm not going to monkey with you: yellow, red, green, blue, or just plain black or white, the Nokia Asha 503 looks cool and chiseled in any color.
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Eye on design

It may be part of the budget Asha line for global markets, but Nokia definitely spent some time constructing this small, sturdy plastic phone in a way that makes it feel anything but plasticky. Here, you're looking at the 503's lock screen.
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Cornerstone

Take a peek at the phone's corners. Can you see the plastic coating that makes it look like the phone's trapped in a cube of ice? Sadly, the handset's 3-inch screen could expand much more within that thick black bezel.
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Camera and other features

As much fun as the phone is to look at, its performance pales. The Asha 503 has a 5-megapixel camera that's unfortunately fixed-focus and has a VGA-only recorder. The processor is slow, which makes routine duties like navigation and loading apps slow. Battery life is only rated to 4.5 hours over 3G.
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In profile

Bouncing back to the design, I do like the squared-off edges that manage not to feel too sharp, and which make the phone grippable.
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Top view

You can really see the "ice" effect from the edges and top.
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Button design

The shape and rise of the volume rocker and power button blend function with youthful fun.
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Below decks

Beneath the back cover, you'll find the microSD card slot, which comes with a 4GB card built in.

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