Nokia Asha 501


Nokia just released a new range of Asha smartphones in the market. They shall be successors to their very successful Asha range of smartphone that has been rolling out since 2012. The new Nokia Asha 501 is a classic in the making, it looks different- from the design to the user interface. It brings that freshness that their Lumia series did by inducting Windows Phone 8. The Nokia Asha 501 operates their new Asha 1.0 platform OS. We think that is a great move given Symbain was losing it, it was old, it was done and dusted hence a smart move here.
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Nokia Asha 501 Design 2

Nokia has incorporated one of the simplest designs to their latest Nokia Asha 501. It is made of high quality plastic and has a great finish to it. It simply feels amazing in your hands. It is a little thick measuring about 12.1mm in thickness.

Nokia Asha 501 Design 1
Nokia Asha 501 is a very light device, easy to hand, its small size makes it easier to use and navigate through just one hand. You get the usual volume rockers, 3.5 mm headphone jack and microUSB slots along with a dedicated camera button to go with. The phone is really handy.


Nokia Asha 501 Camera
Nokia Asha 501 has an amazing 3.15MP camera at the back. It gives you good colour saturation; decent enough detailing to the pictures you take and close to realistic colors. There is no secondary camera but considering its cost, it does not come as a disappointment. Images taken on the camera are of max resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It can auto focus but there is no led flash to go with. Video capturing quality on the phone is that of QVGA which we think is acceptable.


Nokia Asha 501 Display
The display on this new Nokia Asha phone is quiet crisp. You can give the credit for this to the UI and the OS rather than the display itself. Good engineering gives you a greater pixel size and tweaks make it look more natural and denser than it actually is. Nokia Asha 501 has a 3 inch display, it is really good to look it, no pixilation whatsoever. By far the best display on a 5,000 INR phone. The display does not present all the 16 million colors but the usual 256K colors. You cannot possibly use it for a very long time for entertainment because of its small size of 3.0 inches, otherwise a big thumbs up for the display.


Nokia Asha 501 Performance
With a 64MB RAM on paper it seems to be damn slow but the reality tends to something completely different. The phone is a great deal to use, thanks to Nokia going on and taking matters in their own hands to provide a good OS base for their systems! It works like fluid, no problem multitasking or switching away or entering to applications. The sound on the phone is just amazing, if you are one of those who like their music played all the time for no apparent reasons over the loudspeaker, you are going to love this. The battery life is also largely helped due to Nokia doing it for them and irrespective we know Nokia is known for its great battery life. You get a standby time of a whooping 1157h!!! Talktime of 17h!!! And music playback of 56h! From just a 1200mAh battery and I guess that is enough said.

Memory and Data

Nokia has provided a 4GB of internal memory which is pretty good for a low costing phone and stores give you offers of more memory for free by selling you a microSD card along with it. The maximum data it can hold in it is about 32GB. The main memory like mentioned above is 64MB. Internet access is available via the Wi-Fi or the data from 2G network. The phone does not support 3G wavebands and clearly that is going to affect some sales. You can transfer data via the Bluetooth or the microUSB. There is no NFC in this phone.

Final Thoughts

Hands down it is one of the best budget smartphones in the market. I would myself be happy enough to hold one in my hands. Watch out for the dual sim verison, it affects performance by lowering you app processing speeds. It has an amazing display, good camera and great sound which should be enough to draw you into buying one. When you start using it, it really compels you. Thankful for Nokia to dump Symbian OS on this one.

Nokia Asha 501 comes for Rs.5200

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 – RM-899
850 / 1900 – RM-900
GSM 900 / 1800 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 – RM-902
SIM Optional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Announced 2013, May
Status Available. Released 2013, June
BODY Dimensions 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm (3.91 x 2.28 x 0.48 in)
Weight 98.2 g (3.46 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 240 x 320 pixels, 3.0 inches (~133 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Up to 2 fingers
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB, 4 GB card included
Internal 128 MB, 64 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Up to 85.6 kbps
EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Video Yes,QVGA@15fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Nokia Asha software platform 1.0
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Radio FM radio
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Colors Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black
– SNS apps
– MP4/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player
– Photo editor
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery (BL-4U)
Stand-by Up to 1152 h
Talk time Up to 17 h
Music play Up to 56 h
Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery (BL-4U) for dual-SIM model
Stand-by Up to 624 h
Talk time Up to 17 h



Author: Sinha

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