Nokia Asha 501 Review
After the huge success of the Nokia Lumia 520, Nokia launched the new phone in the Asha series – Nokia Asha 501. And I find this device to resemble many phones in the Lumia series especially the Lumia 520. Just to be clear, this phone is not even close to the 520 regarding performance. I was able to get my hands on the Asha 501 recently and decided to give my review on it. So, here we are with the Nokia Asha 501 Review.
As already mentioned the Asha 501 resembles devices in the Lumia series except the corners which are curved in the 501. The phone is 12.1 mm thick. The right side harbors the volume rockers on the top and the power button right below them. The USB Port, earphone port and the charger inlet can be found on the top of the phone.
The back as in many Samsung Galaxy phones is made of polycarbonate with a glossy finish. Still, I never found the phone slipping from my hands or something unlike sometimes on my Galaxy Ace. The back also has the key to flip it.
Surprisingly, the phone instead of the typical Home button (as in most smartphones since the coming of iPhones), you have a Back Button (Hard button) below the screen.
The Asha 501 has a 3-inch screen with a resolution of 320×240 and 133ppi. Still,the phone brings out decent color reproduction.
The processor configuration was never released by Nokia, but it has a 64 MB RAM and 128 MB Internal Storage. You can expand the memory upto 32 GB with a microSD/TransFlash card, but Nokia offers a 4 GB Card out of the box.
There’s a 3.15 MP Camera on the front with no LED flash and this phone doesn’t have a secondary Camera.
The phone doesn’t support USB-on-the-Go feature but it does support USB charging. Other connectivity options include WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0(with EDR). It has an FM Radio; and accelerometer and proximity sensors. Nokia Asha 501 also supports dual SIM.
Nokia Asha 501 runs on the Asha 1.0 OS,based on the MeeGo OS. This OS does support multitasking, but you won’t do much with the 64 MB of RAM.
To unlock the screen,you can either click the Power/Lock key once or touch the screen twice. Swipe to either sides to get the Apps Menu. Asha 1.0 has two application markets called Apps and AppNow. Many applications including Facebook, Twitter, Document reader etc come out of the box. Nokia also offers 40 EA Games free when you buy this handset.
If you swipe again from the App Menu,you get “Fastlane” which shows the recently used apps as in Android ICS and JB. You also have a Notification Bar with Push Notifications and toggles – Bluetooth, WiFi, Silent Mode and Packet Data.
As for the performance, the Asha 501 fairs well for the specs it has under its hood – 64 MB of RAM and an unknown processor.
Music playback is loud but the clarity is almost comparable to the very low end phones like Nokia c2-03. Video Playback is good an supports resuming.
The Camera is not bad.It can record videos at 15 fps and thus “not amazing.”
The Powerhouse is a BL-4U Battery(1200 mAh) and with normal usage you easily get on and a half to two days of usage even with multimedia playback and all.
I’d say for a price tag of Rs.5199 this phone is really worth the buy. But, if you have been using an Android phone, then you won’t like this phone very much. Read the pros and cons to see if this phone suites you.
Please note that the Pros and Cons have been listed keeping in mind the specs and the price tag of this phone.
Pros vs Cons
- Nice Design
- Battery Backup
- Free 40 Games
- No 3G
- No GPS