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Nokia Asha 501 Review

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Nokia Asha 501 Review
Introduction

Colorful, cheap and boxy - that is what the Nokia Asha 501 looks like. With a touchscreen and a touch gesture based user interface, the Asha 501 almost looks like a smartphone. Almost.

It lacks the apps of course and with them a lot of the functionality is missing, so do not be fooled - this is a Series 40 device like most other basic Nokia phones.

With its cheerful colors though can it stand out among many budget Droids, though, and ultimately does the Asha 501 have what it takes to compete? Let’s find out.
Box contents - Nokia Asha 501 Review

Box contents


In the box:

  • Headphones
  • Wall charger
  • User manual

Design

Design-wise, Nokia is clearly taking its Asha series closer to its Lumia devices. The Asha 501 is colorful and features a similar rounded-edge rectangle form as Lumias. It comes in six color versions: cyan, bright red, yellow, bright green, black and white.

Front - Nokia Asha 501 Review
Nokia Asha 501 Review
Back button - Nokia Asha 501 Review

Front

 

Back button


The Asha 501 is a chubby little device measuring nearly half an inch thick, but its compact size makes up and it does not feel bulky. It is also very light at less than 100 grams (some 3.5 ounces). Build quality is good, the device fits well, with no moving parts yet it is easy to disassemble. The matte shell feels nice and a bit soft to touch.

The matte shell of the Nokia Asha 501 feels nice and a bit soft to touch - Nokia Asha 501 Review
The matte shell of the Nokia Asha 501 feels nice and a bit soft to touch - Nokia Asha 501 Review
The matte shell of the Nokia Asha 501 feels nice and a bit soft to touch - Nokia Asha 501 Review

The matte shell of the Nokia Asha 501 feels nice and a bit soft to touch


Buttons are all on the right - a volume rocker and a lock/unlock key in the middle. There is no dedicated physical camera key. You’d need to take out the back cover to change SIM cards, microSD cards or battery.

Right side - The sides of the Nokia Asha 501 - Nokia Asha 501 Review
Top - The sides of the Nokia Asha 501 - Nokia Asha 501 Review
Bottom - The sides of the Nokia Asha 501 - Nokia Asha 501 Review

Right side

Top

Bottom

The sides of the Nokia Asha 501

Back - Nokia Asha 501 Review
Rear camera - Nokia Asha 501 Review
Loudspeaker - Nokia Asha 501 Review

Back

Rear camera

Loudspeaker



Display


The Asha 501 features a 3.0-inch LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and with only 262K colors. The low resolution means that you can easily see individual pixels as the density of the display comes at the very low 133ppi.

Overall, the display is dim with peak brightness reaching only around 230 nits and in direct sunlight you’d definitely have a problem making out what’s on the display. Colors on the screen are vivid and contrasted, and viewing angles are average.


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posted on 07 Aug 2013, 02:58 3

1. deacz (Posts: 147; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


wierd how gsm arena really liked this phone and phone doesnt

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 05:03 1

12. tashreef (Posts: 475; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


what else you can expect from Paid Arena...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 03:20 12

2. alterecho (Posts: 975; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


"at this price there is already a number of Android device like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket with better functionality"
Seriously? Any Androids within 501's price range would induce rage, from the laggy UI.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 03:55 5

6. theminolaboy (Posts: 125; Member since: 18 May 2013)


+ infinite

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 05:06 3

13. tashreef (Posts: 475; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


i think the reviewer forgot to write this

Advertorial by Samsung: The opinions expressed in this story may not reflect the positions of PaidArena!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 03:21 2

3. ZettaiRyouiki (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)


Given how close the rating is to Xperia ZR. It means the ZR is only about as good as an Asha. LOL

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 06:05 1

16. thephonedude (Posts: 51; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


No.. Not true. The phones are rated based on what class they are. the Asha is rated based on what their expectations for a featurephone is. If the Asha performs moderately well for a touch-screen feature phone, when compared to its rivals, they'll rate it around 6-7 /10... in comparison to its competition. As for the ZR, it's rated against other leading mid-range android devices, and what phonearena expects of a mid ranger to be. If you still don't understand, Read the ''How we rate it'' site.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 03:41 4

4. Snoobab (Posts: 167; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


6/10?

Does PhoneArena ever review phones IN CONTEXT???

This is an entry-level sub $100 handset, not some flagship monster.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 03:46

5. rms.max (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


agreed.he thought s4 got 9.4 it should get not more than 6..LOL

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 05:24 2

14. jedpatrickdatu (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


They do seem to take the 501 in context in this one, because they use phrases like "remember it's just a budget phone."

Still, just 6/10? Judging by the review, they seemed to have a good experience with the phone. It's like their scoring is based only on the spec sheet, not the feel of the hardware and the overall experience. Therefore, budget phones can only get scores from 1 to 7.

PhoneArena should split their reviews in two categories: budget phones and high-end ones. That way, budget phones can get 10/10 without being compared to high end phones.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:06

18. Snoobab (Posts: 167; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Well said, agree 100%

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 03:56 1

7. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Haaa? While galaxy pocket had 8.0, this little guy have 6? Seriously? Can galaxy pocket download or even play decent apps/games?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 04:01 3

8. theminolaboy (Posts: 125; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I think PhoneArena should change their criteria for reviewing phones like this. If they have the same criteria with Samsung Galaxy SIV then undoubtedly this phone would look like an utter garbage. And it's not. Honestly. Also, why the heck pixel density is being reviewed for these kinds of phones? Asha 501 is marketed for budget conscious folks, emerging markets and for those who doesn't want to throw their money out in the curb. These people doesn't even know what pixel density is. My goodness!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 04:06 3

9. aditya.k (Posts: 409; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


PA -_-
It should get atleast a 7 if not more. 6 is too damn less!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 04:33

10. veer.d (Posts: 83; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


battery life on cheap droid just sucks

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 04:47 2

11. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


this review is out of place..it's a budget phone god dammit. And samsung Y is supposed to better???? At what areas?
Cheap review, cheap author.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 05:27 1

15. samystic (Posts: 187; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


all these positive parts in the entire review, and still author gives 6 rating... shame!

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 08:54

17. jharkem17 (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)


Over all the phone is really good..other site such as CNET,GSMARENA,PHONESCOOP, gave this phone a very good rating, higher even than mid entry level android phones.

I dont get where 6.0 is coming from..

To the reviewer>>> dude learn how to categorized phone..I know you are not bias>>>you are just plain _____.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 13:38

19. suyash1629 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


samsung galaxy y is better one for budget phones..

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 13:46

20. suyash1629 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


android is always better...

posted on 29 Aug 2013, 16:10

21. Emz20 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)


BULLSH*T ! Really, i bought this phone so that I can use watsapp or even viber at times, but unfortunately there's not :(

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) LCD
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size3.91 x 2.28 x 0.48 inches
(99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm)
3.20 oz  (91 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 17 hours talk time

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