Nokia Asha 501 Review
posted by Victor H. / Aug 07, 2013, 2:38 AM
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.
In the box:
- Wall charger
- User manual
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.
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.
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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"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 Aug 07, 2013, 3:20 AM 13
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Given how close the rating is to Xperia ZR. It means the ZR is only about as good as an Asha. LOL
posted on Aug 07, 2013, 3:21 AM 2
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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 Aug 07, 2013, 6:05 AM 1
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6/10? Does PhoneArena ever review phones IN CONTEXT??? This is an entry-level sub $100 handset, not some flagship monster.
posted on Aug 07, 2013, 3:41 AM 4
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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 Aug 07, 2013, 5:24 AM 2
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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 Aug 07, 2013, 4:01 AM 3
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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 Aug 07, 2013, 8:54 AM 0
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- Display 3.0" 240 x 320 pixels
- Camera 3.2 MP
- Battery 1200 mAh