Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nokia Asha 501 Review/Spec

Nokia Asha 501 front
Nokia Asha 501 Dual Sim |
image source: http://www.nokia.com.ph

Nokia Asha 501 (Dual SIM)

Here is an inexpensive Nokia phone that would be new phone owner want to buy. At first glance this phone may look like a Lumia only smaller.

Apparently the Asha 501 tries to go against the current norm and went smaller instead of bigger. The Asha 501 is small at 99.2x58mm (h x w) compared to what we are normally sold in the market these days. There was a time back in the early days of cellular phones where smaller is better, this phone is trying to prove that. Of course the only disadvantage is that with a smaller body, you will also get a smaller display which is not so good when you are browsing or playing games or videos.

Here are some positive notes about this phone
Nokia Asha 501 swap SIM
Easily swap SIM withou loosing each SIM's settings |
image source: http://www.nokia.com.ph

  • Low data usage full browsing experience - It also tries to minimize data usage while browsing with its Nokia Express Browser. It uses less data while still richly displaying content.
  • Get Social all-in-one screen - With a single swipe, it brings out your social media interface in a single screen. Updating status and receiving them are all in a single screen.
  • Swapping SIM has never been easier - Now it is possible to swap SIM cards and never have to worry about the settings in each SIM. It remembers settings of up to 5 SIMs.

User experience:

Here are some comments from people who have already used the device.

  • Pros:

    1. Good battery life
    2. phone is good for its price
    3. gives smartphone experience for a phone that is not
  • Cons

    1. small browsing screen
    2. no support for apps like nimbuzz and whatsapp.

PricePhp3,000 - Php4,500
NameNokia Asha 501
Release DateJune 2013 (Announced May 2013)
Operating SystemNokia Asha software platform 1.0
Dimensions99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm (3.91 x 2.28 x 0.48 in)
Weight98.2 g (3.46 oz)
Network TypeGSM 900 / 1800 - RM-899; 850 / 1900 - RM-900; GSM 900 / 1800 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 - RM-902
SIMOptional Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display TypeTFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Display Size240 x 320 pixels, 3.0 inches (~133 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Display?Yes, Up to 2 fingers
Vibration AlertYes
MP3 Alert/RingtonesYes
Speaker JackYes, 3.5mm jack
Internal Memory128 MB, 64 MB RAM
Memory ExpansionYes, microSD, up to 32 GB, 4 GB card included
GPRSYes, Up to 85.6 kbps
EdgeYes, Up to 236.8 kbps
WLANYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with EDR
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
Primary Camera3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
Secondary Camera-
Video CaptureYes,QVGA@15fps
Proximity SensorYes
Other Sensors-
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
BrowserWAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
RadioYes, FM only
JavaYes, MIDP 2.1
ColorBright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black
BatteryLi-Ion 1200 mAh battery (BL-4U)
Battery | Stand-byUp to 1152 h (dual SIM: Up to 624 h)
Battery | Talk Time Up to 17 h (dual SIM: Up to 17 h)
Battery | Music Play TimeUp to 56 h
Battery | Browsing Time-
SAR US1.41 W/kg (head)
SAR EU0.96 W/kg (head)
Support Pagehttp://www.nokia.com/ph-en/support/

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