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Nokia Asha 501

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Design: The Nokia Asha 501 is a feature phone having the body dimensions as 3.91×2.28×0.48 inches. It weighs in at just 98 g.

Display: The Asha 501 has a 3.0 inched LCD Display with 240×320 pixels resolution. The pixel density of the screen is 262,144. The multi-touch screen also features a proximity sensor.

Hardware: The Nokia Asha 501 has a 64MB RAM and can have memory expansion of up to 32 GB via a microSD or a microSDHC card.

Camera: The Asha 501 features a 3.2MP rear-camera with F2.8 aperture size alongside extra feature like self-timer, white balance presets and various effects. It also has a Camcorder with the following characteristics: 320×240 (QVGA) (15 fps).

Connectivity and Technology: In terms of technology, the Asha 501 features a GSM, GPRS, EDGE and Cell ID positioning. In terms of connectivity it features: Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, microUSB (USB 2.0) and can be charged using USB.

Battery: The Asha 501 is powered by a 1200 mAh battery that can power the phone for up to 17 hours of talk time and 48 days (1152 hours) of stand-by time.

Multimedia: It features an FM Radio, RDS and Stereo. It also has a music player and produces good qualities on loudspeaker and earpiece. It also has a YouTube player.

Other Features: Other feature on the Asha 501 includes the following notifications: silent mode, vibrations, 32 voices polyphonic ringtones, MP3 ringtones, haptic feedback and a speakerphone. It also has a voice recorder and a accelerometer sensor.

Pros: It has small body size which makes it quite discrete to put inside your pocket or handbag. This comes in handy when you don’t want to feel the bulge of your phone on your trousers or chest pocket while you are out and about. Or you don’t have much space in your handbag to accommodate a huge sized phone.

Cons: It has slow internet connection, lacks camera autofocus, low screen resolution and pixel density. Its camera doesn’t have flash, and the video recording quality is quite low. It also has no ambient light sensors to automatically adjust the phone’s screen brightness as you change position with different level of lighting.

Verdict: The Nokia Asha 501 is a decent phone to do some bit of smart function but doesn’t really cut it to make it an advance phone. It is ok, for a user looking to have above average phone performance, application and features. Although the Asha series including the 501 can’t be classified as smartphones, they also don’t lead to a disappointing performance. Some users who have not yet used high-end smartphones can barely tell the difference between the Asha 501 and some of the low-end smartphones available in the market.


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