As Nokia continues its effort to regain its spot as the number one phone in the market, the battle doesn’t stop there. Let’s not forget that the Finnish company has a strong set of feature phones called the Asha series. With no introduction needed, the latest of the series, Nokia Asha 501, is finally here. Let’s see if this feature phone can introduce anything smart to the users.
Seeing that the Nokia Asha 501 is meant for young kids and first time internet users, the phone is very vibrant. It captures attention every time I left it on my table. The candy bar feature phone is very refreshing and it fits perfectly on my palm. Its really compact size may even fool people into thinking that I am talking to my hand instead of the phone. The smooth matte finish is brilliantly crafted as it doesn’t gives off the cheap feeling like other plasticky feature phones.
Over the front lies a 3in display, which may seem small. But with the amount of things I do with the smartphone, there is no need for larger displays. And yet again, I predict people will not be satisfied with the 320 x 240 resolutions on the screen but I find it good enough. Think about it, these pixels are in a small 3in display. The pixel density is higher than other smartphones out there. Too bad the brightness is not the kind where I can use under sunlight.
And with the arrival of Asha 501, I can shout FINALLY. This is because it uses a new interface called Asha Touch UI. It is something different and revitalising. First thing first, if there is ever a wonder to what happen to Nokia’s old Meego Harmattan OS, it evolves to this. Using a single swipe feature, it allows me to close my apps. Another interesting interface I find is Fastlane. With it, I can keep track of all activity like opened apps, events, social network posts and more. Swipe as an interface is definitely every interesting here.
With all of these new flourish inside and outside of Asha 501, things are starting to look up. However, I am very disappointed to find that the dual-SIM phone cannot support 3G, at all. Those who crave speed when browsing through Facebook or the web will not be a happy camper. There is one exception: when using Nokia Xpress Browser, pages look like tiles and loads faster even with 2G.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 99.2 x 58 x 12.1mm
Display: 3in QVGA, 320 x 240 resolutions
Storage: microSD, up to 32GB
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual-SIM, FM Radio
Port: microUSB, 3.5mm audio connector
Camera: 3.2MP, no flash
Verdict: Better than affordable Android smartphones.
Total Score: 9/10