Conclusion: The Nokia Asha 501 is a humble phone that at least has a recognizable brand name attached to it, rather than the myriad of cheap Android phones that have flooded the market. The Asha 501 doesn’t try to be something that it’s not, and at the end of the day is a simple and easy to use phone with basic...
Summary: Nokia’s Asha series of devices was developed to be the bridge between its Lumia smartphones and its lower end feature phones. Previously, these Asha devices were powered by a branch of the now-dead Symbian platform called S40, but the Asha 501 runs on a totally new operating system.
Excerpt: If you are looking for a budget phone with a good touch screen and a simple interface then the Nokia Asha 501 is the one for you. It is ideal as your first feature phone and gives you the basic functionality as a phone and access to social networking and a basic app library.
Conclusion: Nokia is selling the Asha 501 at a retail price south of $100 contract-free. As low as that sounds, at this price there is already a number of Android device like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket with better functionality.
Pros: Colorful, fun and compact device, Great swipe-based interface
Cons: Still a feature phone lacking good apps, Captures below average images
Conclusion: Nokia Asha 501 is a great reboot of an already widely popular lineup. The no-nonsense Asha phones have built a reputation for offering great features at an amazingly cheap price, but until now it really lacked in the "fun to use" department.
Summary: Potential – that’s the word I’m stuck with before letting go of the Nokia Asha 501. It could have been the perfect feature phone for everyone if it weren’t for the low-res display and the lack of must-have apps.
Conclusion: The Nokia Asha 501 is something of a marvel. It is not the power user’s smartphone, and it wasn’t designed to be. This seems to me to be a good attempt at the modern smartphone for emerging markets. It keeps the user connected and lasts between charges.
Excerpt: The Nokia Asha 501 just arrived MOBILITY Towers spotting a bright red colour. It is powered by the new Asha smartphone platform that has been built with elements of the famed MeeGo OS that ran on the widely acclaimed Nokia N9. MeeGo fans will be interested in how Asha OS pans out.