Summary: If you’re looking for a cheap and colorful phone that is well within your small budget, then the Asha 501 is what you’re looking for. The design is simple yet trendy and it’s easy to hold in your hands. It’s light and small so sliding it in your back pocket will not be difficult. However, the camera takes low quality images and the screen resolution is not the highest either. But the bottom line is that the phone delivers its 825 Egyptian pounds worth.
Pros: Small dimensions, economic price
Cons: No USB connector, 2G Network only, low-resolution camera
Summary: The Nokia Asha 501 is a wonderfully refreshed phone with a design borrowed from the looks of the popular Lumia lineup. With a snappy 1 GHz processor onboard, a fresh new Nokia Asha Smartphone OS, Wi-Fi and GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 4 GB bundled storage, a decent camera performance and an extraordinary battery life, the new Asha offers a near-smartphone experience for the budget entry-level smartphone user.
Summary: 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. You can definitely consider this device over the Android offerings in the same price range.
Pros: Good build, Solid battery life, Value for money, Interesting UI
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. If you want the most apps and possibilities, an affordable Android phone would be a much better fit. Still, you have to appreciate the effort Nokia has put into making the Asha 501 a fun and easy to use device.
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. The great news is that changed as Nokia introduced the completely revamped UI called Nokia Asha software platform 1.0.
Pros: Dual-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Optional dual-SIM support, dual stand-by, hot swappable secondary microSIM, Nokia Asha software platform 1.0, 3" QVGA capacitive touchscreen, ~133 pixel density, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, display auto-rotation, 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM, 40MB internal storage, Data-efficient Nokia Xpress browser, Nokia Store and 40 EA games for free, 3.15 MP camera, QVGA@15fps video recording, microSD card support (up to 32 GB) and 4 GB microSD card in the ...
Cons: No 3G, Low-resolution screen, Fixed-focus camera, No smart dialing
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. Yet, there is no text copy-and-paste anywhere, and multitasking isn’t clear. Nokia also needs to add Mail for Exchange support, so users can synchronise their contacts and calendars easily.
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. The Swipe interface is here, and much more. The 501 is certainly attractive and feels very good in the hands. Though budget, it is clearly well built.
Excerpt: The popular Asha series from the house of Nokia has earned great market share for offering the benefits of a smartphone at the cost of a low end phone. The new to enter the bandwagon is the incredible Nokia Asha 501 . The best part is that Asha 501 earns the credit of being the first phone to run on the new Asha platform based on SmarterPhone OS and MeeGo OS instead of Series 40 OS seen in other Asha series phones for highly quick and responsive performance.