Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

The Nokia Asha 501 is part of a new series of Asha smartphones while located in the catalog of this popular family of low cost devices. Again, the Finnish company wanted to surprise the public by presenting a new proposal for affordability, comfortable design and bright colors. However, this time the Nokia Asha 501 has a different shape and it incorporates a preview a new operating system. Asha is specially developed to provide tactile feedback to the user faster and easier to use. In practice for the users, it will be much easier to interact with the various functions of the phone. For its part, the application developers will have easier time to create, publish and make user closer to new applications that will be designed.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review


The Nokia Asha 501 is, in fact, the first family phone in Asha that runs through this interface. Moreover, it seems that Nokia has invested double identity. The Nokia Asha 501 comes with a unique and colorful design with a scratch resistant casing and a capacitive touchscreen that reaches 3-inches. It incorporates a simple camera with 3.2-MP and is compatible with networks 2G and Wi-Fi so that the user can access the Internet swiftly. But this is not all we can expect this smartphone. The Nokia Asha 501 boasts a wide range of applications, software and games that offer dedicated users a unique experience than either device. Below, Genius Tech is presenting a thorough analysis with great detail, pictures, videos and apps. Here we go!

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

Specs of Nokia Asha 501 in a Glance:


Network GSM (900/1800-850/1800) 2G
Structure Smartphone – Optional Dual-Sim (Micro-Sim, Dual stand-by)


Weight 98-g (3.46 oz)
Dimension 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm (3.91 x 2.28 x 0.48 in)


Size 3-inches, 240 x 320 pixels ~133ppi density, QWERTY Keyboard
Type Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 256K Colors, Multitouch


Alert types Vibration; MP3 Ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
Jack Yes, 3.5-mm


Internal 128-MB, 64-MB RAM
Card Slot microSD, up to 32-GB, 4-GB card included
   Data WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with EDR
USB Yes, MicroUSB v2.0


Primary 3.2-MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Video Yes,QCIF@15fps
Secondary No


Model Li-Ion 1200-mAh (BL-4U)
Stand-by Up to 1152 h
Talk time Up to 17 h


OS Nokia Asha software platform 1.0
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, IM, Email
Colors White, Black, Yellow, Cyan, Bright Green and Bright Red
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
Radio FM Radio with RDS
  Others SNS apps, MP3, MP4, Organizer, Photo viewer, Photo EditorVoice memo, Predictive text input


Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

Design and Display:

The Nokia Asha 501 features a compact but lightweight architecture with a high quality structure and quite unique design. As has become traditional in the family Asha, the phone looks different colors contrasted the sea. In fact, users can purchase in the following colors: bright red, cyan, yellow, bright green, white and black, although their availability will depend always estimates Nokia for each market. The phone has dimensions of 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm and weighing 98-grams (battery included). As you see, this is an easy piece to carry in your pocket and use with one hand which will please fans of the technology practice.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

Part of the front surface of this device is taken by the screen. In fact, in this case the Nokia Asha 501 incorporates neither alphanumeric keypad nor a QWERTY physical, as was usual in some of the smartphones in the collection Asha. The device comes with a good capacitive 3-inch screen TFT with a resolution QVGA 320 x 240 pixels and a depth of 65000 colors. The panel incorporates a layer of scratch-resistant glass so in this case it will be much easier to keep the terminal in good condition until the end of their working days. In the bottom of the screen we find a physical button for easy access to menu user. At the top, we will run only with the speaker.

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Not one of its key elements but is integrated into the philosophy particularly the Nokia Asha family. It is a 3.2-MP camera with digital zoom of 4x and simple ability to record videos at a resolution QCIF at 15-fps. The user can obtain images at a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels so that we have a more or less acceptable quality, especially for family use or purely casual. In case we need better images, is eminently necessary to pull the compact out of pocket or have a look at another smartphone with integrated cameras superior ability.

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Memory and Power:

This is a low cost phone and as such, the memory and the processor can be far reaching. The Nokia Asha 501 has up to 128-MB of internal storage, a capability not to be sufficient to store large amounts of files. For this reason, it is always advisable to have a microSD card to store additional pictures, music, videos, etc. You know, the phone supports card up to 32-GB and that the sale package is a card with up to 4-GB.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

Operating  System:

The Nokia Asha 501 is the first smartphone platform equipped with software Nokia Asha 1.0, leaving behind the classic S40 interface is usually incorporated into these devices. It is a platform specifically designed to make it simple for the users to access their favorite content through touch screen. Simply slide your finger to one of the two main screens (Home or shortcut) to start enjoying all content, functions and applications of the Nokia Asha 501. Just unlock the smartphone, the user will find a home screen with a traditional view, full of icons that give access to individual applications or specific actions: keyboard, phone settings, social networking, phonebook, games, photo album , camera, etc.

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The device also offers users the quick view called “Fastlane” a history of the last 50 events. It is a sea of useful function to have shortcuts to the most used actions or functions. This is an easy way to adapt the user interface to your favorite functions.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review


The Nokia Asha 501 will have the main software tools that Nokia usually added to their smartphones. We refer to Nokia Chat, Windows Live Messenger, Nokia Messaging or apps for Facebook and Twitter. The phone also features the Nokia Xpress Browser which makes Internet access much more proficient. It is a tool that compresses data to make access to various pages is quick and not spends too much in connection with our operator contracted physician.  Anyway, you can also find some of these applications or install since many are available to the users over time: CNN, eBuddy, Line, LinkedIn, ESPN, Foursquare, Nimbuzz, Pictelligent, The Weather Channel, WeChat, World Of Red Bull and other games of Gameloft, Indiagames, Namco Bandai and Reliance Games. Nokia gives buyers the Nokia Asha 501 a total of 40 EA games valued at 75 euros, which may be downloaded from the Nokia Store. WhatsApp and other applications will be launched in the coming months.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review


The Nokia Asha 501 operates on GSM 900/1800 + WLAN and GSM 850/1900 + WLAN. It supports networks 2G, although it seems that in the future (not too distant) there is a 3G prepared for a much more agile connectivity. This means that web browsing will be a little slower than usual but the fact is that this problem is due to the browser softened Nokia Xpress Browser: a tool that compresses data to offer a version of the pages much lighter, save in the amount of data downloaded to our smartphone and recover quite fast. The device also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n so networking that the user can connect to the wireless network from home or work and enjoy transfer speeds much higher and stable. Finally, the user can connect to the Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR technology, useful for sharing files or to synchronize our favorite accessories.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

In the area of physical connections, the Nokia Asha 501 is planted with a MicroUSB 2.0 input and an output of 3.5-mm suitable for headphones. The memory can be extended through a slot for microSD cards located on one side of the device. A second version of Nokia Asha 501 is Dual-Sim and therefore has the capacity to accommodate two SIM cards.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

Music, Video, Photos and Multimedia:

The Nokia Asha 501 has a fairly small screen, hardly 3-inches. This does not put off the phone is fully prepared to play music, video and photos in major formats most used. In the data sheet of the device are noted as follows: MIDI, AAC, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, Mobile XMF, MP3, MP4, M4A, NRC, WAV, SP MIDI, WMA, WMA 9, AAC LC, GSM FR, WMA 10 WMA 10 Pro, a-law, mu-law, .264/AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, 3GPP formats (H.263), VC-1, GIF89a, BMP, GIF87a, WBMP, EXIF, PNG, DCF and JPEG. It also supports JAVA, essential to use some apps, games and web pages that work through this language. Additionally, the phone has stereo FM Radio with RDS so that the user can enjoy your favorite programs at any time. Other alternatives for multimedia entertainment are on platforms such as YouTube, to enjoy content in streaming or music store of Nokia, a space from which one can download the latest or pick the great classics.

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Autonomy and Availability:

The Nokia Asha 501 is a simple phone, so you do not need a large capacity battery. However, incorporating a BL-4U model piece of lithium ions to reach the  1200-mAh and can offer the user a time  waiting for few days (for the model with a single SIM) or 26 days (for Dual drive SIM). It has a time of 17 hours maximum talk but the fact is that these results have been obtained through the Nokia test bed and through international measurement standards. Anyway, the user must be aware that actual autonomy may depend on many specific factors such as personal use of the device for each person, active connections or even the network status.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

The Nokia Asha 501 will be available from most markets (including Spain, U.S, France, Australia, etc) from the third quarter of this year 2013. Its price is less than 100 euros, excluding taxes.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review:


Nokia recast his family Asha with entry into the catalog of a new platform and Asha 501 has become the first carrier. The coming out of this device, compact, lightweight and colorful, involves the launch of a new operating system called Asha Software and that is now in issue Asha 1.0.

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on Review

For less than 100 Euros, you will have a chance to get hold of a phone ready to connect to the Internet (even through 2G and WiFi), with 3-inch touch screen and 3.2 megapixel camera. It will please fans of practicality and looking to enter the world of mobile intelligent with a cheaper option and adapted to the times.

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M. Yousuf is a Technology Enthusiast from Malaysia. He loves to write on the Latest Tech news especially on Apple, Nokia, Samsung, Blackberry, Google, Sony, HP, Dell, LG, HTC, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Philips, Motorola, Panasonic and Microsoft.

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