A colorful, $99 handset bringing smartphone-like experiences to the masses

- Nick Summers , The Next Web 

The Nokia Asha 501 brings a number of features on a bargain price, which combined with its fresh look and solid build quality is bound to attract a large number of customers on a tight budget.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Specs summary

Screen
3"

The Nokia Asha 501's screen is 3 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Nokia Asha software platform 1.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
128 MB

Internal memory is 128 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 48 days standby time, 1020 minutes (2G).


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An attractive, pocketable handset with a battery that actually lasts

from The Next Web ( )

It’s difficult to ignore that $99 price tag. For all of its shortcomings, camera and Web browsing included, the Nokia Asha 501 is an impressive package for anyone on a budget. The interface feels modern and trendy, but also accessible enough that even my parents could use it without being o... More

It’s difficult to ignore that $99 price tag. For all of its shortcomings, camera and Web browsing included, the Nokia Asha 501 is an impressive package for anyone on a budget. The interface feels modern and trendy, but also accessible enough that even my parents could use it without being overwhelmed.

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A feature phone designed to rival with affordable smartphones

from PhoneArena ( )

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... More

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. The vibrant colors and interchangeable back covers, the dual SIM option and the swipe-based interface all come together for a nice experience and the addition of Nokia’s HERE maps is a welcome bonus.

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6/10

The Asha 501 serves the purpose really well

from Tech Ticker ( )

The Asha 501 is a really good device with Fastlane making the work easier but when you look at the app ecosystem, the Asha 501 is clearly at a disadvantage. One of the biggest drawback is the lack of Whatsapp and although it is coming soon, the app is already available on many competitive devices... More

The Asha 501 is a really good device with Fastlane making the work easier but when you look at the app ecosystem, the Asha 501 is clearly at a disadvantage. One of the biggest drawback is the lack of Whatsapp and although it is coming soon, the app is already available on many competitive devices.

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7/10

The Nokia Asha 501 brings a number of features on a bargain price

from GSMArena ( )

In the end of the day Nokia Asha 501 brings a number of features on a bargain price, which combined with its fresh look and solid build quality is bound to attract a large number of customers on a tight budget. At this point though, it's flying way too close to smartphone territory to be comforta... More

In the end of the day Nokia Asha 501 brings a number of features on a bargain price, which combined with its fresh look and solid build quality is bound to attract a large number of customers on a tight budget. At this point though, it's flying way too close to smartphone territory to be comfortable - it's up to Nokia to fix that with a price cut and set things right.

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A cheap, cheerful and well-made compact smartphone, but it’s far too slow

from PC Pro ( )

If it's given a suitably low price, the Asha 501 will fulfil the role of a very basic smartphone. However, given how superior Nokia's range of Windows Phone handsets is – in particular the affordable Nokia Lumia 520 – we think most people will be willing to pay the premium.

If it's given a suitably low price, the Asha 501 will fulfil the role of a very basic smartphone. However, given how superior Nokia's range of Windows Phone handsets is – in particular the affordable Nokia Lumia 520 – we think most people will be willing to pay the premium.

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5/10

Smart design and form-factor with easy to use UI

from NDTV ( )

The Nokia Asha 501 is definitely good in some departments but disappoints in some. If we consider the price of the device and the features that it brings, it is overall a very good deal.

For those looking to buy a feature phone that delivers a smartphone-like experience, the Nokia Asha... More

The Nokia Asha 501 is definitely good in some departments but disappoints in some. If we consider the price of the device and the features that it brings, it is overall a very good deal.

For those looking to buy a feature phone that delivers a smartphone-like experience, the Nokia Asha 501 is a decent package. One thing that surprised us was that both the SIM slots supported Micro-SIM, which may be an inconvenience for some. Overall, the Asha 501 scores well in terms of design, user-interface and build quality. 

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6/10

The pricing is pretty fair when measured with the value and user experience packed

from The Mobile Indian ( )

Though it is a budget level phone, it aims to deliver the experience and features available in the large screen smartphone device. This phone is ideally meant for the first time mobile web users with minimal usage, students and great second phone for calling, texting and social networking. Nokia... More

Though it is a budget level phone, it aims to deliver the experience and features available in the large screen smartphone device. This phone is ideally meant for the first time mobile web users with minimal usage, students and great second phone for calling, texting and social networking. Nokia Asha 501 is the budget phone to consider when one needs great battery life and with limited budget

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8/10

A fantastic package for its cost, offering a unique and high quality user experience

from UnleashThePhones ( )

The Nokia Asha 501 is a fantastic package for its cost, offering a unique and at the same time, a high quality user experience; something which is difficult to get in this price range. Built like a rock, the materials used give no indication that this is a lower end phone. A stunner in terms of l... More

The Nokia Asha 501 is a fantastic package for its cost, offering a unique and at the same time, a high quality user experience; something which is difficult to get in this price range. Built like a rock, the materials used give no indication that this is a lower end phone. A stunner in terms of looks, I still can’t stop looking at this cute little beauty. Excellent battery life, A matured App ecosystem, User Experience which makes it a joy to use, I find it difficult to criticize the phone all aspects considered. If at all, I wish it had a larger screen, simply because the Asha 5xx platform deserves more and can pull it off as well! As of today, the Nokia Asha 501 is going to be my recommendation to people looking for a phone in this price range or those who are looking for a secondary phone.

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Excellent hardware quality, reliable communications platform

from Fone Arena ( )

The phones pack in all the essentials needed in a device from this category and little else but that works out well here. The 501 works brilliantly well as a communications tool with a sprinkling of multimedia functionality added in.

The phones pack in all the essentials needed in a device from this category and little else but that works out well here. The 501 works brilliantly well as a communications tool with a sprinkling of multimedia functionality added in.

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Could be a great phone

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Whatsapp, Skype, Viber, do not work in Nokia ashia 501. Not even the Nokia Suite and the phone can be synchronized yet. The battery is not much anything if you use the Internet and make many calls. Could be a great phone but still it is not because they lack important applications.

Whatsapp, Skype, Viber, do not work in Nokia ashia 501. Not even the Nokia Suite and the phone can be synchronized yet. The battery is not much anything if you use the Internet and make many calls. Could be a great phone but still it is not because they lack important applications.

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4/10