nokia asha 501 review

the new Nokia asha 501 takes on the market with a highly anticipated feature smartphone a budget price giving its rivals like Samsung champ ,rex 90 etc a strong competition .

the new nokia asha 501 faces a stiff competition with newly launched its rival Samsung Rex 90,but the fact is clear and much bold that it takes on the hearts of people with its new look ,good features and steady design for which nokia is very famous leaving behind its rival far behind


  • Network

  • Style
  • Dimensions
99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm
  • Weight
98 g (With Battery)
  • Battery Type
Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4U)
Display Resolution
320 x 240 Pixels
Memory InBuilt
128 MB (Internal) + 4 GB (MMC)
Memory Extended
MicroSD upto 32 GB

Push Mail

Mega Pixels
3.2 MP, 2048 x 1536 Pixels
Camera Zoom
3x Digital Zoom with Fixed-Focus
Video Capture
MPEG-4, H.264, AVC, H.263

USB Port 2.0
Bluetooth v3.0 with OPP, HFP, HSP, PBAP
WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g

Music Player
FM Radio
  • Games

EA Games, Java Games
Ring Tones
32 Polyphonic, MP3 Ringtones
Loud Speaker

  • OS

Nokia Asha Series 1.0
Swipe User Interface
Dual Sim
Yes(micro sim)
Yes(on screen)

Operating Frequency
Dual-band GSM 900/ 1800 MHz
Talk Time
Upto 17 Hours
Standby Time
Upto 1152 Hours

Special Features

Personal management features: Digital clock, Recorder, Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Phonebook, Fixed Dialling Number, Notes, Alarm Clock, Social Networks in Phonebook, Call management features: (Call waiting, Integrated hands-free speakers, Call barring, Call forwarding, Call logs: dialled, received and missed, Call history, Conference call), Nokia Xpress Browser, Social Apps: (Facebook, Twitter).


the nokia asha 501 features the nokia asha platform 1.0 with simple swipe UI gesture .you need to swipe from lock screen to get all your apps listing and again swipe to get recently used apps listing.swipe down from top bezel will show you all the notifications and short cuts like inn android phones.Some apps, such as the music player and more, give you the ability to access some options. Swiping up from the bottom of the display can access these options on the Asha 501.The Asha 501 comes preloaded with a bunch of apps such as Facebook, Twitter, mail, FM Radio, recorder, notes, weather and some games. The graphics of the games are very basic and there are no accelerometer capabilities on the device. besides that their is no folders option for apps 


the speakers gives a very loud and clear output for better music and video playback but their was one glitch in playing videos that it doesn't recognised mp4 file otherwise overall quality of video playback is more than average.

battery life

the battery life is the real sword for this phone which last for at least 2-2.5 days with average use and much more on less use.its really good for a smart feature phone like features a 1200mha battery .

camera quality  

The nokia Asha 501 comes with a  3.2-megapixel camera with an focus aperture size of F2.8 and a adjustable resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels with 3x zoom. Features on the shooter include self-timer, white balance presents  effects and some more customization to make your photos more interesting  Its camcorder captures images at 15fps with a QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 the images seams to be average quality as you can aspect from a mid range feature-smart phone.


nokia asha is smart-feature phone at a affordable pricing of $100 (5000/- INR).
so if you are looking for a pretty decent feature phone with lot of good apps from ovi store then go for it,you will really rejoice using it .
you can buy it from at the cheap prices,here the links are given for you
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Nokia Asha 501: 99.2 x 58 x 12.1mm, takes a leap ahead by weighing just 98g and leaving behind Samsung Rex 90: 113 x 61.9 x 11.84mm , at  109g.

Winner: Nokia  Asha 501


the Nokia's Asha 501 comes like a breath of fresh air for the feature cum smartphone consumers, with its vibrant colours and clean design. it comes in 6 amazing colours ,The handset comes with steady quality build, specially with its scratch resistant screen. Its appeal lies in its simple ,clean and yet neat design with a large screen and a single physical back button below the screen. Nokia's new offering is sleek and with a weight that's under 100 g is easy to carry around in pocket and carry around effortlessly in your hands.
Samsung's Rex 90 comes with its manufacturer's signature design, complete with a large screen and curved edges along with buttons for use .Though fact cannot be neglected that it is easy to hold in one's hand and use, it is bigger and heavier than its competitor.

Battery and storage

talking in terms of battery and storage both the phones don't have much differences 
The Asha 501 is powered by a 1,200 mAh battery which offers users a talk time of 17 hours and a stand-by time of 48 days which stands at approximately 1.5 times from its competitor. The handset's RAM stands at 64 MB while it boasts of an internal memory of 128 MB. The phone supports external memory expansion by up to 32 GB as welland yes for the good news it comes with a 4 GB memory card preloaded.
Samsung has given the Rex 90 a 1,000 mAh battery that promises 15 hours of talk time and 28 days of stand-by time. Like its competitor, the handset also supports external memory expansion by up to 32 GB. Internal memory on the phone is 10 MB

Winner: Nokia  Asha 501

Operating System

Nokia's latest creation is powered by its revamped and rejuvenated  Asha platform. The phone boasts of an ever growing bank of apps and a fast and cost effective Xpress browser with great awesomeness. Nokia's Xpress Now and HERE features make it easy to search content based on a user's location and preference.
 The most anticipated and best feature on the Asha 501 is the 'free' access it offers to its built-in Facebook app.
On the other hand The Rex 90 on the other hand runs on Samsung's TouchWiz UI and comes with a number of popular built-in apps including Facebook and Twitter. The Opera Mini browser makes surfing seamless and smooth on the handset as well.
Though the Rex 90 has a lot to show for itself but lack of support for android apps and  all the new  innovations on Asha 501 put it in the lead in this round.
Winner: Nokia  Asha 501


The nokia Asha 501 comes with a  3.2-megapixel camera with an focus aperture size of F2.8 and a adjustable resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Features on the shooter include self-timer, white balance presets, effects and some more. Its camcorder captures images at 15fps with a QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 pixels.
the samsung Rex 90 also comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera and a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. The handset offers users video capture as well. Images clicked on the phone are sharp and bright.
With similar cameras on both handsets, this round ends in a draw.
Winner: Draw


Though Samsung's Rex 90 is known for its functionality and ease of use, it has some stiff competition from Nokia's Asha 501.
Those looking for a larger screen and those who swear by Samsung's TouchWiz UI can opt for the Rex 90. The handset is easy to use and carry around.
Those looking for an affordable handset that doesn't compromise on build quality and has a spunky personality should go in for Nokia's latest lightweight offering. With a powerful battery and a brand new operating system, you won't be disappointed for what it has to offer at the bargain of $100..
nokia asha 501 processes a firm grip and a steady built quality and a smart design nokia is famous for since decades .


If you are looking for a budget feature-smart phone with a good touch screen and a simple UI then the Asha 501 is meant 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 also use it as a secondary phone with your smartphone ,it will perfectly fulfil the purpose of secondary phone in your pocket.
also You can definitely consider this device over the Android offerings in the same price range.

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