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. Nokia have scaled down the looks of the new Lumia series into the Asha line of products. A good thing in my opinion.
In The Box
Setting up the Asha 501 was easy pie. I entered in my WiFi hotspot details and in minutes, my Twitter, Facebook and Gmail accounts were setup. The phone supports GPRS/EDGE too, if that is all that is available to you. I configured a few other settings to make the phone mine and it was ready for use. I have since done some web browsing and tweeting, including uploading of images, with it. So far, so good.
I haven’t held a phone this small since…well, since the Resurrection. It feels really small, but is very handy and comfortable in use. Here is what the Asha 501 looks like beside the TECNO Phantom A and Nokia Lumia 720:
The 3-inch TFT display is only 240×320 pixels. It looks and feels good. The onscreen keyboard is quite good and typing was fairly good despite my big fingers. Touchscreen sensitivity is good and performance has been smooth. Over time, as I load the phone, I will see how all that goes from here.
By now, you know that I love that track by P-Square. That was the first music file that I loaded on the 501. A simple Bluetooth transfer from its aunt, Lumia 920, and pronto! Audio volume and quality sound very close to what the Lumia 720 churns out, which is rather nice.
There is a drop down menu, Android-style, that provides quick access to toggle Wi-fi, Bluetooth, network data and audio. It also provides notifications and shows you your SIM cards. Yes; the Asha 501 is a dual-SIM device. The web browser lets you share a page title and URL via social networks and email accounts.
It is early days, but everything has worked well so far. More detailed information about how the Asha 501 handles tasks will be out as I throw it at my everyday tasks over the next few days and weeks. Hang around! Do also use the comments box below to submit any questions that you may have about the Nokia Asha 501.