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Nokia Asha 201 Symbian Phone Review

Nokia Asha 201 is best described as the ‘king of ordinary’, though staunch smart phone geeks out there will find this phrase insulting, especially on a symbian based device. The phone is fairly cheap; however, painful compromises such as lack of 3G, no touch-screen and a low megapixel camera were enforced to achieve the same. The entire device is far from crap as serious specs such as a QWERTY keypad and a larger 1430mAh battery sits underneath. Nokia Asha 201 completes the Asha line-up from the Finnish phone maker though its siblings houses additional functionality such as Dual SIM and 3G capability but fails miserably on pricing. Asha 300 and Asha 303 falls under the lower mid-range category while Asha 200 and Asha 201 features in low-range portfolio. There’s a good reason for price difference despite falling under Asha genre, the first two, Asha 300 and Asha 303 comes with superior hardware such as 1GHz processor and 3G connectivity while Asha 201 and Asha 200 runs short of the same specs.

The low price tag placed on Nokia Asha 201 tested our patience and we had to forgive a lot while scrutinizing it under our microscope. There are significant similarities between Asha 201 and its sibling Asha 200, ranging from design to a QWERTY keypad with only Dual SIM capability drawing a line in between them. The phone looks cheap but a QWERTY keypad and colorful design adds that professional feel, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Nokia Asha 201 for a BlackBerry, and not from the Finnish company, as it looks just like one of RIM’s business-minded gadgets. Its build quality feels sturdy enough, so those minor accidents won’t be a big issue and the glossy translucent plastic on the back is rather neat, the phone comes in various color choices too, ranging from navy blue, orange, black, white, pink, blue, lime green and light pink hues. At 14mm thick, Nokia Asha 201 is not the slimmest phone we’ve seen, but its light (105g to be precise) and will fit in the smallest pockets.

It runs on Nokia’s Symbian 40 OS, so you can download java games and apps that suite your style. Around the back, there’s a 2-megapixel camera without Led flash, so don’t expect to snap brilliant photos and video especially in dark places. There’s an FM radio inside and you’ll be amazed by the FM recorder feature that lets you record tracks from your radio to your phone. On top of 10MB internal storage, you can expand using an external MicroSD card up to 32GB. Battery life for Nokia Asha 201 is fairly good as there’s not much onboard that could drain power reserves that quickly. There’s no 3G or WiFi onboard, however, EDGE and GPRS will do just fine for your browsing needs.

Nokia Asha 201 Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: Symbian 40 software
  • Display : 2.4inch (240x320p) (167ppi), TFT, 256k colors
  • Primary Camera: 2.0 Megapixel (1600x1200p)
  • Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 10MB storage, 32MB RAM, 64MB ROM
  • Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • Internet: GPRS, EDGE, Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, Adobe Flash Lite
  • Other features: FM Radio with RDS, FM recording
  • Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1430mAh
Nokia Asha 201Price in Kenya: Kshs.6500.


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