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Nokia Asha 501 first impressions, unboxing

Packing Nokia’s new OS, the Asha platform and an affordable price tag, the Nokia Asha 501 makes its way to the local market. It packs a 3-inch QVGA display, a 3.15MP camera, dual SIM capabilities and a lot more.

We have an unboxing video for you right here if you want to see what comes with the package:

The first thing you’ll notice is how small the device actually is, not to mention its appeal (or for the lack of a better term — cuteness).

Nokia Asha 501 hands on

Out of the box, you immediately see with the display, the earpiece and the single back button. On the right side, you’ll find the power button and the volume rocker, while on top you’ll find a charging port for Nokia’s own cable, a micro USB port and the 3.5mm audio jack. Nothing else is found on the remaining sides of the phone.

Nokia Asha 501 sides

Turning the device around, we are confronted with the removable back cover that paints the device with color, which in our case, is yellow. There is the camera on the top part and below that is the Nokia logo.

Nokia Asha 501 back

When we first booted up the device, a tutorial came up as expected. After a few minutes of hands-on, we’re glad to say Asha is very exciting. Having used the Firefox phone, and being a fan of MeeGo & Symbian’s design – Nokia’s new platform opens a lot of doors for the company.

For now, the Nokia Asha 501 seems like a very great deal for a budget phone and we’re pretty sure that there is a lot of potential for an OS and device of this caliber.

Nokia Asha 501

Nokia Asha 501 specifications:
Dual-SIM, Dual standby
3-inch 256K-color QVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen, @ 240×320 pixels, 133ppi
Scratch-resistant glass
128MB internal storage, 64MB of RAM
Expandable up to 32GB via microSD
3.15 MP fixed-focus camera
QVGA (240 x 320) video recording at 15fps
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR
FM radio tuner
Li-Ion 1,200mAh battery
Asha platform 1.0
Dimensions: 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm,
Weight:  98.2 g

The Nokia Asha 501 is now available locally for Php4,490. We have a full review coming up soon, so stay tuned.

Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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29 Responses

  1. Nokia User says:

    Pag binili ba yan may kasama nang micro USD? Tumingin ako sa Market Market, 4,300 lang with micro USD na.. i’m planning to buy one of these! :))

  2. Enrico says:

    This feels like care-free Nokia the way they used to be years ago, when they can afford to out phones with innovative and sometimes just weird form factor. However for the said price — one can get a phone with far higher specs. This for one is an expensive secondary phone. Nice try Nokia, but no.

  3. Kyle says:

    Hey Bob! If you’re planning to do a full review of the phone, can you please specify/compare how easy it is to txt in qwerty mode? Thanks!!!!

    • Bob Freking says:

      I will. Stay tuned. :)

    • alih says:

      include the asha 210 qwerty review… im still undecided about the two

    • Tom Morley says:

      Too Expensive for what it is/what it does, kung bibili din lang ako ng spare phone yung ting 800 Pesos na. A sub-Php4k Android phone ia a lot lot better alternative than this, sorry

      this is one of the reasons NOKIA is losing market share

    • hehehe says:

      sana makahanap ka ng 800 mo na dual, 3g, solid built, with reasonable apps, touchscreen, at may international brand na subok na. lol… cheap LAGdroid sub4k? oh my, spare us from that “cheapness”. :D

    • tangavovosagad says:

      @hehehe tanga wla ka tlgang makikitang ganyan, ang sinasabi ni Morley ay maxadong mahal to for 4k na kung titignan ay pangsecondary phone lng,kahit ako mas gugusthin ko pa ang magrebranded android kaysa dito kasi lahat naman ng features nito nasa 4k android phones na rin,maganda lng to kasi mahaba ung battery,UN LNG

  4. red says:

    hows the qwerty keyboard? may T-9 ba sya? yung old school? i will definitely buy this one for my mother. pero sana hindi xa qwerty sa messaging nya.

    • Minime says:

      Yup. May alphanumeric keypad cya. Just swipe the keyboard lang to get the alphanumeric keypad.

    • red says:

      thanks po sa infos. btw, meron kna po nito? ask lang ako if sobrang msgs ba apektado performance nya? yung tipong naghahang kung maraming messages na xa? or nag fufull inbox ba rin xa? i have windows phone kasi from nokia lumia at walang problema sa inbox ko kahit sobrang dami na. pa share naman ng infos hows its messages stored. thanks

  5. Pao says:

    Please make a review about the qwerty keyboard. Thanks :)

  6. Pj Leano says:

    Pakitignan naman po kung merong numerical o pattern lock. Thanks!

  7. booop says:

    I think it would be a good phone for those carefree days, like when you go hiking or something =)) or when you ride uncomfortable jeepney rides deep in the darkness of Manila =))…or not. idk.

  8. Jeremiah says:

    mayroon ba tong free ea games ?

  9. snuffle says:

    ang haba ng kuko. LOL.

  10. kim says:

    bibili na ako nito next week 4k nga pero sulit nmn txt call internet lng nmn need ko d2 tsaka cute and durable for sure hndi pa nakakahiya pkita kasi nokia brand d ktulad ng iba android nga anu brand ?? ung ukay ukay hndi nmn PSP ung phone nyu wanna be lng ata buti kung ung high end yan Android lagg kakalabsan dyan :)

  11. John Pallan says:

    may nagpacut ng sim card samin ang phone niya is Asha 501, una kung tinesting talaga is yong qwerty keypad niya..

    Masasabi ko na OK magtype sa QWERTY keypad…konti lang mali nong nagtatype, at kahit mabilis ka magtype makakahabol parin sayo yong pagpindot mo. iCompare ko ang pagtype sa Cherry Mobile Flare, mas komportable ako sa Asha 501…

    Sa Overall performance OK naman siya, may noticeable na lag pero hindi masyado matagal, mga 0.5 second lang ang lag, nakita ko lang yong lag pag punta sa settings, tapos sa browser din. Sa browser ma lag talaga. Pero ok na rin pang browse browse lang. Gamit ka nalang ng opera mini para wala masyado lag pag nagbabrowse :) …Apps lang talaga ang kulang. Pero kung no big deal ang apps sayo recommended to have one. Gusto ko na nga palitan ang MyPhone A818 ko eh. Palitan ko na nitong Asha 501…Nasasawa na ako sa android :)

  12. dakilangduca says:

    Nokia is Nokia. Nothing can be that.

  13. anon666 says:

    mga boss working ba line, wechat, dito?

  14. mash says:

    makakaDL ba yan ng chrome? or pwede ba syang maDLan ng kahit anong apps like ym, skype, viber, fb etc.?

  15. Zap.xD says:

    I have Nokia ASHA 501 .
    I bought it from nokia store @ SMNorth (08,08,13)the price is 5040PHP.

    I think that was so expensive.. O.o



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