50+1=501 Reasons to Buy Nokia Asha 501

Nokia Asha 501 was announced in May 2013.It is the latest handset under the Asha series and it is now available for pre-order in India for Rs 5,199.

Nokia Asha 501

The device would be available across various stores & online retailers by end of Next week. This is one of the most talked about Device in the sub $100 range, so should you buy this device? Here are the 50+1 or 501 reasons to buy the Nokia Asha 501:

  1. Nokia – Have you ever seen a low quality device from Nokia? Nokia is undoubtedly one of the most trusted brands in the Mobile market. Company is known for its high quality devices available in the market.
  2. Design – In terms of design Asha 501 is bit similar to the Lumia devices available in the market. It has a beautiful candy bar design and has a seamless 2 part mono body design.
  3. Build Quality – The phone is durable and has good build quality.
  4. Price – Nokia Asha 501 is priced at $99 or Rs 5,199 in India. That makes it an entry level device but the features you get in the device are definitely worth more than that price. You can call it “Best Value for Money Device”.
  5. New Asha Platform – The device runs on the New Asha Platform which brings in lot of new features & innovations.
  6. Fastlane – FastLane is one of the innovative feature present in the Asha 501 which lets you keep a track of your recent activity. It can be used to launch the recently accessed apps and users can also see the upcoming events in their calendar using Fastlane.
  7. Micro Sim – It is the first device by Nokia in this price category to use a micro SIM card.
  8. Xpress Browser – It can compress the Internet data by up to 90% thereby saving your bandwidth and providing a fast browsing experience.
  9. Battery – The phone comes with a 1200mAh battery which a great thing for a sub $100 device.
  10. Dual SIM – The Nokia Asha 501 would also be available in Dual SIM version. So you don’t need to manage two mobiles at a time.
  11. Vibrant Color options – Just like the Lumia series, Asha 501 is available in various vibrant colors. It is available in Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Black & White colors.
  12. Facebook Pre-installed – The phone comes pre-loaded with Facebook App which is the largest social networking site in the world.
  13. Free EA Games – Users would get 40 EA games free with the phone.
  14. 3.2 MP Camera – Asha 501 has a 3.2 megapixel back camera which has a decent quality. It is good for an entry level device.
  15. 3 inch touch screen display – At $99 the company is offering a 3 TFT capacitive touchscreen display, what else you can expect from a $99 device.
  16. Multi Touch Display – The device supports multi touch upto 2 fingers.
  17. Supports microSD card – Asha 501 supports microSD card of up to 32 GB Storage.
  18. Light Weight – The device weighs just 98grams.
  19. Glanceable – You don’t need to fully wake the screen in order to check the notifications & clock.
  20. Mapping experience – In Q3 Asha 501 will get the Here Location based service starting from the basic mapping experience.
  21. MicroUSB – The device has a micro USB port for data transfer & you can also use it for charging the device.
  22. Swipe – The new Asha plat form supports wipe gesture and it can be used to move across the two screens present in the device i.e app launcher screen & Fastlane.
  23. Free Facebook -Company has partnered with various Telecom operators such as Airtel to offer free Internet access for Facebook app & Facebook mobile site.
  24. Xpress Now -It is a new app made by Nokia which recommends content based on location and Trending topics.
  25. Multiple Charging Options – The phone can be charged either via a microUSB port or by a 2mm Thin Pin charger port.
  26. Colored Headphones – Unlike other devices, Asha 501 comes with red colored headphones.
  27. Double Tap to Wake – Just like Nokia N9 you can double tap on the screen to unlock the device.
  28. 1Ghz Processor – Nokia Asha 501 is powered by a powerful 1Ghz processor which is something unique for a $99 device.
  29. Free 4GB microSD card – The phone comes bundled with a 4GB microSD card. You don’t need to buy an additional microSD card unless you want more than 4GB of storage.
  30. Notifications on Lock Screen -The phone displays notifications such as messages on the lock screen itself and by swiping on these notifications you can directly go to the SMS app.
  31. Whatsapp – The phone comes pre-loaded with Whatsapp, one of the most famous cross platform instant messaging app.
  32. Talktime – Asha 501 has a talk time of around 17 hours which is simply awesome.
  33. Standby Time – It has a superb standby time of around 48 days. Yes you read it right 48 days, amazing isn’t it?
  34. Multi-tasking – The device supports intelligent multi-tasking via Fastlane.
  35. Try & Buy feature – This is not for trying and buying the device itself. But users would be able to try the apps and if they like the apps then they can buy those apps. Just like apps available in the windows store.
  36. Bluetooth -The phone has bluetooth for easy file sharing.
  37. Notification center -Swipe down from top to bottom to access notification center and it also has an option to switch between SIM 1 & 2.
  38. Sim Switching without reboot – While switching the SIM cards you don’t need to reboot the device.
  39. Perfect size to carry around – The device measure 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm which makes it easy to hold & carry. It would easily fit in your pocket.
  40. Great Internet Experience on 2G -The phone has optimized Internet Browser so that you can enjoy internet browsing even on 2G networks.
  41. Pre-installed Twitter -Twitter is one of most widely used social networking & micro blogging platform. The app comes pre-loaded in the device.
  42. Supports WiFi – Nokia Asha 501 supports WiFi so that you can download content directly on your device and enjoy internet browsing at high speeds.
  43. Java Games & Apps  – The device supports Java Games and the new Asha platform would offer a large number of games & apps to the users.
  44. Foursquare -The Asha 501 comes preloaded with Foursquare app.
  45. Proximity sensor – The device has a proximity sensor which turns off the display during calls if you place the phone near your ear thereby saving battery.
  46. FM Radio -Phone also has a FM Radio so that you can listen to your favorite radio stations.
  47. Predictive text input -The keyboard present in Asha 501 has a predictive input, it suggests you the words so that you don’t need to type the whole words.
  48. Photo editor – Asha 501 has an inbuilt still image editor.
  49. Photo & video sharing with Slam -It allows users to share the content with each other by holding the phones next to each other just like NFC.
  50. Video Recording -The back Camera present on the phone supports video recording, so now you can record your favorite moments.
  51. Supports IM & Email Client -The device supports Nokia Chat & Native email client. It would allow the users to manage multiple email accounts simultaneously.

So are you going to buy Asha 501? And do you have any other reason to buy this amazing device? Do let us know by leaving a comment below.

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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3 Comments

  1. Is whatsapps pre-loaded in asha 501, i heard it is not there from nokia conversations comments from users who bought in the first week of july?
    Is wi-fi working as expected?
    Is PIM available as in basic nokia phone

    Please comment on it ASAP.

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    • whatsapp was not pre-loaded even on our 501, wi-fi working fine. Yes PIM or Personal Information Manager APi is supported by Asha 501. Check developers.nokia.com for more info

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  2. Thanks for the quick reply.

    so when is whatsapp expected to be released in asha 501 ? Will it be released or not based on that i need to make a decision to buy the phone or not.

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