Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th May 2013 18:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the Nokia I remember. The company just unveiled the Nokia Asha 501, which has a completely new version of the Asha software platform. Fast, responsive, stunningly great and simple hardware, and an unbeatable price ($99!). It borrows a lot from MeeGo on the N9, and overall excites me infinitely more than their Lumia offerings. I want one of these so bad.
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not good value
by unclefester on Fri 10th May 2013 04:08 UTC
unclefester
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2007-01-13

You can already buy vastly superior Android phones such as the Huawei G300 for around the same price. (4" screen, 800x480 resolution etc).

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RE: not good value
by NuxRo on Fri 10th May 2013 17:38 in reply to "not good value"
NuxRo Member since:
2010-09-25

You can already buy vastly superior Android phones such as the Huawei G300 for around the same price. (4" screen, 800x480 resolution etc).


I see a lot of people screaming how this has no chance against the "vastly superior" cheap Android phones.

You and others are making the mistake of just comparing technical specs while forgetting not all people buy just because of that, not even geeks.

After using a smartphone for a 6 months, I ended up going back to my old Nokia 100. I realised what I needed was a reliable phone, not a tiny "laptop".

Sure, different people have different needs, but I do not believe I'm alone in this situation. I'm sure Nokia has a great opportunity here.

Asha 501 promises to be a great PHONE, I can see attention to detail and a quality build. The case colours are lovely and the battery LIFE seriously demands respect.

After the recent FirefoxOS device from Spain, Nokia Asha 501 is the only other phone that got me excited this year. And it doesn't even have 3G support.

I sincerely hope Nokia can up their game once more.

Edited 2013-05-10 17:43 UTC

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RE[2]: not good value
by tylerdurden on Fri 10th May 2013 18:22 in reply to "RE: not good value"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Sorry, that boat has already sailed.

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RE[2]: not good value
by unclefester on Sat 11th May 2013 05:29 in reply to "RE: not good value"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13


Asha 501 promises to be a great PHONE, I can see attention to detail and a quality build. The case colours are lovely and the battery LIFE seriously demands respect.


The problem is that the Nokia 501 is really nothing more than a fairly expensive feature phone with small nasty screen attached. The worst of both worlds.

You can already buy a standard Nokia S40 phone with excellent battery life for $30 or a vastly better Android smartphone for $99. Why would you choose the 501?

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RE[2]: not good value
by unclefester on Sat 11th May 2013 05:40 in reply to "RE: not good value"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The entire economy of places like Nigeria rely on the phone network. Smartphones are computers in these countries. They are used for everything from checking the price of fish at the local market to monitoring the health of expectant mothers.

Battery life generally isn't an issue because phones can be charged for a few cents at charging booths.

Edited 2013-05-11 05:41 UTC

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