Asha 501 Review: common phone platform Nokia's new

Asha 501 Review: common phone platform Nokia's new
After many years of loyalty to the Series 40 platform across multiple versions, Nokia has decided to renew Asha line with the introduction of model 501 in some selected markets. With the popularization of cheap Android phones, Nokia was forced to put out a new product line that competes strongly with a good price, because they know that they can hardly create a new Lumia 520 to sell for $ 200 cheaper. Asha 501 is a new option for the user interface has been known of MeeGo (N9) with many of the basic features are integrated. It has a compact design, capacitive touch screen with a smooth interface, and supports two SIM slots with a hot-swappable slots while.

Asha 501 Review Design
According to mainstream touchscreen phone today, Asha 501 has a simple style with just a keyboard back out (back <-) in front just below the screen. With the success of the diversification of color on the Lumia series, Nokia continued to apply the casing 6 in line Asha 501 includes 4 red, green, blue, yellow in the CMYK color system, besides the two color Traditional white and black. In front of the black crust is always protected by plastic glass. However, the button to open the back cover colors with the shell, so Nokia does not sell its own shell to the user to select. This button openings out there for sound volume is quite large. Overall hardware Asha 501 is a good review, no cheap feeling.

It's designed from a rectangular block with rounded edges and soft, contoured edges even on the back is not too sharp. A normal person's hand can fit four fifths of the area. Those with large hands, the machine is completely caught in the hand. Maybe the size of a compact Asha 501, compared with a credit card, the longer it's only about 1 and width also increase the range of 3mm.

Machine put the connector on top, including 3.5mm headphone port, microUSB port and 2.0mm charging port. Nokia provides the charging small (2 mm) in the box, but you can still use the microUSB charger to power supply. This is extremely convenient when you can use your computer to charge and use the battery backup with microUSB port.

When you open the back cover, you can quickly change sim card and 2 (standard micro SIM). The SIM change rapidly with time use immediately when you reattach the lid. SIM only receiver in 2 seconds and takes another 5 seconds to complete detection network. This hot-swap technology adopted from the model Nokia C2-00 has a long release. Some suggested that Nokia should adopt two standard mini SIM sim (sim popular) and micro SIM for users to feel more comfortable when using.
Asha 501 Review Design
Asha 501 Review Experience
Machine takes about 26 seconds to boot, in fact phones you will rarely be off by 1 SIM slot machines are hot off. So start time so not too important for this model. And the fact that you can use immediately when finished booting.

Nokia Asha operating system call on the 501 "Nokia Asha Platform 1.0". They also called this because the smartphone app store specifically for this machine. The creation of applications for the Asha 501 can be programmed to switch from the platform Series 40 touch earlier.

In general interface, Asha 501 is based entirely on the design of the N9 MeeGo OS. From the logo, more interfaces basic applications, Settings, screensavers ... there are many similarities to 90%. The remaining 10% is in the option menu structure. In some applications, stroking your hand from the bottom edge up on the screen to bring up the options menu. Due to space limitations should display the settings of certain applications such as browsing, calls, calendar, contacts, email ... are located in the Settings menu. In some applications such as Facebook, provide the option key left-right structure familiar to many Nokia users.

It looks like 1 GHz processor does not make much sense Asha 501 with only 64MB RAM by machine. No multitasking interface characteristic of N9, Nokia included in Fastlane interface that is very characteristic. In fact, this interface such as the New Feed of MeeGo but not merely for email messages or news. Fastlane provides information about recent calls, missed calls, messages, last used applications. Right on the first part (Today) is the calendar information, appointments ... You can see this is a place to store what you use when choosing a specific item (such as video), it will continue to the next user interface. Here you see the video where it will continue to go there. Want to see the beginning, you go straight to the Video section of the menu. The interface of the standby screen is also very similar to MeeGo, you hit 2 times to open the lock to the standby interface, fast read email, with a single message on the screen horizontal.
Asha 501 Review Experience
To evaluate a feature phone, I usually ask is what to do with this machine to work normally. With the internet, we have email, browsing, personal information management with contacts, calendar, tasks ... Also more carefully you can also look at the profile management mode, these features plus ... and application support.

Asha 501 Review Features and applications
Interface calls Asha 501 is quite simple when you can just make the dial, or checking account. Smart dialing feature (smart dial) is not available on this model. I also can not find a replacement dial applications. If you miss this part, the machine has a button to access the phonebook to the Friends list.

The icons can easily change positions with the same operating system touch now, but you do not require the ability to create folders menu. Previously, the Symbian S60 5th generation was criticized for a variety of applications contained in the directory is to Symbian Belle version, Nokia has put out before. At this time, the iOS has the ability to create folders, but the way that Apple made more intuitive by their devices with larger screens.

Names do not seem to have the strength of feature phone. Actually Nokia can do better if the protocol supports popular directories. They only support transfer contacts from SIM to internal memory, and from other devices via Bluetooth. Indeed reasonably well by those who bought the phone lines are often used models such as the Nokia 1280 or C1, C2 something. Names of the machines can connect to Facebook and Twitter. But you do not expect anything more than this service by two friends are not always publicized phone number on social networks.

You can set up email POP3/IMAP protocols very easily. However, Mail for Exchange is not supported. Maybe so, but contacts, calendar can not be pushed down. Hopefully the next version of Asha Platform will support this. For much too long email and web interfaces such as product introduction web page, the Asha reader mail message is not readable. Try to save on your computer, if you do not see the email will include photos accompanying text capacity is 190 KB. However, the interface can be (layout) of the e-mails too complicated, does not fit the look of the machine.

On input, QWERTY keyboard is available by Nokia should not invest carefully T9 interface (click the message format). The prediction is not necessary to the words that appear only when the user touches the words you type. Meanwhile QWERTY keyboards available with features predictive interface up to 2/3 of the screen (rather wasted). Do you use a Vietnamese percussion stick and top hat accented characters have the majority. Nokia has not applied percussion telex as old Symbian S60 platform.

Application of computer music interface is simple and easy to use. Quality when listening through headphones passable. Difficulty in creating sound quality and lack of detail, a conspicuous feature in the cheap mobile phones. Do I use the Sennheiser CX line of bass should be pretty stable now, of course it can not clear as on the Lumia. So a 128 kbps music is loaded into the machine is more than enough, for a higher standard you would not see the difference. The controller can perform music at the interface of computer courses Asha 501.
Asha 501 Review Features and applications
Despite being popular phones, but the Asha 501 camera has many customization possibilities. Compared with iOS, it is more self-timer, white balance, image effects, image resolution, very useful. The quality of produce at acceptable levels if taken in good lighting conditions.

Asha 501 Review Features 2 SIM and use time
Asha 501 features a status bar of the toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G and fast moving silent mode. In addition, this is also where you manage to use 2 SIM her.

It has two optional functions including SIM to use when listening to calls, texting. Or select default to always use one SIM for voice, messaging. As for the connectivity GPRS / EDGE, the machine for a particular item. So you can choose to use 2 SIM mobile network but the default player calls, texting in SIM 1 well. Such is the default SIM will always run whether you're in the message sent to the rest of SIM. Even so the main switch the SIM back very quickly, you just pat on the arm from the edge of the screen to open the tray (notification form) to select priority SIM. At this point the machine will display SIM is blue, white sim rest.

Regarding battery life, only to hear the call because normally, the machine can operate up to 3-4 days attached with two SIM. Particularly with the use of one slot, the SIM can be heard calling all week if less.

You may be wondering why the machine does not support 3G, because 3G can practice the machine will make short battery life. While Nokia criteria set heavy battery for this model. In addition, the machine is available, the Wi-Fi connectivity in Vietnam is still an advantage. Besides the network access speed is only average due to hardware limitations. If web surfing speed Wi-Fi speed is 10, the network using EDGE / GPRS and reached 8. Thus the lack of 3G helps Asha 501 prices quite stable.
Asha 501 Review Features 2 SIM and use time
Currently, software Asha 501 is not connected to the computer so you can synchronize data. Hopefully Nokia will release future applications 'sync' for this series.
Conclusion Asha 501

Asha 501 Review: common phone platform Nokia's new

Asha 501 Review: common phone platform Nokia's new
Asha 501 Review: common phone platform Nokia's new
Conclusion Asha 501
Although not a new platform too, but what the Asha 501 will not be boring for feature phone users. Using MeeGo interface which is highly regarded for the ability to use touch, Asha 501 is a pretty appropriate choice for a compact phone, support 2 SIM and use quite time. Only half the amount compared to the Lumia 520, you still get the full functionality of a smartphone with a more compact design, beautiful interface, support 2 SIM, Wi-Fi. The remaining problem is that Nokia will integrate the ability to synchronize contacts, at least as well as with Nokia Account, and then Gmail, as well as application support for PC connectivity.
Source: Tinhte

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