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Nokia unveils new Asha lineup in Abu Dhabi

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Nokia unveils new Asha lineup in Abu Dhabi - read the full textThe latest members of the Asha lineup for emerging markets from Nokia have been announced, the Asha 500, Asha 502, and the 3G-powered Asha 503. The successors to the Asha 501, all three devices will come with an additional "ice layer" on top of the characteristic bright colors -...


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Guys Please Reply Which one is better? Asha 501,502 ?

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  • 2013-11-10 18:05
  • K2Ev

> In reply to red @ 2013-10-22 16:47 from SgvH - click to readwhy?

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  • 2013-11-10 17:52
  • K2Ev

Why This phone Will be Flop?

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  • 2013-11-10 17:50
  • K2Ev

asha 501 how to support to Skype/viber/whatsapp

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  • 2013-10-28 11:21
  • 25LG

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-22 15:47 from PxWg - click to readAndroid ???

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  • 2013-10-26 18:13
  • RJhi

i hope whatsapp will coming soon on novembre?

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  • 2013-10-25 02:37
  • KgTG

The point I was trying to make earlier is, Nokia should believe more in its S40 OS, rather than relegating the OS to some of its basic phones and in some emerging markets.

An S40 phone with good specs can easily compete with a entry level Android phone. S40 phones like the Asha 501/1/2/3 has great build quality. If Nokia can provide it will better RAM and a few more features, the Asha can easily be a winner for many people, myself included.

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  • 2013-10-23 18:20
  • 2SFE

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-23 13:47 from GT6G - click to readOn the contrary, I feel that Nokia should encourage competition from within its brand, as it will ensure that people are still buying Nokia products, irrespective of the model or OS.

As Steve Jobs is reported to have said: “If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.” And in the words of Walter Isaacson from Steve’s Biography “So even though an iPhone might cannibalize sales of an iPod, or an iPad might cannibilize sales of a laptop, that did not deter him”.

Nokia is, I believe, in a unique position as it has two operating systems, Windows and S40. Selling either of these OSs in various permutations and hardware should not worry Nokia, since it will offer something different to the customer. For example, what should stop Nokia from selling a 5" Lumia 1320, but with an S40 OS?

Personally, I like the limited multitasking facility of a tried and tested S40 OS, coupled with the hardware of a Lumia. Limited multitasking ensures that there are no unnecessary apps running in the background and hogging valuable RAM.

If S40 had offered wifi hotspot and smart dialling facilities, it would have easily been my favourite OS for a Nokia phone.

After all, the S40 OS offers all the basic features that I need in a phone:

1. Calls
2. Text messages
3. Social chat apps (whatsapp, line, we chat)
4. Internet browsing
5. Clock
6. Calculator
7. Calendar
8. Wifi
9. Bluetooth
10. Radio
11. Voice memo
12. Music player

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  • 2013-10-23 18:08
  • 2SFE

> In reply to alyusuph @ 2013-10-23 09:08 from N9RA - click to readbro you will get lumia 1520, also it might be listed comming soon. check

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  • 2013-10-23 15:06
  • s8iD

When Nokia was facing its doldrums Android could have been an easy way out, or so most of us would have thought, but having taken the W8 route maybe at first didn't look the best either then. Now with the same OS on most phones albeit IOS, I believe that W8 will bring about that much needed wind of change in a smartphone world dominated by Android and IOS. Furthermore W8 phones are a lot less demanding on resources and as simple to use if not more. Nokia giving us the option of robust hardware, in a stable OS means that we will not be short of choices. I also very much hope that BB too will come to join in the top four OSs and smartphone manufacturers.

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  • 2013-10-23 14:24
  • SaQD

> In reply to Debb @ 2013-10-22 12:03 from tUdY - click to readThat's exactly doing. They don't want the Asha to eat into the Lumia-WP sales.

Then there are those people (like me, and I know I'm not alone) who would gladly buy top of the line Lumia if it didn't have WP os.

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  • 2013-10-23 13:47
  • GT6G

> In reply to Debb @ 2013-10-23 10:34 from tUdY - click to readI would like to see that too. But it won't happen.

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  • 2013-10-23 13:30
  • GT6G

love u nokia always beat samsung and be a king again

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  • 2013-10-23 11:11
  • tA3G

> In reply to misquitas @ 2013-10-23 09:02 from uuHq - click to readNow that's a fantastic idea!

Only, Nokia wouldn't like to let the Lumias face competition from similar devices, least from their own stable.

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  • 2013-10-23 10:34
  • tUdY

Nokia don't treat Africans as second class citizens by not selling newly released phones as soon as they are released. We saw with the early Lumias. Yes, we know Asha is meant for.. well... India? Asia? Africa?, but that doesn't mean that we only deserve Ashas.

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  • 2013-10-23 09:08
  • N9RA

> In reply to Debb @ 2013-10-23 06:45 from tUdY - click to readI would go one step further. Why not provide the similar specifications of a Lumia 520, but merely change the OS from Microsoft to S40. That simple and practical OS alone would bring down the price of the S40 "Asha 520" in comparison with the MS Lumia 520.

This dual approach will only benefit Nokia, as most people I know of, presently buy a Nokia phone for its build quality and only a few have bought them for the OS.

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  • 2013-10-23 09:02
  • uuHq

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-10-23 03:57 from 9Lax - click to readEven though I am not an expert, I think adding $20-25 to the price would enable Nokia to have Asha 503 with 3.5" in say 200ppi and still position it as entry/ mid level device.

See, my point is that there are several entry level Ashas (touch)-- 307, 309, 311, 500, 501 and 502. So why not have a higher specc'ed phone as long as it does not obstruct Lumia 520s.

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  • 2013-10-23 06:45
  • tUdY

> In reply to Vivek Krishnan @ 2013-10-22 20:57 from P@QD - click to readMant thanks for highlighting some of the issues you have encountered with your Asha 501. For the benefit of us, potential buyers of Asha 501/2/3, could you please mention other issues that you have faced with your Asha?

I had expected the battery life to be great, but you claim otherwise. Also, when older phones like Asha 210 are embedded with whatsapp, why cant the newer Asha 501 have whatsapp?

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  • 2013-10-23 06:34
  • utPe

> In reply to red @ 2013-10-22 16:47 from SgvH - click to readRecent Nokias have flopped??

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  • 2013-10-23 04:51
  • Fv4$

> In reply to Debb @ 2013-10-22 11:24 from tUdY - click to readWhat you can't seem to comprehend is that,these phones were meant to be sold cheap to people who are financially incapable of purchasing high end devices. You said with a couple more dollars one can get an android device,yeah an android device that will lag and freeze very often.

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  • 2013-10-23 03:57
  • 9Lax

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