The Asha 503 certainly promises a lot -- superb build qualiity and a very capable S40 OS, for its intended audience.
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:
2. Text messages
3. Social chat apps (whatsapp, line, we chat)
4. Internet browsing
11. Voice memo
12. Music player
Now, why cant Nokia provide a bigger screen for the Asha 503? Or even, the similar specifications of a Lumia 520, but merely changing 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.
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.
Well.Specifications OK for a smart phone. But, What is the internal storage capacity, Ram and Processor?
Whew, nearly bought the asha 501 before reading this. How lucky I am! Best to wait for this phone
If this phone has ram and processor.Then it is the best phone after lumia
anyboday knows about ram and processor for this phone
asha 501 has all this ram and processor
nokia asha 503 is good with nice fetuere.. its the coolest phn with many more colours...
Nokia , wish you would allow auto call recording without beep. Then there is no more chinese phones for me.
- 5MP and have Led flash
- Long life baterry
- Gorilla Glass
- 1200 maH Battery
it just only $99. very good phone to its price.
Very best phone! im excited of the release of this phone in philippines. Long life battery and IT HAVE WHATSAPP. it comes $99 only. VERY NICE PHONE unlike android phones!
If Microkia is shutting down the Ovi store on jan 2014, what is the point of these phones anyway?
Dev, 23 Oct 2013compared to price it should have front facing camera.you know compared to price it shouldn't had gorrila glass 2 , a 5 MP high quality camera and nokia trust
Great work Nokia! After many years I can see myself finally getting myself a Nokia handset again!
I'd personally love to see a higher spec'd Asha like this akin to the iPhone 3gs layout/styling with a good camera, great mp3 player, excellent texting features, a decent resolution dpi, and a reasonable lower mid-ranged price. You'd have a winner on your hands, as long as you keep Windows Mobile away from it!!
Anonymous, 23 Oct 2013can it make calls, text and browse internet?yes friend.its great mobile and high feature.compare to these price tag
Seriously?, 22 Oct 2013Nokia wtf? Video Qvga@15 ?!?!?!?!?!? And for 90 euro?!! DSC-710 cost less and record in HDcan it make calls, text and browse internet?