According to Nokia specifications: Nokia Asha software platform supports Java apps and Web apps - so it's basically a Java phone :-(
It's so frustrating to read the comments about this phone in this page... Seriously... You people are asking too much for a $99 smartphone... The Asha 501 is a steal if you compare the price with its specs. It runs smooth and it looks good. Is it not about the specs; it is about the performance. Remember that.
The Asha 501 really is an innovation. Period. The best of Nokia (Hardware and Software) in one marvelous package. Add the $99 price tag, and this will sell like hotcakes.
How it is that it only has 64 MB of RAM possible? Is it a joke? They are digging their own grave.
i think this is a great innovation by Nokia. Since the Lumia phones are all micro-sims, it's better they start launching their low end phones with micro-sim as well in other for Nokia fans not to struggle with their sim- either Mini or Micro Sim.
Anonymous, 09 May 2013does it suport multy tasking? Like symbian?Yes, it supports multitasking. You can read it in the news on the GSMArena front page.
Kennyelfuego, 09 May 2013no it does not support multitasking cos it's a Java phone.yes it supports multitasking. and its not a jave phone!!
this runs Nokia Asha software platform 1.0 not s40
don't know something, the n don't comment about it !!!
Anonymous, 09 May 2013does it suport multy tasking? Like symbian?no it does not support multitasking cos it's a Java phone.
Anonymous, 09 May 2013does it suport multy tasking? Like symbian?no
Nokia has done good job in terms of battery life. The previous best from nokia was Nokia X1-01 with highest standby time(i am using XA-01 as second phone for its giving great stand by time 15 days in real world usage conditions). Asha 501 beats X1-01 in battery life despite having smaller battery and much larger 3 inch screen. But 3G model of this new Asha series is very much needed now..hope nokia will launch 3G model having 14MbPS modem with PC connectivity and has a function of portable hotspot for wifi connectivity to tablets....and yes battery life can be further boosted using BL-5j battery having 1430 mAh capacity which was previously used in X1-01 model. nokia are you listening?
Im impressed. Now asha can do more. 501 is for those who dont have a lot to spend but want to have a feel of smartphone. Well,they say there will be 3g versions,hope those have atleast 512ram,5mp camera and good low light,3.5inch screen,200ppi,1ghz processor,very good audio quality,rich video format support and support for the most basic of apps especially WHATSAPP!!!! Go go nokia!!!
nokia please release a midrange phone with Nokia Asha software platform 1.0 with dual sim & 3g (nokia doesnt have any dual sim phone with 3g), 3.5" screen with VGA screen resolution, 256mb ram, vga video recording @ 30fps, document viewer/editor and at least 1300mah battery
please add physical buttons for answer/hang up and a slide keyboard
Bonker, 09 May 2013One thing i have to agree. Asha 501 looks great and better than Galaxy Y. And fastlane feature... moreI am just afraid if it really does multitasking or not, because I hate closing my webbrowser just to read a sms or to change the song in music player ..and if no then I will stuck to my nokia 701 .
The high end and mid level phones of the new look asha will propel nokia forward.
cheers to that
AnonD-66139, 09 May 2013And if I say about this asha 501 it has got attractive looks ..light in weight stylish changab... moreOne thing i have to agree. Asha 501 looks great and better than Galaxy Y. And fastlane feature is amazing.
Bonker, 09 May 2013Price and Specifications match spot on with Samsung Galaxy Y. Both have 3" screen and 133... moreAnd if I say about this asha 501 it has got attractive looks ..light in weight stylish changable colors .big battery backup ,3.2mp camera is looking good in handson videos .innovative UI better than those small icons on android +only one physical button .
Bonker, 09 May 2013Price and Specifications match spot on with Samsung Galaxy Y. Both have 3" screen and 133... moreOk let me clear you...galaxy y when launched was 7.5k now it is 5.6k here on flipkart.com..so same will happen with this asha 501 it will be available on less than 4.5k after 1 or 2 years. Galaxy Y 2mp camera suks a big time and I know that and screen ppi is whatever the color does not looks good in practical on Y and the battery perfonmnence is a huge disappointment of it also it lags and cant run most of the games and apps available on google play store..and yes wifi hotspot and gps is a pluspoint though but rest of it is just bad .