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.
Kindly note down this is also one of the dummy phones from this series. Meaning it has just a basic options on your call/messaging activities.
Even for messages you miss forward, copy, move options – you feel like missing hand when you start using in few days. Take care..
Yasin Tamim, 24 Oct 2013Hello Dear All! Can any one tell me that does Viber and Skype work with it or no and is it A... moreHi,dear friend.It has asha os that works with the java os too.Unfortunately it has no front camera to work with skype!?Hopefully in next Asha 505 they consider and observe this!?All together it,s one of the best excellent budget phone!Good luck+thanks to all+factwriting gsm.
Hello Dear All!
Can any one tell me that does Viber and Skype work with it or no and is it Android or Java?
when will this device release in the Philippines??? pls someone tel me i want to have this asha 503....
Nokia is the one of the best phone there is no doubt? Only thing is the ring tone sound is very low.As a customer wwe shall request you to look into this matter.
srivaths, 23 Oct 2013disappointment because of the display size should be mini 3.5 inch.atleast music clarity should be good to use as mp3 player/mp4 player to give as a gift to parents
saichand, 23 Oct 2013this handset really awesome.. I used this mobile. actually my dad brothers his worked for Duba... moreDont just bluff here and divert people. Say some truth. Nokia does'nt sell any phones unless they are launched in direct market.
Display resolution is very cheap even large mega pixel camera is useless and display size little bit small
saichand, 23 Oct 2013this handset really awesome.. I used this mobile. actually my dad brothers his worked for Duba... moreplease comment about maps here by and any possibility of video calling using rear camera
its not smartphone,,1200mah battery and 64mb ram is enough,,,good job nokia,,
Almost made my mind to get this one for my mom, BUT ,
CAMERA IS FIXED FOCUS :( . Dropping this now. Please someone release a smart feature phone like this with a good AF camera and Whatsapp support.
If Samsung Primo S5610 gets revamped with Whatsapp support, then it'll take my money.. Its fast, its robust and sturdy, and most importantly, its camera performance is at par with any other smartphone camera below 15K INR