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Nokia Asha 501: Pocketable, Capable, and Cute!

The Nokia Asha 501 in focus!
The Nokia Asha 501 in focus!

Hands-on with the Nokia Asha 501

Our tech guy here at Unbox (Salleh) is a huge Nokia fan. His primary handset is a Lumia 920 and his back-up device is actually the new Nokia Asha 501. Priced at Php4,500, the Nokia Asha 501 is a java-based feature phone that’s packed with smartphone features. It also takes on the same design philosophy of the Nokia Lumia series save for the much smaller chassis and display (this one is just 3-inches).

We shot a short video sharing our thoughts about the Nokia Asha 501 and you can check it out below. By the way, we shot this particular video in primarily Tagalog (Filipino language) with a little English, just for fun, hehe. Enjoy!

Here are a few more photos of the Nokia Asha 501:

It has its own app store with Java based apps like this Facebook Java app
It has its own app store with Java based apps like this Facebook Java app
That monocolor back looks soooo familiar
That monocolor back looks soooo familiar
Twitter anyone?
Twitter anyone?
Looks big in this angle but the phone is actually very small
Looks big in this angle but the phone is actually very small

While the Nokia Asha 501 is a bold step forward for the Asha line-up, we’re a bit hesitant to fully recommend it. At Php4,500 you can already get fairly decent daily driver Android smartphones with a double-core processor and Jelly Bean (will full access to the Google Play store). Maybe if Nokia priced this lower it could actually stand a chance of making a difference in the market.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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