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The latest addition to Nokia's budget Asha line, the Asha 501 is the first to run the new "Asha" platform.

Critic reviews

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  • Reception and call quality
  • Display
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Ease of use
  • Design and form factor
  • Portability (size / weight)
  • Media support
  • Durability
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
6.0
CNET Aug 8, 2013

For $99, the Nokia Asha 501 is worth getting if you want a small, simple, colorful feature phone. However, U.S. denizens will have to buy it unlocked.

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6.0
Digital Versus Aug 29, 2013

. It's far from perfect, but it's a fine choice for anyone wanting to avoid a pricier high-end smartphone, or for anyone who just wants a no-thrills backup device.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 9, 2013

One or more additional members are expected to join Nokia's Lumia line-up next Tuesday, but today the company has chosen New Delhi as the stage to unveil the Asha 501, a new touchscreen handset that further blurs the line between featurephone and smartphone.

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CNET May 9, 2013

With its low-end specs, down-market price, and 2G connectivity, the Nokia Asha 501 really isn't aimed at those of you who crave the Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One. Instead, it's aimed squarely at developing markets like India and Latin America.

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PC World May 9, 2013

One of the advantages of having a smaller screen and less powerful hardware is better battery life, and Nokia said the phone has a standby time of up to 48 days, with the caveat that it was achieved during test conditions.

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SlashGear May 9, 2013

Swiping is the name of the game, with the Asha platform homescreen split into two views: the app launcher, a grid of “squircle” icons, and the Fastlane, a notification stream that tracks how you use your phone in chronological order.

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