Nokia Asha 201 Review
The Asha 201 is a cut-price version of the Asha 302 qwerty messaging phone. A BlackBerry-style phone for around £50 sounds like a winner, but have Nokia cut too many corners in the spec?
At first glance, the Asha 201 looks a bit strange. It's the curious joined-up keyboard design, reminiscent of Nokias from years gone by, when weird keypad designs were all the rage. It's a bit retro, but it seems to work OK. The 201 doesn't have a premium look and feel, and probably won't get mistaken for a BlackBerry, but the design works well enough, with a functional keyboard and D-pad. It feels quite light too, even though it's not particularly thin.
The screen size is standard for this kind of phone. It's a good size for messaging, but don't expect to do a lot of web browsing or multimedia stuff on this platform.
Besides, the Asha 201 is never going to be great as a web platform because it doesn't have 3G or Wi-Fi, so data crawls at 2G speeds. Nevertheless, you can text, email, chat, tweet and even catch up on facebook, although fb can take a while to load on a 2G network.
There's a very basic camera that can (just about) record video. And you can listen to music perfectly well. In addition to a music player, there's an FM radio and a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can easily record music from the radio too, with a dedicated recording feature (so no need to pay for MP3 downloads if you're quick at recording).
One great thing about the Asha is its battery life. You'll be laughing when your smartphone-wielding friends bite the dust and you're still at 90% battery capacity!
So, the Asha 201 fills the niche of entry-level messaging phone quite well. The only problem for Nokia is that for the same price you can pick up a Samsung Ch@t with Wi-Fi or an Orange Rio II with 3G HSPA. You might also consider upping your budget and going for an Asha 302.
Features of the Nokia Asha 201 include:
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Reviewed by Sarah M from Scotland on 27th Sep