Nokia Asha 201, in-depth analysis

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Nokia today presented some important terminals for the change in strategy that it has planned since the beginning of the year . As you know, today important devices such as the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710 have been released , two terminals that have surprised with their design, but above all because they are equipped with the Windows Phone operating system in version 7.5 Mango . But these have not been the only news that the Finnish has released. No way. The company has also presented four interesting terminals that will initially be launched in emerging markets, but whichthey will also be sold in Spain . This is the Asha collection, designed for a still majority group of users: those looking for an affordable and easy-to-use mobile phone .

This is the case of the Nokia Asha 201 , a terminal that combines the properties of a touch screen and a QWERTY keyboard , something that will especially appeal to those who usually write long messages or chat with their friends, family or colleagues. The thing is that the terminal is a bit basic, especially for those who want to always remain connected to the Internet , so if you want to frequently interact with your favorite social networks , download content or manage your email , you will have to look at some another phone of the same range, but more equipped. Don't forget that Nokiahas in its catalog a wide assortment of mid-range terminals that offer 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity . Here's a detailed review of the new Nokia Asha 201 .

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Design and display

You will see that the Nokia Asha 201 follows in the wake of the design of some terminals that are currently in force in the catalog for western markets . We refer, of course, to the Nokia C3 , a device that has been very well received by the most loyal Nokia public . In this case, we have a particularly lightweight terminal , weighing just 105 grams and with dimensions of 115.5 x 61.1 x 14 mm . As you will see, it is a particularly wide terminal, especially since the phone has to house a full QWERTY keyboard , attached to the bottom of the screen.

The truth is that it is a particularly ergonomic terminal , which with its shapes and finishes adapts very well to the hand. The device's technical sheet speaks of a 2.4-inch TFT screen , with only one drawback: it is not tactile. The screen has a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and a depth of 256.000 million colors . In any case, you will see that it is an eminently practical terminal, which will be quite useful for emerging markets, but which will work very well for the general public : those who are looking for a simple telephone , to make calls and to send a message.

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The Nokia Asha 201 is not a terminal designed for high-altitude connectivity. To begin with, we will say that the phone operates on GSM 850/900/1900 networks and that it does not offer us access to broadband Internet , or what is the same, to what is known as the 3G protocol . At this point, this will be a significant inconvenience for those who intend to always remain connected to the Internet . We say it because connected through 2G technology , your connection will be much slower and you will not be able to manage your content or download your email in a more agile way. A real shame. And is that this Nokia Asha 201 it has another major drawback.

And it is that the terminal does not allow us access to Wi-Fi wireless networks . This will not help us save on our data rate, especially when downloading applications or content via mobile . You will have to look at other phones if you want to opt for this type of connection. However, we have to say that the Nokia Asha 201 supports Bluetooth 2.1 technology with A2DP and EDR , which is really useful for sharing content between devices. This will help you to send photos to your friends or to send you songs at no cost.

In the section on external connections, you can have a 3.5 mm headphone output, which will also be valid for connecting mini-speakers and sharing your music on a terrace or in the field. It includes a microUSB 2.0 input to connect the phone to the computer, synchronize, load content and vice versa , as well as a microSD card slot that will be great when you want to expand the internal memory of the phone. We remind you that you can do it up to 32 GB and that it will be eminently necessary, since the terminal barely has 10 MB of internal memory .


Photographic and multimedia camera

The camera is not one of the strengths of this phone either . However, we must be aware that the Nokia Asha 201 is a phone made to measure for those users who do not require a large camera for daily use . I must say, that according to the data sheet , the incorporates phone a camera of two megapixels that will allow us to obtain snapshots of 1600 x 1200 pixels . In turn, you should know that the phone is also capable of recording video, even if it is in a lower quality than usual. You will see that can record at a resolution of 176 x 144 pixels and10 frames per second . If this quality is satisfactory for you, the Nokia Asha 201 will be a very good phone for you.

In the multimedia section , you should know that the phone will allow you to play multimedia content in the most common formats. In fact, the following have been mentioned: MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, MP4, H.264, H.263, and WMV . This includes music and video, although you know that you can also play images. Additionally, you can also combine the playback of the contents stored on your mobile with the stereo FM Radio with RDS . In turn, you will have the opportunity to record voice notes and radio programs.

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Memory and operating system

The Nokia Asha 201 has a very meager internal memory, barely 10 MB . This means that if you want to take advantage of the full potential of the device, you will have to expand the memory with microSD cards . In fact, the phone has a slot specially enabled for the occasion, which will help you to continue storing more songs, photos, and of course, to install applications without problems. The user can use memory cards of a maximum of 32 GB , as in the vast majority of cases. In turn, the phone has a 64 MB ROM memory and a 32 MB RAM memory, more than enough for the type of device we have in hand.

As you know, the latest mobile phones presented by Nokia come equipped with the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system , but it is clear that for entry-level terminals, the Finnish will continue to use Symbian and its S40 interface . In this way, users most loyal to Nokia will continue to have the traditional system with which they are already familiar, without having to learn new ways to perform simple actions such as calling, searching for their contacts or sending a message . It must be said, at this point, that users will be able to access the Nokia Browser to access the Internet, in addition to Push Mail. The phone is also compatible with the famous WhatsApp instant messaging application . Great news for the younger audience who wants to communicate with their friends to the minute.

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Autonomy and availability

The Nokia Asha 201 incorporates a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1,430 milliamps , more than ample capacity to withstand more than enough time for an average user. According to Nokia's predictions , the phone will offer us a talk time of up to 7 hours , in addition to a standby time of about 800 . Times change if we use the Nokia Asha 201 to play music, since Nokia will be able to support a minimum of 35 hours , which is the most common in these cases. However, we recommend that you value these balances yourself, since it will be the only way tocheck if these times are real and are effectively profitable for you.

On the other hand, and regarding its availability, we have to tell you that Nokia has valued offering this phone to emerging markets. However, we know that some of the phones in the Asha range will hit the Spanish market , so you can have it in your hands. And at a really affordable price. Although it is specifically communicated later, most likely it is that the Nokia Asha 201 have a price around 60 euros .

StandardGSM 850/900/1900
Weight and measurements115.5 x 61.1 x 14 mm

105 grams

Memory10 MB internal memory

Expandable with microSD cards



2.4 inch TFT screen

Resolution 320 x 240 pixels

256 billion colors

QWERTY keyboard

Photo camera and multimedia2 megapixel camera

1600 x 1200 pixels

Records 176 × 144 @ 10fps video

Playback of photos, video and audio

MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV

Stereo FM radio tuner with RDS

Recording voice and radio notes

Controls and connectionsSymbian S40 operating system

Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DPEDR

Micro USB 2.0

3.5 mm audio output

Java compatibility

Flash Lite support

Autonomy1430 milliamp battery

Conversation: 7 hours

Standby: 800 hours

Music player: 52 hours

Availability and priceEarly 2012

60 euros (approximate)

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