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Nokia Asha 201 review

No 3G or Wi-Fi - can the Asha survive in today's world?

Nokia asha 201 review

The Nokia Asha 201 runs on Symbian S40, albeit a tweaked version. This is an old, old, old operating system that's been beefed up to look and feel modern.

And it does have its good points, but don't for a moment be fooled into thinking it is a bells and whistles smartphone operating system. This is what we call 'feature phone plus' territory.

The single home screen looks quite attractive with its favourite contacts, social media and app shortcuts all lined up.

Nokia asha 201 review

And you can configure how it looks, too, deciding what you'd like to have displayed on the home screen. But doing so is a bit of a faff. We had to walk through five screens to get to the one where we could personalise the home screen view.

Nokia asha 201 review

This being a Series 40 handset, the Asha 201 has a rather old fashioned Nokia look and feel once you get beyond the home screen. Hit the Menu button and you are into an icon driven-area with a very Nokia-esque look.

Nokia asha 201 review

Elsewhere there are other shades of old fashioned Series 40. On the main screen, for example, hit the left softmenu button (marked 'Go to'), and you can then scroll through a number of shortcuts for quick access to them. Well, we say quick, it's a bit tedious tapping away at the D-pad, but if' youre ont used to a touchscreen then you won't find this too much of a hassle.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandDual Band
Input MethodQWERTY
TouchscreenNo
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANNo
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory10 MB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE
GPS ReceiverNo
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAsha
Cellular Generation2.75G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 900, GSM 1800
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourGraphite
Operating SystemProprietary OS
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product Model201
Screen Size6.1 cm (2.4")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)105 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, China RoHS, REACH
Maximum Video Resolution176 x 144
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density167 ppi
Height115.4 mm
Width61.1 mm
Depth14 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time888 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameAsha 201 Cellular Phone
Product LineAsha
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberA00004279
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationReady to take on the world

What are you waiting for? The Asha range has everything you need to keep you in the know - surf faster, be super-social, play everywhere and explore everything. Live your life, your way.

Limited Warranty2 Year