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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

Contacts are a bit of a bugbear with the Nokia Asha 201. They aren't drawn from your Facebook or Twitter accounts when you sign in, so everyone you know will either need to be on your SIM, entered manually or copied using Bluetooth-based Sync and Backup if you're transferring from another Nokia handset.

Manual contact entry is made easier thanks to the keyboard, but it's still a bit of a pain. You enter a number and name and then save the contact, then have to come out and go back in to add other contact info such as email address, postal address, nickname, birthday and notes.

You can assign contacts as favourites, and these will appear on the home screen with little thumbnail photos if you have assigned them. If you've no photos, hovering the cursor over the generic contact icon will show their name, and you can then choose the one you want to contact.

Nokia asha 201 review

It's quite annoying that contacts are listed by last name then first name. It's a lot more formal than we like.

Making a call is easy enough, but there's no smart dialling support. You can't start tapping out a name or number on the keyboard and then see a list of contacts diminishing as you get close to the one you want.

Nokia asha 201 review

If you do start tapping something out, the handset only recognises numbers, ignoring any letters you press, and even then it doesn't search the contacts themselves to narrow down your selection.

What this means is that when you want to contact someone specific you either have to know their number, have them saved as a favourite for quick access, or trundle through the whole contacts list.

Nokia asha 201 review

Call quality itself is fine, and it is easy to switch to the loudspeaker when you're in a call.

And there's one neat feature we're surprised and pleased to see - you can record calls.

Nokia asha 201 review

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