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Nokia Asha 201 review

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

Our Verdict

The Nokia Asha 201 is a low cost 'feature phone plus', let down by the absence of 3G and Wi-Fi but lifted by a good keyboard and impressive battery life.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 10 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 2 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 320 x 240

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For

  • Good keyboard
  • Very long battery life
  • Nice Twitter and Facebook integration
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Solid build

Against

  • No 3G
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Poor camera
  • Slow processor
  • Small, low resolution screen

Nokia asha 201 review

With neither Wi-Fi nor 3G built in, and with a screen measuring just 2.4-inches and offering a mere 240 x 320 pixels, web browsing isn't what the Nokia Asha 201 excels at.

Still, Nokia tries, providing both its own browser and Opera Mini. Out of the box the latter is linked to from the apps area, and the former from the home page.

Using Nokia's own browser it wasn't possible to load the full version of the TechRadar home page, so thank goodness for the mobile version. At least the mobile version loaded fairly quickly - just a second or two per page. And it formats well in the screen.

Nokia asha 201 review

Switching over to Opera Mini gave us more scope. Opera Mini comes complete with a range of shortcuts built in.

Nokia asha 201 review

It took Opera Mini 30 seconds to load the full version of the TechRadar home page on the Nokia Asha 201, although you won't be surprised to learn that it was impossible to read anything without zooming.

Nokia asha 201 review

Getting around web pages for reading requires a lot of scrolling and zooming action, and pages in general load slowly.

Nokia asha 201 review

If you fancy streaming video, then you aren't going to be too happy with the Nokia Asha 201. It refused to stream videos from YouTube for us. Nor, perhaps unsurprisingly, was it happy generally streaming embedded video.

Nokia asha 201 review

Really, this isn't a handset for web fans at all - which won't surprise you for the price.

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
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Call Divert
Pixel Density167 ppi
RecycledYes
Recycled Content100%
Height115.4 mm
Width61.1 mm
Depth14 mm
Radio TunerYes
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