Product Type: Nokia mobile phones
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Nokia Asha 201
Member Name: MamaC
Nokia Asha 201
Date: 31/08/12, updated on 03/09/12 (30 review reads)
Advantages: Qwerty keyboard, very light, ideal for teenagers
Disadvantages: Small digits, no wifi function, it's only 2G, a bit slow when on the net.
I purchased this phone a while ago for £65 - the SIM free handset, purely as a second phone for business use. But you can get the phone free now if you take out a 24 month contract. My primary handset is an iPhone.
OUT OF THE BOX:
The first thing that I noticed about this chunky little gem was that it had a good QWERTY keyboard. Build quality is ok but not great. However, with regards to use of ease I found it a little tricky when actually using the keys due to their small size. My husband struggled to type out a simple text message. The screen is small (320 x 240 pixels). There's a microSD card input on the right of the phone under a flap and you can fit a 16gb card in there. I was very pleased and surprised to see that it had a USB port which is handy if you need to offload your pictures and video. It uses an old operating system which I believe is Symbian S40. Shortcuts on the home screen are good and get you to where you want to be. Configuring the settings is a long winded process though.
MAKING A CALL:
This is fairly simple but doesn't support smart dialling as it doesn't seem to recognise letters. My advice to users is to make your most frequent contacts in to favourites for a quick access rather than spending 2 minutes trawling through your address book. It has a loudspeaker option if you need to go hands free, and you can also record calls if you need to.
The 2mb camera doesn't take brilliant pictures so I wouldn't advise throwing away your compact digital camera just yet. It's ok as far as taking a quick backup shot if you cant use your normal phone.
Interacts very well with social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook etc. Just as good as keeping you uptodate with friends statuses as the top notch phones.
Battery seemed to last for quite a while and isn't too hungry. Has basic functions for a no frills handset. Its available in a great range of colours too!
This is a 2G phone NOT 3G and it is not compatible with WiFi. Keys are small, no good for mans hands. Picture quality isn't great. The entire handset for me is bulky. I found surfing to be slow.
OVERALL: A great little phone for someone on a very tight budget.
Summary: Good, reliable phone that is fairly robust and has good connectivity in a whole range of colours
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