Nokia Asha 201 review

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

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Nokia asha 201 review

Let's start with the bad news. Video playback on the Nokia Asha 201 isn't much cop. In fact, the video player is hidden away in the camera app rather than being given a status all of its own. It is clearly designed primarily for playing back videos shot on the handset itself.

Most of our test videos wouldn't play - even our MP4 videos were too large for the Asha 201 to cope with - and it appeared only to want to handle small size, low frame rate videos on a par with those the handset can shoot itself.

In any case, the 2.4-inch screen isn't one you'd want to use to catch up on your favourite films or TV shows.

Nokia asha 201 review

Music was an altogether better prospect, with our MP3 files playing very nicely.

Album art was a mystery to the player, but with playlist management and volume control on the D-pad (there's no side button for this), we have all we really need from a basic player.

Nokia asha 201 review

There's an FM radio too, which automatically tunes stations when it's first used.

We'd really have liked an easier way to switch between headset and speaker output for the radio. Having to press 'Options', scroll down to 'Settings', then scroll down to 'Play via' is a bit of a pain.

Nokia asha 201 review

And of course when you want to switch back you have to go through the whole process again.

The player is a bit bland looking too, although we like the RDS.

Nokia provides a surprisingly good headset for a handset of this price. It's not top notch, but it does a reasonably good job, and sound is definitely less tinny than it is through the Nokia Asha 201's own speaker. Volume through the handset speaker goes pretty loud, though.

As we said before, the Nokia Asha 201 has 10MB of built-in storage, which won't enable you to save much in the way of media content. A microSD card slot offers the chance to boost this capacity, though.


Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandDual Band
Input MethodQWERTY
Wireless LANNo
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
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
Product NameAsha 201 Cellular Phone
Product LineAsha
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part NumberA00004279
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationReady to take on the world

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Limited Warranty2 Year