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A Nokia Asha 201 for just over £20 on PAYG seemed liked a bargain, so I bought two, one for my mother-in-law and one for my 10-tear old.
First impressions were positive, the usual Nokia build quality and finish being obvious and the overall "mini-Blackberry" look thanks to the QWERTY keyboard was highly positive too.
The screen is half-way between that of a traditional basic candy-bar and smartphone in size, and this really sums up the phone as a kind of half-way house between the two.
Moving on from the build quality, other positives are the large screen graphics and very good, outstanding compared to every smartphone I've used, battery life. Having only a smaller screen to feed with power helps here. Sound quality and reception are good and dropped calls aren't a built-in feature as some handsets. The broader shape sits n the hand well and I can find the position of my ear a lot more easily than with a really small handset.
Scrolling through and selecting icons on the screen is easy too.
Negatives are to me, as someone who should wear reading glasses but doesn't, firstly the size of the keys on the keyboard, and secondly the letters on the keys which are shared with numbers being a kind of dark orange. And hence, to me, virtually illegible until the keyboard lights up.
If you can see them OK, then texting is easy, but on the other hand, the internet browsing is clunky and frustrating to use.
So for a prolific texter with good close-up vision but a limited budget, probably worth buying. Just not for me.
I bought this phone from The Carphone Warehouse on their upgrade deal, all I needed to do was give them my current O2 number and I got a nice new mobile reduced to £16! I actually only went in to buy a new charger for my previous mobile, but the Asha's luminous pink and green display (I went for pink) distracted me! I love Nokias, I love pink and all I needed it to do was text and browse online so I went for it. For £16, it's been a great phone, I have been offered deals on Galaxys, Blackberrys and other more prestigious phones but was so happy with this I kept it until giving into a new i-Phone, and even now it's still my spare phone when my battery dies. It's battery lasts days at a time, it's slim, light and has been bashed off all kinds of surfaces by my five year old, including floor tiles, dropped in the bath by me, and it's still going! It's invincible! The camera isn't great, it has horrendous old-school ringtones, and a lot of websites won't load in it's browser - most online banking sites won't even look at it - so it's no substitute for a 'real' smartphone, but if I was stranded in the middle of nowhere with only a mobile, this is still the reliable bullet-proof mobile I'd like to be stuck with.
I have never spend more than £50 on a phone as I only use it for calling and texting. Bit oldfashion but I like it :-)
My last phone decided to take a swim in my bath so I had to buy another one. I went to Carphonewarehouse and because my youngest was obsessed with blackberrys I had a quick look at them as I do like the look of them. Then there I saw a 'blackberry' for £60 but if you had an o2 number it was only £20 so nice and cheap. Thats when i found out it wasnt a blackberry but a nokia asha 201. ( I felt so old )
The nokia asha 201 I picked is white, is a qwerty phone, a bit bulky like a blackberry but still looks fashionable. The screen is a perfect size for a phone, not to big but also not to small. I tried to connect it to the internet at home and it was superfast, no problems with signal.
The pictures that i took with phone are very clear, and when i transfer them to my laptop ( lead or bluetooth) you dont see the differents if the picture comes from a digital camera or a phone, its that good.
I must admit the phone is handier for people with smaller fingers as the buttons are close togheter. I had troubles finding the volume but when i figured it out I noticed the sound is very clear.
We are very happy with this phone that my partner bought was as well and we also gave my youngest the same phone ( she is very happy with the phone but also because people think its a blackberry)
And this phone even fell in the river and was still working after 10 min in the water!!!!
I bought this phone six months ago now as I wanted a backup for my computer for use on the internet. It was bought from Carphone Warehouse in Greenwich. The salesman also got me buy a useless insurance policy for £10 putting the total cost of the phone at £30 on the pay as you go network. He upgraded my old phone by putting the contacts on the new one and by keeping me on the Virgin network.
I bought it to use on line which I told the salesman was what I wanted to do with it. It is useless online as in like going back to the mid 90's. It has only been used once online for any useful situation and that was when it told me when a delivery was due. If you want to go on line use a tablet and a free wifi connection as it is much better and does not cost 50p a minute as it does on Virgin pay as you go. I seem to be spending about £10 a month and that is just to make a few phone calls and texts although Virgin give me free texts most months I only text about 100 times a month these can cost 6p if they are not free.
The biggest boon with this phone is with texting that is over any other phone I have had as the qwerty keyboard makes it easy and fast to text. I had never bothered with texting before I got the Nokia 201 but now I prefer texting to calling.
A problem when calling is it is very hard to understand people with even a tiny amount of an accent. An Irish women with a slight accent sounds like she is actually speaking Irish to you! It is the same with Jamaican and other accents as the sound is some how concentrated this did not happen on any of my previous phones.
Overall then a good texting phone that is nearly useless on the internet and only just acceptable for phone calls.
I bought this phone as I desperately wanted a phone with a QWERTY keyboard after owning a smartphone with a touchscreen keyboard that after two years I still hadn't learnt to master. Even though my previous phone was a smartphone, I didn't use most of the apps on it - just Facebook and Twitter, so this phone was ideal for my needs. Even better, I purchased it for £29.99 from the Carphone Warehouse, although I did have to pay £10 air time also, but still a great deal.
Let's start off with the positives. The Nokia Asha 201 is very easy to use. I think I have had to refer to the user's manual only once! I mainly use this for calls and texts and it is very intuitive. The only slight annoyance I have with it is that names are sorted alphabetically by surname as opposed to first name, so if you are sending a text or phoning someone you have to know their surname, which is easy for close friends and family, but not so easy for acquaintances or work colleagues. Facebook and Twitter interfaces are basic but useable and I was pleasantly surprised to see WhatsApp was preloaded. The App Store is a bit of a let down, without many of the apps for iPhone or Android available, but as I don't use most of the apps, this isn't a problem for me. It does contain camera although this is only 2 MP but it is easy to use and produces photos of an adequate quality. These can also be sent via MMS, email or uploaded to social media. The only downside of the camera is there is not much memory on the phone for saving photos, so if you use the camera a lot, you may want to transfer them onto a memory card.
All in all, this is a great budget phone, with many of the same features as top of the range smartphones at a low price. It has all the basics, but if you are a bit of a technophile this is not the phone for you. Even better, it is available on Pay As You Go, so no monthly bills. I think this phone would be perfect for teenagers or someone who doesn't need all the apps that come with expensive smartphones. I'm really happy with it and even thinking of purchasing one for my 60 year old dad.
Let's start with some positives about this Nokia Asha 201. It's relatively cheap and that's always a plus if you are on a tight budget, and for that same reason the design is acceptable too. I like the QWERTY keyboard which gives it a more sophisticated feel, plus the fact that I can easily write loads of text messages quite easily.
The two megapixel camera is ok without being earth shattering, but it does a standard job. The 4 x digital zoom is useful to a point, but obviously cannot compete with the quality of more expensive Nokia phones. I found the 2.4 inch screen pretty good too as I didn't need to hold it right up to my eyes like some other models.
If you want up to 32GB of memory, you have to purchase a microSD memory card, so that is more expense. I found the sound is ok but not spectacular. It has all the features you'd expect on today's market, although I haven't used many of them yet.
All in all, if you are on a tight budget and want a pretty decent mobile phone with all the usual features, this is worth checking out.
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.
The Nokia Asha 201 is one of the newest Nokia phones out on the market. The main feature of the phone is the full QWERTY keyboard that is really nice. You will have problems in using the keyboard only if you have large fingers. I would recommend this phone for young women.
When we look at all the other features we can say that this phone has all the basics that a modern human needs. You will be able to keep an eye on the things that your friends do on Facebook. You will also have the ability to take pictures with ease, but do not expect quality images.
The battery performance is good compared to other phones. It will enable you to use it moderately for over a week before you will need to recharge it. All in all this is a good phone if you like classic keyboards over touch screens.
The Nokia Asha 201 is a marvellously little phone, it comes in a range of colours, however depending what country you live in depends on the phones colour, If you have children especially toddlers who love playing with your phone then this is the phone for you as it exceptionally durable, it can hold a 16GB SD card, the camera is ok not the best but its better than the average blackberry, its also easy to use and can be customised with themes. It has Facebook and Twitter integration. You can also read your e-mails. The only problem I have with this phone is there is no WiFi connection (translation you can't connect to the internet) but I can hardly moan when I got it at a Bargain price.
This Phone is a brilliant little phone for the guy who's not Technology savvy who wants a cheap but good phone also I would say to Parents its a good phone for teenagers as its durable and if they drop it, its less likely to shattered it a million pieces.
Using the new Nokia Asha takes of the stress of social networking, i can do all my social networking stuff easily on it. I love the design and it functionality, the variety colours and the themes on the phones are beautiful. Easy to use when browsing.
I gave the salesman at my local Phone4U an unexpected treat last week when I walked into the store and simply said 'I want a cheap contract and I'm not too fussed about the phone'. He directed me to the Nokia 201- I hadn't considered a QWERTY phone but for £10.50 a month I decided to give it a go. My Orange Canary plan gives me 500 texts and 100 minutes a month which seems more than enough.
The Nokia 201 is fairly chunky looking at first glance due to the need to accommodate the keyboard. However, it makes up for this by being surprisingly flat and light at only 99g and under 14mm deep. My previous phone was a Motorola RAZR which was considerably bulkier despite not having half of the features of the Nokia. The 201 is still pocket-sized and the rounded edges are a nice design feature. There are plenty of inexpensive hard cases and leather cases available online and I think I'll invest to be on the safe side.
The 201 uses the same basic interface as more basic Nokia phones. One drawback is that a few commonly named features are given more subtle names, meaning they take a while to locate. For example instead of an 'inbox', there's a folder simply marked 'conversations' If there is a vibrate mode I haven't found it as it's clearly been given a different, 'edgier' name... I suspect that all the features you expect to find are there if you know where to find them, but I still think terms like 'inbox' should be universal.
For texting, the QWERTY keyboard is a brilliant timesaver and takes very little time to get the hang of. The central block of keys doubles as a numerical keypad although these seem a little too small and fiddly for quick dialling. It might have been better if these keys had been made a bit larger, although this might have disrupted the unity of the QWERTY keypad and make typing less easy. The phone is very easy to use and while the keys are designated as 'soft' keys, they're hard enough that it's difficult to press them by accident and lose your message or accidently phone your boss at 3am (obviously there's also a keypad lock for that).
The Nokia 201 has a range of features including a 3.2 megapixel camera, an FM radio and the ability to make videos (there's no maximum video length- it depends how much memory you have left). It's also equipped with 3G and wi-fi technology, although I've disabled this to prevent Orange from hitting me with mountainous bills. Overall I use it as a pretty basic phone, but it's nice to have the option of a few features in case I change my mind.
To summarise, I'm very happy with the 201 as a purchase. Now that I've mastered the interface I'm kicking myself that I didn't take the plunge sooner. It's perfect for someone like me- I'm still a bit of a technophobe but at the same time don't want to be left behind too much. It's certainly an improvement on my previous phone, which only held 20 text messages(!)