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Nokia might be pushing at the high end of the smartphone world with its Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, but the company also has a budget series, Asha. The Nokia Asha 201 is designed for the chatterbox. And costing around £65 SIM-free it sounds like a steal, with its QWERTY keyboard just crying out to be typed on. Our sample came from Vodafone, which sells it for the even cheaper UK price of £45 on pay as you go.At that price you clearly have to expect some less than stunning specifications. Probably the lack of 3G and Wi-Fi will put many people off immediately. And then there's the small screen (320 x 240 pixels), and the rather old hat Symbian S40 operating system that holds everything together. But that low price beckons, and there's a quoted seven hours of 2G talk time from the battery to lure you too. You've got various colours to choose between depending on where you buy from, with eye-watering shades of green, blue, pink and orange all in the mix as well as more standard, and less frightening black and white.The Nokia Asha 201 is a smallish handset considering it totes a mini QWERTY hard keyboard, and light too, thanks to its plastic shell. At 105g and measuring 115.4 x 61.1 x 14mm, it's a good size and weight for small hands and pockets. We bet that youngsters are high on its target list.
The Nokia Asha 201 sits firmly at the budget end of the handset market -- available for a measly £45 on pay-as-you-go with Vodafone. At this rock bottom price, the competition includes lots of other Nokia handsets such as the C3, C2-01and X2, alongside other brands' budget blowers, including the LG Cookie Lite and the slightly more pricey Samsung Tocco Icon. The Asha 201 runs Nokia's very-long-in-the-tooth Series 40 operating system, so it's 'smart phone lite' at best. At least our Finnish friends have crammed in some smart phone-style features, with Facebook and messaging notifications pumped directly to its dinky home screen. The menu system is fiddly, but at this price, some software awkwardness is a given. Once you get used to the menu system's quirks, it's not unbearable to use, although it's frequently frustrating. For £45, you can't really complain though. Sadly, there's no 3G or Wi-Fi so web pages are often sluggish to load. But if you want a very cheap phone for making calls, Facebooking, messaging and listening to music, the 201 does offer a lot of value for your cash. There's even an FM radio app on board and a microSD card slot to expand the storage up to 32GB.
One glance at the Nokia Asha 201 will tell you that it's a fairly basic blower, aimed at being bank balance-friendly rather than dazzling you with smart phone features. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to get excited about here. We've gone hands-on with the Asha 201 at Nokia World 2011, and we're primed to deliver our first impressions, beamed directly into your brain box. Read on, and don't forget to check out our hands-on photos and video above. We're expecting the Asha 201 to cost about £50, and we've been told it will be heading to the UK in early 2012. You'd be forgiven for thinking that the Asha 201 was a BlackBerry, not a Nokia mobile, because it looks just like one of RIM's business-minded gadgets. There's a rectangular screen sitting above a big qwerty keypad, and every edge is rounded, including the back plate. Is it a BlackBerry? Nope, it's a Nokia Asha 201. That said, the 201 is a lot more colourful than your average BlackBerry. The Nokia website lists it as coming in pink, blue, lime green, navy blue, orange, black, white and light pink hues. That's a lot of choice, and the bright shades do make these phones look rather fun. It's not high fashion, but it's hard to go wrong with a lime green phone.
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