There is no budget Windows Phone coming anytime soon.
Symbian at the entry level.
Crap Windows Phone at the "high" end (High is really an insult to proper high end phones).
When Nokia announced its three new Asha budget phones in October they didn’t attract much attention alongside the WinPho 7 handsets that were punted by the company at the same time. Nokia Asha 201 Keeping it simple: Nokia's Asha 201 That’s a shame, because the Ashas look like being very good mobile phones, perfect for …
Microsoft are about to release WP7 Tango, the budget version of the OS. Nokia will be following this with release of the Nokia Lumia 610, which is their "budget" Windows Phone. Rumour has it that the 610 will bring WP7 to pre-pay and should cost under £100.
And by "about", I mean expect all these announcements officially at MWC 2012 (in about a weeks time) with Nokia bringing these phones to market in April or May this year.
You forgot the FM radio, which is a must have for me...
Not a huge fan of qwerty phones, I have to say, but if I was looking for a replacement dumb phone (which technically I am, my 6610i is now held together with insulating tape*), this would be high on the list.
*Gaffa tape is too wide, so I had to improvise
Agreed - it seems like a pretty flawless device for the extremely modest outlay. The build quality gets no complaints (the verdict at the end contradicts the main article regarding the keyboard), the software is praised, yet only 80%? Why, maybe because it's a Nokia?
I'd have thought north of 90% would have been a fairer score considering the praise that the main article heaped on this little fella.
It used to be that us Nokia users could charge their phone in any almost any location- odds were that there would be a (old size ) Nokia charger (or 6) to hand... Not that we would need a charge more than twice a week.
I haven't had a Nokia for some years now, and have got quite used to recharging my gadgets from either Mini- or Micro-USB cables. Having a car stereo with a USB socket is handy for this, or a nearby PC, games console, LCD picture frame or TV.
"It used to be that us Nokia users could charge their phone in any almost any location- odds were that there would be a (old size ) Nokia charger (or 6) to hand."
Still is the case - every bar near me (that isn't playing "thwup-thwup" music) has a Nokia charger behind the bar, normally next to the can of lighter gas or petrol.
Yes, apparently the camera and video recording isn't very good, but that's offset by some minor features:
"The 2Mp auto-focus camera is a very basic affair and will only record video at 175 x 144 @ 15fps but to counter that the call quality, rear speaker and signal reception are all excellent."
I guess it's good that it's functionality as a phone even got mentioned, but why can't call quality and signal strength be discussed near the top of, your know all PHONE reviews ?
Video recording will not even be close to a priority for anyone in the market for a £40-£50 phone. Texting, phoning and battery life are the priorities, which this phone appears to succeed at with aplomb.
It's like faulting a Vauxhall Astra because it doesn't handle like a Ferrari.
'The review says it's S40 with Belle's visual styling.'
(a) I can make a Metro UI for my Android phone, but that doesn't make it a Windows Phone.
(b) My correction doesn't need a correction anyway. http://regmedia.co.uk/2012/02/20/nokia_asha_201_8.png - says 'OS: Symbian'.
Ner ner neh nerrr ner.
But since it is more reasonably aimed at a *large* group of people who aren't temporal tech jet-setters who travel to these new and strange lands every other week, it would seem that dual band is not so stupid an idea after all, since it is only a comparatively small market they will have limited themselves from.
What you find stupid sounds like pretty smart cost-saving thinking to me.
the only criticism i can think of is the charging port, but with a claimed battery life as long as that? not a problem really. As it is I have to carry a spare battery for my current phone(i really hate how HTC have different sized batteries for their phones that have similarish dimensions!), so the thought of carrying a tiny adapter that'll allow me to charge off the now ubiquitous microUSB chargers lying about is no greater headache..
and for £45? flipping hell. nice deal.
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