The Nokia Asha 501 is a 3-inch smartphone for emerging markets. It's colorful, feels pretty sturdy, and is very cheap.
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There's little going on around the back. That little button at the bottom lets you take the cover off.
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The plastic felt pretty strong in my hands on tests.
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Volume and power buttons are on the sides. They're easy to press in a hurry.
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On the top are a 3.5mm headphone jack and the micro-USB port for charging and data transfer.
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The back pops off, so you can swap it for a less battered one, or if you just fancy a change of color.
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The only seam on the phone is between the screen and the casing.
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There's a 3.2-megapixel camera around the back.
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Navigation is performed mostly by onscreen gestures and the single button on the front that takes you back a page.
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There's a microSD card slot and two ports for dual SIMs.
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It's available in a whole host of vivid colors. Here are just a few, alongside some of Nokia's other phones.
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The lock screen can show notifications. You can swipe them away or tap them to deal with them straight away.
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The browser's home screen shows icons to quickly take you to your favorite pages.
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