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Meet the tiny Asha 501

Pocket-able size

Blinding back cover

Hidden features inside

Add more storage

Bright phone, dull screen

3MP camera

The Asha 501 is a colorful, tiny budget phone aimed at emerging markets. At just $99, it's a good value for its specs and style.

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At just 3.9 inches tall by 2.9 inches wide and 0.47 inch thick, this phone is tiny. It's easy to slip into tight jeans pockets and take with you anywhere.

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The most prominent feature on this compact phone is its vibrant back cover. The Asha 501 comes in a neon red, yellow, green, blue, black, and white.

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Behind the back cover is the removable battery and SIM card slot.

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The phone comes with 128MB of internal storage, plus it ships with a 4GB microSD card. You can pop off the back cover to install another microSD card of up to a 32GB capacity.

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The Asha 501's 3-inch QVGA 320x240-pixel-resolution touch-screen display is unimpressive. Colors look dark and the screen looks dim, even at full brightness. In full sunlight, it's almost impossible to read.

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The 501's 3-megapixel camera has a digital 3x zoom, but no flash or manual focus. The camera includes white balance settings, a self-timer, and four color tone modes; regular, grayscale, sepia, and negative.

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