Nokia has officially released the Lumia 510, their new Windows Phone 7 cellphone. This is a good occasion to make a comparison between the 510 and the older lower-to-mid range Lumia 610 and 710. With an expected price of $199, the Lumia 510 is Nokia’s cheapest WP7 phone at the time of launch, but also one with the biggest screen.
Nokia has announced this summer the Asha 305, 306, and 311 smartphone-like mobiles and today they added to the lineup the Asha 308 and 309 models. All of the listed phones have S40 OS running on their 3-inch displays at 400×240 pixels and the main difference between the particular models is whether they have resistive or capacitive touch panels, as well as dual SIM and Wi-Fi support. It’s nice to see that Nokia has finally started implementing capacitive touch technology, since the resistive screens on form factors without physical navigation are somewhat hard to use. One of the examples is the older Asha 300 model.
The Nokia 112 is the latest addition to the company’s affordable dual-SIM feature-phone lineup. For a price of about 35 Euros, the Nokia 112 offers not only calls and SMS functionality for up to two SIM cards, but also Internet connectivity with pre-installed social networking apps and access to many other programs via OVI Store. The phone goes online via GPRS/EDGE and also provides Bluetooth 2.1.
The Huawei Ascend G330 is the latest Android phone with an unimaginative design and middle-of-the-road specifications. Its purpose is rather to get the job done at a low price than impress. It does it nicely thanks to a decently-sized 4-inch display, relatively new Android ICS 4.0 version, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD expansion, utilitarian look of the chassis that fits comfortably in the hand, and a budget-friendly price of about 200EUR.
At the IFA 2012 show Sony announced the Xperia J ST26i “budget” Android 4.0 ICS phone. We don’t know precisely what “budget” means in this case at the time of this writing. Although the Xperia J price is yet to be seen, the word on the street is that it will cost about 250 Euros, whereas for example the flagship Xperia T is rumored to retail for about 550 Euros. In any case, the ST26i will be hardly as affordable as the 140EUR Xperia Tipo.
The Ascend Y201 Pro is Huawei’s next-generation contender on the budget android cell-phone market. Released at the 2012 IFA show, with availability starting in October, the Huawei Ascend Y201 Pro will offer not heavily customized Android 4.0 on a 3.5-inch 320×480 display with help of an 800MHz ARM processor and 512MB of RAM for $129/129EUR. Internals with the same specs are also used in the already available 3.2″ Sony Tipo ST26i (about 140EUR), but the Ascend Y201 Pro delivers IPS screen technology for better viewing angles and picture quality in general. When it comes to performance, OS on the Y201 runs flawlessly and apps start almost instantly, so there will be no speed problems in completing day-to-day routine tasks.
The Sony Xperia Tipo is the most affordable Xperia Android phone model for this year and is available in single SIM card ST21i and dual card ST21i2 variants. Sporting a 3.2-inch 320×480 capacitive display, an 800MHz Cortex-A5 processor, 512MB of RAM, and an a rear-facing 3.15MP camera, the Tipo ST21i / ST21i2 doesn’t try to compete on the market using its specs, but rather with dual-SIM functionality, small dimensions and low price tag of about 140 Euros for dual and slightly less for single-card version, which are all missing on many available higher-end Android phones.
The Nokia Asha 300 is good for calls and messaging, but its software is outdated and the touchscreen is hard to use.
The reviewed Nokia Asha 300 from their new touchsreen mobile phone series packs a 2.4-inch display on a classic candy-bar body with numeric keyboard. Inside the phone, there are a 1GHz processor empowering S40 software, 3.5G connectivity, and a 5MP camera. The price tag is currently around 110 EUR.
The reviewed Nokia 101 is a cheap and simple dual-SIM mobile phone for calls and SMS.
I have had my hands on the Nokia 101, an extremely cheap (around 25 EUR) and simple feature-phone, which is basically the same as the Nokia 100 (around 20 EUR) with some features added on the former.