Two phones worth putting side-by-side for the Indian market and those on a budget have to be the Samsung Galaxy Star and the Nokia Asha 501 priced around Rs 5,240 and Rs 5,400, respectively.
The Nokia Asha 501 is a little stunner and comes with reasonable specs, there are a few that would say you should choose the Asha over the Star because the Nokia phone looks more stylish and offers more in the way of colour choices, 6 different colours to be precise, the Galaxy Star only comes in black or white.
Some will prefer the Samsung Galaxy Star over the Nokia Asha 501 when it comes to mapping, Nokia Maps on one and Google Maps on the other, this is the case of personal preferences.
When it comes to the camera features the Star has 2MP (1600×1200 pixels) camera capable of QVGA@15fps video recording, The Nokia Asha 501 has a 3.2MP camera (2048×1536 pixels) and QVGA@15fps video recording – both of these handsets do not have a front-facing camera. So when it comes to the camera the Nokia wins this one, totally your choice if it’s the camera feature you want the most.
Both smartphones come with a 3-inch TFT display with 240 x 320 pixels and 133-ppi pixel density, so this turns out to be a draw. Both models come with a microSD card slot capable for up to 32GB, the Star wins here though because it comes with 4GB internal storage and the Asha 501 only has 128 MB.
Forgetting about the price etc, do you prefer Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS or Nokia Asha software platform 1.0 OS, there are more apps on Google Play so yet again its is a personal preference if you want loads of apps.
The Galaxy Star comes with ChatOn pre-loaded and also comes with Smart Dual SIM; it seems rather good if you are into social networking. Google Now and Google search are on board; it also has the Samsung Apps store.
The Nokia Asha 501 also comes with single or speedy dual SIM; it features pre-loaded software so you can access Facebook, Twitter etc. You can remove the back of the phone so you can switch to another colour when you feel like it, colours include cyan, red, white, black, green and yellow. If you do care about colour choices then we suggest sticking with the Nokia Asha 501.
Phones Review Says: There are a few things to look at here when it comes to choosing either the Samsung Galaxy Star or the Nokia Asha 501, Android is one of the most popular choices and the Asha 501 has a better camera, both are around about the same price for India.
So when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Star vs Nokia Asha 501 for budgeters, what one have you opted for?