Netphone 501 review

The second generation Netphone from Smart was manufactured by Huawei dubbed as Smart Netphone 501. The original unit was actually named as Huawei U8180 but as we all know, Smart renames their netphones like the successful Smart Netphone 701which is a ZTE Blade. It was announced and released late in May but wasn’t given much attention by the public.

Netphone 501 review

The new thing about this netphone is that it is very budget-friendly selling for only Php3,900 – the biggest factor in a consumer’s check list. However, we can expect that it doesn’t have top-notch specs given the entry-level price tag. If you have funds, a much better handset from Huawei is also available called as the Huawei Ascend Y200 selling for Php5,490.

Huawei U8180 IDEOS

The Smart Netphone 501 features a 2011 like specifications, but I take it as a good thing. This device is not for those geeks but rather for those who’s just starting to explore the world of Android. Really, not everybody needs and wants a dual-core or even a quad-core smartphone – it is a matter of preference and usage.

Smart Netphone 501 Specifications

  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • 2.8-inch TFT display @ 240×320 pixels (~143ppi)
  • Qualcomm MSM7225 528MHz processor
  • 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
  • Internal memory expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 3.15MP camera
  • 3G, HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth v2.1, FM Radio tuner
  • GPS w/ aGPS support
  • Li-Ion battery 1200mAh

The Smart Netphone is now available in the Smart Online Store and Smart Centers nationwide with a price of Php3,900. It can also be availed Free at Smart’s Plan 349.

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