Nokia 225 review
|Review: February 2015|
In a nutshell: The Nokia 225 is the best of Nokia's old-style phones with alphanumeric keypads. It's a refinement of the Nokia 220, but with a larger display, better battery life and a slimmer body.
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Slim and lightweight, with a robust polycarbonate body, the Nokia 225 comes in a range of bright colours, as well as good old-fashioned plain black. It's a solidly-built phone that will survive a good few knocks. The phone is much slimmer than most of these old-style Nokias, and is easy to slip into your pocket.
The screen is a decent 2.8 inches, which is quite large for a feature phone.
As well as basic calling and texting duties, the 225 has Facebook and Twitter installed, although we wouldn't recommend making much use of these, as there's no 3G or Wi-Fi connection available. The only connectivity options are USB and Bluetooth, so you'll be relying on a GSM network for data.
The 2 megapixel rear-facing camera is basic. It's fixed focus, with no flash, and has limited video recording capabilities.
There's also a music player and an FM radio, and the microSD card slot lets you add up to 32GB of storage for music and videos. You can plug in a standard-fit headphone for best audio quality. A dual-sim version is available too.
The Nokia 225 battery life is a key feature of this phone, and it has the largest battery of any Nokia feature phone. It can power an incredible 21 hours of talktime, or 36 days on standby.
We'd say that this is easily the best of Nokia's 1xx and 2xx series phones. It does cost more than the others, although it's still very cheap and good value.
Nokia 225 features include:
- Software release: Series 30+
- 2 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom + video recording (320 x 240 pixels, 15fps)
- Display: LCD, 262k colours, 240 x 320 pixels (2.8 inches)
- Stereo FM radio
- Music player (Wav, AAC, MP3, MIDI)
- Messaging: SMS, email, Instant messaging
- Social apps: Facebook, Twitter
- Integrated hands-free speaker
- Vibration alert
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: MicroSD card (up to 32GB), 8MB RAM
- Network: Dual-band GSM 900 MHz, 1800 MHz with EGPRS
- Size: 124 x 56 x 10.4 mm
- Weight: 100g
- Battery: 1200 mAh
- Talktime: up to 21 hours
- Battery standby: 36 days
- Maximum music playback time: 49 hours
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I bought Nokia 225 brand new and it did not on or charge please what can I do?
by Jonathan Babajare
on 27th Oct 2017
It didn't on and didn't charge n working charger I'm confuse pls can any one help me out?
How can i use internet in nokia 225?
Asked by Salini
on 22nd Dec 2016
I deleted opera mini by mistake and now im not able to use internet browser what should i do..please answer my question.
How do I get to use the internet on my nokia 225?
Asked by joan
on 30th Aug 2016
It does not go on net instead it tells me to check my connections/phone signal. I had downloaded opera mini but my little sister deleted it so I cant access internet even when I have data. Why is it so and how can I check my phone signal.
Nokia 225 user reviews
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Average rating from 32 reviews:
Reviewed by Charlotte
on 18th Sep 2016
I have had this phone for a year and a half now and I can't understand the negative comments below.
It is a very well designed device and performance regarding calls, texts and emails is very good. The built in browser was a bit pants, however updating to Opera Mini was a very simple solution.
Reviewed by jmz
on 20th Jul 2016
Reviewed by Charles
on 23rd Jun 2016
Absurd little phone, what a waste of one's money, got a cheap android phone for less than I paid for the Mokia 225.
Reviewed by martin
on 12th May 2016
this phone is poor, txt system no in or out box ,you need a sd card for video and camera. blue tooth is worst I have seen you have to search every time you get in the car. my doro is magic compared to this rubbish, waste of £20.
Reviewed by Ann
on 2nd May 2016
I can't open the back to put SIM card in.
Reviewed by Dennis
on 20th Apr 2016
Avoid like plague!
How can this have an average on 3 out of 5 stars?
Everyone should avoid this phone like plague!
Bad interface, no customisation opportunity, slow texting, Internet doesn't Work, limited calendar notes. And this is just a few of the bad things.
Nokia have really gone bad since Microsoft.
Reviewed by Haddie
on 4th Apr 2016
Made a very good wedge to level up an uneven table, however, completely failed at being a mobile phone.
Reviewed by Kevin
on 19th Mar 2016
I've just bought a 'refurbished', unlocked, Nokia 225. I've spent two days trying to get it to access the internet (and being completely bemused by it having capacity for only 4 text messages!). Now I read this page I understand that this something of a 'spoof' of a mobile 'phone! I'll put it in the recycling box.
Reviewed by mark
on 7th Feb 2016
The best thing about this phone is it makes an ideal paperweight. If I could give this no stars I would do.
Reviewed by malcolm gay
on 29th Jan 2016
Wish id read these reviews, dont buy if you want to connect to handsfree it dont work !!! On way to change mine after 3 days.
Reviewed by John Andersen
on 29th Jan 2016
Do not buy a nokia 225, this is not good, i have used many nokia phone, all was good phone, i bay a 225 for my wife, this was the last nokia i have bay, many thing do not funktion.
Never more Nokia phone.
Reviewed by Steve
on 27th Jan 2016
Bought this phone as I needed a cheap phone with good battery life and bluetooth. Well the battery life is pretty good...but! If you buy this phone expecting to use the bluetooth with handsfree kits etc you're out of luck. Apparently the bluetooth only supports file transfers so Nokia/Microsoft has built a pretty useless phone if you need handsfree. Useless.
Reviewed by Appu
on 24th Jan 2016
Not working whats app and gava games not supporting bad soft wair.
Reviewed by Silvia
on 13th Jan 2016
I bought this phone in the believe that Nokia is always a good product. I was wrong. This phone is basic to say the least. After a few text messages the memory is full and one has to delete the previous texts, it has no smilies at all, internet access is impossible and the camera is awful. I had much older and cheaper Nokias in my time but this one is by far the worst.
Reviewed by Tina
on 1st Jan 2016
Didn't know that a phone could be so bad, what a complete waste of resources, my one was pathetic, I have seen better in the pound shop, now in the rubbish.
Reviewed by nkmohanty
on 24th Dec 2015
batery lasts only 2days in normaluses.no email facility.poor sound to receive call.
Reviewed by john jones
on 16th Dec 2015
Very disappointed with this phone the screen is terrible for the size.
Reviewed by Jack
on 18th Nov 2015
Reviewed by Fanny
on 29th Oct 2015
I got this phone for my birthday, worst present ever, it is slower than my local train service, the screen flickers, no java games available for it, one would be far better served by a Nokia Cityman from 1984.
Reviewed by Dick
on 26th Oct 2015
A few weeks with this phone nearly drove me mad, always dropping signal, text message was like wading through mud in a latex wedding dress.
Please don't buy this useless phone.
Reviewed by abhi
on 26th Oct 2015
Phone is good But its not supporting the whatsapp why??????
Reviewed by Terry
on 25th Oct 2015
Bought Nokia 225 good old style phone which I was use to only down side could not get reception in the house on EE outside was fine other family members had full signal on their phones contacted EE no problems in the area it was the phone had to return it to the store where I bought it for a full refund.
Reviewed by Sean
on 28th Sep 2015
What is the point of making a good looking phone with a big screen and then putting a rubbish os on it?
S40 would have been great on this phone, as it offers more functionality but without the smartphone nonsense.
The phone is not very good, can't even zoom in on photos, the phone cannot keep up with my speed of text input, which is not saying much.
I am now going to spend some time resolving the issues that beset this 225 with the assistance of my hammer.
Reviewed by oz225
on 25th Sep 2015
This is not another review by someone who loves smart phones and starts comparing a feature phone to a smart phone.
The Nokia 225 is a superb phone. I bought it as I wanted something with good battery life and this one is the best phone I have had in that regards. One week after first charge and playing with it quite a bit its still over half charge. I previously had a Nokia 301 and battery life was terrible. As for the bad reviews on the 225 I have read a few but I have yet to find the problems they are experiencing. My advise is learn how to use the phone before you go ranting on about how you can't do this or that. Good on you Nokia for producing an excellent phone with the 225.
Reviewed by STEVEN
on 12th Aug 2015
It's a very good phone.
Reviewed by aman
on 8th Aug 2015
Reviewed by Daisy Brewer
on 2nd Aug 2015
I love this phone, the third Nokia so far the absolute best. My old Nokia died the replacements I tried were terrible but this seems much better. Just a pity no inbox or outbox and no message storage.
Reviewed by Angus Craig
on 15th Jul 2015
I changed to this phone some 4 weeks ago from Nokia 6300 and I can't use with the hands free telephone on my Honda CRV.
I had no problems previously.
For some reason the car can't find the phone when requesting "dial".
Reviewed by val
on 30th Jun 2015
why is the 225 hard to hear people talk to you?
Reviewed by Mrs Taylor
on 28th May 2015
ACROSS THE MAIN SCREEN I HAVE A PHOTO OF MY FAMILY AND RIGHT ACROSS THE SCREEN I HAVE A BLUE BAND WITH THE WRITING 'RATE YOUR NOKIA 225' AND I CAN'T GET RID OF THE MESSAGE, I HAVE TRIED TO SEND THE MESSAGE BUT IT ALWAYS FAILS, ITS UNSIGHTLY AND ANNOYING. IT WON'T SAVE MORE THAN 4 MESSGAES SO YOU HAVE NO CHANCE OF OLD MESSAGES BEING SAVED, IT REALLY IS A CHEAP PHONE AND THANK GOD I HAVE GONE BACK TO MY OLD PHONE, DO NOT BUY A NOKIA 225. I HAVE HAD TO GIVE IT A ONE STAR AS THIS REVIEW SITE WON'T ALLOW ME TO SCORE A ZERO.
Reviewed by JKK
on 29th Apr 2015
I have got Nokia 225. Not same as my old Nokia 6300 and 6500. What I dislike about 225 is that they limit your messages saved. only 4 or 5. There would be no chance for reviewing of past messages. They are gone automatically. Too bad. sometimes I lost contact numbers form the messages. Gone. With Nokia 6300 and 6500, you can saveup to 3,000 and can be deleted with one push button and gone in few mins. Great. But not 225. Why no mention about number of messages saved from all those advertisements and reviews.
Reviewed by Steve prescott
on 23rd Feb 2015
God awful phone. I'm a builder and usually love Nokia phones; robust, good battery life and usually a good radio. This has all three covered, but texting on it is sheer hell. It has a weird time lag, so whatever you are texting is usually arriving on screen five or even ten seconds later. Also has some very random choices for prediction text, and even picking a contact for a text takes you through three different screens. Hopeless. Apparently Microsoft own them now, and designed this. I'm looking for an old Nokia now, as though I love them, iPhones just don't cut it on site.