Nokia 225 Review – Mid-Range Budget Mobile Phone

Nokia 225 Review: Released in 2014, the Nokia 225 was an interesting new development in Nokia’s budget phone range. The extremely successful 1-series range had seen many models developed over this time. But with technology advancing so quickly it was a pretty easy job to simply push this into a new series of phone. Some improvements had been seen such as the Nokia 206, but it was time to push it a bit further.

The Nokia 225 thus came into existence. This was still aimed largely at developing markets and the youth, with the bright colours and dual-SIM variants available. It was closely related to the earlier Nokia 220 in terms of look but featured a bigger screen. The most noticeable aspect in terms of the design was the much thinner screen bezels, thus allowing the screen to stretch to 2.8 inches without too much enlargement of the phone. The phone was also thinner than the 1-series variants.

In terms of other specs, the phone was not top end, but still clearly above the more basic phones. An improved 2MP camera was provided, which was able to provide video. The phone accepted microSD cards and Bluetooth 3.0 allowed the connection of headphones. A larger 1200 mAH battery also allowed the phone extremely long standby times and up to 50 hours of use in music mode. The price tag was extremely compelling – at only a little bit more expensive than a basic phone the value for money was good.

Full specifications here.

This was a successful handset – much like its predecessors. Price and brand was clearly aligned here. 2015 saw the Nokia 230 released. In keeping with Nokia’s refreshing of the base models, there was no too much difference between the handsets. A better Bluetooth sound quality and a saving in weight was about it.


Nokia 225 Review Pros:

The screen was one of the better ones seen on a budget phone. It was not touch-enabled, but at 2.8 inches was much bigger than many other Nokia 1-series phones. An increased 240 x 320 resolution also made this acceptable for viewing photos and videos.

The increase in screen space also saw a redesign in the operating system. The grid layout became 4 x 4 and more applications were possible on the homepage such as social media and email.

The camera gained an increase in resolution and was now 2MP and also shot video – not the greatest quality but certainly better than the basic models.

The phone was be able to be used as a standalone MP3 player with the microSD card slot. This accepted sizes of up to 32GB.

Battery life was excellent for the phone, a bigger capacity gave longer standby and talk times.

Nokia 225 Review Cons:

The keypad would not be to everyone’s taste. This used a flat pad of keys with no spaces between the buttons, which could be harder to press. The Nokia 206 by contrast had slight raises which made it easier to use.

Despite the camera being improved in terms of megapixels, there was still no flash or on board features.

Changing the housings was not the clip-on and off seen in previous budget phones but now required a screwdriver to remove the front.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

Much like the rest of the old Nokia phones, this has not gone out of fashion due to its ability to be used today. It is likely that in the future whilst these phones will never become rare, they will always achieve at least a low price and will not be worthless. Another plus is that they can be made to look like new again simply by changing the entire housing.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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