Nokia 225 4G Assessment | PCMag


The early twenty first century known as, and that decision feels proper at dwelling on this easy bar telephone. The Nokia 225 4G ($49.99) is the least costly, most elementary dependable voice telephone you may get. It has a traditional design and comes from a trusted model. If all you want is a cheap voice-only telephone, it is a fairly good selection, however the Nokia 6300 4G has twin SIMs, higher protection, and a shocking variety of apps for simply $20 extra.

Outdated-Faculty Type, Outdated-Faculty Options

The 225 is a part of a brand new breed of unlocked voice telephone that works on US 4G networks. The entire US carriers will likely be turning off their outdated 2G and 3G networks throughout the subsequent few years, so people with older telephones might want to improve their gadgets. For a number of years it was powerful to search out an unlocked 4G voice telephone, however there’s now a flood of them, from the $49, utilitarian Nokia 225 as much as the $349, Euro-chic Punkt MP02. In the event you’ve held onto your Nokia bar telephone from 10 or 15 years in the past, you may really feel proper at dwelling with this mannequin.

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The Nokia 225 has a traditional look.

The 225 is an easy plastic bar with a flat keypad and raised four-way rocker. It measures 4.91 by 2.01 by 0.54 inches (HWD) and weighs a mere 3.17 ounces. The plastic display is a 2.4-inch, 320-by-240 LCD. The display cowl scratches fairly simply, however the springy plastic materials usually resists cracks and handles drops effectively. The colour choices are black, blue, and gold.

Phone showing menu screen

The menu hearkens again to the early 2000s.

This being a Nokia, it has the large Nokia quirk that some folks like and I hate: no {hardware} quantity rocker. If you wish to change the decision quantity, you need to do it in a name; if you wish to change ringtone or media quantity, you maintain down the # key on the house display and click on left and proper. I’ve heard the argument that aspect quantity keys are too simple to by chance press, however I wish to know I can flip my quantity up or down rapidly at will.

The Nokia 225 runs Nokia’s proprietary Collection 30 OS on a Unisoc USM9117 chipset. It has 128MB of RAM and 64MB of storage—sure, megabytes, not gigabytes. If you wish to do a lot with photos or media, you may want so as to add a microSD card. My telephone had no drawback with my 256GB card.

Proper now, the telephone solely helps T-Cell’s community for 4G calling. Which means you need to use T-Cell, Metro, Mint Cell, US Cell, or different T-Cell–primarily based carriers. Put an AT&T SIM in and the telephone is 3G-only; Verizon SIMs do not work in any respect. Protection is proscribed, too. The US model of the telephone has bands 2/4/5/12/13/17 however lacks band 71, which T-Cell makes use of in rural areas. If you would like full T-Cell protection or a wider vary of service choices, it’s good to go to the Nokia 6300.

Our check telephone was single-SIM. Nokia’s web site says it is dual-SIM, however that seems to be an error.

Name high quality is sweet. Like the entire new 4G voice telephones, the 225 helps HD Voice, and it would not distort at prime quantity. Most quantity is a bit decrease than on the 6300, nevertheless it’s nonetheless completely usable. There are 14 ringtones, together with the normal Nokia tone, and you need to use your individual MP3s.

The 225 would not provide you with mobile sign in dBm, so it was laborious to inform whether or not it obtained barely higher or worse reception than its friends. However regardless of the distinction was, it was slight in our New York Metropolis testing location.

The 225 has a detachable 1150mAh battery that delivered 6 hours, 21 minutes of speak time. That is lower than the 6300 (7 hours, 37 minutes) however greater than ample to get you thru the day. 4G voice telephones are inclined to have much less speak time than their 3G and 2G ancestors did as a result of voice over LTE (VOLTE) calling is a extra advanced, power-consuming affair. Nonetheless, you may get a number of days’ value of standby time as a result of the telephone is not doing quite a bit within the background.

Snake game

Sure, you’ll be able to play Snake.

There is a neat little characteristic to allow you to convey over contacts from an Android telephone through Bluetooth. You possibly can’t choose a subset of contacts to sync, so I counsel establishing an Android machine with solely the contacts you need in your 225. You possibly can create contact teams and choose ringtones for particular person contacts or for teams.

Texting is ok, however group texting is an entire mess. Texts seem threaded by sender, and you’ll each ship and obtain image messages however not emoji. You possibly can ship group texts, however any group texts obtained seem from solely their particular person sender, and if you reply, it solely goes to that particular person. In addition they seem out of order, and infrequently, by no means. It is principally unattainable to take part in a gaggle dialog. It is a frequent drawback on a variety of voice telephones. The 6300 will get round it by utilizing WhatsApp.

Only a Little Bit Good

The 225 is not fairly a digital disconnector’s telephone. It has an online browser, Opera Mini; a handful of easy video games, together with an up to date Snake; a music participant that may play information out of your reminiscence card; an FM radio, which is able to play over the speaker in addition to via headphones; and a voice recorder.

Phone showing web browser

There is a net browser, nevertheless it is not good (which inspires you to cease doomscrolling).

There’s a non-removable Fb icon on the menu display, however do not stress; it isn’t an app. It is a hardcoded hyperlink to the Fb web site, which opens in Opera Mini.

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There is no tethering and no Wi-Fi. (This does make it simple to chop off your web entry, if that is what you need to do: Simply get a voice-only telephone plan.) Plug headphones into the usual 3.5mm headphone jack or join them through Bluetooth, which may also be used for knowledge switch.

3.5mm headphone jack

Plug in some headphones to take heed to that FM radio privately.

The 225 has a single VGA digital camera. VGA! It is like 2006 up in right here! I am undecided whether or not digital camera high quality is a phrase it is sensible to make use of right here. The digital camera app presents colour filters, a 10-second selfie timer, and even a (not good) Evening mode. Colours within the pictures I took had been overrated and supersaturated. You get the pictures off the telephone by sending them over Bluetooth, texting them, or saving them to a microSD card.

Back view

That is a VGA digital camera on the again.

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A Fundamental Beginning Level

For a primary telephone, an additional telephone, or a security telephone, the Nokia 225 is an easy alternative. It is cheap and comparatively effectively constructed, and works with varied service plans. The Nokia 6300 has higher T-Cell protection, twin SIMs, and WhatsApp, so it is a more sensible choice if you’d like one thing extra versatile.

The 225’s lack of Wi-Fi, when mixed with a no-data service plan, prevents web abuse on the telephone. If you would like one thing much more locked down (for example, a telephone with out a digital camera or an online browser), you may must go to one of many extra specialised fashions for digital disconnectors, such because the $195 Sunbeam F1 Dandelion or the $349 Punkt MP02. However for those who do not see why it’s best to spend tons of of {dollars} to not use the web, the 225 will go well with you simply effective.

The Backside Line

The Nokia 225 4G is a superbly primary voice telephone with solely rudimentary web capabilities.

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