Nokia quietly unveils the Nokia 225 – a budget feature phone that spills nostalgia

Build 2014 took place shy of a week ago and Nokia enthusiasts definitely had a lot of reasons to feel content – like the Nokia 930 and the Windows Phone 8.1 update, to name a few. Although the event is over, the Finnish company continues to lift the veil off of new devices – enter the Nokia 225. Yes, it's not a smartphone, but a feature phone, which looks just like the devices that made Nokia a dominant player in the industry a decade ago.

The Nokia 225 is quite similar to the Nokia 220, which got unveiled back at MWC 2014. It has the same clean, classic candy bar design. Still, the 225 is slightly bigger and heavier, yet thinner at the same time. The 262k LCD display has been upped from 2.4 to 2.8 inches, but the resolution is still 240 x 320 pixels. This results in a mediocre pixel density of 142ppi, which is more than enough for such a feature phone. As a side comparison, one of Samsung's latest tablets, the Galaxy Tab4 10.1 comes with a pixel density of 149ppi.

Hardware-wise, the Nokia 225 sports a microSD slot and a 2MP camera on its back, while a 1,200mAh battery provides power. Nokia claims that the battery provides roughly 36 days of standby, 21 hours of talk time, and the impressive 49 hours of music playback. If you decide to browse the web on the small display of the Nokia 225, you can do so for up to 7.5 hours. Oh, and it has a flashlight, as well!

The Nokia 225 is running on the outdated Series 30+ mobile platform. Nevertheless, this new Finnish phone comes with Facebook and Twitter preloaded, while the browser of choice for the handset is the Nokia Xpress Browser, which most Asha and Windows Phone devices also sport.

Nokia reveals that the Nokia 225 will come in single-SIM and dual-SIM variations. Both versions will be priced at $53 (EUR 39) before taxes and will be available in Q2 2014 in select markets.

source: Nokia

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  • Display 2.8 inches
    320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh



24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I like it better than the $70 Samsung flip phones and will appease millions who just want a phone. People are still out there, hundreds of millions actually who simply do not care to take selfies.

14. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

I like it. The dual-sim version would be an excellent "home phone" for my wife and I. With more than a month of standby and almost a day of talk time I would hardly ever have to charge it. It would also be an excellent back-up phone for backpacking trips. The problem is that though it is a $50 phone in Europe it will be $125 on Amazon and Ebay. I can't see paying that much for a feature phone.

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I like the simplicity of it. This is what old people should get instead of iPhones.

27. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

As someone who used to sell and service equipment, I tend to agree. A cousin bought Grandma an iPhone...WORST...IDEA...EVER...

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

One key to battery life is. Make it so no one will stare at it on for hours on end. Mission accomplished. Seriously though, it should be a decent back up phone, but who these days that is into smartphones, doesn't have one or two already as back ups. So starter phone for kids would work.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Who would buy it loll

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Many. There are many poor countries. Also people who find such phones as a backup at any time.

4. Zinop

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Actually, if you dont want a smartphone but just a phone that has whatsapp and can call then this is pretty good. Ive considered it myself using a phablet in combination with a feature phone and dual simcard. Calling with a phablet is just ridiculous. Also if you want to go out or something its really nice not to worry about your phone getting stolen from time to time. Just because you cant find any use for it doesnt mean there isnt a market for it :)

5. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

I would. As a back up phone, as my i'm-going-to-be-wasted-tonight phone, etc. I would also buy this for my child's first phone. Not everyone needs a smartphone, you know loll

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I still use my nokia dumb phone as a backup along with my galaxy s2. Its dual sim, extremely long battery life, crystal clear and loud call quality, reliable can check emails and surf internet. So your comment is pointless.

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

There r billions of people around the word who use feature phone. Wow Nokia, every single budget phone from you is look and feel premium. Its great that Nokia feature phone users can enjoy their phone quality.

8. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Troll detected.

11. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

How is that trolling?

13. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

dont be an ahole. there are people in 3rd world countries who just wanted communication to their families and friends.

26. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

It's more self-centered ogring than trolling, but, yeah... Some people will use this as their "first" phone, some will buy one to throw in the glovebox in their car, like me.

9. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

There are people who buy these phones and that's why Nokia still releases such phones. If there's no demand for such products, I don't think Nokia'll be doing that. Simple.

17. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You know that about 49% of all mobile phone users still use feature/basic phones?

19. hemedans

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

nokia sold 240million feature phone in 2013 apart from samsung no one has ever been achieving that number

22. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Even now, Samsung could not break the record of cellphone selling per year. Nokia sold 480 million in 2011. Samsung sold 422 in 2013, which IS their highest record. Furthermore, Samsung did not pass the number of featured phone sold by Nokia in any quarter yet. Even for the latest quarter. EVEN AFTER THE MASS DESTRUCTION OF STEPHEN FLOP.

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