The "1-Minute" Review
The Nokia 6225 is a Series 40 Nokia that was released in Canada in July 2004. This handset is a dual-band, tri-mode phone (800/1900 MHz 1X CDMA; 800 MHz AMPS (analog)) that is sold for use on the Bell Mobility network in Canada and the Sprint PCS network in the US.
This handset was tested on Bell Mobility's CDMA 1900 MHz network and analog roaming on Telus' 800 MHz AMPS network, both in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Dimensions & Design
The Nokia 6225 is similar in size to other bar shaped phones released today. The dimensions of the 6225 are: 10.5x4.5x1.5cm or 4.0x1.5x0.5in and it weighs 98g or 3.15oz.
The design is basic, but elegant. The outside is quite appealing.
As I played with the exterior, I noticed how loose the back battery cover was. It squeaked and moved around as I put pressure in different points. The cover was fine at the start, but about a week into using it the looseness of the cover really started to bug me.
The 4K colour screen was better than the original Series 30 colour screens, such as on the Nokia 3595 (carried by GSM service providers), but still not as good as the 65K, and 200k colour screens we see today on many phones. The screen was quite hard to see in direct sunlight.
The keys seemed decent and were easy to press. The backlighting was excellent.
The menu system was usual Nokia, and was very well designed.
The built in FM radio tuner on this phone is excellent. I've found that the tuner picks up FM siginal better than the radio I have at home. It allows you to save stations you you can use the direction pad to change stations very easily. The odd thing is, to use the radio you need to have a headset plugged in, but once it's plugged in, you have the choice of either using the headset or the speakerphone. The radio does not work without a headset plugged in.
Coverage, Sound Quality & Reception Quality
This is a dual-band, tri-mode phone (described above) that will work not only in North America, but also in any locations that offer these technologies and frequencies, such as New Zealand, Hong Kong, and some US territories. The phone had an option to force AMPS, which is good if you are in a CDMA fringe area.
In my tests, this phone had very good RF compared to the Samsung A660, and A600.
The incoming sound quality was quite average in this phone. A little on the tinny side, but not as bad as the Samsung A660. It was easy to understand the person on the other end.
The outgoing sound quality was also quite average. People could tell I was on a cell phone.
1XRTT Wireless Data & Web Browser
The Nokia 6225 is equipped with 1X network access. 1X is the CDMA-based wireless data network that is capable of data speeds of up to 144 Kbps, although it usually runs around 80 Kbps. In my tests, it is still faster than a dial-up modem and the GSM data standard of GPRS.
The WAP2.0 web browser is excellent on this phone. It is by far the best web browser that I’ve ever used on a phone. All of its features are well organized and work well.
The battery on this phone is not that great compared to other handsets on the market. For my tests it lasted about 4 days on standby with no usage. Talking on the phone a bit dropped the battery lifetime to less than 24hrs. In this day and age of cell phones, that is rather poor and if you were to use analog, the talk and standby time would be considerably less.
I rate this phone average. The software design is the best part. Everything works how it is supposed to and everything is arranged in a logical place. The web browser is excellent. If you are looking for a phone to use just as a phone, I would suggest you look elsewhere. The sound quality is not that wonderful and the battery life is quite poor.
- Software & Web Browser
- Good RF
- Uses the standard Nokia chargers
- 2.5mm standard headset plug
- Bad sound quality
- Bad screen in sunlight
- Bad battery life
- Loose back battery cover
Review by Eric Johannsen
Prices (Where to Buy)
Nokia released the 6225 on August 22, 2004.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia 6225 user manual here.
Nokia backs up the 6225 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your 6225 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.