Review: Nokia 2220. Easy on the Pocket


In the spirit of keeping costs down, impotent Nokia’s 2220 slide is another low-end phone from the Fins, look but that doesn’t mean it has to look cheap. From the first, the phone is a highly stylish device that would do any pocket proud. But does it follow-through under the bonnet? Let’s find out.


The Nokia 2220 slide is just a basic handset, but that’s exactly what quite a lot of people want- a mobile phone to use as a mobile phone.

You can get your hands on one for as little as £5 a month on which is cheaper than a McDonald’s meal.

Coming in an array of colours including graphite, pink, purple, turquoise and blue, this handset will still make a stylish impact when you hold it up to your ear.

nokia 2220 slide mobile phone review

Being a low-end, basic phone, the layout is so simple that the most novice of phone users will take no time in mastering this device.

“Basic” doesn’t mean “nothing” though as you get access to Nokia Life Tools, which provides access to real time information on weather, agriculture, games and your horoscope.

Other nifty little features include Nokia Xpress Audio messaging, Ovi mail and MP3 ringtones.

Media-wise, there is an FM radio which you can even record from for up to eight minutes. There’s even the option of using one of these recordings as a ringtone.

There is also a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, so you won’t be tied into any proprietary headphones to tune into Chris Evans.

The 2220 slide also comes with the Opera Mini browser, which is so good, it has taken the Apple iPhone by storm, with users making it the most downloaded app in its category.

Internet connectivity is supported through GPRS and EDGE.

The phone’s display is basic with just 128 x 160 pixels, able to show up to 65k colours, but that’s still perfectly reasonable to check your messages and do a spot of web surfing.

nokia 2220 slide handset cheap budget review

There is 10MB of built-in memory, which will serve you well if you’re using this handset as a phone because you already have an MP3 player, and really don’t need yet another music device.

The 2220 slide’s VGA camera is really low-end, but the fact that it packs a camera at all is really quite impressive for the price.

The battery on this handset will keep you going all day, sporting up to 8 hours of talk time and 400 hours on standby.

Overall, the Nokia 2220 slide really won’t break the budget, and you even get a few added extras for your pennies.

The Gaj-It Verdict:
Design: 8/10
Usability: 7/10
Features: 7/10
Value: 8/10

We Say:

Nokia has done low-end well with this handset. It looks great and has a few interesting features to keep you interested. Anyone with this handset will master it in minutes, so if you’re trying to get your nan involved with technology, get her SMSing in style.

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2 Responses to “Review: Nokia 2220. Easy on the Pocket”

  1. Robert says:

    I had been racking my brains to think of ways to customise this phone as it has no USB or card slot, and came up with this idea. If you want to put your own ringtone on the phone connect one of those FM transmitters up to your stereo or mp3 player and record it on to your phone through the radio. Then you can use the recording as a ringtone. Or simply use the phone’s microphone to record.

  2. ro says:

    I had been looking at several non-touch screen phones and narrowed it down to a Sony Ericsson w595 and a Nokia 6303i. I compared the features and read up about both a bit. The SE seems to have a good number of well documented software/battery problems but the Nokia looked fine. Went to the shop and played with both. The Sony had a decent screen but the buttons felt both feeble and to small and I did’nt like the cheap chrome trim which will probably flake off after a while. The Nokia was ok but again, the d-pad button was to small. I catched the wrong ones a few times. Still I almost committed myself when the Shop Assistant pointed to this this cheap 222o. It felt solid and better made than the Ericsson with a smooth slider and the display, though nowhere near the resolution of the other two was bright and informative. Kind of took me back a few years but as I don’t use the phone for web browsing/email or music, i have my laptop/MP3 player respectively for that, it did’nt really matter. What a good choice it was. The battery lasts ages, reception is good as is phone quality and the ring/alert tones are loud. Everything a phone should do for me. A use and forget item.


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