Celkon is a well-known name in the affordable mobile phones market and it is one of the leading mobile brands in the country today. They have a wide portfolio of mobile products; from tablets to smart phones and feature phones, they make it all. Celkon even has an in-house research and development team which leads the innovation in their products. The Celkon C225 Star is a feature phone which comes with some useful features like dual-SIM support and expandable storage. Even in today’s hyper-connected world of 3G and 4G speeds, it is indeed surprising that feature phones still find a place in people’s pockets.
The Celkon C225 Star offers full value to people who want to stay off the connectivity grid and need a phone primarily for making calls. It features a big 1000mAh Li-Ion battery which powers the phone for 10 hours of talk-time and 500 hours of standby time. The Celkon C225 Star is available at a price of Rs. 1,399/- in online stores. Let us take an in-depth look at this phone through this review.
The Celkon C225 Star is as simple as a phone gets. The proprietary operating system is basic and needs a very little learning curve if any. The phone sports a matte black finish all over. The back of the phone carries the Celkon branding on the lower part. There is a pill-shaped cut-out which features a pill-shaped glossy piece of plastic which houses the 1.3-megapixel camera. There is no flash to support this camera. The back panel is removable and gives access to the battery, the dual SIMs as well as the micro SD card slot. The edges of the phone are curved, which help in getting a secure grip. Over at the front, the 2.4” QVGA display takes up the top half of the phone. The earpiece sits over the display and also acts as the loudspeaker.
The 1.3-megapixel selfie camera is located beside the earpiece. Below the display are the two action buttons, the call-receive and call-end buttons, the four-way navigation key and the OK button. The big OK button is square. The alpha-numeric keypad also features Devnagri characters along with the English alphabets. The keys are easy to press and have a very good tactile feel. Typing is a smooth experience on this keypad. Overall, the design review of this phone makes a neutral impression.
The Celkon C225 Star features a 2.4” non-touch display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels which gives it a pixel-density of 167 PPI. Colours are well-saturated and details are smoothly rendered. The display is bright and colourful. The 2.4” display is amply bright and can be easily viewed outdoors, even in direct sunlight.
The primary camera on the Celkon C225 Star is a 1.3-megapixel camera which captures images at 1280 x 1024 pixels, in addition to shooting videos. The photos clicked in daylight under ideal lighting conditions come out clear and well-lit. There is no flash to support this camera. Pictures clicked in low-light conditions do not fare so well. The flash is sorely missed in low-light situations. This camera is strictly ok for some casual spur-of-the moment shooting. All-in-all, the camera quality is not the selling point of this phone.
The Celkon C225 Star is first and foremost a feature phone made for calling. It has excellent call quality. It has no smart features like Wi-Fi, video-calling. It does not even support 3G. The phone just glides through everyday usage without any lags.
It has 256MB of RAM and 256MB of built-in storage, which can be extended up to 16GB. The Celkon C225 Star packs in a big 1000mAh Li-Ion battery which powers the phone for 10 hours of talk-time and 500 hours of standby time. The phone also features a built-in FM radio for hours of entertainment.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Celkon C225 Star Handset
· Memory Card
· User Manual
· Warranty Card
ü Big 2.4” pixel-dense screen.
ü 1000 mAh removable Li-Ion battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Dual-SIM support.
û Limited phone book.
û No flash for the camera.
This review makes it clear that the Celkon C225 Star is made for one purpose, and that is calling. It features excellent call quality and lasts for the whole day with its big 1000mAh battery. Additional features like the FM radio and expandable storage add to the utility of the device. The Celkon C225 Star is a well-built, reliable phone and offers excellent value for the buyer’s money.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.