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Nokia 6265i review

5.7/10 AVG.
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5.7/10
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The "1-Minute" Review

Construction and appearance
One of the reasons I bought this phone was because of its design - the "slider" seems to be the new trend in cell phone form factors. Before I purchased the 6265i, I favored the clam shell design because of its portability. The 6265i is bigger but has its advantages, like a bigger screen. When the slide is open the phone's overall length increases by 50%. But now that I've had the phone for two weeks the size does not bother me at all.

The 6265i's construction is very well done, as expected from Nokia. The phone feels very solid and even the slider feels durable. When you slide it open it's spring assisted and you hear it "click" when it's open all the way. The slider feels very secure and it doesn't move or wobble. The fit between the two halves of the phone is very precise, unlike the LG 535 which I had for a few days (before buying the 6265i). The LG 535 slider feels like it's going to come off when you purposely try to move it.

The keypad feels good, very solid, although the keys themselves are very flat. The four way directional button takes some time to get used to because it's a square toggle instead of an actual four way arrow key like most phones.

The 6265i has a mini SD card slot and speakers on top. The up and down volume keys on the top right side, and a dedicated camera button on the bottom right side. On its left you can find a standard headset jack and infra-red port. At the back is the camera lens and the flash. On the bottom you can plug in a data cable via USB which is sold separately, charger port, and also the microphone is located down there. Now I like the microphone's location because you don't have to open the slide to answer the phone. You can just press the menu key and talk even if the slide is closed. Unlike the LG 535, its microphone is located inside the slider so you do have to open it to access it. For the 6265i, technically you only open the slide WHEN you have to dial a number; otherwise you can access everything (menu, phone book, camera, etc) via the buttons outside the slider.

The screen: it's just brilliant. It is by far the best LCD screen I've seen on a phone. Some high quality digital collages I made from Photoshop really shine and have made impressive wallpapers. The LCD is big and very crisp in detail which makes you want to view your pictures on your phone. It's that striking.

Features
What can I say" The 6265i has everything I want in a phone! The most impressive feature is the 2.0 MB camera. This phone has the best picture quality in any camera phone I have seen. The pictures are print worthy for capturing those moments. The best shots can be obtained outdoors in good light. However it doesn't do that well at night. The camera has a night mode and flash, but at night the picture quality is greatly reduced. The flash only works for close shots, and the night mode does make it a little brighter, but your result has white noise. Still, during the daytime the picture quality is very impressive and comparable to 2.0 MB digital cameras a couple of years ago.

Photos (click photos to enlarge)
These photos were taking by my Nokia 6265i. The shots have been resized from 1600 x 1200 pixels to 600 x 450 pixels to fit most visitor's screens, but you can still see the clarity in different settings.
Photo #1: Daytime close-up
Photo #2: Daytime
Photo #3: Daytime cloudy
Photo #4: Night time

When you take pictures, you hold the phone horizontal and the camera button on the right side becomes your shutter button now located on top. The side volume keys become your zoom and un-zoom button now on top too. The LCD becomes your view finder. Very nice!! It acts, looks, and feels like a real digital camera. Even the camera menu when you are taking pictures are 'sideways' so you can read them properly when you hold your phone horizontal.

The camera also has a 10 second timer, sequence shot that takes 4 pictures consecutively, contrast editor, brightness settings, and an image editor where you can add text to your pictures, it lets you crop images, and add an image to an image.

The 6265i is also equipped with a video recorder but not 2.0 MB resolution; it's only 177 x 145. The videos are in 3G2 format viewable with QuickTime. It will do, though, for capturing those funny moments. One nice thing about it is you're not restricted to any recording time limit like other phones with limits of 20 to 60 seconds. The phone's camera keeps on recording as long as you have memory left. If you have a 1GB mini SD that equals literally hours of continuous recording...wow!

One point of concern is the lack of a rear camera lens cover. After all, for a high end phone with a very capable camera they should have added this protection feature and not leave it exposed.

The phone's MP3 player is also worth mentioning. Using the external speakers, I cranked the volume on my phone and was able to hear the songs throughout the house. Of course there was a little distortion once I turned it up all the way , but this is pretty normal for any portable player.

You can play your songs via the phone's speaker, a Bluetooth headset, or a wired headset. There is even an equalizer to adjust treble, mids, and bass. You cannot however create play lists internally, the phone plays the songs in the order of when you uploaded it. I made separate folders in my SD card grouping genres together so at least when the phone plays them sequentially they are still grouped. Though I think you can manage your tracks externally with Nokia's PC Suite program. I haven't tried this yet as I don't have a data cable.

Another nice feature is an FM radio...yes, a radio, but you have to have a headset to activate it. Once you have plugged in your headphones you can activate the radio. At this point you have an option of playing it through the phone's external speakers. You just can't play it through the phone's speakers directly; a headset MUST be present first. This is because the phone uses your wired headset as an antenna, so sorry folks you can't listen to the radio via Bluetooth on this one. Well this is another cool thing to have if you ever get sick of your MP3s. The radio has a 20 station preset.

To store your media, the phone can handle a mini SD card up to 1 GB I believe. I currently have a 256MB but I found that too small if you are a power user. One picture in the highest quality is around 400Kb to 500Kb already, and I like to store at least 2 hours of music. If I'm not using my iPod I keep my favorite tunes here. The phone has an internal memory of 24MB which is shared by your address book and other media.

Some other standard features are the 3D gaming engine, calendar, notes, to-do lists, voice dial, voice commands, a massive address book, mobile internet, MP3 ringtones, etc. You can assign ringer caller IDs, photo caller IDs and you can even make a video as a 'ringtone' so when someone calls a video plays. Unfortunately, the videos' audio are often not loud enough; a cool feature but kind of useless if it's not loud enough. The photo caller ID is also not very impressive. The phone's screen is huge, but the photo ID feature is very small and you can barely see the caller's face. My guess is the smaller image assigned to a caller is stored in the phone book therefore adding to the phone book's memory. For this reason, the photo has to be optimized - hence it's a lot smaller. This is a bummer.

Connectivity
Connectivity is not an issue here. The phone connects to your PC via infra red, Bluetooth, and USB cable. You can download Nokia PC Suite from Nokia's web site. The Suite will allow the synchronization of your calendar, transfer data, and manage media. I haven't used the Suite yet so I cannot comment on its usefullness.

I have a Bluetooth USB 2.0 dongle which I use to transfer my files back and forth from PC to phone and vice versa. Pairing this device to my computer was very easy and I can access all the phone's folders including my SD card so I can just copy and paste, drag and drop files at will. The transfer rate is an average of 75Kb/sec so it is not the fastest but it does the job. Of course, you could take out the SD card and put it on a card reader and stick that in your USB port; however, I found that it was quite difficult removing the SD card from the phone and I decided to leave it there.

Performance
In terms of call quality it is pretty good, it seems I always have a signal anywhere I go and I haven't experienced a dropped call yet (even inside malls). Telus Mobility has a pretty good network in my opinion. The earpiece volume and speaker phone is fair to above average.

Battery life is also above average. I haven't tested the total talk time for this yet but I talked to my girlfriend for about 3.5 hours and I still had 1/4 battery life. I also played through my MP3s for hours and still had enough juice for the phone to last on standby for a few more days. The bottom line is, this phone's got enough power to support all its features and that's what matters. If you're the type of person who charges their phone every second or third night, then you'll not have a problem.

Overall
This is by far a lot of phone for the money. I always try to keep up with the latest toys and this phone is the best phone I've had. The key features are the 2.0 MB camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth, and expandable memory. To me this is one of the best multimedia phones available in Canada, and I am impressed with what it has to offer.

My minor complaints are the small picture caller ID and the lack of a follow-up notification when I've received a text messages and missed it the first time around. The phone will not remind you again.

Telus doesn't seem to have games downloadable for this phone, yet, plus it doesn't support mobile TV, and mobile XM. These may be a major issue for some users but to me. I don't care much for *network features* that you pay for. The phone keeps me entertained as is.

The screen scratches easily too because it's exposed. I suggest you purchase a case ASAP and invest in screen protectors from The Source. You could also leave on the screen protector which ships with the phone. Other than these minor things, I'm absolutely in love with the Nokia 6265i.

Reviewed by:
Alvin A.
Windsor, Ontario


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
2+ MP



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Nokia released the 6265i on June 16, 2006.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Nokia 6265i's screen size is Unknown with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
24 MB

Internal memory is 24 MB. An external, MiniSD (up to 2 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1070mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1070 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 12 days standby time.

Nokia 6265i Specs

Overview
Release date June 16, 2006
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
AMPS
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 24 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.17 W/kg
Body: 1.05 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1070 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.8 x 4.8 x 2.2 cm (3.9 x 1.9 x 0.9 in)
Weight 126 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MiniSD (up to 2 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Night mode, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QCIF (176 x 144 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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A lemon

A phone I paid $400, I thought it would last at least 10 years... it last 2 years, I think it is a piece of crap. I've got the white screen, it doesn't boot, same problem everybody has. For those who think they have a good phone... just wait, you'll be in our team shortly. Nokia will not take the bl...More
A phone I paid $400, I thought it would last at least 10 years... it last 2 years, I think it is a piece of crap. I've got the white screen, it doesn't boot, same problem everybody has. For those who think they have a good phone... just wait, you'll be in our team shortly. Nokia will not take the blame, they will continue as nothing was and collect the money, too bad we only know we bought a lemon 2 years after. At least we know we can't trust Nokia. Less

Sincerely my best phone

This is really my best phone ever ... ok thats my second, but i have it for more than 2 1/2 year and the only issue i had with it was the screen didn't light up when slidding at the end of 2009. I searched on the internet a bit and find a little ribbon piece for 8$ with the shipping on ebay and the pho...More
This is really my best phone ever ... ok thats my second, but i have it for more than 2 1/2 year and the only issue i had with it was the screen didn't light up when slidding at the end of 2009. I searched on the internet a bit and find a little ribbon piece for 8$ with the shipping on ebay and the phone works like a new. No software issue, but it connects to web (really not often) by itself. The battery still keep it charge correctly. Less

Crappy Software

I received this phone as a present a little over 2 years ago. Like many other people I had the "white screen of death" within the first year. After what seemed like hours speaking with nokia and telus the phone was sent to be fixed. It was sent back in working condition..except about one year later my...More
I received this phone as a present a little over 2 years ago. Like many other people I had the "white screen of death" within the first year. After what seemed like hours speaking with nokia and telus the phone was sent to be fixed. It was sent back in working condition..except about one year later my menu icons became question marks and no one seems to be recieving the text messages I am sending them. I've resorted to just giving up on this phone which is hard seeing as i bought it without a contract making it a pretty expensive phone. I guess i've learned to do my research before buying..... Less

NOKIA 6265i Waste of Money

I got signed up with this device for a three year contract with Telus in 2007, in 2008 I had this battery/software problem with the device twice, each time it was fixed by Nokia for free, the third it happened Nokia refused to fix it due to expired warranty. I ended up spending extra $50.00 for a new b...More
I got signed up with this device for a three year contract with Telus in 2007, in 2008 I had this battery/software problem with the device twice, each time it was fixed by Nokia for free, the third it happened Nokia refused to fix it due to expired warranty. I ended up spending extra $50.00 for a new battery and lost all my contacts each time of the problem. Less

pretty good phone

i love nokia phones to begin with the menu and all the applications were awesome on this phone the bluetooth was quick and effective it had excellent service even in remote sasktachewan i loved how the time and when you had a message a icon appeared even when your phone was on standby to let you know y...More
i love nokia phones to begin with the menu and all the applications were awesome on this phone the bluetooth was quick and effective it had excellent service even in remote sasktachewan i loved how the time and when you had a message a icon appeared even when your phone was on standby to let you know you missed a call or message. i took amazing pictures with it, some people thought it was an actual camera. the buttons were good and easy to type and text with , i also loved that when you were texting it kept your most commonly used numbers so you could find them easily instead of having to type them in,or search a phone book. also liked when in the inbox it said the persons name not the message written,very convienient. overall a great phone the only problem was that it was bulky/ Less

It's a phone, and not much more

Telus no longer offers this phone; this review is primarily intended for someone looking at a used unit. I would recommend elsewhere only because the reliability reported by most users seems to significantly decrease with age. Ownership Period: - almost three years. Pros: - Compact design. - Sli...More
Telus no longer offers this phone; this review is primarily intended for someone looking at a used unit. I would recommend elsewhere only because the reliability reported by most users seems to significantly decrease with age. Ownership Period: - almost three years. Pros: - Compact design. - Slider style to hide / protect keys. - Easy-to-use menu system. - Relatively reliable in early years. Cons: - Same "cannot-turn-on issue" everyone else reports. - (But mine lasted almost three years before it happened.) - Speakerphone wore itself out (with distortion) after two years. - Camera is two meagpixels - but not worth much in daylight or night. - Must slide the phone to see the time. Telus indicated the repair cost would be close to $100 (to do a simple Telus software reset, which fixes the "cannot-turn-on" issue everyone is reporting in reviews). Three Vancouver cell phone repairs places report that this issue is common for this model of phone and typically strikes within a year or two of use. In Vancouver / Richmond, you can find places that will fix this for about $40. It was a decent, reliable phone during the first 2.5 years. Given the likelihood of the unit failing again soon after the first time it has an issue, I recommend prospective owners of used units to look elsewhere first. Less

One of the worst cell phones I have ever had.

I don't even recall how long I've had this waste of money for...it has to be at least two to three years, I suppose-although I'm locked into a contract for the next two years, so it might only be a year. Regardless, I am on my second replacement for this model. The first one had 'problems with the fir...More
I don't even recall how long I've had this waste of money for...it has to be at least two to three years, I suppose-although I'm locked into a contract for the next two years, so it might only be a year. Regardless, I am on my second replacement for this model. The first one had 'problems with the firmware' and so had to be reset. It would turn on, show the introductory screen, and then simply show a white screen with the battery indicator. Occasionally it would ask for the time. Ironically enough, the loaner phone the telus store gave me (of the same model as my phone) was in such terrible condition that they had to replace it with a different model. Oh, and they said that being able to transfer my contacts list from one phone to another was about 50/50; the device they used 'did not fully support that model'. The second one worked alright for a while. But recently everything's gone downhill. I started to have issues with phone calls and text messages. Then the LCD screen's backlight died. And now, the earpiece doesn't work- I have to make all calls on speakerphone or else I cannot hear the person I'm talking to. There's recently been another issue as well; I've been repeatedly failing to connect with my calls. Several times in a row, requiring a restart. And that brings me back to the wonderful white screen of death, which may or may not persist for several minutes. I am sorry I ever bought this piece of trash, and I dearly want to take a hammer to it once my contract is up. Less

If it turned on it would be great.

I bought my Nokia 6265i in 2006. It worked really well until mid 2007 when it stopped being able to turn on. The battery charges fine but it wont load properly. Telus fixed it with no problems. The same thing happened in November 2008 but now they wont fix it because it's not under warranty anymore. Wh...More
I bought my Nokia 6265i in 2006. It worked really well until mid 2007 when it stopped being able to turn on. The battery charges fine but it wont load properly. Telus fixed it with no problems. The same thing happened in November 2008 but now they wont fix it because it's not under warranty anymore. Which annoys me because I paid $300 for it! I wrote them an e-mail and they responded with the offer of a few refurbished phones for free. I came on here to look at their reviews but all the offered phones are crap. Before the phone had problems I would say that it was a great phone. Awesome picture and video capability's. Very good reception. I would not recommend buying this cell phone! Less

Love it, and will miss it.

I had only one minor problem with this phone, when I would try to press the password for my voicemail it would not accept it, I went to Telus and they fixed it in two weeks. Sometimes it decided to turn off randomly but it would always turn back on. Great set of features and good reception. I will be sad to replace it. :(
I had only one minor problem with this phone, when I would try to press the password for my voicemail it would not accept it, I went to Telus and they fixed it in two weeks. Sometimes it decided to turn off randomly but it would always turn back on. Great set of features and good reception. I will be sad to replace it. :( Less

Nokia Kicks A$$, too bad they stopped making CDMA phones

I love my 6265i. Through a full cycle in the washer, then a week later in the toilet (clean water, well clean enough for a dog). Phone still works. The Off/End button stopped working due to the water damage and the light for the back lit display. But it still works like a charm. Of all the manuf...More
I love my 6265i. Through a full cycle in the washer, then a week later in the toilet (clean water, well clean enough for a dog). Phone still works. The Off/End button stopped working due to the water damage and the light for the back lit display. But it still works like a charm. Of all the manufactures, Nokia is the only one that have phones that can sync the calendar and contacts with a PC without going to a smartphone. Less

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