AT&T R225: It's missing what?!

The AT&T R225 is inexplicably missing some key features, but the $15 off-contract price tag is hard to argue with.

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The AT&T R225 was never destined for greatness, but it sure would come a lot closer if it didn't get in its own way.

The recipe for its self-defeat lies in the phone's lack of a volume rocker, zero Bluetooth support, and an absolutely terrible speakerphone, at least on our testing device. A small screen size and low pixel resolution don't help.

However, the R225 Go Phone isn't all bad, and for just $15 without a contract, we wouldn't take it out of the running for those seeking a very simple, very cheap phone. Call quality was good, after all. The phone also has AT&T's communications apps bundled in, so it's possible to send e-mails and instant messages.

Depending on your needs, the R225 could still attract your interest, though we suspect most people will find other handsets more satisfying.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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