Nokia – 6120 Classic review

highly portable S60 Smartphone
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£free on contract

Nokia’s 6120 Classic is a slim, light, 3G mobile phone running a full Smartphone operating system. The advanced features on offer are hampered a little by the phone’s small size and shape, but if you are looking for an opportunity to try an S60 Smartphone yet also want something pocket-friendly, light and unobtrusive, it could be ideal.

At 89g and 105 x 46 x 15mm, the 6120 Classic should fit in most pockets, but its screen is the feature that compromises its ability to function perfectly as a Smartphone. It delivers 320 x 240 pixels and manages 16 million colours, both of which are top-notch specifications. But at two inches corner-to-corner it is just too small to display some information well enough.

The Web browser is one example. Retrieving information at 3G data speeds is fine, and the browser itself can be switched into widescreen view. Thumbnail views of Web pages are available and these are marked up with numbers identifying different areas of a page. Hit a number and you go to that area. This is all pretty nice stuff, but still, reading text on the small screen is less than comfortable.

At least Nokia has managed to design a well sized number-pad, so using the phone for voice calls is no problem.

There is 35MB of built-in memory and a microSD card slot on the back, left-hand edge of the casing. The music player delivers well, and there’s an FM radio too. Battery life is good: we got a little less than nine hours of non-stop music from a full battery charge.

The only downside to the music capability of this mobile is that you have to use the provided headset. It is required for the radio as it contains the FM antenna, and its 2.5mm connector to the phone means you’ll need a converter to 3.5mm to use your own earphones for music.

There is a front-facing camera for video calling and a back-facing, 2-megapixel one for shooting stills and video. This proved quite disappointing. Images are heavily compressed and as a result they tend to be dull and lacking in definition.

Among the huge number of applications pre-installed are a calendar, to-do list manager, mobile e-mail, note taker, calculator, clock with alarms, voice control, voice recorder, unit converter and IM. For e-mail attachments you get the Adobe PDF reader and QuickOffice for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint viewing.

The 6120 Classic comes with Nokia’s PC Suite software and a cable for connecting to your computer, so you can synchronise contacts and diary information at no extra cost.

Company: Nokia

Contact: 08700 555 777

As a fully-fledged Smartphone the Nokia 6120 Classic might, in some cases, be a little too small for its own good. Nonetheless, if you don't need screen-intensive Smartphone features, it could be a good choice.