Review by Sunetra Chakravati,
12/12/2011 3:48:57 PM
It's refreshing to see a Symbian Series 60 OS and HSDPA download speeds in a mid-range handset.
The camera lacks auto-focus and macro for close-ups, while the LED flash is quite crude.
Nokia's 6000-series handsets have a reputation for being functional and user friendly. They have proved successful, and Nokia is marketing new models as Classics. The latest is the Nokia 6120, a classic, compact Nokia monoblock with clean lines. It's pumped up with express HSDPA download speeds and a Symbian Series 60 operating system, marking its status as a mid-range smartphone.
The Nokia 6120 is incredibly easy to use and handle. It's compact but not flimsy, with a metallic trim to give it a premium edge. The keypad is nicely sized and lucid to operate with the navigation D-pad sporting ridges for better thumb grip. The QVGA, 16-million-colour display is bright and crisp for web browsing and viewing your snaps and videos. The Symbian Series 60 operating system is highly adaptable, customisable and privy to a host of third-party software. It includes the genius Setting Wizard app that takes all the work out of configuring your network, MMS, internet, streaming and email settings.
The Nokia 6120 is fitted with HSDPA, which is five times faster than 3G. You'll notice web pages loading faster and you can navigate around the full HTML internet via Nokia's Mini Map technique. Essentially, this is a semi-transparent zoomed-out view of the area you're reading, shadowed by a complete view of the whole web page as it's originally designed. It does make mobile web browsing easier. The 6120 also handles non-push-style emails and attachments. A two-megapixel snapper without auto-focus graces the rear, and there is the welcome addition of a flash. It captures in a 1600x1200-pixel resolution and for a two-megapixel cam, the quality is decent enough. The flash isn't as slick as some and in low-level lighting, illumination is even. However, the 6120 does sport the Panoman photography app, that lets you take panoramic shots by scanning the scenery as you turn around in a circle, seamlessly knitting the separate shots together. It works well, although the picture resolution does suffer the more scenery you take in.The Nokia 6120 makes QVGA video recordings in a slicker 30fps and you'll be surprised at how smooth the footage can be, although it's still not judder free.
The built-in music player is also polished, letting you sort your library into tracks, artists, albums, genre, composer and playlists. You can also enhance and adapt the sounds. The fidelity was dynamic through the supplied headphones, especially with the bass boost activated. Alongside the 45MB of internal memory, a hot-swappable microSD card slot can handle memory cards of up to 2GB. Nokia is currently on a hot streak with its mid-range phones, but the 6120 takes the mid-range to new heights with its Symbian Series 60 and HSDPA features. The Nokia 6120 is a pocket dynamo smartphone that deserves to be a big hit.