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Nokia 6120 classic - a very standard mid range phone


Good range of features, Smartphone

No wifi, Screen could get bigget, 2MP camera

Recommendable Yes:

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Battery talktimeExcellent

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The Nokia 6120 classic is a candybar phone released in November 2007. It is a smartphone and is classified as a mid-range phone on release. It should be confused with the Nokia 6120, released in 1998.

--- the BASICS ---

The 6120c is a 3G phone and has standard features such as 2" 16 million colour TFT screen, camera and radio. I purchased this phone with 3 - the mobile company. It is a quadband 3G smartphone which runs the Series 60 operating system (more details on this later). The phone supports 30Mb or so memory on board with the option of expanding the memory with microSD cards.


Being a candybar phone the 6120c has no problems with build quality with regards to hinges or sliding mechanisms. The response time is quick - extremely fast compared to the N95 8Gb despite the N95's dual core processor compared to the 6120c's single 369MHz processor. There is no lag in opening programmes and the phone is well suited to operating multiple programmes at once: the definition of smartphone.

As the 6120c runs on Series 60 v3 it supports active standby too - it is a function more often seen on PDAs with diary entries or memo items displayed on the standby screen to remind the user of important information.

The design of the phone is very bog standard - 4 way navigation key, centre key, 2 softkeys, call and hang up buttons + 2 Nokia smartphone buttons: one for opening multiple programmes and the other for copying and pasting words. The phone is very light and suited for everyday carrying.

(Sound and Multimedia)
This phone runs the standard Nokia multimedia programme - which means no N series music player onboard. But the sound quality is good and you can all the basic stuff like equaliser (very limited), shuffle and all repeat. The included headphones are reasonable and since it is 2.5mm jack one can relatively easily (compared to proprietary jacks) look for replacements. The phone ringing is loud but not as much as you would expect - you may miss some calls in a crowded or noisy place

The phone supports a multitude of video formats - most of which consumers will not use (except for 3gp, mp4 perhaps). Viewing video on the (relatively) small screen is not a major problem but eyes will be tired in prolonged video sessions. Watching photos is easy and scrolling between them produces no lag.

The phone supports microSD and the maximum size of cards available and recognised for the 6120c is currently 2Gb.

(Internet and Messaging)
The internet works well - indeed the phone was promoted as an internet browsing handset when first released. Being one of the first phones to support turbo 3G (3.5G) it allows speeds of upto 3Mbps when browsing - in reality it is around 1Mbps, which is reasonable. Browsing on the phone is easy with a small built-in cursor to the browser. There is no wifi in this handset so internet is via GPRS or 3G.

Text messaging is also easy thanks to the relatively large keys. As it runs on Series 60 users familiar with Nokia phones will be very at home with the interface. Basically you get the inbox, drafts, sent messages, broadcast messages etc. When you do receive a message you have to enter the messaging menu to view it - but you do get a small icon on the top right of a standby screen to remind you of the unread message.

(Screen and Camera)
The screen being 2" could definitely get bigger. It is nice and bright but is easily scratched. The 16M colour is very similar to one with 256K colour with little noticeable difference.

The camera onboard the phone is a low-range (by standards of today) 2MP. It does not have autofocus and only supports very limited customisation of photo taking. The images produced are of 1600x1200 pixels. Video taking by this phone is acceptable and the resolution is 320x240 at 15fps.


The 6120c is a very standard mid-range phone of 2007. It has all the features one would expect for a reasonably priced phone. The 6120c will work well with everyday life but do not expect it to sing and dance as it simply is designed to be a phone on the move and not a multimedia convergence device.

Box contents:
6120c phone
Headset - 2.5mm
USB cable (can NOT be charged when connected to computer)
Quick travel charger

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TheHairyGodmother 21.10.2009 10:01

Nice review :)

lillamarta 17.10.2009 19:57

Sorry, there's isn't a lot of opinion here, more like a run-down of the features. You could add more of your experience e.g. how long have you had this phone, any problems, etc. and I'll be happy to re-rate.

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Additional Features Text-to-Speech (text recognition)
Polyphonic Ringer Yes
Phone Functions Call timer, conference call, vibrating alert


Wireless Interface Bluetooth
Communication Features Mobile Email client
Data Transmission GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA

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