Although mobile phone design and technology are constantly moving forward, sometimes the most appealing design is one that is neither the most outrageous nor revolutionary. For those with a taste for classy sophistication and technology, the styling of the new Nokia 6120 Classic could be an instant hit. Looking at it for the first time is like looking at an unpretentious pearl sitting quietly in a heap of graffiti; it doesn't shout out for your attention but if you bothered to take a closer look, you would be pleasantly surprised.
The first surprise the Nokia 6120 Classic threw at us was its functionality as a smartphone from the Series 60 Platform (3rd Edition Feature Pack 1), and at 89g, it's very portable too. So what we're looking at then is probably the lightest smartphone around. Ironically, its unassuming design means the Nokia 6120 Classic might be easily mistaken to be a handset that runs on a more run-of-the-mill Series 40 platform.
As per Series 60 device, applications are aplenty for the Nokia 6120 Classic and the quickest way to source these out is to pop by www.s60.com where many useful applications can be downloaded for free. As for the all important responsiveness of its GUI, the Nokia 6120 Classic came through our tests with minimal lag; it was a mostly smooth experience even when switching between applications that were running in the background. Personal scheduling continues to be easy with dates, tasks and meetings displayed right on the main screen. A few visually appealing themes are provided to keep things fresh from time to time; there's even an option to let you switch menu presentation between List, Grid, Horseshoe and V-shaped mode.
The biggest joy about the Nokia 6120 Classic is its HSDPA support, or more commonly referred to as 3.5G. Instantly, you're looking at broadband download speeds for browsing the web and checking your Inbox.
High speed Bluetooth 2.0, which gives the Nokia 6120 Classic fast wireless data transfer and connection with Bluetooth peripherals, is the other wireless connection the device has. A2DP for Bluetooth stereo headsets is supported as well.
There's fun to be had with the Nokia 6120 Classic. The built-in music player plays MP3, M4A, eAAC+ and WMA formats while the integrated radio is always handy – still requires headset to be functional though. Surprisingly, digital audio playback quality was pretty good, almost rivaling the newer batch of Sony Ericsson Walkman phones we reviewed in recent months. Image quality from the 2-megapixel camera was average as expected, but at least it comes with an onboard flash. You'll also find a secondary camera located right beside the LCD for 3G video calls and self portraits. Memory capacity is not an issue, thanks to the microSD slot located at the bottom left that supports up to 2GB in total. Like nearly all of its Series 60 siblings, the Nokia 6120 Classic provides text input by means of a numeric keypad complete with T9 dictionary. Enhancing the whole messaging experience is the tactile feedback of the keys, which is always a plus in our books. Interval between charging was about two days with HSDPA usage kept low.
As mentioned earlier, the Nokia 6120 Classic is a discretely styled smartphone that doesn't scream for attention. Form and functionality are the two words we would use to describe the Nokia 6120 Classic. Without a doubt, it had been a joy to use and hold. Yet, for all that it brings to the table, the Nokia 6120 Classic is very affordable, going for just SGD$518 (~USD$300); it's cheaper when purchased with a plan.
So there you have it, the Nokia 6120 Classic is a smartphone that comes with HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0, advanced PIM capability, a 2-megapixel camera and best of all, a low price tag.