Nokia 6120 Classic Review
Like every modern phone, 6120 has a built-in digital camera with resolution of 2 mega-pixels and a small photoflash LED. It is started 3 seconds after pressing its shortcut when the whole screen turns into a horizontal interface. We were surprised that although the phone operates on Symbian 9.2, this interface is not like those of N95 and N76, but is much simplified. In this way Nokia want to show that the phone is not of the multimedia series, without intentionally reducing the quality of the camera images.
There are several modes in the Options menu: Video, Panorama, Night, Sequence, Self-Timer(10/20/30sec). You can use the settings to adjust the White Balance, Color filter and the photoflash (on/off/auto) and the resolution and compression of the photos taken.
Two seconds after pressing the shutter button, the photo shows on the display and after pressing the button again you can make a new photo after another 1.5 – 2 seconds. 4 seconds between two photos is good time, allowing you to take lots of pictures.
The photos quality is acceptable in strong light bearing in mind that the phone is not trying to replace a pocket camera. The White Balance is a problem, because of which most photos are with yellowish tint and unreal colors and almost all of them, if viewed at full size (100%), have lots of dots next to one another as ‘spots’. With weaker lighting and shooting at closer objects, the LED provides light but the colors are highly greenish and the noise is so much that it covers all.
The Panorama regime offers an easy to use software showing by a gray/red arrow whether you have to move closer of away to/from the previous photo when taking the second one, to put together the panorama. Unfortunately, it is limited to two photos only and we would like to be able to take at least 3 or even 4-5 in the best case. Yet there is no point in using the panorama since the end result is a photo of a size much smaller than 2 megapixels.
You can also shoot a video with maximum resolution of QVGA 320х240 and up to 15 frames per second, which is less than the necessary 24, but is still usable. Compression decreases quality but the videos can still be viewed on a computer.
You can view photos from the memory in the gallery where the files are visualized as a vertical list with small thumbnails. The 3D gallery of the N-series phones is missing here, too, like in E65. The video-clips are viewed in a RealPlayer which has a fullscreen option. In our test we used QVGA videos in MPEG4 H.263 and were surprised to see that they were chopped up as if streamed from slow-connection Internet. The same videos can be viewed without problems on E65 whose processor is much slower (220 instead of 369 MHz). Our attempt at opening a H.264 video resulted in what we had expected – only the sound was heard.
The music player is not the one we know from the N-series phones with Symbian 9.2 either, but is quite similar. In the Now Playing interface you can navigate the directions of the d-pad, while information on the played track is visualized below. An album cover image is visualised, if there is one attached to the music file. You have 4 equalizers, bass boost, reverb and stereo widening.
You can sort your music by Artists/Albums/Genres/Composers, as well as by Track lists, including most played tracks, Recent tracks, Recent additions.
The sound quality through the speaker is acceptable, but the volume is weak even in maximum position. You might miss a call if you use music as ringtone and fail to feel the vibration. You have to connect stereo earpieces if you want to listen to louder music with higher quality. You will need them to turn on the radio, too, because they will act as aerial. You can save up to 50 stations with names.
Nokia 6120 classic has about 35 MB of free memory which can be increased by several GB by a microSD card. The phone has 64 MB RAM but after the system is loaded, about 20 MB remain for the user.
Preloaded you have a QuickOffice to view Word/Excel/Powerpoint files, and to be able to edit them you will have to order a full version (Quickoffice v3 (activate editing) full license for EUR9.79 or 30-day license for EUR2.26 or Quickoffice Premier (v4 upgrade + editing) full license for EUR15.06). The inconvenience with Quickoffice is that it opens files saved only in the Documents folders of the memory of the phone and the card. Still, if you reach a file through the file browser and select it, it will be opened by the program. A complex Excel file is visualized OK and scrolling in it is easy, too. We only had a problem with a PowerPoint file where not all images were visualized properly.
Adobe PDF takes care for viewing of the pdf documents in your phone’s memory. Like with the office applications, we loaded a 50 pages document (and over 1 MB) and scrolled through it without any problems.
You also have 3 games: Marble, where you have to fit balls of the same color so that they destroy one another, City Bloxx, which is on a similar principle (putting blocks one on top the other) and Highroller Casino, including Hold’em Poker (tournament), 5 card drawn, Video poker and Blackjack. We liked all three games and find them very suitable to make good use of one’s free time.