Nokia 6126 Review: Simplicity at its Best

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The Nokia 6126 has been around for quite a long time. It was released back in early 2006. The design is based on the popular flip phone form factor. The Nokia 6126 is a phone that is easy to carry around and to handle.

This Nokia phone does not come with any extra baggage or complications attached to it. This is a phone that makes simplicity the hallmark of its existence. This phone does not promise much and does not pretend to be what it is not.

If you are into the sharing of videos and images online or playing the latest mobile games then certainly this phone is not for you. If simplicity appeals to you then you are most likely on the right track.

Design (3 out of 5)

We start off by looking at the design of the Nokia 6126, which in my opinion has a lot going for it compared to other areas of the phone. This Nokia phone gives you a selection of four colors which are black, white, red and sand. It measures 3.62 x 1.85 x 0.78 inches (92 x 48 x 20 millimeters) and weighs in at about 3.95 ounces (112 grams).

There is an external display on the back side of the top flip as well as another primary display on the opposite side of this flip that measures 2.2 inches. Above the primary display you will find the ear piece.

On the bottom half of the phone there is the alphanumeric keypad and the soft-key panel which houses two soft-keys. It also houses the five-way scroll key, the red call cancel button and the green call begin button.

The left side of the Nokia 6126 is fitted with the volume up and volume down buttons. The right side of this phone houses the dedicated camera button and the slot for the microSD external memory card.

The back of the Nokia 6126 has got the battery compartment with the SIM card housing situated under the battery bed. Above the battery compartment is the camera.

The bottom of this Nokia phone has the socket for plugging in the battery charger and the USB Pop-Port right next to it.

User Interface (1 out of 5)

To make or accept a call on the Nokia 6126 you simply press the green call begin button which presents you with options for accessing numbers from your contacts in the address book. To end or reject a call you simply press the red call end button. You can make a direct call by punching in the number in the alphanumeric key pad.

There is a dedicated menu button that gives you access to the applications menu. You can use the perimeter buttons of the Five-way scroll to move in the desired direction and highlight the required application.

You can input text such as for text messaging using the alphanumeric keypad in text mode. This mode appears automatically when text rather than digits is desired.

By accessing the settings functionality, you can easily change the wallpaper on your Nokia 6126 by following the instructions given.

The Symbian software running on this phone is pretty dated and limited.

Features (1 out of 5)

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The Nokia 6126 is a Quad band phone that comes with a primary display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. There is a second 256K color external display on the Nokia 6126 capable of 128 x 160 pixels.

There is a music player on the Nokia 6126 that supports playback of MP3, MP4 and AAC audio formats. Despite this there is no option for wired headsets so music has to be listened to using either the external speaker or using Bluetooth headphones.

Internal memory is limited to 10 MB with space available for a maximum of 1,000 entries in the address book. Fortunately external microSD card memory is supported on this device.

As for connectivity on the Nokia 6126, the options available are GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth and USB. There is a 1.3 megapixel camera with video support and a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels on still images.

Performance (2 out of 5)

The Nokia 6126 will give you a maximum of three and a half hours of talk time and a total of 240 hours of stand-by time. The call connectivity on this phone is quite good and so is the voice call quality, but unfortunately I cannot say the same for the sound quality on the external speaker.

The camera on this Nokia phone also leaves a lot to be desired. The pictures are generally poor quality and are quite grainy. The situation gets worse in areas that are poorly lit.

Other than these pitfalls the Nokia 6126 is quite responsive and you will probably not experience any freezing or lagging on this device.

Verdict (2 out of 5)

The Nokia 6126 is an okay phone as long as you recognize that you just need a phone and that is about it. This phone is not the one you want to use as an MP3 player as the lack of wired headphones will seriously affect your enjoyment.

You will not want to use this phone as your primary camera either. As for basic telephony and text messaging, the Nokia 6126 gets a thumbs up. I would say this phone is not for everybody but it would prove itself useful for people who just need a good phone for general purpose use.