Saturday, August 05, 2006

Nokia 3120

The Nokia 3120 seems to me to be partly the basis on which the Nokia 2126, though a more basic, CDMA phone, was designed, at least as far as many of the user interface elements go. But, this little though aside, the review of a phone that's worth a good bit more than a Nokia 6010, at least in my opinion, if you don't need quite as good reception...

You see, for some odd reason the Nokia 3120 (or rather 3120b) doesn't cope as well with low reception. It usually turns to no reception, and it takes a bit of prodding to get the signal back. But this aside, I have nothing but good things to say about this phone.

First off, it's small. And the great as usual Nokia design makes it appear even smaller, at least in my opinion. Which means it will get lost in your pocket if you want it to.

But despite this small size it has reasonable battery life and pretty good reception. Voice quality is good too.

The user interface is nice and gleare, just like you'd expect from a Nokia. And in this iteration the menu icons, which can be traded for a 3x3 grid (though it won't display all the choices in one screen) if you want, are bright and simple, which is a neat touch. You can also take your pick between monophonic ringtones (yes, there are a few of those!) and some well-crafted polyphonic tones. Also a neat touch.

All this on a portrait-orientation (!) screen. And it's hi-res too. So you can get seven or so lines of a webpage or text message onto the screen at one time.

One little beef I have with the phone is that the keypad seems not to be firm. But if it were the keypad would be nice, and as it is it's very useable. There's even a 4-way D-pad!

That's about all I have to say about this phone. If anyone has any more questions, please comment on this post and I'll see if I can get them answered. Sorry for not putting up much stuff recently but now I should be able to do a little more.

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