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Nokia 6126 is the US version of the 6131 and what I have is the 6126 (1) . I have this phone for over a year now and I should say that it has served me well. I never had any problem with it like the battery going dead, dropped calls or poor signal. This phone did not cost me anything as it comes with my AT&T plan. And based on my experience with cellphones, I chose Nokia because I find their phones intuitive and user friendly. The other brands that I tried included Motorola and Siemens which I find less organized. What I like about Nokia is that it is ubiquitous like bacteria :) Once I was in a conference and my friend from Germany left his charger in his home country and we had to share chargers.
*Look and Feel
This phone is of the clam shell or folded type design which is common here in the U.S. It comes in black color with silver linings on the sides. The plastic is somewhat rubbery making it easy and not slippery to handle. The back battery cover is made rough to cause friction so if you put your phone on a smooth surface it doesn't slide easily. There is a button on the hinge that I find very convenient. One push of this button snaps open the phone. The volume controls are located at the left side and is very accessible. The other side has the power switch and the camera button shortcut. With this shortcut I can easily snap pictures with out even opening the phone as long as the keys are not locked.
The phone comes with two displays. The main display is quite huge and measures at 2.2 while the small display which you can see when the phone is closed measures 1.36 inches (at the back of the main display). When the phone is folded, you can use the small display to take pictures of yourself or you and your friends as the camera is looking at the same direction as with this display. This is very convenient. This screen is also very bright in fact you can use it as a flashlight. ( A torch in British :))
This phone is not small and is not big either but some people would consider this as bulky. I don't because it fits pretty well in my pocket. It has the standard Nokia navigation button and shortcuts that I am familiar with and the keys is not too small or big. The keys are not bulging and pressing it is very easy. They are not over sensitive and feels just right.
I have no complains with the voice quality of this phone. I always get crisp and clear sounds from almost all my calls. I cannot really pinpoint why this is. Maybe perhaps it is Nokia or my carrier which is AT&T has good coverage here in New England. I cannot say the same thing for T-mobile as my friends sometimes get dropped calls. Or is it because my phone is Quad Band. I can't really tell and all I can say is that I am more than satisfied with the voice quality of this phone and the coverage of AT&T. (Not to mention I get free calls to my other AT&T subscribed friends)
This phone comes with a 1.3 Megapixel camera. This is not really the best camera phone but one thing that I like about this is that it has a night mode. I can still use the camera in low light. During the day, the picture quality is acceptable. You can also capture videos with this phone and it stores it in 176 x 144 3GP format. However, I must warn you that this comes only with a 10 MB internal memory so you can only store so much pics and videos. You can get around this limitation by purchasing a Micro SD card but having this card makes your phone a bit slower in accessing the pics , movies and music.
And yes, the phone can play WMA , AAC and MP3 files and it comes with a polyphonic speaker so you can listen to music and you have the option to buy an earphone accessory. But I don't use this feature really. It has all the standard alarm clocks, games, calendar, email etc... that you find in Nokia. I also bought from ebay the cable (6USD) where you can connect this phone to your PC via USB. I don't recommend this because it is too cumbersome to synchronize this phone with my MS Outlook. What I do is just get the Micro SD and plug it to the USB and transfer files from there.
Bluetooth is somewhat of a fad lately and I can see people walking around with bluetooth in their ears which I find weird. I seldom see them with this bluetooth device talking to someone on the phone and they look like they are talking to themselves. This phone too comes with bluetooth connectivity if you are looking for that.
Battery life is ok as it is rated for 10 days in standby and approximately 4 hrs of talk time.
This is a very good and sturdy phone that can handle quite an abuse. I think mine has fallen many times yet it still works fine. Camera is only 1.3 MP but you won't really be taking pictures with this phone. What is important is that voice quality is very good and reception never fails. This is not a smartphone but it is a very good mobile phone.
(0)This review is also posted by the same author at ciao us with url: http://www.ciao.com/Nokia_6126__Review_10140119
(1)According to this website "http://www.mobiletracker.net/archives/2006/04/05/nokia-6126" the Nokia 6126 is the US version of the 6131