The 6126 has a 1.3-megapixel camera that takes pictures in six resolutions: 1,024x1,280, 960x1,290, 600x800, 480x640, 240x320, and 120x160. You get a variety of camera settings including three quality modes, six color effects, a 10-second self timer, a sequence mode for shooting three photos in rapid successions and an 8X zoom. The only thing missing is a brightness setting, but we're willing to overlook that omission. The camcorder shoots 3GPP videos in one resolution (176x144) with sound. The default mode lasts just 6 seconds, but you can also shoot longer clips, depending on the available memory. Image quality was just above average for a 1.3-megapixel camera phone. Colors and subject outlines were distinct, but images weren't very bright, and smaller objects tended toward fuzziness. Video clips were fine--a bit grainy, as expected, but suitable for short clips. Besides saving photos to the phone, you can also send them via Bluetooth or a multimedia message or use the USB cable to transfer them to a computer or a compatible printer with Nokia's XpressPrint service.
If you tire of taking shots, you can use the 6126 to listen to tunes. Inside, there's a digital music player that supports files in MP3, MP4, AAC, and WMA formats. The interface is rudimentary, though its easy to understand and use. Options include Random and Repeat modes, an equalizer, stereo widening, and an Airplane mode. Also, you can minimize the player's interface or use it with the phone closed. Internal memory is limited to 10MB of shared space. As a result, we suggest using the MicroSD card slot, which can accommodate cards up to 2GB. The only thing remaining on our wish list is an FM radio.
You can personalize the 6126 with a variety of color themes, wallpapers, screen savers, and alert sounds. If you want more options you can download them via the WAP 2.0 wireless browser. You can always get more ring tones as well and use MP3 files to identify callers. The 6126 supports Macromedia Flash Lite 1.1 and Adobe Flash Player. Two Java (J2ME) games are also included (Snake 3 and 3D Soccer).
We tested the quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900; EDGE) Nokia 6126 in San Francisco using Cingular's service. Call quality was quite good with admirable clarity and volume. We had no trouble getting a signal and encountered little interference from other devices. Callers reported good conditions overall on their end, even in noisy environments. Our only real complaint was that voices sounded a little harsh at times. Speakerphone calls were loud enough, though voices sounded a bit muffled on our end. Likewise, callers had more trouble hearing us, but they didn't report significant problems. We successfully paired the 6126 with the Plantronics Explorer 320 headset and found decent call quality there, as well.
Music quality over the sole speaker was nothing special. Tracks were tinny and somewhat distorted, especially at higher volumes. By all means use a stereo headset.
The 6126 has a rated talk time of 3.4 hours and a promised standby time of 10 days. Our tests showed a talk time of 3 hours, 47 minutes.