Nokia 6124 Classic review: Nokia 6124 Classic

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Price; small profile and weight; supplied software; 3G HSDPA; signal strength.

The Bad The 2.5mm port; it heats up too much; keypad build quality; 2-megapixel camera.

The Bottom Line Considering the low price, the Vodafone 6124 Classic provides more than enough features to satisfy those on a tight budget. But there were certain things we couldn't ignore, such as a noticeable build-up of additional heat that emanated from the casing, build quality issues and less-than-perfect battery life -- all of which made it feel as budget as it is

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Not everyone can justify having an expensive smart phone if they do little in the way of emailing, Web browsing or calling, which is why the pay-as-you-go Nokia 6124 Classic can easily be included for consideration. For £100 it provides 3G HSDPA support, a 2-megapixel camera with flash, a wealth of utilities and clear call quality exclusively through Vodafone. But on further examination you can see where costs have been cut and where problems arise.

Positives
The 6124's casing is stylish with a black finish and a small profile, and it's easy to access its microSD slot. It contains a standard mini-USB port for PC connectivity and weighs only 89g, which makes it easier to hold for one-handed typing. Despite its 51mm (2-inch) display, the screen remains vibrant and the home screen features Vodafone's customised background alongside standard Nokia shortcuts.

Navigating through the menus reveals a wealth of extra utilities and games to supplement the standard Symbian suite. So you have access to Google maps, eBay, visual radio, Vodafone's Music Station for downloading music tracks or Vodafone's Mobile TV service (both require subscriptions and the TV service would use heavy amounts of data).

The music player also seems to sport features which are normally available on more expensive products such as the N73 Music edition. You have support for album art, stereo widening and a graphic equaliser, and what's more, sound quality from the internal speaker is good. With the supplied 1GB microSD card there's also plenty of storage to get you started.

General performance is more than acceptable (only the odd game started to drag a little bit) and even though it doesn't provide GPS or Wi-Fi access, the 6124 does have 3G HSDPA support alongside strong signal strength, which helped to provide clear call quality during our tests.

Negatives
Its 51mm screen may be vibrant but it does make it more of a challenge when trying to view Web pages, movies or text. And while not a disaster, we would have preferred a 3.5mm headphone port as opposed to a 2.5mm one.

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Nokia 6124 Classic

Part Number: CNETNokia 6124 Classic

Typical Price: £100.00

See manufacturer website for availability.