Review: Nokia 6126
You are alerted to incoming messages, first by a dialog on the external screen, and then by a second dialog on the main screen giving you the option to view the full message and act on it or just ignore it. Messages displayed in the inbox are stored in the phone's memory, which leaves plenty of space for many SMS.
Composing a new message is still as simple as clicking left on the D-pad from the home screen. The new message dialog is as simple as the new contact one, with two fields to address and compose the message. The address field is selected first, which is quickly becoming a new standard, and not necessarily one we prefer ourselves. You can enter in a phone number or press select to go to a menu of different contact lists: recently texted, recently called, all contacts, etc. Writing the text itself is clear and easy, as the T9 works quickly and a majority of the screen is dedicated to the text field.
The MMS composer uses the same field entry type dialog and is one of the friendlier ones we've seen from any manufacturer.