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Review: Nokia 6126

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The time is always displayed in the upper right hand corner of the internal display, except when certain applications are in full screen mode. When using the phone it is easy to quickly glance up and check the time.

The time is displayed on the external display when it is active. After the phone has been shut for a short while, a screensaver will take over hiding the time and eventually the display will shut off altogether. Once this happens a press on either volume key will activate the display but not the backlight, which is fine for checking the time outdoors. A quick press of the power key will activate the display and the backlight, allowing you to check the time in the dark.


Pairing the 6126 with any Bluetooth device from a computer to a headset was very easy. Once paired, the phone easily sent files or even acted as a modem with our laptop. Unfortunately getting the 6126 to work with our headset took more work. The two were paired easily, and the pairing process even let us select options like connecting automatically every time our headset was in range - a nice bonus for those with Bluetooth enabled cars. But the automatic connection does not work immediately after the two are paired. You have turn the phone's Bluetooth off and on again, then everything works well. Once the headset was connected, all sound was sent to it (though the phone itself also rang for calls), this allowed us to listen to the music player in an crackly AM radio mono even though the phone does not support A2DP.

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On JBenchmark's MIDP 1.0 battery, the 6126 scored 1882. This is a respectable showing - in the top 25% of all phones. Its MIDP 2 score of 226 was more impressive, both when compared to other brands and especially compared to past Series 40 phones we've tested. The 3D scores were 133 for high quality graphics and 262 for low quality. This is one of the most impressive performances for any 2G phone on the market; most 3G phones score better, however.


The 6126 has a new simplified alarm clock (all you do is set the time) which will sound even if the phone is turned off. There are calendar, to-do and notes applications in the organizer, and a calculator and other neat things like a translator in the Apps collection. There is also a music player, which will scan the memory card or the phone for any music files and put them in a track list. The player can work in the background, allowing you to listen to music while doing other things. Unfortunately it does not allow you to sort the tracks by ID3 tags or any other information at all.

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