Nokia 3120 classic review: Mid-range fighter

GSMArena team, 24 June 2008.
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Tags: Nokia, S40

Connectivity is good

The Nokia 3120 classic connectivity options are what makes this modest little fella a real treat. The seamless USB connectivity leads the lot. Once the USB cable is plugged, you're prompted to select the connection mode. You can then alternate the modes by only a few key presses. Moreover, Mass storage is available, allowing your phone's memory to be directly accessed from a computer.

As mentioned, the A2DP profile is supported to allow a stereo wireless connection. The rest of the connectivity options include the network support - luckily Nokia 3120 classic supports 3G for fast data transfers, as well as EDGE and GPRS for areas where 3G support is missing. There is no infrared port on the device either, but this is not much of an issue to us.

Finally, the memory card slot, which can sometimes be the most convenient way of transferring data, is also present here. It is somewhat uncomfortably placed under the battery cover but that's only a minor obstacle.

Web browsers

Nokia 3120 classic has an integrated WAP browser, which also manages HTML pages. No significant changes in functionality have been made to the S40 browser since the 3rd edition of the user interface. Therefore you shouldn't be surprised that it is not the best on the market, lacking a lot of the skills of the more advanced alternatives. It still offers decent page rendering and font size customization. When set at the smallest font, up to 11 text lines are displayed.

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The phone's primary web browser isn't our favorite

Luckily, the Nokia 3120 classic is also equipped with an alternative web browser. The Opera Mini is located in the application section and is really the better browsing choice on the 3120 classic. It is far more intuitive and fits text better than the integrated browser. The overall browsing capabilities of Nokia 3120 classic can hardly be compared to the best on the market but it's still a good offering considering the price range.

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Opera Mini web browser

Organizer on the better side

The organizer of Nokia 3120 classic is truly elaborate, offering a large number of time management applications with nice features and user-friendly interface.

The calendar offers month, week, and day modes and five types of events available for setting up. The week can start on Monday, Sunday, or Saturday. The event types are: reminder, meeting, call, birthday and memo. Further, each type of event has its own specific fields and some of them even allow an alarm to be set up as a reminder.

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Calendar month a week view modes setting up an event

Next-in-line is the handy To Do manager that enables you to categorize tasks in three priority levels. Tasks can be alerted of, as well as marked off once accomplished. Those can also be easily synchronized with the calendar application.

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The handy to-do manager

Text notes are available as well - their length is limited to 3000 characters.

The alarm clock is repeatable; it can be set to go off on any weekday and works even when the phone is switched off. You can also customize the snooze time if you wish.

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The alarm is nice but has only a single slot

The other organizing functions available include a voice recorder with a 60-minute limit, stopwatch and a countdown timer.

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Voice recorder, countdown timer and stopwatch are available

Finally, the Nokia 3120 classic calculator offers two versions - basic and advanced. In addition a loan calculator is also available.

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The calculator has a simple and a scientific version, along with a loan calculator

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