The price difference between 2 g and 3 g shrinks each month. Now you don’t have to pay many dollars extra for a mobile phone with video calls as well as high-speed Internet access.
Seven cheap 3 g mobile phones come under the microscope in this month’s supertest. We decided to just test mobiles under $3000, but a search on the Internet showed that all seven handsets in the test actually going to find over 2500 kr although the more expensive shops are slightly higher. Among the producers are mainly familiar names, but also a new brand on the Swedish market-Chinese Huawei.
Telephony and data
Your phone works fine for normal calls, of course, is the a and o-not least for mobile phones in this price range that I imagine are bought mainly with basic functionality in mind compared to more advanced camera, music or e-mail post mobils. The audio quality of mobiles is consistently high. When testing many mobiles are usually always any of them stand out with skorrande sound, bad lurvolym or any other bad habit, but in this lineup is missing real bad apples.
All seven phones have speaker function, but manufacturers have slightly different solutions on how to switch between handset and speaker mode. I like when it says clearly on the phone’s screen where I need to press to turn on the speaker. Then I know that function is available and does not risk to disconnect the call because of the wrong button in any submenu. The Samsung and Nokia handsets are activated the loudspeaker mode with one of the buttons below the screen when a call is active, while Sony Ericsson and Huawei have placed the function to a menu with other options which are relevant when a call is in progress. LG has chosen a third way-a long press on the “C” button, which is clearly marked with a speaker, turn on the feature. Without reading the manual, I would probably rather have guessed that the speaker symbol referring to mute the ringing tone, but can his mobile is Lg solution as good as the other.
Huawei U120 is the only mobile phone with a price tag under 1000 kronor.
With mobile phones from Sony Ericsson and Huawei, it’s easy to record voice calls. The feature is available on the in-call menu and launch your phone’s voice recording software. File format in Sony Ericsson phones are amr-a pretty common format that works well even in my computer. File from Huawei cell phone has extension qcp, and is of a format known as Qualcomm PureVoice. The recorded call sound higher quality in Huawei cell phone, but I had to download a conversion program to be able to play it in your computer.
Huawei can also record video calls to your phone’s memory. It is only the counterpart’s camera image that is recorded, but it is undeniably a fun and quirky feature. Less amusing is that Huawei has only a fixed camera. This means that when you order a video call, you have to either turn off the camera to view the counterparty on the screen or bring the conversation in front of a mirror. LG has also invested in only one camera, but it is possible to twist so that it works well for both photography and video calls. Samsung Z240 and handsets from Nokia and Sony Ericsson all have dual cameras.
Nokia 6288 has a little simpler call lists than the other mobiles. Everything appears in a long list, and it is more difficult to quickly find a number from history compared to other six mobiles that has tabs for incoming, outgoing and missed calls.
When it comes to the messages have any obvious support for sms, mms and email. The differences in how features work is quite small, between the marks, but it is possible to find the occasional pluses and minuses. Samsung Z240, it is easy to switch between different font sizes when you read a message. Maybe you want to zoom in a text booking number when you show up your mobile phone for a myopic ticket inspector on the tram or reduce the font size to accommodate the whole message on the screen.
Nokia 6288 feels plasticky and fragile.
Sony Ericsson both mobiles like Huawei U120 and Nokia 6120 Classic has integrated messages good with phone book and other functions of the phone. It is easy to insert a single number from contacts in a text message, or quickly send messages from the phone book or file manager.
When it comes to data features sticking a mobile out-Nokia 6120 Classic is the only mobile phone with turbo 3 g. All phones can connect to your computer with the usb cable, but Huawei U120 and the Nokia 6120 Classic is alone in using the standard mini-usb connector.
The fight is pretty smooth and you can find both real treasures that fly in the ointment for all seven phones, but Nokia 6120 Classic has good interface for call handling and excels in data category with its hsdpa support. A plus in the edge to Huawei for the ability to record video calls.
Winner: Nokia 6120 Classic
Best screen we find on Nokia 6288. Pixel count is the same as on the Nokia 6120 Classic, but although the 6120 has more colors give the bigger and more bright display at 6288 a better overall impression. Even the screens on both the Sony Ericsson phones look similar on paper. The screen on the Z610i does however have a bit higher brightness and neither must we forget the gorgeous oled screen on the outside of the Z610i. When your phone is closed, it displays information such as the clock, caller ID and battery for a few seconds then disappear behind the mirror effect in an almost magical way.
While Samsung and LG have practical external monitors, but by a more conventional design. The Interior has Samsung and LG TFT screens with the same resolution as the Sony Ericsson phones. Screen on Huawei U120 is not bad-it’s the TFT technology with many colors, but competitors are sharper.
Music player and memory card slot, see the all mobiles. MicroSD is the most common card type-it is to be found in Huawei U120, Samsung Z240, Nokia 6120 Classic, and LG U300. Sony Ericsson uses its own m2-card and Nokia 6288 can accommodate the slightly larger miniSD card. Z610i and K610i have same music player. It is not quite the same class as the Walkman player from the brand’s music phones, but the important features are there and your phone music plays without problem with different bitrate and encoding quality.
Sony Ericsson K610 is one of the mobiles in the test with really great menus.
Sony Ericsson does not send with some musiklurar, but mobiles have support for a2dp and there is a huge range of headset with cord. LG and Samsung are playing the music files without a problem, but mobiles can not play music at the same time as other features are open-something that the other five phones in the test passes. Huawei U120 stops, however, the music when you open your browser. Another problem with U120 is a somewhat limited support for various mp3-qualities. Mobile plays nicely up files with quality 192 kbit/s while music with variable bit rate generates an error message. Huawei has a little higher background noise are other phones in the test, but it is barely audible when listening to music at normal level. With a good pair of headphones connected to the Mobile’s 3.5-mm jacks allow Huawei U120 excellent.
It’s quite a big difference between music pillars of the Nokia 6120 Classic and 6288. The sound quality and the support for different file formats does not distinguish himself, but, 6120 Classic has a better interface with far more options to search for files and playlists. The player in the 6120 Classic is absolutely on a par with more expensive Nokia music phones in N-series.
Mobiles cameras lacks autofocus and has either 1.3 or 2 megapixels. Nokia mobiles is alone in having the photo lights. Image quality varies some between the cameras and the Nokia 6120 Classic gives a slightly better sharpness than the competition and low noise levels. Photos from Nokia 6288 looks to keep about the same class at a first glance, but it zooms into the 6288 has a very aggressive noise reduction.
Samsung Z240 comes with three skins in various colors.
Photos from Nokia mobiles have a light blue tone and the automatic white balance gives warmer colors in mobile phones from Sony Ericsson and Samsung. Samsung’s camera gives the most sharpness “per pixel”, but because it has the 1.3 megapixel vs. 2 megapixel at Sony Ericsson and Nokia, the fifth overall. The camera in the LG U300 occupies the bottom with its pretty blurry pictures. Huawei has problems with so-called chromatic aberration-blue purple shadows in the boundary between bright and dark areas-but the sharpness is good.
Nokia 6120 Classic keep consistently high quality throughout the multimedia area. Sony Ericsson cameras can produce better-looking images under the right lighting conditions, but they lack the photo light.
Winner: Nokia 6120 Classic
Systems and software
How is Huawei managed content compared with the more established brands? Your phone supports java and contains the various helpers that tend to occur. Here is a simple calculator, unit converter, stopwatch, timer, world time, alarm clock with many different alarms to name a few of the programs. Unlike many low-priced phones with 2 g seems not aides may be installed in the form of java programs-the various functions will start without delay and does what you would expect.
Pretty much the same features we find in phones from Samsung and LG-but with much nicer interfaces. LG U300 feels more powerful than Samsung Z240 and switches faster between various menus and functions. LG cell phone is adapted to the operator Three and comes with software that 3Player and MSN Messenger. Nokia 6288 feels a bit old compared to 6120 Classic and handsets from Sony Ericsson. System in Nokia 6288 is the third release of the Series 40 and layup with long lists of all the menus instead of tabs or icons in multiple columns take longer to find the right in. 6288 is quite slow with delays up to second when opening the sms Inbox or start some programs. Aides are, however, high class-for example, the counter is a little more advanced features such as trigonometry and square roots.
LG U300 has a camera that can rotate 180 degrees.
The contents of Sony Ericsson Z610i and K610i is virtually identical. Sony Ericsson’s mobile phones are better than competitors to display Web pages using standard html and has a very good rss reader which you will find addresses of news feeds from hidden links on regular Web pages. Other typical Sony Ericsson features such as the ability to remotely control a computer over bluetooth, of course, there are also in mobiles.
Nokia 6120 Classic is the only smartphone. The cell phone has version 3.1 of Nokia’s Series 60 interface and can run both java-like Symbianprogram. The pre-installed applications in 6120 Classic, however, is a bit of a disappointment. The browser “Mini Map” is good, but the calculator is simpler than that of Nokia 6288 and rss reader does not make use of the possibilities of the format as good as Sony Ericsson’s solution which presents rss news in the form of messages.
Sony Ericsson Z610 has a great looking oled screen on the top.
Right out of the box has the Sony Ericsson mobiles a more attractive contents than the Nokia 6120 Classic, but the better screen and Series 60 system allows Nokia mobile has potential for more advanced programs.
Winner: Sony Ericsson Z610i and K610i
User experience and quality
Nokia both phones placed in each end of the grading scale. 6120 Classic feels solid, although the shiny, black plastic back easily gets sticky fingerprints. However, 6288 gives a clumsy appearance and cell phone hums like a cheap plastic toy when dealing with it. Slide mechanism is also weak compared with Samsung’s sliding models or Nokia’s own N80. The old Series 40 layup in 6288 nor contributes to raising the overall impression when using your phone, although some parts, like the screen and speakers, is really good.
6120 Classic with the latest Series 60 version is, however, a pleasant acquaintance. The mobile phone is fast and everything works fine, even if the pre-installed applications not holding the same class as Sony Ericsson. Key findings has all of the manufacturers have succeeded well with. Samsung has very smooth buttons, but thin lines allows you to find the right without any problems.
Huawei U120 is well built and in design you can recognize elements from both Sony Ericsson and Nokia, and Samsung. The matte plastic shell gives a rugged impression. Huawei’s menus and settings is very Spartan and the icons in the submenus are small and difficult to interpret. It feels unnecessary technical with long lists of menu items with blocky font, however, you can quickly find the right if you know exactly what you are looking for. Sony Ericsson mobiles are much easier to get started with thanks to clear guides. Although Nokia has invested in guides, for example, there is the opportunity to get help with a little more complicated functions such as installing e-mail.
Nokia 6120 Classic is the most expensive but also best in the test.
The foldable mobile phones from Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson have good hinges without play and with the right amount of resistance in the mechanism. LG Mobile’s tvålartade form makes it difficult to open the phone with just one hand and there is a further detail of LG U300 not directly user friendly-memory card is hidden under the battery. Samsung Z240 is outwardly the most successful foldable cell phone. The materials have high finish and you can change the color of the cell phone thanks to the supplied replacement covers. Sony Ericsson’s shiny Z610i in-house for, but your phone feels slightly plasticky in comparison with Samsung Z240 or K610i-to compare with test other Sony Ericsson mobile.
Winner: Sony Ericsson K610i and Nokia 6120 Classic
Winner: Nokia 6120 Classic
Nokia has managed to deliver an unusual combination-current technology in the form of hsdpa and a low price. Nokia 6120 Classic can handle most things with its fast data connection and smartphone operating system. As music phone works 6120 Classic really well, but just as with the other six mobiles in the test has the snålats with camera performance. The possibilities with a megapixel camera but auto focus is rather limited, although the photo light and good sharpness makes 6120 delivers the best pictures. Nokia 6120 Classic is a good choice if you prioritize quick email and mobile surfing and appreciate the possibilities of installing applications in your phone.