Nokia 6020

Suave and sophisticated are just two of the words that come to mind when you pop your peepers on Nokia’s 6020 handset for the first time. That subtle gunmetal keypad, silver detailing and brushed-aluminium effect surround is more adult and elegantly understated than any other handset we’ve laid eyes on of late. Unfortunately it’s still made of the same old plastic but it looks a lot more expensive than the £100 to £130 price that you can pick it up for, SIM-free, online.

Released in early 2005, it’s got the hardware to back up those steely good looks, too, but it’s clear that some corners have been cut. The most noticeable is the screen, which at just 128 x 128 pixels, is particularly miserly. With 65,536 colours on offer – the N-Gage QD has just over 4,000 in comparison – it’s a strange card to play. The screen size has, seemingly, caused the designers to skimp on other aspects of the phone’s design, too. The camera is able to capture colours and tone brilliantly but again it’s only VGA (640 x 480 pixels) in resolution, which is around a third of a megapixel.

But we are getting a little pernickety here – this is a handset that’s on the lower rungs of the price ladder and it’s hard to get too frustrated with anything the 6020 does because its charm and looks are so darn beguiling. The usual multimedia toys are on offer (photo and video recording but no MP3 playback) and the only area in which the 6020 suffers is in regard to games. The small screen means that you’re limited in what games you can run and any thought of 3D titles like Super Real Tennis can go straight out the window. But if you want to be more grown-up and games aren’t quite your thing anymore, this is a tempting option.

Nokia 6020

It's better suited to work than play but it's a fine mid-range handset nontheless