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I love cars, especially Hypercars. To make a fast Hyper car (Beyond the Lamborghini Gallardo and the Ferrari 458) we are talking about Mercedes SLS AMG"S and Porsche Carrara GT'S) it needs to be light and stylish. Carbon Fibre is often in the making therefore, but it is expensive (up to 3 times the amount than steel) but it is allot lighter, and therefore makes the car able to travel at higher speeds. Why then did Nokia, a Finnish mobile phone maker, build a phone with few features, yet in a Carbon Fibre, polished glass and polished Titanium body which makes this double the price (and then some more) of the iconic Apple iPhone??? To find out- I bought one on Ebay to which I shall sell latter and sell for a profit.
Range of Features; This is totally irrelevant to this mobile phone as you shall find out as I did! 2005 was the year that Android nor did the Apple iPhone even exist- it was a time period when "Brick" Nokia's and the Motorola Razr were the most common phones on the market at the time. Smartphone's such as my LG Optimus 2X with it's 8 MP camera etc did not exist. Instead you would get a VGA quality camera (0.31MP) on the Razr. For the 2005 Nokia Carbon Arte then, this phone was advanced with it's 3.2 MP camera and VGA quality face calling Camera. (A camera you would find on today's middle spec phones) The 3.2 MP Zoom Camera today still takes surprisingly good shots for a fairly old phone! True though, that the camera is useless in the Dark as it has no flash. Other features such as the calculator, bluetooth, a relatively speedy 3G web browser are there however. 3G being advanced for it's time! Other things such as an Alarm clock (very useful as it is very loud!) and email and SMS messaging are also included. The phone offers an impressive (for the time) 4GB of internal memory, which sadly cannot be expanded- which is not a real problem as there are very few applications on the phone! Strangely you have to charge this phone through a computer (in a very flashy docking station!) One feature I particularly like on this phone is the tapping on the touchpad- to bring up a clock (which also includes a World clock function)
Things I dislike; The most irritating feature I find on this phone is the loud noise it makes when you slide the phone upwards and downwards for the keypad. As mentioned I am not a fan of the keyboard too!
Call Quality; To answer the phone all is needed is to slide the phone upwards or to click the left click pad on the phone. To end the call you simply click the right side of the click pad. The call quality on this phone is very good. It is very clear and crisp. The speaker phone is also loud and is clear (when the signal is good.) I did find that this phone is pretty good at cancelling noise out too. On the other side of the phone call, I have had compliments that my voice is very clear and crisp while using this phone- if not as clear as my LG Optimus 2X Smartphone, as expected seeing as the LG is much more modern!
Battery; This phone is a very simplistic phone in an ironic way (which I will explain latter.) It therefore has a very good battery life. It offers in my experience around 295 hours battery standby time and 4 hours talk time- which is good for me, as I really don't spend long when talking on a phone- I therefore get around 2-3 days after a full charge.
Durability and Robustness; Carbon Fibre and Titanium and the scratch and fingerprint resistant glass on the Nokia Carbon Arte are all very hard wearing I have found. I have a case with mine, and have found it overall very resistant to scratches (a good thing too for the price!) I shudder to think however, if I was to drop this phone, as i am sure this phone would easily scuff on the floor! In appearance however this phone is extremely well built.
Ease Of Use and the Instruction Manual; This phone is a simplistic (feature wise) phone, it is therefore easy to use. I do however find the keyboard a little stiff and perhaps a little hard to read in bright light. The keyboard is however easy to see in low light as the keyboard is illuminated, looking very attractive. It also has a range of short cuts. Pressing the up button on the click pad will (very quickly) open the camera clicking on the right will open the Calendar and Organiser (which I have found very useful as I am sure Business users would.) The 1.8" OLED display is very clear and easy to see, even in bright light (unlike the keypad.) The Menu's and setting functions are simple to use too, as there are not many options on the phone. There are many functions on the phone- An example of this is, to turn on silent mode you have to hold the power button and then opt for "meeting" mood, therefore turning on silent. You can also access the general option list when holding down the power button, located at the top of the Nokia. It can can also control Volume for messaging and calls for example. I did find the instruction manuel useless because as with all manuals it was to small for me to see!
Look and Design; This really is the Irony of the phone, though the actual phone features are all simplistic, the design and quality is anything but. This phone is a very expensive and beautiful phone. The craftsmanship is superb, with the contrast of polished glass, titanium and glass covered Carbon fibre in it's compact body. This phone is easily the most eye catching and possibly to the naked eye at least more desirable than the Apple iPhone we use now days! The phone is also relatively light at 150 grams including the battery, making it even more desirable. It is actually said that this phone is crafted by supercar makers, probably explaining the excellence of the design! I like the way the keyboard is covered as this phone is a slider phone, it makes the phone seem more curved and more smooth. Even my 9 year old appreciates the craftsmanship of this phone, saying he likes the "Shiny silver design reminding me of platinum."
Value For Money; You are missing the point completely if you feel this phone is way overpriced at £900. The point of this phone is not for it's features, it is too show the world that you are successful in business and in life. I can say that it very much achieves this! It looks fantastic and superbly crafted. True it misses out on certain features like a QWERTY Keyboard, but it so makes up for this in design!.
WARNING Before purchasing one of these phones, please check with the Nokia Company to determine the phones geniality using the IME number, as there are many cheap Chinese copy's of these phones!!!
Thank you for reading, this review has been published on Ciao by me (jjcross)
The Nokia 8800 I have no doubt is overpriced for what it can do in terms of its technology but if you haven't already seen a picture of the 8800, that's not the point. It was designed to look good and carry on looking good for a long time to come. The stainless steel shell is made too a high quality and feels weighty in your hand. The phone slides up on tiny ball bearings inside so it flicks up to sound of metal hitting metal. It is a piece of technology that is never going to beat even your average phone in terms of what it can do but it's styling is timeless.
The problems begin when you flick up the phone and get started. Of course the keypad looks good but that's the problem here. They made the keys smaller and put them closer together so texting and dealing numbers or indeed anything that involves the keypad can be a source of frustration. The navigating bar doesn't have this problem though because it is flat unlike the keys.
The features on this phone are much like many from its time with a crap camera, a couple of bad games and Bluetooth. It does have a music player but even when music on your phone was not very accessible it was worse than average. The camera is a 1.2 megapixel typical of phones around this time. I only ever took two photos and they were difficult to see even on the tiny screen.
The screen is good and bright for its time if a bit on the small side, again I think this is a result of style being chosen over functionality. It is a reliable phone though and that's party nokias good track record for reliable phones but also the tough exterior of the phone.
If you want a phone that is going to be a sat nav, play your music and play fruit ninja on don't get this phone. But if you want a phone that looks good and is going to continue looking good for sometime to come this is it. I would compare this phone to buying an Aston Martin DB5. You can get much better performance from a car at a lower price today but I would still go for the Austin for the looks.
Now quite an old phone, but I do still use mine as a spare - simply because it is just a phone.... By that I mean that while it is sleek and stylish - it does not have any fiddly bits, although I must admit texting and saving numbers can be a nightmare.
I used it when I want a phone which I can just talk on - and because I was getting sick of all the additional features being offered on other handsets at the time.
I do believe it is timeless, because there is very little by way of technology - it is simply a phone! Having said that, keep a charger close by because even with my heavy-duty battery and the spares with me, I find that the battery will die almost suddenly (hence why it is my spare handset!) - making it is unreliable if you need to be on the phone for any length of time, away from a power socket!
The Nokia 8800 phone is worth a small fortune and it certainly looks the price! Its design is chic, sleek and stylish. The phone simply radiates luxury and elegance. The timeless design, has more than once, made me a proud owner of it, as I walk down the streets, flashing the silver lid in the sunshine.
The phone itself is made up of top materials - with reinforced glass and stainless steel. However, despite the phone being made to be durable, scratches on the phone are VERY obvious. Warning: be extremely careful and delicate. If you are known to be quite a rough person, I would advise to choose another phone.
Also, for all you technology-fanatics out there, well, this phone is not really for you. There isn't anything technologically exciting about this phone at all. The basic modern phone capabilities only, nothing refreshing and exciting.
The phone itself was, in my opinion, very heavy. For such a small phone, it was quite heavy and when I put it in my pants' pocket, I swear I lean towards the side.
The phone's volume was also aggravating. The volume was incredibly soft. I couldn't hear the other person in my phone calls. The clarity is awful.
Other issues I had had with the phone include the miniature keypad. It was painfully small. When I had first used it, I constantly clicked two buttons at the same time - there's nothing like unintentionally clicking two buttons at the same time to make you feel fat. I eventually got used to the pad and started using my fingertips but that wasn't exactly ideal. The keypad, even though stylish, was way too small.
Also, just a reminder: should you do buy the phone, the clear button is not where you usually find it. At first, I kept using the back button instead of the clear button causing me to have to rewrite many of my messages. Nokia, not so user friendly after all.
The phone comes with a charging base and 2 batteries. The charging base was made of stainless steel with a glowing LED bottom. The sheer care in design of the charger is amazing. I love how the phone compliments the charger. The phone runs out of battery quite quickly and trust me, the two batteries are necessary!
8xxx series has always been, prestigious, of luxury and of course, exclusive. You won't see many people walking around with this phone. 8800 is now few years old, as 8800 Sirocco succeeded a year later, and now 8800 Arte. However, this phone still does have that 'timless design' looks. This phone is delicate, made of stainless steel and immaculate construction, it will fit perfectly in hand. Perhaps alittle too heavy, but manageable. The screen is small, display not so great, as it's even possible to see the pixels. But have no fear, this phone isn't about having the greatest features. The camera produces 600 x 800 pics, of below average quality. The keypad maybe difficult to use, as some keys go into the casing. But people will stare at you for having this phone, it will be noticed. Do not drop it, the stainless casing is prone to scratches, dents and scuffs. Not an everyday-ordinary phone for all.
i just bought this nokia 8800 on pay as you go from ebay for £235 and i am very happy with my product.
i believe that this is the best product on the mobile phone market because of its:
however the phone is easily breakable and easily scratchable as i have just fitted a gold plated cover which i also got from ebay at the cost of £65
i am told by others that this phone is not reliable and has a lot of problems further into its usage, although i havnt had one problem yet and i recommend this nokia 8800 to anyone willing to spend £200 - £350 on a mobile phone.
thanks for all your ratings and comments
come on england!!
The Nokia 8800 is exclusivity and style personated The looks of the 8800 are absolutelty unique. Where else would you get a sliding keypad cover made from stainless steel which is laser-cut for precision? The cover is engineered to be strong and to protect the phone. The screen is also built to last, being made from reinforced scratch-resistant glass, so the money you spend will be well protected. The keypad isn't the easiest to use, but it's OK. The phone is quite heavy, but feels like a Harley to hold. The overall impression of the phone- Hey, this is aristrocratic first class.
The 8800 has an exclusive user interface with its own styles, themes and ringtones. The ringtones were composed for the 8800 especially by the composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Moving on from the look and feel of the phone, the 8800 isn't the best-specified phone around, especially when you consider the price tag. The camera is rather poor, although the display is excellent, with 262,000 colours and high resolution. The MP3 player supports both MP3 and AAC formats with stereo output via a conventional stereo headset (included) or an optional Nokia Bluetooth wireless headset. 3D games are supported, plus fast data transfer via EDGE. There is also an XHTML web browser.
The battery life of the 8800 is really quite poor. It does improve after a few full charging cycles, but is shockingly bad in the early days. Memory is adequate at 64 Mbytes, but not really sufficient to make full use of the video and music features of the phone. A memory card would have unlocked the full capabilities of the phone.
We do have to criticise the audio quality of the 8800. The sound quality is not up to standard. For a phone in this price bracket, that's pretty shocking. Nokia should have got the basics right.
Overall, the 8800 impresses. It's a stunningly beautiful phone that looks good, is powerful to hold, and can easily fend off the competition. If style is what matters to you, then you may love the Nokia 8800, but there are too many issues to ignore, particularly battery life and poor audio quality. It could have been a five star phone, but doesn't quite make the grade.
The phone is superbly elegant and spells style. Not showy with its minimalist look, yet oozes style and good taste.
All phones should look good, and not just a candy bar. Of course, I think it will attract a host of detractors because of its price, it will price out many.
And these detractors will then complain of the low specs for the high specs. If you look at it objectively, it is truly an art piece. 8800 is like a Ferrari of phones (Vertu is like Rolls Royce, but how many like a Rolls' design?).
And its features are easily the top 10% quartile with superb sharp screen, EDGA, GPRS, high-level Bluetooth and phone of 0.5mb, which while lower than 2mb, actually more than serves its purpose. In fact, we really don't need a 2MB phone!!! (And heh, check the specs, its Bluetooth is different from many phone's "Bluetooth" that does not work well. A point many don't know.
All said, this evokes desirabilty. Like a Ferrari. Expensive, with many saying they don't need it for point A to point B, but highly desirable to all, but only limited to a few.
I have the same Gsm so i can tell you that this mobile rocks .
This gsm has everyting from classy looks to unbreakable stainless steel design
you can connect it to bluetooth , that way it easy to use for cars ( and safer to )
you can connect it to the radio , that way its like a regular radio player with headphones
it supports allot of language , i myself am from israel .. it has that language to .
im a gamer so a fue games on the road is possible by downloading them .
pics and movies are also possible , it has over 50000 pixels so the quality is not bad
for the guys who like their own music is has 64 mb inside memory for mp3 songs .
So you see that the price is not so bad if you compare it to what you can do :)
enjoy it like i did :)