Summary: The Nokia 8800's flawed design and short battery life mar an otherwise beautiful and feature-packed phone.
Pros: Sexy, eye-catching form factor; Bluetooth; sharp 262,000-color screen; world phone; speakerphone; integrated camera plus video recorder; streams music via Bluetooth; solid call quality; FM tuner.
Cons: Cramped keypad; inconsistent battery life; case and screen show smudges easily; battery case hard to remove; expensive; heavy.
Excerpt: Sophisticating design, high functionality, quality, reliability and ease of operation – these all are distinctive features of Nokia 8800 Arte. The model is indeed unique, if only because it refers to the deluxe segment, but its price is readily available to buyers of middle-income countries. The result of such a rare combination is massive sales of Nokia 8800. However, it is better to describe this model in order.
Conclusion: Overall I feel that my conclusion would be very different if at this point I could tell you that the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte comes with all the features and functions listed in the review and cost only £250 however I can’t and for that reason you may be understandably disappointed with the 8800, but as I kept reminding myself the 8800 is not about having a great camera or music player it is a masterpiece of design and technological engineering it feels every bit as good...
Excerpt: Nokia has introduced two mobile phones of the premium class – Nokia 8800 Arte and Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte. The first one is know as Nokia 8900: its molds were is online sale at eBay auction in September. Both handsets have attractive design: they are placed in a stylish slide shell of polished steel. Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte is decorated with sapphires and leather. They have a peculiar capability: the sound can be muffled by a single move: turn the handset screen down.
Conclusion: Got money... And you know it... Take it out your pocket and show it... Throw it... This a way... That a way... This a way... oops, we got carried away! One more time – Carbon Arte is more of the same. It has a nice, slightly different design, which only widens the audience of potential clients for Nokia. If you like Carbon Arte, you should definitely purchase it. It is worth having and will help you demonstrate class before the crowd.
Pros: Slightly different (modernistic) design compared to the other two models, Carries the exquisite feeling for luxury, High-quality sound
Cons: Display is useless in direct sunlight, Doesn’t offer anything innovative, Controls are not very user-friendly
Excerpt: Nokia's luxurious 8.xxx series has a long history starting way back in 1996, when Nokia 8810 was launched on the market. The first high-end handset that started this series, Nokia 8810, made quite an impression by starring in "Matrix" featuring Keanu Reeves. Remember the 'banana phone' that Keanu used in the scene where he encountered the Agents for the first time?
Pros: There's no way that we can compare Nokia 8800 Arte with other handsets, unless it�s those that have been included in the 8.8xx series. And, if we do that, we can say that Nokia 8800 Arte is definitely an improvement compared to its predecessors (8800 and 8600 Luna models). Adding 3G technology and improving the camera module will certainly satisfy most of the fans of the series. The slider features an exceptional design, which seduces the buyer at a first glance. Noth...
Cons: Even with the improvements mentioned above, Nokia 8800 Arte proves to be overpriced in terms of functionality. It lacks a secondary camera, microSD slot card and camera module is below average. Furthermore, it has a short battery lifespan and it is almost useless outdoors in bright sunlight.
Excerpt: Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition launched in fall 2006, managed to become the most expensive handset from Nokia's line-up. The exquisite design of the handset recommended it as a publicity tool for great car manufacturers. Astonishing new sequels appeared one after another, such as Nokia 8800 Aston Martin Edition (limited to 250 units) and 8800 Lamborghini Edition (limited to 500 units).
Conclusion: Nokia 8800 Arte and Sapphire Arte are two really, modern “masterpieces”, like the manufacturer says. With their extremely classy design, and solid construction, both are attracting the eyes of the crowd. When you have Arte/Sapphire Arte in your hand, it makes you look not only classy, but confident. Despite the good sound quality during a call, the last entries to the 8800 series offer interesting options, such as the clock activation or the muting.
Pros: Clear and elegant design, High-quality materials and solid construction, Good sound quality during a talk
Cons: The display is unusable in direct sunlight, Fingerprint magnet
Summary: The volume of 64-chord ring tones is quite high, so you are very unlikely to miss a call, but, since there is only one loudspeaker, mounted on the right-hand flank at that, it was not a rare occasion when we had the Arte in our jeans and didn’t hear it ring. In terms of reception quality, the phone is flawless. The vibro alert is middling strength-wise, but you will feel the phone’s vibration while it is in your pocket.
Summary: Joining its stable of luxury mobiles in the premium 8000 range, the Nokia 8800 Arte and 8800 Sapphire Arte are devices designed for an affluent society that desires all things finer in life. Like the 8600 Luna and 8800 Sirroco before it, the 8800 Arte is built with combination of exquisite materials, glass and stainless steel. Its twin sibling, the Sapphire Arte sports an actual sapphire gemstone and a leather cover to commemorate its exclusivity.