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The 8600 Luna is a stunning handset in some respects. Simple clean lines define the design and it feels a million dollars in the hand. Just as well, as it costs a heck of a lot SIM free - £549 from Nokia's online store or, at the time of writing, £424.95 from Expansys, and from ‘free' when you're tied into some price plans.
For that kind of money you have the right to expect a phone with plenty of features. But Nokia has decided not to provide them, knocking out a phone that is hampered in both the music playing and photography departments. We can't help wondering why, since alongside hardware design these are the two factors that really help sell a mobile in today's climate.
So, let's start with the good. The Quad-band 8600 Luna is a slider whose front is made of polished glass and back is constructed from solid, robust stainless steel. Unsurprisingly given these materials, when you hold the 8600 Luna in your hand it feels like a superbly crafted piece of kit. The 140g of weight push it well above the average, but the weight feels right for such a solid phone, and I am not complaining.
Importantly, Nokia has come up with attractively thin and small dimensions for the 8600 Luna. The phone is 15.9mm thick, 45mm wide and 107mm tall. When the slider is opened it stretches out to 130mm.
There is a small lip beneath the screen which you can push or pull with the thumb to slide the phone open and closed. The slider mechanism itself is smooth and well sprung, and there is a solid clicking sound when it is fully extended or retracted.
The Luna is black with a white backlight to the number and other keys which is subtle rather than overly bright. Even the usually green and red Call and End keys get the white treatment. Silver edging to the screen and outer keys and also between the upper and lower sections of the handset finish things off hardware-wise.
The glass front means that when you close the slider after taking a call the white lit keys are still visible for a moment before they dim down. This is a small feature in the scheme of things, but oh so cool to look at.
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