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Nokia 8800 Arte
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  • Nokia 8800 Arte
  • Nokia 8800 Arte
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  • Nokia 8800 Arte
  • Nokia 8800 Arte
  • 8800 Arte Black Mobile Phone (GSM, bluetooth, 3.2MP, 1GB)


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Nokia's 8800 Arte is not a low cost mobile. SIM-free you are looking at anything from around £600 to more than £700 from the well-known outlets. For instance, while writing this review I found it for between £199.99 and £499.99 on O2 depending on your contract choice and for £209.99 to £399.99 on various Orange contracts.

Its near twin, the 8800 Arte Sapphire, is an even pricier option coming in at over £800 SIM-free. I can only surmise that the latter's leather trimmings and the real sapphire that sits at the centre of the navigation button are to blame for the hike, because inwardly the phones seem identical. As always, though, prices do vary wildly so it's worth shopping around if you simply must have that gemstone.

Both phones are powered by the S40 operating system. This means they are less sophisticated than some other Nokia handsets, and it is the design that you are paying all that dosh for. Oh, and a rather stylish Bluetooth headset, a desktop stand and a leather slipcase.

Whether the design and extras justify the price is up to you, of course. I'm not convinced, but then again both the 8800 Arte and the 8800 Arte Sapphire do have a rather nice minimalist look. I don't usually go for bronze but in this case the bronzing of the 8800 Sapphire Arte is eye catching, and the black of the 8800 Arte is, well, black which tends to make for a good, sleek look.

There is nothing on the front of the slider design apart from the screen and navigation key until a call comes in, or you open the slide. At this point two pairs of vertically stacked buttons light up. On the left the pair offers a softmenu and Call function and on the right they house a softmenu and End function.

There are no shortcut buttons around the edges of these handsets. Instead the black of the Arte and the bronze of the Arte Sapphire are complemented by a band of silver all around the edge. This picks up horizontal silver banding on the front and back of the casing. With no side buttons you access the camera from the main menu and adjust the volume using the navigation button.

In an interesting first, you can mute the phone when a call is coming in simply by turning it face down on the table. That is great psychology: ‘No, I don't want to talk to you, and actually I don't even want to see that you are calling'.

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jinesh jose

June 29, 2008, 12:52 am

Nokia 8800 Arte is for those who expect the higher standards of quality and precision craftsmanship. It’s truly an irresistible object of desire. A unique dimension in sensuous luxury. It’s a true original reflecting distinctive style and confidence. The rich expression of ultimate lifestyle that transients the traditional limits of design. It creates a new standard in excellence. The soul of innovation and the spirit of luxury is combined in Nokia 8800 Arte. See the purity and integrity of design. Less is truly more. Beautiful to look at, Rewarding to touch, Perfection in design and Powerful to use. That’s Nokia 8800 Arte.


-Made from quality materials like stainless steel, glass, leather, and sapphire gemstone.

-Living wallpapers

-Ambient light sensors

-Finger tap sensitivity to reveal analog or digital clock

-Cool display effects in standby mode and operation mode.

-A gentle turn of the phone mutes alarm or incoming phone call

-3.2 Mp camera

-1 Gb internal memory

-Anti fingerprints and scratchproof coating

-Free Bluetooth headset, which adjusts audio levels by a gentle slide on the top

-Excellent sound quality and screen clarity

-Perfection in design

-2 year Nokia warranty with priority

The best looking phone with added features to stand out in the crowd. And the one and only disadvantage of this phone is its price.

Anyone need any support or assistance in buying new phones; please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.

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