The headphones are something of a bind too. They have a 2.5mm connector and have to be plugged into the phone via a provided converter to the microUSB port that is also used for mains power and PC connectivity. There are two problems here: the converter is something else to forget to carry around, and yes, you read correctly. I wrote ‘microUSB’. Your ‘old faithful’ mini USB power adaptor is useless here.
Maybe you should use the stereo Bluetooth output instead – but you’ll still need Nokia’s wired earphones if you want to listen to the radio as they contain the antenna. On the other hand battery life proved pretty good. From a full charge I got ten and three quarter hours of music before the phone died.
What about the photography, then? Well, the back-facing camera lens is protected beneath the slider mechanism which is a good start. But there is no self portrait mirror and no flash, the lens is only capable of 2 megapixels and it lacks any sophistications like auto focus or a macro mode, all of which seems a little poor for such an expensive phone.
The lens seemed to have trouble with pretty much every situation I threw at it. My standard shot of the coloured dish taken indoors under normal household lighting is somewhat dull and its colours lack vibrancy. It is passable but not very good.
The camera also had trouble outdoors. The passion flower photo is dreadful. That it is out of focus is unsurprising as I was shooting about 6 inches from the subject to show you how the camera performs with close-ups as it lacks macro support. I wasn’t expecting much and that’s what I got. But the colour definition is disappointingly poor too. The apples fare better but the top left of the photo is overexposed. This phone really is only good for quick snaps to keep on the handset or MMS to others.
Nokia has really shot itself in the foot with the 8600 Luna. Build is a delight. Solid, classy and impressive. But as a camera or music phone it doesn’t approach being acceptable. In the end this heavily influences its value for money rating.
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