Nokia 8800 Arte Review: Art Of Seduction: Telephony, User Interface, Themes

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Telephony is uncompromised

Just as we expected the signal reception and call quality are in line with the Nokia 8800 Arte high standing. Calls are loud and clear on both ends eliminating any possible obstacles to communication.




Calling Dexter on the Arte

However, many can consider the lack of video calls a real disappointment. It feels the 3G support is not used to the maximum. Not that video calling is something we cannot live without but it sure wouldn't harm having it.

A remarkable recent feature of Nokia 8800 Arte is the turn-to-mute functionality. It allows muting the phone during a call or hushing the alarm by simply flipping the device over. Here is a video that should give you an concept of exactly how it works.

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Turning the front pannel down mutes the incomming call of Nokia 8800 Arte

Here is how Nokia 8800 Arte ranks along some of the other handsets we've measured in our speakerphone loudness test. It surely doesn't have the loudest voice around but there aren't many occasions you will miss a call with the Arte. You can find more info about the test itself, as well as results from other tested devices here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score

Nokia 8800 Arte66.7 66.566.5Below average

Apple iPhone (firmware 1.1.1)67.2 60.266.6Below average

Motorola RAZR2 V866.3 65.781.9Good

Nokia 6500 classic74.775.783.8Excellent

Nokia 7900 Prism66.766.269.7 Average

Nokia 8600 Luna73.066.666.1Average

Samsung Armani69.764.671.0Average


User interface: Series 40, 5th edition

If you expected Nokia 8800 Arte to bring some remarkable surprises softwarewise, you will discontinue up disappointed. It employs the Series 40 5th edition user interface with navigation and control almost the same as with the previous UI edition, used in the Nokia 8600 Luna. The Arte offers a large number of configurable options but at the cost of a small complicated menu structure and navigation.

When in stand-by, the display as usually visualizes the pre-selected wallpaper plus signal strength, battery status and time in the top bar. Beneath the top bar are the operator logo and the date. The bottom bar is reserved for the labels of the functions assigned to the center of the navigation key and the two context keys. The center of the navigation key opens the main menu, while the context keys can be assigned a function of your choice. The font on the main display can be of any color.

You can also turn active standby on if you want. It consists of several parts that can be edited or relocated according to the user's preferences. In the most common case, the top area is reserved for instant access to favorite functions indicated by their respective icons. The central area provides instant access to the music player.

At the very bottom events from the calendar are displayed set for the current day. A cool feature here, that even Nokia smartphones do not have, is the possibility to add a note to the active stand-by. The two soft keys' functionality can also be altered if necessary.

The main menu in Nokia 8800 Arte can be visualized in four different ways: a grid of icons with or without captions, a list of items, and tabs. While each of them has its pros and cons our personal choice remains the typical grid view with legends. If you prefer more icons to appear simultaneously, you can go for the grid view without text, as it displays a 4 x 3 icons grid.






The four different main menu view modes

"...A remarkable recent feature of Nokia 8800 Arte is the turn-to-mute functionality. It allows muting the phone during a call or hushing the alarm by simply flipping the device over. Here is a video that should give you an concept of exactly how it works..."

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