Nokia 8800 Gold Arte Review: Born With A Silver Spoon: 360-degree View, Design And Construction

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The retail box is a accurate treasure chest

The retail box looks like something a pirate used to stash its plunder - it's not just the phone that's covered in gold, both the Bluetooth headset and the desktop charger are also painted gold. The other offering you might appreciate is the carrying pouch, which is made of soft white leather.

The desktop cradle doesn't do much since you could plug the charger directly into the phone. However, it does serve a vital function - it shows off the phone. It bears the Nokia logo proudly and when people see it sitting on your desk, there's small doubt what handset you have there in your pocket.

A nice touch on the desktop cradle is the translucent bottom. This lets some light pass through and creates a pleasing visual effect.

It also weighs a ton, but that gives it stability with assist from the rubbery material on the bottom. You wouldn't want it to fall, would you? Plus, it makes it see like an Oscar statuette.

The retail package probably costs as much as a normal phone

The Bluetooth headset is a natural choice over a regular wired one. It's not about the money, it's just that business suits and wires don't go together terribly well. The white leather pouch however is spot on, complementing the white leather on the phone.

The desktop charger, the leather carrying pouch and the Bluetooth handsfree

The huge cleaning cloth, typical for the Artes, is also included. It's gigantic enough to wipe your windshield with, completely over the top of course, but more is better, right?

Finally, there is a whole lot of paper and a Compact Disk (CD) with the required software for syncing you phone with a PC.

Nokia 8800 Grecent Arte 360-degree spin

The Nokia 8800 Grecent Arte measures 109 x 45.6 x 14.6 mm totaling a volume of 65cc, which is identical to its siblings. Actually, size and shape are pretty much set in stone for the whole 8800 Arte lineup.

It weighs 150 grams, same as the Carbon Arte, which is strange given that carbon fiber is supposed to save weight. Apparently, that only works for boats and racing cars, not mobile phones.


Design and construction

Nokia 8800 Grecent Arte has virtually the same design as every other Arte out there. You could call it repetitive or maybe it's just that Nokia think the design is perfect and there's nothing to improve upon.

It's a looker

There's no alternative color versions of the Grecent Arte - it's grecent colored with white leather. Some choice in color at least for the leather would have been nice but we guess third-party stores might be excited to offer you alternatives.

The layout of controls on the Nokia 8800 Grecent Arte isn't any different from the first three family members. The earpiece is dead center at the top of the front panel. Below it is the 2-inch Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display, followed by the four main controls (two soft keys, Call and End key) and the D-pad. Those are all on the small side but not unforgivably so.

The traditional Arte controls layout

When the phone is closed the keypad is hidden under a leather-bound cover. Double-tapping it displays a digital or analogue clock on the phone screen, which is quite a convenient way of checking the time without having to unlock the keypad.

There are very few things to note on either side of the Nokia 8800 Grecent Arte. The loudspeaker grill is on the correct and there is a battery cover release button on either side. Even though the capturing camera has autofocus, there's no dedicated shutter key in sight.

Only the loudspeaker grill and the battery cover realese buttons are to be found on the sides

The power key, which can also be used for switching ringing profiles, is placed at the top of the phone. It's large size makes it easy to press even without turning the phone around to face you. Perhaps too easy since it's quite prone to accidental presses. This is most apparent when putting the phone in the carrying pouch. We inadvertently powered off the device on a couple of occasions, something that seems an issue with all the Artes.

The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port is at the bottom of Nokia 8800 Grecent Arte, correct next to the mouthpiece. The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) is also used for connecting the charger, so there is one less aperture to spoil the fine gold-plated lines.

The power key is on top o The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) slot, which is also a charger plug is at the bottom

The back panel of the phone hosts the 3 megapixel autofocus capturing camera lens, which doesn't have a flash of any kind. The Grecent Arte was meant to be photographed not to hold photos.

The three megapixel capturing camera is at the back

The battery cover gets removed by pressing the two release buttons on the sides of the phone and pulling it down. Under it you will find the 1000 mAh battery, which is supposed to last 300 hours in stand-by or 3 hours of talk time. Battery life is adequate for the class with performance identical to the previous Arte models.

The battery life is very decent for the class

There's not much to say about the design. It's a top-of-the-class handset and if something had to be assumed about the build quality - that would be worrying.

The build quality is flawless

The high quality casing is a delight to see at and the grecent certainly catches the eye. That is if you happen to like golden accessories as some would say it's over the top. The leather on the back and front earns high marks - it's warm to the touch making the phone very pleasant to hold. The handset is naturally quite heavy given the materials it's made of, but this simply adds to the overall air of quality it gives off.

It takes a small while to learn to slide the phone open without pressing any keys or getting too many fingerprints on the classy screen but once you acquire it correct the sliding mechanism with its spot on spring-assisted action makes sliding smooth and natural. The display also manages to cover the fingerprints quite well.

The phone feels wonderful in the hand



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