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Nokia 8600 Luna Review

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Nokia 8600 Luna Review
Nokia 8600 Luna Review
The launch of Nokia 8600 Luna is just one more evidence that there is always something new to be created and presented to the buying public. We see that the company’s designers have unleashed their imagination and showed us that when appropriate materials are used, and are combined in good taste, the end result is great and actually different from everything else.

The phone has a rounded shape and smooth lines, and is colored prevailingly in black, as the only silver parts are the lines around the display and the keyboard, as well as the thin line along the side of the device.
Model Dimension (Inches) Dimension (mm) Weight (oz) Weight (Gramms)
Nokia 8600 Luna 4.21 x 1.77 x 0.62 107 x 45 x 15.9 4.93 140
Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition 4.21 x 1.77 x 0.64 107 x 45 x 16.5 4.9 139

Nokia 8600 Luna Review
Nokia 8600 Luna Review
Nokia 8600 Luna Review
Nokia 8600 Luna Review
When you first see Nokia 8600 Luna and hold it in your hand, you will immediately feel its weight of 140 g, which is just a little bit heavier in comparison to that of the 8800. Although the phone is heavier that the average, it somehow creates an atmosphere of luxury and quality. Despite of its weight, the phone is a little bit thinner than the 8800 Sirocco and a little bit thicker than the 8800, as it has preserved the length and width of 4.2 x 1.8 x 0.6 inches (107 x 45 x 15,9 mm).

The first more important improvement in comparison to 8800, which strikes the eye, is the display. It is a TFT, but larger (2 inches), its form is rectangular, rather than square, its resolution is 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA), and it is capable of depicting 16 million colors. It would be a good decision for Nokia designers to include a light-sensitive sensor for regulating the display brightness. However, there is no such censor. Nevertheless, the display can be seen even in bright daylight, therefore irrespective of whether you stay in the dark or in the light, there would be no problem working with the phone. We see that QVGA turns into a standard for resolution for the new models of Nokia of average or high class (6120, 5700, N95), as the only difference is in the diagonal size. It can only make us happy and we can hope that other manufacturers will follow Nokia’s benchmark.

The semi-visible smoked glass and the dirty camera - Nokia 8600 Luna Review
The semi-visible smoked glass and the dirty camera - Nokia 8600 Luna Review

The semi-visible smoked glass and the dirty camera

The front part is all shiny and is made of polished glass, as the numerical keyboard is covered with a semi-visible smoked glass. Unfortunately, many fingerprints appear when touching the keyboard and therefore the company included a leather polishing cloth in the set, by the use of which you can easily clean the fingerprints and the phone will impress by its beauty again.

The back is made of stainless steel with a holding, which not only impedes sliding the phone when using it or when having a conversation, but also makes it look more opaque. Here you can find also the 2 mega pixel camera, as it is seen when the phone is open, and hidden and protected the rest of the time. The lens is located at the middle of the phone and is surrounded by a silver line, while in the shiny black part around it, there is nothing else, we don’t see even a flash. When the phone is closed, there is a 1 mm-opening; this is most probably a designer decision, rather than a technological shortcoming.

Luna closed - The bump for sliding - Nokia 8600 Luna Review

Luna closed

The bump for sliding - Nokia 8600 Luna Review

The bump for sliding

Unlike the 8800 series, 8600 Luna is constructed in such a way that the keys can be used when the phone is closed. This is indeed very comfortable because most of the time you can work with the phone while closed. When you decide to use the number keys or to take pictures with the camera, just push the upper part and you are ready for work.

Opening and closing the phone is done by a spring mechanism, which is very tight and holds the device well closed/open without any irritating loose-fittings or gaps between the two parts. The mechanism is so strong that when opening and closing you hear a clicking sound between the upper and lower part of the phone. Most probably Nokia has not made the mechanism quieter on purpose in order to make stronger the feeling of the customer of owning something different.

There is a small protruding part just under the display. This part supports the thumb when pushing/pulling the upper part. This is another proof that no compromise is made with the quality in favor of the price and that in the course of elaboration and designing even the smallest detail has been taken into account.

Control is entrusted to the five-position navigation button with an internal mirror part, left and right selection keys, as well as a call/end key. It is unusual for Nokia, and quite unlike 8800, that switching on/off is done by the end key and not by a specially-intended button above.

the keypad - Nokia 8600 Luna Review
the keypad - Nokia 8600 Luna Review

the keypad

The number keys are densely located with no distance between them. In order to work more conveniently, they are positioned in a step-wise order, as we can see that the „ *, 0 and # ” keys in the lower row are larger. This is necessary because in an open position the brink of the lower part borders on them and if they were of the same size as the other, it would have been harder to press them. Thus, the problems with pushing are minimal and are related to making it a habit.

All keys, located on the front side, are backlit in white. When the phone is closed the numerical keyboard switches off. Nokia has made a very interesting effect. Located under the opaque glass, it pulsates with a glowing light at equal intervals (almost 10 seconds), thus creating a breathing effect.

Compared to Nokia 6120 Classic - Nokia 8600 Luna Review
Compared to Nokia 6120 Classic - Nokia 8600 Luna Review

Compared to Nokia 6120 Classic

On the left side there is a volume key of the same width and color as the silver line. Thus, it fits perfectly in the 8600 look. A little bit down on the same side, there is a battery cover release button, which, at first sight, can be confused with the eye of the IR port. On the other side, there are no buttons only the microUSB 2.0 charger connector. This is the first of the Nokia models, which uses a connector of this type. At the same time, the phone can be connected to a computer and can be charged via the cable. The loudspeaker’s openings are located in symmetry on both sides of the phone, along its upper part.

The mic is located at the bottom part of the device exactly in the middle, thus ensuring the closest distance to the mouth for best reception of human speech. Just at the opposite side, on top, where we are used to see the on/off button, we can now find only the place for putting a neck or hand string.

Working with the phone is a real pleasure. All buttons are easily pushed without requiring any strength and have a great tactile feedback. It is a little bit harder to push the navigation button upwards because the distance from it to the protruding part above is small and you have to push by the your fingertips or, even better, with a nail.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. tartakovsky (unregistered)


Apart from design and display that scored 10 and 8 respectively, other categories got 7 and below, SO WHY IS IT THAT THE OVERALL RATING OF THIS PHONE IS 9????????. Phonearena should do some explaining on what category that most matters to them. I did some recomputation and IF phonearena intended that each category is equally important, then the overall rating should've have been 6.7. In order to reach an overall rating of 9, given the individual category ratings, Phonearena would have regarded DESIGN as 18 times more important than the other catogeries, which is bullshit. Make a computation yourselves.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:02

6. wizzjizzer (unregistered)


relax ur math is correct, however, the nokia 8xxx are design phones so what is wrong with grading it more stringently on design. we all know aura and 8xxx have nothing to do with groundbreaking tech, only breathtaking, mind-blowing design.
Last week i saw a film, as i recall it was a horror film. I walked outside into the rain, checked my 8600 and i jizzed in my pants.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 11:04

7. wizzjizzer (unregistered)


(stereo) jizz in my pants
yes i jizz in my pants

posted on 19 Aug 2007, 22:55

2. tartakovsky (unregistered)


I checked the SE P1i review and the phone got the ff scores: Design: 10 Display: 9 Camera: 8 Sound quality: 7 Battery: 7 Connectivity: 8 Multimedia: 7 Organizer: 8 If you can see, P1i got higher scores in each category (except design, which is equal) compared to Nokia 8600.....BUT P1i got an overall rating of 8.5?????????????????????? And not to mention PRICE/FEATURES ratio. What the heck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 31 Aug 2007, 11:27

3. Andre (unregistered)


It's amazing, how this phone get 9 of rating!!! Signal is a shit - " it is recommended during conversation to hold the phone so that you do not cover it, otherwise you can impede the reception". The single point for a nokia's phones is in your software.

posted on 04 Nov 2007, 03:32

4. Stanislav (unregistered)


Guys, i think you have no conception of the rating. It's SUBJECTIVE. So read the (?) in the rating box and you will probably understand. Greetings!

posted on 14 Dec 2007, 10:33

5. anubhav2412 (unregistered)


All those of you who are confused by the supposedly strange rating have not taken the time to point their cursor at the small question mark next to the "excellent" rating given to the phone, it clearly states " PhoneArena overall rating is the subjective mark for the device as a whole. For example, if one is targeted to the fashion-cautious user it may score low on its multimedia and organizer, but still get very high overall rating." So next time all of you look before you leap.

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Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.21 x 1.77 x 0.62 inches
(107 x 45 x 15.9 mm)
4.93 oz  (140 g)
Battery950 mAh, 3.7 hours talk time

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