Nokia 8600 Luna ReviewNokia 8600 Luna 9
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|
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 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.
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.
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.
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.