Nokia 8600 Luna ReviewNokia 8600 Luna 9
The messaging menu is exactly what you can expect from Nokia. T9 helps you enter text faster and there are a few templates by default in the phone. You can create text, multimedia, flash and audio messages. Additional features are Instant Messaging and Email Client.
Nokia 8600 Luna is a four-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GPRS/EGPRS phone and this allows it to be used everywhere, irrespective of your location, which can be Europe, the Americas or Asia. Unfortunately, the phone is not supported and cannot work in 3G networks.
The internet browser is xHTML supported. Our trial to load www.phonearena.com was not successful, as apart from text, the browser could not visualize anything else. The result of loading the CNN page was similar, only we received a message „memory full”. The phone handles the loading of Google, which makes us think that it lacks the memory capacity to reproduce web pages with many graphics.
For local connectivity you can use both the Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR and the micro USB 2.0 ports. For connection and synchronization with a computer, the set contains a cable and a disk with the necessary software - Nokia PC Suite. It is recommended that you download the newest version of the Nokia PC Suite (if such exists) from the Nokia’s site.
Nokia 8600 Luna is not meant to be a multimedia phone, but it is not deprived of such settings. It is equipped with 2 mega pixel camera with 4x digital zoom, as it is activated from the menu or for quickness by pressing the navigational button. The time from pressing the button to the actual activating of the camera is very small and takes no more than 2 seconds. The camera is in a landscape setting and the displays shows information for the number of pictures you can take before the memory is exhausted, the resolution and the quality of the pictures, as well as the regime – picture or video shooting.
You can choose from among a total of 7 different shooting resolutions varying from 160x120 to 1600x1200, as well as from 3 image quality options: basic, normal and high.
Furthermore, you can use a night mode and you can make pictures with specific effects (false colors, grayscale, sepia, negative and solarise)
As a whole, the quality of the pictures depends strongly on the surrounding light. The best outcome is achieved at daylight or in highly lighted room. The quality of the pictures worsens with reducing the light intensity and a peculiar noise appears. Even at daylight the details of the pictures are not good, as the objects to the back are not well focused and are blurred. The green color prevails slightly and in result the images appear unrealistic. When you try to shoot pictures of nearby objects, you can feel the lack of a macro regime and the image is blurred and not useful.
The maximal resolution for the video shooting regime is 176 x 144 pixels, which is enough only for multimedia message.
The phone supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, WMA formats for audio reproduction, but even through the built-in loudspeaker the sound is not very loud and can be hardly heard in comparison to that of Nokia 5700, for example. When music is reproduced the name of the singer and the song appears, as well as information on the current settings of the equalizer, but unfortunately there is no option for visualization of the album cover art. You can quickly change the different settings: normal, pop, rock, jazz and classical, and 2 more, which you can make at your discretion. The phone does not pretend to have the options of the full functional music player, but nevertheless you can listen to stereo by the headphones in the set or by wireless, by the use of the Bluetooth A2DP profile.
The phone has an FM radio (without RDS), which gives the opportunity to memorize up to 20 pages with names. It is mandatory to connect the stereo headphones from the set by using the Nokia AD-55 Adapter, because they serve also as an antenna. Afterwards, you can transfer the sound to the loudspeaker, as the headphones stay switched on.
You can listen to music or radio and at the same time to work with the phone menus, as the sound stays as a background.
The video player must support H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, and 3GPP formats and codecs. In real life test, both H264 and H263 videos (QVGA resolution) played the sound only, and didn't show the video. Probably it won't have problem with lower-quality videos, but they are not worth it.
As most of the phones of the 40 series, Nokia 8600 Luna comes with several preloaded applications: Converter 2, World Clock and Presenter. The applications are standard and their names give out their functions. By the help of Converter 2 you can calculate the temperature, currency, weight, length, area and volume in different measuring units. By the help of Presenter you can control Power Point presentations. And by the help of World Clock you can find out what is the time anywhere in the world. The World Clock supports permanently four active cities, which you can choose from a list.
Nokia has taken care that you are not left without an entertainment in your free time, as for this purpose four games have been loaded. There are Golf Tour and Soccer 3D for the fans of sport simulations. If you want to check your luck you can enter the Highroller Casino. There is a Sudoku game for the lovers of this game, containing three levels of difficulty, which you may control according to your abilities.
The phone supports Java™ MIDP 2.0, so that you can install all kinds of additional applications at your need and discretion.
Nokia 8600 Luna Review - Messaging, Connectivity, Multimedia and Software