Nokia 8800 Arte ReviewNokia 8800 Arte 9
The first time we took the Arte out of the box, we were impressed by the charming elegance of its clear design. The edges are rounded, and the black, the stainless steel encircling the front and the chrome on the sides emphasize even more the classy appearance. With a weight of 150 grams (5.3 oz), it is far from the lightest phones, but we were not surprised. This is due to the high-quality materials used, including glass and stainless steel. Despite of that, wearing the device in the pocket of your jeans or jacket is comfortable, but the Arte reminds of itself at all times. And when in your hand, the weight contributes to the feeling that you are holding a high-quality object.
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2” OLED display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and 16 million colors. The same can be seen in Nokia 7900 Prism, but likewise, we are not impressed with it. When you look at the display in broad daylight it is unusable, but indoors (artificial light), the picture is quite realistic and colorful. Despite the manufacturer’s claims that fingers do not leave any prints on it, they do. So, you’ll have to carry a cloth to always keep the screen clean and good looking. Over the display, can be found the ambient light sensor, and right next to it, the speaker.
Another interesting option is the way you can silence the phone’s ringing on incoming call. When somebody calls you during an important meeting, for example, you can mute the sound, by simply placing the phone facedown on the table. The bad thing is that if the caller insists on reaching you and calls one more time, you will still have to silence the ringing, even if the Arte is already facedown. The solution is, switching on the silent mode if you are at an important business meeting or you just don’t want to be disturbed.
Arte’s sliding mechanism is very good. The phone opens fast and easy and is very stable as well. After sliding it up, a beautiful numeric keypad is revealed.
On both sides, are located the two buttons unlocking the battery lid. This mechanism is used, so the lid can stay firmly in place at all times. The loudspeaker is positioned on the right, in the upper part. Besides those elements, nothing else troubles the clear design. The power button is combined with the chrome edge on the top, and on the bottom, in a similar mode are positioned, the microphone and the microUSB slot.
On the back, we have the 3-megapixel camera, whose module has almost the same design as the D-pad. Most of that side, is covered by the metal lid, under which is hidden the battery.
Overall, the other version, called Sapphire Arte, has the same design as the main variant. However, it has a more extravagant and classy vision, bearing the “I’m rich” statement. This is due to the leather, covering a big part of the phone, giving it a warmer feeling when held and making it harder to slide, compared to the regular Arte.
The keyboard, accompanied with the navigational buttons and the D-pad are the same, but the last has a real sapphire in the middle. It is very nicely illuminated in the promo video that comes preloaded on the phone, but in reality, is not that striking.