Nokia 8800 / 8801 review
The 8800 uses Series 40 Version 2 user interface. Different function can be assigned to keys of the Navi pad. Different functionality can be assigned to the right soft-key also. The left one is not assignable and always point to GO TO, when you access or create shortcuts to the functions you most often use. The Main menu can be viewed as a grid of nine icons, or a list view, where only one menu icon is shown.
Overall, as with most Nokia phone, the menu structure is consistent and easy to understand/follow. Even though the menu browsing is not slow, I would like to see it faster.
The 8800 supports SMS, MMS, Instant Messaging and E-mail (POP3/IMAP). The phone supports the traditional multi-tap text input or T9 predictive text input. When using T9, the phone utilized a built-in dictionary and tried to guess which word you are trying to type, without you having to spell the whole word via multiple taps. In case there is a word that is not in the built-in dictionary, you will be able to save it and the word will be suggested in the future.
The 8800 does not support EMS, but you can use Nokia Smart Messaging, which allows you to add some black and white pictures (there are 10 built-in) to your SMS messages. The only problem is that not all phones support that functionality. The phone supports the sending of text messages beyond the 150 character limit for a single message. Longer messages will be sent as a series of two or more messages. Characters that use accents or other marks, and characters from some language options like Chinese, take up more space limiting the number of characters that can be sent in a single message. When you are ready with the message and want to send it, you can select a recently used number, single or multiple contacts from the phonebook, e-mail address or a sending profile. The concept of sending profiles is to be able to customize your Messaging Center number (the gateway to which a message is sent), delivery reports, message validity time, default recipients etc. After the message it sent, it can be viewed in the SENT ITEMS menu. Overall, the SMS functionality is very easy to use with excellent implementation.
A MMS (multimedia message) can contain text, sound, a picture, a calendar note, a business card, or a video clip. The phone supports multimedia messages that are up to 300 KB in size. The supported formats range from JPEG, GIF, BMP and PNG for pictures, MP3, AAC or AMR for audio and 3GP for video. The MMS, like the SMS is easy to use with no obvious problems.
The 8800 comes with POP3/IMAP client. The device I had was a pre-production unit and I could not setup the e-mail all e-mail settings were missing. The same was with the Instant Messaging also no settings were present so I could not test it.
The last feature of the Messaging menu is the Message counters, showing how many messages have been sent/received.