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Nokia 8800 Arte Review

Nokia 8800 Arte

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Home screen - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
Main menu - Nokia 8800 Arte Review

Home screen

Main menu

As the other Nokia models of this class, both phones use the Series 40 interface. Here we have the latest, 5th Edition, used in the 7900 Prism, 6500, 5610 XpressMusic and others.

You have the option to enable the „Active Standby” to appear on the homescreen, which has shortcuts and organizer information. However, if you want to keep things simple, you will have nothing more than three choices, respectively for the two functional buttons and the middle of the D-pad.

The main menu is visualized as a 3x3 grid by default, but you can choose between list, grid, grid with labels (default) and tabs. Since Arte reacts quite fast to all commands, navigating through the menus is quick and easy.

Despite that you can change the main menu view, you are able to personalize the entire interface via themes. 8800 Arte comes with 6 of them preloaded, and 5 of them are interactive (the theme changes according to the time of the day for example). In the Sapphire, they are of the same type, but they visualize better and overall, fit the design.

The phone has seven sound profiles to choose from, depending on the environment you are in.

Phonebook - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
Phonebook - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
Phonebook - Nokia 8800 Arte Review



The phonebook is visualized as a list with names in alphabetical order. When entering a new contact, at first, you have the option to enter two names and a phone number, but later on, there is an option, to add more information (ringtones, video, picture, e-mail etc.). This is done by choosing the “add detail” from the menu.

As in Nokia 7900 Prism and 8600 Luna, Arte also “suffers” from the disadvantage of not having the capability to search through the contacts by second name.


The organizer offers the following functions: Alarm Clock, Calendar, To-Do list, Notes, Synchronization, Calculator, Countdown timer and Stopwatch.

Alarm Clock - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
Calendar - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
To-Do list - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
Notes - Nokia 8800 Arte Review

Alarm Clock


To-Do list


For setting the alarm you a have the standard options, such as time, repetition, tone, snooze time-out and repetition days . However, there is only one alarm and you cannot setup various ones for different days and hours.

The calendar can be viewed by months and weeks with the second, visualized as an hourly schedule for the separate days. From the options menu you can go straight to the To-Do list, to add a birthday or an important meeting or a reminder to buy a bottle of wine.

You also have a standard, a loan and a scientific calculator at your disposal. It has an icon in the main menu as well, giving business users an easy access to it.

Calculator - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
Scientific Calculator - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
Countdown timer - Nokia 8800 Arte Review
Stopwatch - Nokia 8800 Arte Review


Scientific Calculator

Countdown timer


Since the rest of the organizer’s options are the standard S40 ones, they are not going to be discussed and let’s not forget that Arte is not intended to be “smart”.

For some of the functions, the phone offers a system of voice commands, as well as voice dialing. Since the phone is equipped with voice recognition and is user independent you don’t have to record any commands with your voice (so it can be used by your spouse and lover, for example). To activate this option, hold the right functional key or use a handsfree.

There is 1GB of built-in memory, which can be used to store favorite tunes, pictures, videos, etc. Since a memory card slot is not present, the storage is not upgradable. So, if you are looking for an iPod, that’s not it.

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PhoneArena rating:
Display2.0 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (200 ppi) OLED
Camera3.2 megapixels
Size4.29 x 1.79 x 0.57 inches
(109 x 45.6 x 14.6 mm)
5.29 oz  (150 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 3 hours talk time

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