Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte Review

Introduction and Design

Did you see the word “Arte” in the title? You did? Does it ring a bell?

That is the name of the most expensive product in the Nokia catalogue – the only major company on the market that offers such exquisite models. The 8800 series of the Finnish phone maker is close to the lines of manufacturers like Vertu and Gresso, which offer even more luxurious phones. The rest is “rabble”, fighting for characteristics. On top remains the sensation aroused by expensive materials and refined design.

If you believe that a phone should be an unique jewel, which to distinguish you from the crowd no matter the price, keep reading.

Carbon is the third variation of the Arte idea, following the original and Sapphire and brings fresh new feeling by using carbon fiber and titanium in its appearance. The only enhancement in the modifications comes in the face of a memory increase (from 1 to 4GB).

The package includes: Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte, Charger, microUSB cable, Bluetooth handsfree BH-803, Desk stand, Leather case, Wiper, Nokia PC Suite CD-ROM, User’s guide, Manual

The only difference compared to the other Arte models is the fingerprint wiper.

The handsfree (BH-303) comes in a different color scheme; it has a silver line (it’s not entirely black) and it fits the overall design of Carbon Arte, which we’ll discuss right-now.


As we’ve already mentioned, the only thing that has suffered visible changes is the appearance. Despite the phone having the same shape and size, the new materials give it a totally new face.

Adding carbon fiber is a very good idea, because in contrast to LG Secret, it goes well with the titanium and the stainless steel. Arte still is a “tough guy” with its 150 grams. Similarly to Vertu, the body is well balanced for a good grip.

The light material, giving the name of the model can be seen on the front, covering the keyboard. Tapping on it will cause the clock to visualize on the screen. That’s not a very handy function but is very effective.

As in the two models from the Arte line the QVGA OLED display is covered by glass, which has a mirror-like effect when the screen is not lit up. Indoors the image is bright and saturated, but the presence of a bright sunlight makes it fully unusable.

The keys have not been modified and light up in a color fitting the design. They are small and if you have larger fingers, the upper row will give you some trouble.

The typical for the line stable sliding mechanism is present here as well. It is not fully automatic and although it requires some effort to push, creates a quality feeling. Going to the sides, you’ll not see any buttons besides the two pins, which need to be pressed in order to release the back lid.

Overall, the combination of materials and colors looks very well and would be a perfect match for Lamborghini Reventon.

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