Nokia 8800 - a Sliding Sensation.

By: Adam Caitlin

Nokia 8800, yet another fashion entry from Nokia, offers a glamorous alternative to the ye olde chatterbox. Weighing 134 g and measuring 107 x 45 x 16.5 mm, the Nokia 8800 is seen as both heavy and sleek handset. The reason being, Nokia 8800 is garbed in a stainless steel cover, that exudes a luxurious feel, topped only by the phone's own pop-up slider mechanism. The choice of sleek shape and highly poised metal slider clearly shows Nokia's hit towards the fashionable market, while it also displays a perfect combination of elegance and sophistication.

As seen in most of the slider phone, the Nokia 8800's front is dominated with a high resolution screen. The screen is quite bright and colourful but again limited to 208 x 208 pixel resolution on a 1.65" display. Nonetheless, unlike its predecessor, the screen of Nokia 8800 is scratch resistant, to ensure that it stays looking its best, always. When opened, the Nokia 8800 reveals a 0.5 megapixel camera on the back, as well as a good-looking keypad in the front. Undoubtedly the camera is a little disappointing, while most of the handsets storm ahead with 2 mega pixels. There is the advantage of Bluetooth and that is the only way of connecting to the outside world, as Nokia 8800 is devoid of Wi-Fi. The Nokia 8800's menu is reached by pushing at the centre of the 5-way navigation pad.

Besides being a gorgeous phone, the Nokia 8800 also offers a long list of other features. These includes - GPRS, EDGE and GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz for data and voice connectivity. Under the genre of Multimedia features of Nokia 8800, we have (besides camera), an FM radio and also a digital music player supporting AAC and MP3 formats. The quality of music player is average and it seems that there is a lot of scope of improvement.

Furthermore, the Nokia 8800 offers 64 MB of internal memory, handsfree speaker, XHTML browser, polyphonic and MP3 ringtones, as well as Java MIDP 2.0 support. Nokia claims a talk time of 3 hours and a standby time of 8 days.




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