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Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte

 Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte Discontinued
19th August 2008

The Nokia 8800 has always been a bit of an oddball product ever since the original 8800 came out in 2005. Always expensive to buy, the 8800 range has nonetheless been very desirable.

This latest edition of the 8800, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte, is a slight upgrade to the existing 8800 Arte comes with a useful memory upgrade, now featuring 4GB of internal memory. Other than that the main difference is the material that the Carbon Arte is housed in, which is carbon fibre (as you might find on an aircraft or racing car, for example) and titanium.

If you're not familiar with just how expensive the 8800 series phones are, then prepare yourself. The Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte is priced at €1100 (around £900 or $1600) before tax and subsidy. This is a phone that will still be very expensive even if you can get a carrier discount on it.

 Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte So, let's say that you're looking at the Carbon Arte and you are trying to justify spending all that money. Well, the good points about phone include the fact that it looks stunning, and not many other people will have one. The sales package includes a matching Bluetooth headset and desk stand plus a "story booklet" to tell you about the Carbon Arte's design story. Underneath, the 8800 Carbon Arte is a 3G phone with a multimedia player, QVGA screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera.. so unlike some other "premium" phones, the Carbon Arte is actually quite useful as a communication device. Custom ringtones and themes that change throughout the day complement the design of the 8800 Carbon Arte to make the whole experience very impressive. One nice touch is that the Carbon Arte comes with a special coating to help reduce fingerprints and smudges.

On the other hand.. well, €1100 is an awful lot of money to spend on a phone with this sort of pose value. It is twice as much as the upcoming Nokia N96 which blows it out of the water in technical terms. Why? Well, the tiny 2" screen on the 8800 Carbon Arte is much smaller than the 2.8" display on the N96, the N96 has a much better camera and also has HSPDA, WiFi, GPS, more memory, a microSD slot and a TV tuner.. all running on the superior S60 smartphone platform (the 8800 Arte is just an S40 phone like most cheap consumer models).

Alternatively, if you want to spend roughly the same money on something even more exclusive than the 8800 Carbon Arte then the Samsung Serenata really will amaze people.. if you can live with it, that is.

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Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte at a glance


Q3 2008


GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 + UMTS 2100




240 x 320 pixels, 16m colours


3.2 megapixels


Large slider
109 x 46 x 15mm / 150 grams



Memory card:










Battery life:

2.75 hours talk / 12 days standby (3G)
3.33 hours talk / 12 days standby (GSM)


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