yesterday, read all user reviews on this site. some pros, and some cons. well, anyway, went ahead to buy this baby yesterday, and play with it this morning.
the conclusion is, this mobile is intended for people that treats mobile as mobile, and not laptop-gigantic ipod/creative storage capacity - digicam etc substitutes.
love the design; classic, elegant, so smooth, especially opening and closing. can produce live animation in between the actions.
have no problem with the keypads; (of coz it's small and neat, as this phone is tiny enough to fit onto petite gal's palms). all luxury mobiles are using the similar keypads concepts, such as vertu. can you imagine vertu's one with gigantic keypads? looks totally uncool and cheap!
user friendly interface (to be expected by nokia products);
wonderful output sound eventhough just came from the right side of the mobile, but you can actually have Stereo Widening feature to be activated, therefore you will receive balance output sound. of coz no one is ever encouraging you to put your ears next to any speakers, rite?;
good for outdoor scenes for camera-wise; i even known that some mobiles have poorer quality pics than this.
have classicLong.3gp as my incoming video ringtones now(i noticed that some people at this forum are not aware that you need to do extra step in order to assign those video ringtones as incoming calls).
it's far better than the predecessors (such as sirocco) in terms of memory capacity, camera, gprs, etc. of coz gold and silver screaming louder than all black one. nevertheless, black is elegant, stylish, and can do no wrong for most people (if you are a fashionista, you know what i mean here).
fingerprint prone, well, what do you expect from something that is made of metal and glass? try arte sapphire then, as it comes with leather case. that's the reason why nokia produce this arte and arte sapphire.
i have no problem with the weight of the mobile, as it is telling me that i am investing my money, not on plastic or ordinary china-made products, eventhough it might lack of the extra features that people are keep boosting of. and 150gr is nothing, c'mon. this baby is also slim and tiny enough to be carrying along anywhere, including to clubs. :)
about the price, yeah, it's a bit far-fetch by some people. but i am telling myself that after 6 months from now on, the price of my arte or any other 8800 series won't decreasing up to 50% from the price that i paid for.
as to compare with luna 8600, that's laughable. ok, luna has quadband. and the mobile looks merrier than this one (as this one, at a glance, you can only see blank black screen thingy with 'nokia' on its top).nevertheless, for me, simple yet elegant, is much matter to me. attractive doesn't mean to be more sophisticated.
anyway, if you want to have a good quality pic, invest yourself a decent digicam. if you want to listen to your millions mp3s or watching videos, invest yourself a mp3 player. if you think that you still want to surfing internet (not enough surfing whilst at work and home), maybe to check out the movies' schedules, invest a decent tablet laptop or just buy an EE PC.
alternatively, you might just want to invest on a psp. (psp can do everything that you want, except receive and send calls and sms) and keep this mobile, like me.
Forgot this phone, forget the luna and forget the scirocco, The phone you should be looking at is the N82 Titanium, 5MP camera, Built in GPS, WiFI, Quad Band, HSPDA, Crammed with features, Cool sleek design and better battery life than the Arte, Luna and Scirocco, Good to see Nokia get some of their handsets right, Roll on the N82, Just got mine from Carphone Warehouse where it's exclusive for 1 month
this the best nokia i thin but he have a 1 problem i tin the menu is not god and the best menu in this mobile the menu of nokia n-series the camera vey god !
to the comment who said finger print prone what lol are you sure you have one its got a coating on the phone that does not show fingerprints im touching mine now the fingerprints go away dont know how it works but it does so what you on about lol are you drunk . and the person who said it looks like sirocco well it looks nothing like it sirocco looks like its been dropped on the floor with that stupid dint on the front and back small screen glossy in colour seems to me like sour grapes to alot of people in here ,lol well ive bought it i like it batt, lasts ages sound quality when making a call is so good ,phone so smooth when you slide it up , not like sirocco when you slide that up it feels like screen is going to fall off and sirocco makes loads of noises lol , people say lunar is good phone well you slide that up the buttons freaked me out they are so big and dopey like my old calculater from 10 years ago so got rid of that phone as soon as possible the glass front looks like my grannys glasses , so to you 2 people who say lunar sirocco are better why you in this forum lol if you think your phones that good your in this forum lol why mmmm let e think if you want one of the arte phone go buy it , and the person who said sirocco is good keep telling yourself that you may believe it one day its that good you have to carry that spare batt, lol so those who like this phone its really well built loades off memory not like lunar or sirocco like tose 2 pratts are saying well love my 8800 arte cant fault it and those 2 cant change my mind as they slag it off they want one really sooooooooo save up and go buy 1 you know you want to , so gsm arena you know the truth about this phone how dood it is so when these 2 pratts reply to this is they put falls information in this forum you should barr them from gsm arena so phone charged up off out shopping now with my cool phone in my pocket you with the lunar your makes a good calculater with those dumd dumd buttons and you with sirocco dont forget to take your spare batt , lol got to go time to spend more money will look out for you 2 with sirocco and lunar wont be hard to c you bet you both will be dressed in grey dull and boring like your phones lol
its better looking then Luna
and this has better features
but its looks similar to Sirocco so theres nothing new
omg i just got the phone today ,
basicaly this are the advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages- Its GOD DAMN STYLISH , u cant leave ur hands off it.nice 3.2 cam ..1gb of memory ( thats ALOT for such a phone though)
Disadvantages- Finger print prone
And another thing why cant i selecet the video tones for my ring tone? it says cant open the file or file not recognised.
i would rate this 9/10 though.really good phone for a really high price.=D
If you played with both, it is undeniably luna is more stylish and attrtactive. The arte is plain black color although the built is amazing. Both is amazing phone, but im gonna keep the luna becos of the wow factor and head turning looks :)
Luna can't be coolest in design than Arte..i saw Luna in magazine like Arte 1 day ago ,i have 8800 sirocco but This Arte it's PURE ARTE.No question about it.It's very stylish,a minus from sirocco is that the camera is no longer hidden by the slide mechanism.
Got one and had a luna together. Heres a quick comparison
-Luna is more beautiful and eye catching
-The arte is colder becos its metal
-Both camera sucks, even though the arte has 3.2 megapixel
-Luna has better battery life
-People turn head on luna, not the arte, its just all black and not that shiny
-Arte has one nice dock :)
-Arte has better accesories
In conclusion, the arte is soooo nice. But the luna is just overall better if you use it just for phone calls and smses.
Ps . i dont use 3g
Nokia needs to add Blackberry Connect to 88 series, because people who use it most likely to be up to date with their emails. This is not such a hard feature to add.
I check on winter-gsm and site seems fake, i dont know the payment options. That country the accout is ? Im from Romania and if they use a Romanian account the chaches are big to be a scam. I live in Romania and dont agrre with those practises.
Shellshock, its sad that winter-gsm is fake...And Did u loose any mone from them?
I just got this phone.. however, i think there's something wrong with the Macromedia Player, the swf files located in the gallery aren't animating at all... This may explain why the 'living wallpapers' seem dead.. what's up with nokia???
Yes its fake bec a friend of mine bought a phone from them and they didn't deliver it.We tried that twice..If you wanna risk take you time :)