MWC 2008: Nokia overview
Along with the new additions to the Nokia portfolio, we also had the chance to play around with some previously announced handsets we were seeing for the first time.
Softwarewise, the Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte is an exact copy of the 8800 Arte. However, in terms of hardware, there are a few differences. The Sapphire Arte keypad cover and battery cover have a brown leather finish. The accelerometer sensor is also much more sensitive, which improves the magic clock application performance.
Let us remind you that this application allows the user to see the clock on the phone's display by simply tapping on the surface below the display twice. It also works by shaking the phone but the Sapphire Arte is much more responsive than the original Arte in both cases.
The final difference between Nokia 8800 Sapphire Arte and the 8800 Arte is the Sapphire gem stone on the D-pad of the former. It looks quite well in reality but we are of two minds about whether it's worth the huge difference in price between the two handsets. You can check out our Nokia 8800 Arte review for more information about the high-end Nokia devices.
Nokia 3120 classic was also showcased in Barcelona. It's a likable mid-tier phone with a reasonable price tag and a decent amount of features. In reality, it is nice looking and easy to use and that seems a good enough premise for market success.