The Nokia 8800 Sirocco is a classy handset. Slightly bigger and heavier than the original Nokia 8800 and with a stainless steel finish, it feels satisfyingly weighty - you can feel the quality. The slider has a convenient thumb indentation for a better grip when opening the phone.
An MP3 player and two-megapixel camera are on board the Nokia 8800 Sirocco, but there is only 128MB of internal memory and no card slot. Bluetooth connectivity allows for wireless music streaming and a fancy headset.
The Nokia 8800 Sirocco's spacious keypad makes for easy inputting, and a joypad speeds up navigation. The Nokia user interface will be instantly familiar to Nokia devotees and easy to pick up for newcomers.
The Nokia 8800 Sirocco handles its day job as a phone well. The two-megapixel camera won't win any prizes but is an adequate mobile snapper. The MP3 music player does the job very well - but why can't we have more memory in a device of this size?
For a fairly large phone we expect a fairly large battery life. While not the worst ever, the Nokia 8800 Sirocco, with its 165 minutes of talktime and 240 minutes of standby, doesn't really cut the mustard.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:44 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
One of the most beautifully built handsets on the market.
No memory card slot, which seriously limits its music and multimedia storage potential.
Despite Mobile Choice's reticence towards the original Nokia 8800, the handset struck a chord with business users. It was THE phone to aspire to for those who happened to have a spare £600 to splash out on a phone. It was superbly designed and made, but its specifications left us cold, so we are pleased to see that the Nokia 8800 Sirocco has a much improved features set.
At first glance, there appears to be little difference between the two handsets, but look closely and Nokia's design refinement is exceptionally classy. The front slide fascia is more minimalist with a convenient thumb indentation for a better grip when opening the phone. The keypad/navigation/soft key area has also been refitted for the better. The Nokia 8800 Sirocco still has its signature metallic armour, but has gained a couple of grams and a few millimetres. At 138g, its stainless steel body is a weighty proposition and you will definitely feel it in the pocket. The pay-off is that you are getting a solid, meticulously crafted, expertly built handset.
The 8800 had the best slider action in the business - spring-assisted and sturdy with a satisfying clunk - and the Sirocco keeps this feature. Nokia has added ball bearings used in high-performance cars to give the mechanism an even slicker glide. You won't be disappointed.Unfortunately, the display quality hasn't moved on from the 208x208-pixel resolution, but it's an adequately detailed screen and guarded by scratch-resistant sapphire-coated glass.
Usability has been improved by the keypad overhaul, with more spacious buttons and joypad. The slight overhang from the sliding cover that blighted the original 8800 is still evident. It does hamper your fingertips when trying to get good purchase on the last row of keys, especially those of you with chunky digits.
So what features have been enhanced with the Nokia 8800 Sirocco? Well the camera has been bumped up from a miserable 0.5 to two megapixels. The camera quality is an improvement and you can fire it up via one of the soft keys. It shoots in 1600x1200-pixel resolution and has white balance, effects, night mode and self-timer settings to adapt to different environments. Picture quality won't win any prizes, as colours do appear washed out, but it is adequate for this level.Elsewhere, internal memory has been doubled to 128MB and Brian Eno has been recruited to record exclusive 'Crystalline' ringtones. Of course. These are unmistakeably Eno, with atmospheric and tasteful guitar and piano vignettes, and all sound undeniably pretty.
The lack of memory card and sufficient internal memory limit the appeal of the Nokia 8800 Sirocco's music player. This is compounded when you see it has a capable seven-band equaliser to enhance the fidelity and stereo Bluetooth function to wirelessly stream your music to compatible headphones and speakers. It is also frustrating to note that Nokia only supplies a mono earphone with the handset (although you do receive a free Bluetooth headset), so you will have to invest in extra headphones to listen in stereo.The 8800 Sirocco has enhanced its reputation with a design polish and feature hike, and despite competition from the LG Shine, it still remains the beautiful people's phone with a designer price tag.