It seems Nokia is rather partial to its luxury 8800 range, and while we'd like to say the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte is a welcome departure from its predecessors, we would be lying harder than a desperate real estate agent.
This is another attractive, yet ultimately boring, phone that tries to allure wallet-bulging buyers with the increasingly tired combination of a preposterous price tag and high-end materials such as carbon fiber, metal, and glass. It's not that we don't like it; we'd just prefer to see something a little less "BMW interior" sometimes.
Feature-wise, you get a 3.2-megapixel camera, 3G, an OLED display and expandable memory. As with older models, Nokia says the Carbon Arte has an anti-fingerprint coating so you won't need to spend hours polishing--and that's about it. There's not as much as you might expect in a luxury phone, but perhaps less is more (or at least you'd hope so).
If you're a yak herder, thinking to yourself that with those kind of features and a fairly old design you're only going to have to trade in a few yaks, think again. The Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte will set you back around 1,100 euros SIM-free--that's abut 1,608 of your precious dollars. To put that into perspective, you could buy a 42-inch plasma TV, such as the Panasonic Viera TH-42PX80B, for that money. Yikes is all we can say.
(Via Crave UK)