The Nokia 8800 continues to amaze me.
It remains a popular handset, two years after its launch, despite being appallingly over-priced and under-spec’d. It sits on top of the Nokia range, but what does it have? 0.5 megapixel camera when the top phones now come with 5! It’s not 3G, the talktime is a disappointing 1.5-3 hours, you can’t add additional memory to it and the screen is small and dated.
It’s a fashion phone basically, the mobile equivalent of a pair of Armani jeans. A nice phone to look at and to hold, but not a lot more than that. The metal casing gives it an expensive feel, and the buttons click with a satisfying clunk. It has a stylish younger brother, the Sirocco, which boasts a more impressive line-up, but is also eye-wateringly expensive.
It now has a rival however, and what’s more, one that should actually be good enough to beat it.
The Shine also has a metal finish and trumps the 8800 with a clever screen that displays a mirror effect when not in use.
Its a very impressive phone to hold, with the same build quality and expensive feel as the 8800. The vital statisics far outweigh the latter as well. It has a 2 megapixel camera, a bigger and better screen, a handy roll bar for improved navigation and most importantly, it’s very reasonably priced!
Is it an 8800 beater though?
Well it’s undeniably a better package and put head-to-head with the 8800 it outscores the Nokia in pretty much every category. That alone doesn’t make it a must-have phone though, and where Nokia succeeded so well with the 8800 was with the carefully cultivated image that gave it its executive cult status.
A tough act to follow, but LG have produced a little gem.