Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold
- Excellent build quality, user interface, design
- Price, no new or outstanding features, no memory storage slot, heavy, poorly designed keypad and controls
The 8800 Sirocco Gold is a flashy mobile phone that will appeal to the fashion conscious consumer thanks to its 18-carat gold plated finish. Under its flashy exterior, though, is a handset with minimal features.
Price$ 2,049.00 (AUD)
With an 18-carat encasing, Nokia's 8800 Sirocco Gold makes a bold statement in style and brings a new level of prestige to mobile phones.. Retaining an almost identical feature set to the previous 8800 Sirocco Edition, the Sirocco Gold distinguishes itself from the pack with audacious bravado and an exuberant price tag to match.
The voice performance of the Sirocco Gold is adequate, but in-call volume isn't loud enough, even at its highest setting - especially in noisy environments. Nokia includes most basic phone functions such as speed dialling, automatic redial, call waiting, call hold, call divert, call timer and conference call, and the Sirocco Gold also includes a hands-free speakerphone, along with voice dialling.
The Sirocco Gold has a 2 megapixel camera with a fair range of options, including a video mode, digital zoom, night mode, a self-timer and some effects. Users can also adjust white balance settings and images range from 160 x 120 to 1600x1200 in size. Picture quality is average; bright colours look washed out, and most of our test photos lacked sharpness. A flash isn't included, so night time photography is virtually impossible, even using night mode.
Nokia has retained the Symbian Series 40 operating system on the Sirocco Gold and in our opinion it's the most stable OS Nokia has ever used. A large, coloured icon greets you at every menu selection, with easy to read text underneath it. The menu can also be changed to a 3 x 3 grid style. The Sirocco Gold also includes special gold themes and wallpaper designed to match the phones glossy and stylish exterior
An impressive 128MB of internal flash memory has been installed, but no memory slot is available for extra storage. The music player supports MP3, MP4, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+ and WMA formats, as well as an FM radio, which should keep most people entertained. However a 3.5mm headphone jack isn't provided and the player's functionality is limited, offering only has basic shuffle and repeat play modes. The included earphones must be connected to use the radio as these act as the antenna.
Other features include support for Java, a currency converter, world clock and a 1000-entry phonebook. The Sirocco Gold also offers MMS, standard SMS and e-mail messaging and of course, T9 predictive text input. For email SMTP, POP3, IMAP4, and APOP protocols are all supported. The phone also offers Bluetooth 2.0 and USB synchronisation with a PC using the included PC Suite software to round out the Sirocco Gold's connectivity features.
The 8800 series is all about style and the Sirocco Gold is no exception. It's a stunning masterpiece of industrial design. The phone is built from stainless steel and encased with 18-carat gold plating. Unfortunately it is highly prone to smudging and fingerprints. Despite measuring only 107mm x 45mm x 17.5mm, the Sirocco Gold weighs a hefty 138g.
According to Nokia, the Sirocco Gold uses a slide mechanism encompassing premium ball-bearings crafted by the makers of bearings used in high performance cars. Thankfully, it's not as complex as a car and only requires a small nudge to slide open. The build quality of the handset is superb; a small metal piece wedged between two selection buttons offers a place to sit your thumb when sliding the phone open. Our only complaint with the design is the rear battery cover, which is more difficult than usual to remove.
The 208 x 208 pixel display on the Sirocco Gold is bright and clear in all lighting conditions, with an excellent viewing angle. The surrounding area of the display is a gold, mirror-like surface, which is almost impossible to keep free of fingerprints. The most disappointing aspect of the Sirocco Gold's design is the keypad. The keys are incredibly small, cramped and uncomfortable to use, and the five-way navigational selection key is too small, making it difficult to press without bumping the directional pad keys.
Conveniently, Nokia includes two batteries in the sales package and these can be charged through either the supplied AC adapter or the included desktop charging cradle. The cradle is finished in the same gold surface as the phone and has a pulsating white light around its base. The cradle has a slot for both the Sirocco Gold and the spare battery, but they can't be charged at the same time. The Sirocco Gold also includes a colour-matched Bluetooth headset in the sales package. According to Nokia, battery life is average, rated at two hours and 45 minutes of talk time and up to 240 hours of standby time.
Join the newsletter!
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Toys for Boys
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Xbox One X
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 4 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
- 5 Giabyte Aorus X9 Gaming Laptop review: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Belkin Introduces USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD
- Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 Will Come To Australia
- Boost Mobile Doubles Data Offering With New Summer Plans
- BlackBerry KEYone Black Launches in Australia
- HTC U11 Plus latest rumours: Release date, price and specs
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro review
- Get set for Amazon Australia Black Friday launch
- Destiny 2 PC review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTApplication Support SpecialistVIC
- FTBDM/Account Manager - TechnologyACT
- CCApplications Development Delivery LeadVIC
- FTRobotic Process Automation DeveloperOther
- FTSr. IT Business Analyst -Investment banking Funding StructureOther
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- CCCyber AnalystVIC
- TPSenior Project CoordinatorVIC
- FTRegional Market Manager - Wide Bay RegionQLD
- FTSystems Support ManagerNSW
- FTChange Analyst, IT & Business ProjectsOther
- TPSupport Java RoleNSW
- FTSAP CRM/UI5/Online Systems AnalystOther
- CCF5 Operational Support EngineerWA
- FTAPI Integration Technical Lead -$1150 per dayOther
- FTChange Manager, SAPConnect TransformationOther
- FTAccount Management/Customer Service - MULTIPLE ROLESSA
- CCMid - Level SAP Test Analyst (Brisbane)WA
- FTTableau DeveloperOther
- FTPL/SQL DeveloperOther
- TPTest ManagerQLD
- CCWholesale Trading Solutions ArchitectNSW
- FTSenior Technical Engineer - MacVIC
- TPBusiness Improvement ManagerNSW
- TPInstructional DesignerNSW