I was looking at the millionaire-friendly Vertu handsets at the weekend, which might impress people in the know, but to most people, probably just look like any other handset. That’s not the case with the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold.
That’s because it dispenses with all subtlety – coming encased in an 18-carat gold plating. And that’s not all, there’s also white gold accents and a sapphire-coated, scratch-resistant glass display – put together, according to Nokia, with the techniques of watchmakers and jewellers.
Oh yes, there is a specification – and one that could never live up to the outer appearance. You get a a sliding mechanism that reveals a two megapixel camera, ergonomic keypad, 262k colour screen, Bluetooth and a co-ordinating Bluetooth headset and desk stand.
So essentially, it’s all about the looks. If you want one, Nokia is quoting a price of around 1,000 Euros. It’s unlikely to appear as a freebie from your network operator.