Nokia Time Warp XIII: the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold Edition (by Nokia Lumia 1020)
It's only been a few weeks since the previous Time Warp, written by Richard Shepherd about his Nokia N90. The next Nokia Time Warp is partially inspired by the announcements of the "golden versions" of the iPhone 5S and HTC One - which made me smile a bit. Of course, they aren't the first companies to bring a golden version of their flagship device (in fact, they aren't very good in being "first" at anything, but hey - who cares). And to be honest, I'm not even sure Nokia was first to produce golden editions of their phones, I know Motorola had a golden RAZR around the same time.
Anyway, for this edition of the Nokia Time Warp I could borrow a near mint
Nokia 8800 Sirocco (Gold Edition)from 2006. Back then, in this country you would have to pay almost €1500 to be able to carry this precious Nokia in your inside pocket. If it fits your taste, it was a beautiful device no doubt - and the ringtones were composed by Brian Eno. It still is an incredible fingerprint magnet, too. And although it couldn't do much more than being extraordinary luxurious, it does represent the Nokia company at the height of its popularity. Nokia had the world at its feet, the company could more or less produce whatever it wanted, people would crave for it. Note there is something awkward about the device I could borrow though - it looks like the package and the silver desktop charger belong to the "normal' Nokia 8800 Sirocco, only the device itself clearly is the golden edition. You'll have to forgive me for that, this is as close as I could get to a "near mint" version. So here it is, captured with the Nokia Lumia 1020. I will just share the shots, they speak for themselves I guess. Note however - it does have a camera inside :-)
Did you want one back in those days? Did you even own one yourself? Don't hesitate to share your memories below! :-) You’ll find all my Nokia Time Warps here…
1. Nokia 7650 2. Nokia 9000 Communicator 3. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic 4. Nokia N900 5. Nokia N8 6. Nokia E7 7. Nokia N86 8. Nokia N800 Internet tablet 9. Nokia N70 10. Nokia N95 and N95GB 11. Nokia N73 Music Edition 12. Nokia N90 13. Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold Edition 14. Nokia 5110