For a brief moment in history, the Nokia 8801 was the most beautiful phone that Nokia had on the market.
I decided, “why not?” after seeing one out in the wild, in the hands of Alice’s roommate. As soon as I could, I got it for myself.
I made the purchase in 2007, shortly after starting my freshman year at the University of Tulsa, and I was happy with it. It replaced my Motorola RAZR V3i.
The battery life with the standard batteries was a great step backwards from my Motorola RAZR V3i, but it happily accepted the Nokia BP-6X battery from the Nokia 8800 Sirocco.
My Nokia 8801 has been through a lot with me. I won’t lie: I haven’t always taken good care of it. I once threw it against the wall out of anger in 2010.
In the aftermath of that incident, I restored the phone to the best of my ability. The slide mechanism was bent a little out of shape, so it took a little bit of coaxing to open all the way. The camera no longer worked, either, but that wasn’t such a loss.
The phone would be retired for some time, in favor of smartphones (iPhone 3G, 4, and 5). It came out of retirement when my iPhone 5 became inoperable following heavy rainfall at Austin City Limits 2013, at which point I again joined the ranks of the smartphone-less.
It ended regular use again after I purchased an iPhone 6 Plus.
AT&T announced earlier in 2016 that they would no longer be supporting the device by the end of the year.