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Nokia Lumia 710 Review

By Simon Thomas on 27th January 2012


3G Total Score

Pros: Great Nokia apps; user friendly Windows operating system; excellent performance for a handset at this price point


Cons: Design is a tad clumsy; only 8GB onboard storage

 

Verdict: Anyone looking for a Windows smartie on a small budget will find the Nokia Lumia 710 a nice, reliable handset, but if you can find a bit more cash, opt for the Lumia 800

Full Review and Specification for the Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia has followed up its Lumia 800 with a handset that offers similar specifications, the Windows Phone operating systems – but all at a far more attractive price. Budget phones are definitely on the up – ZTE and HTC have already come up trumps with their ZTE Tania and HTC Explorer, so can Nokia pull it out of the bag with the new Lumia 710?

 

A new design


Nokia has made some big alterations when it comes to design – and we can’t say we’re that impressed with the budget new look. At first glance, we rather liked the pointed edges and the angular corners, but the bar that sits beneath the display (and which is home to the Search, Home and Back buttons) is just plain ugly. We can’t work out why Nokia chose this option, rather than featuring touch-sensitive buttons. It spoils the whole look of the handset, plus the phone’s pointed edges get in the way when you’re trying to operate the volume control keys, which are rather narrow.

 

The display measures 3.7 inches (which is the same as the Lumia 800) and it has the same resolution too – 480x800 pixels. However, corners have been cut by using not AMOLED technology but TFT. This means viewing angles are not quite as good (although they’re not bad by any means) and that the colours appear a tad saturated. Despite these changes, the screen is bright and easy to see even in direct sunlight. It is protected by Gorilla Glass, so shouldn’t get scratched too easily.

 

The handset itself still fits neatly in the hand – it weighs 126g, so is lightweight without feeling cheap. It has a chunky body, so you shouldn’t lose it in your pocket and a rubberised reverse side makes it easy to keep a hold of. The handset is all black, but you can swap the back cover for a blue one that comes in the box.

 

Cool runnings


Beneath the chassis, the Lumia 710 is pretty much like the Lumia 800 – you’ll find 512MB memory and a 1.4GHz Qualcomm chip. Another symptom of cut corners though is the fact that there is only 8MB of onboard storage, rather than the 16GB on the Lumia 800 – and remember there is no memory card slot to enable you to expand that.

 

To start with, the Lumia 800 was pretty disappointing when it came to battery life (however Nokia has since added an update to improve that), but the Lumia 710 will give you about a day of heavy use from a fully charged battery, so you should be okay surfing the net, emailing, texting, making short phone calls and playing a bit of music.

 

The Lumia 710 runs on the Windows Phone Mango operating system, which offers speedy performance – and apps load really quickly too. Surfing the net is a smooth experience, with pages scrolling just at the flick of a finger, and pinch to zoom working well. You also get the benefit of Nokia’s top-notch Drive and Maps apps – so you should be able to find your way around whether you’re driving or walking.

 

Snap happy 

 

Another downside of the Lumia 800 was its snapper, which failed to impress anywhere but outdoors. The Lumia 710’s snapper is a five-megapixel version without a lot of extra features – however it performed well. It has a dedicated camera button, to turn on the camera quickly, and our outdoor shots were impressive.

 

In low light the snapper didn’t fare quite so well – although the flash does help. Auto-focus is also not great when it comes to focusing on close-up subjects, so you have to revert to manual focus (you do this by tapping the display). There is also a facility to shoot video at 1280x720HD.

 

Our conclusion


The Lumia 710 won’t win any design awards, and anyone used to the curved, sleek lines of the Lumia 800 will be disappointed. However, the display, while not as colourful as that on the 800, is still bright, crisp and benefits from Gorilla Glass protection. Plus the chip offers powerful performance and there are some great Nokia apps. The 710 is never going to beat the Lumia 800, which is our favourite of the Windows handsets, but Nokia has made a very decent effort of bringing a budget Windows handset to the market.

 

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Nokia Lumia 710 Review Scoring

  • Style and Handling
  • User Friendliness
  • Feature set
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Overall Score

Nokia Lumia 710 Phone Specification

Type of phone:

Smartphone

Style:

candy bar

Size:

119x62.4x12.5 mm

Weight:

126g

Display:

16 million colours

Resolution:

480x800

Camera:

5MP

Special Camera features:

LED flash, auto focus

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

No

Video streaming:

Yes

Music formats played:

MP4, MP3, WMA, WAV

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

Yes

Voice Control:

No

Voice Dialling:

N/A

Call records:

N/A

Phonebook:

N/A

Ringtones customization:

Yes

Display description:

N/A

Website:

www.nokia.co.uk

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

N/A

Launch Status:

N/A

Ringtones:

MP3, MIDI

Radio:

N/A

Operating system:

Windows Mobile

Connectivity:

MicroUSB, Bluetooth, WLAN, Wi-Fi

Announced date:

N/A

What's in the Box:

Charger, Micro USB cable, changeable cover

RAM:

512MB RAM

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

6 hours video playback

CPU:

1.4GHz Qualcomm

FM Radio Description:

N/A

Internal memory:

8GB

Memory Card Slot:

N/A

Messaging:

SMS, Email, MMS

Internet Browser:

HTML

E-mail client:

Push email

GPS:

GPS

Java:

N/A

Games:

N/A

Data speed:

HSDPA, 3G, GPRS, EDGE

Frequency:

N/A

Talktime:

N/A

Standby:

N/A

Display size:

3.7 inches

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

Yes


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