resizeable Live Tiles. This feature, along with the Bing Wallpaper picture of the day and the twenty new themes for the phone, were all lifted from Windows Phone 8. Microsoft basically came up with Windows Phone 7.8 as a way to appease those who had an earlier Windows Phone model. None of the Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 7.5 flavored handsets could be updated to Windows Phone 8 because of hardware limitations. Windows Phone 8 supports larger sized screens and dual-core processors. And while anyone could buy a Windows Phone 8 device, those with a Nokia Lumia 710 are still locked into their two year contract and won't qualify for a subsidized phone for some time.
While the Windows Phone 7.8 update wouldn't have turned a Nokia Lumia 710 into a high-end model, it might have made the phone seem a little fresher and more fun. Will T-Mobile or Nokia throw owners of the Nokia Lumia 710 a small bone for their suffering? We will have to wait and see.