Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Out of all the major domestic wireless carriers, it’s blatantly obvious that T-Mobile has been the most proactive one when it comes to selling Nokia devices, which is evident with past devices like the Nokia Nuron and Astound. Reinventing themselves, Nokia has a lot to overcome if they intend on being a major player in the US once again, but with Microsoft’s blessings, they seem poised to make a comeback. With that in mind, the Finnish company embarks on a new venture with its upcoming Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile, which is priced competitively at $49.99 on-contract, but the question that remains unanswered is whether or not it’ll be a standout hit to garner some buzz.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Start Guide
- Product and Safety Information
When you’re deemed as a launch pad device to jumpstart a new beginning, one would only expect to see something remarkably piercing to the soul. Unfortunately, we’re a bit underwhelmed as a whole with the design of the Nokia Lumia 710 because of its oh-so predictable appearance.
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Accidental presses are pretty much non-existent with the Nokia Lumia 710, thankfully, because it employs physical Windows buttons as opposed to capacitive ones. Physical buttons are abundant with this one, but with its volume rocker, shutter key, and power button, they’re notoriously difficult to feel out – not to mention lacking a decent response too! Strangely, for something that’s a part of the second wave of Windows Phones, its omission of a front-facing camera is puzzling.
Power key, microUSB port and 3.5mm jack (top)
Camera shutter and volume key (right)
With the Lumia 710’s 3.7” WVGA (480 x 800) Clear Black display, it’s decent to say the least among other things, but it’s not totally mesmerizing. Of course, details are more than sufficient for its screen size and resolution, while its rich color production is especially tantalizing to the eyes. However, its overall allure is diminished by its weak brightness output and poor viewing angles, which ultimately washes things out and makes it rather difficult to view under the presence of the sun.
1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1026; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Isn't "ClearBlack" an amoled screen? How does it have bad viewing angles! That would have been the only factor that made this phone decent. Oh well... T-Mobile should have got the Lumia 800.
3. the_s2 (Posts: 199; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
ClearBlack is not a display type, rather its a screen technology which puts in an extra polarising layer over the display to avoid reflectance, thus increasing the depth of black and offering clear sunlight visibility. There is the ClearBlack AMOLED display found in the C6-01, E7 etc and the ClearBlack IPS TFT found in the Nokia 603,(ah well, I find the 710 as the twin of 603) , Nokia 701 and yeah, the 710. Good day!!
31. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1026; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Wow thanks! I guess it just shows how little most Americans know about Nokia (and vice versa probably).
27. matt1q2aw3 (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
The HTC Vivid was rated as having poor viewing angles by PA but it was not bad at all in the store. PA also said that its screen was not very bright which was also inaccurate, in my opinion.
Read all the WP7 and Android reviews and take note about the tone of voice used. Compare it to the iphone reviews and you'll note a striking bias towards the iphone.
One example is the use of excuses when noting something bad about an iphone.
I went from WP7 to Android to see what it was all about, and b/c of the file explorer and Adobe flash. If WP7 added flash, a file explorer, and better multi tasking, it would be a fantastic phone. The design is elegant, beautiful, and simple to use.
47. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
And they are also bias to Samsung too .
See the gs2 review compare to sensation xe
2. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 278; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
so i hear all this about how pretty wp7 is and yet none of these screenshots do anything to pique my interest... but i guess that goes to how wp7 is "competing more with iphone than with android"
4. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
It doesn't need to compete with something it's better than. ZING!
5. JGuinan007 (Posts: 598; Member since: 19 May 2011)
So your saying the Nokia Lumia 710 is better than iphone?
19. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)
After using androids and breifly going through iphones, I raealy grew bland, even with my beloved androids. Although I really love the customizeable aspect of androids, I still really want to try out WM7 which ILikeBubbles didnt like...seems great to me; probaly cause i dint try it before
22. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)
Admittedly it looks boring on the computer. But if you use it in person it's quite an immersive experience.
8. seylan (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
It puzzles me why Nokia chose to use an ordinary TFT display with Lumia 710, but used a higher quality and very bright IPS LCD on the 701 and even the 603, which run Symbian and are even cheaper...I'm fine with the design, it looks quite good, but it could be a tad thinner and maybe do with some metal...I wouldn't call it "boring" especially with the interchangeable rear covers. Well I don't mind the omission of a front-facing camera, I only tried video calling once with my current smartphone and would never use it again.
9. Landmarkcm (Posts: 349; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
I think I am going to go w the radar on my value plan and get it this weekend with tmobile sale plus theres still offering another 100 back through the 10th if you trade in another phone any working phone. I just read where the htc radars camera flash works up to 10 feet away as well & that is one of the impt features to me.. So I think that seals the deal for me.. And I thought I was all set on the Nokia!
But with the reviews coming in overall it's not more compelling then the htc Radar afterall!..
10. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Now, who the hell is going to choose this over the HTC Radar??? The design looks absolutely horrible
11. StreetNerd (Posts: 698; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
i got the white with cyan cover + cyan Purity HD headset
for only 350 euros off contract.... super deal huh?!
14. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if i had to chose one over the other, id chose the nokia over the HTC
1) nokia's navigation is the best navigation availible on WP7 right now... and its free, works in offline, ect ect ect.
2) i sell the darn things and i still see very little use out of video calling so its not important to me.
3) 1.4ghz processor > 1 ghz
4) They are both "entry level" devices so why pay $50 more for the HTC brand name and a slightly nicer design when the Nokia actually gives you more for less?
5) nokia only apps. It can do everything the HTC can do and yet more.
15. phunkinc (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
I sell for TMo too. I am a huge HTC fan (well before their monotony recently) and I am getting the 710. I will post my opinion on it as it is being given to me. I love Nokia as well and there are some huge selling points of that over the Radar.
16. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i was offered to champion it, but turned it down as i need my wifi tethering too much for school. Won the HD7 before as well which was pretty nice. Let us know how u like it after putting it through its paces.
17. phunkinc (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Yea I'm championing it. Will do. Where are you located, always nice to see another TMo employee :)
29. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Did not know you were in Jacksonville, remixfa. I grew up in F-L-A, raised in Fort Myers and lived in Tampa for a few years. LOVE Jax. Had some friends that lived in Orange Park, and spent a ton of time there. Good memories.
While in your T-Mo store, give the Nokia a good once over. Very interested in the overall performance. Nokia hardware is supposed to be top notch. Very interested in your opinion.
38. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
nokia's build quality is normally very nice. we have the 710's in stock.. have had them for a while.. but we dont have a demo device to play with. dont worry, im not one to hold my opinion back. :)
40. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Yea, I like it here. Its a city without feeling like a city since its so spread out. My biggest issue is the FL school system sucks and I'm a big winter fan. Took me a decade but I finally convinced my wife to move from FL once we are done with our degrees.
21. mallkioskguy (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)
Do t-Mobile customers still even like the Nokia brand name? Serious question...
25. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yes, surprisingly enough we still get regular "is there a new nokia" questions. I've had 4 customers come in asking about the 710 in the last 2 weeks.. i was quite surprised. And happy... that means people are doing homework for once. :)
23. Landmarkcm (Posts: 349; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
I love wp & thought I was gonna be settling in with the 710 even switched from Sprint due to there slow support of wp. But the camera is of great importance to me & that alone is why I am choosing the radar over the lumia. The reviews coming in say the radars is better & also it has a better camera flash as well and better build quality…The slighly faster processor on the 710 will go unnoticed by me.
The camera apeture is an f2.2 on the radar as well vs 2.4 on the Lumia. So the radar is better in low light.
34. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)
@Landmarkcm...You switched from Sprint, to T-Mobile? And you switched because Sprint supports one WP device, while T-Mobile has only two WP devices? And want the Radar because the aperature is 2.2 vs 2.4 for the Lumia 710? Really?
33. DCBureaucrat (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)
My thoughts exactly! The Radar is a better design (imho) and has wifi tethering - which saves me $$ since it provides mobile data for my tablet and laptop. And the Radar is currently FREE now that they are adding an extra $100 off rebate. If this phone was on Sprint or Verizon I could see it filling a need in their lineup - but both T-Mo and ATT already have good low-end WM7 Mango phones. Now, show me the new Nokia Ace and I might be interested.
39. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
since when does the radar have wifi tethering?
12. hunted (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
i like this phone, descent for what it has been manufactured.
13. tsets (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Ehhhhhh is it just me or is there a little mistake about the video playback?Because i don't remember it being Full Hd capable!
18. StreetNerd (Posts: 698; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
i got a question...
the battery life of the omnia 7 (first gen processor+1500mah) is better thn the 710 battery life (second gen processor+1300mah) ?
20. -box- (Posts: 3537; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'm sorry, but only 7 stars? You all need to revamp your rating system.
This is a mid-level smartphone. It's designed for those that need smartphone features (web, e-mail, etc) but without all the gee-whiz features of super-phones like the Galaxy S2 or LG Nitro, and is priced accordingly. Given that criteria, and based on your review, this deserves an 8 or 9, since it doesn't need a front camera (would have raised price) and the design, while not groundbreaking, is at least not unpleasant and allows for user customization from the manufacturer, something which other phones only allow for by buying a different case or a different colored model (white GS2 or iPhone, anyone?), and something I've missed since the older Nokias of the early 2000's (interchangeable front and rear covers, yeah!!)
That being said, I think PA should introduce a new rating system, with tiers for class of phone: basic phones (sliders/candybars/flip); quick-messaging/feature (Nokia Nuron, Samsung Flight2, etc), basic/low smartphones (Pantech Crossover, LG Optimus/Phoenix); mid-level smartphones (Nokia Lumia 710/800 & most WP7, iphone4, Samsung Infuse); high-level (Motorola Atrix2, iPhone4S, HTC Sensation 4G, Galaxy Nexus, upcoming Nokia 900); and super (Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, LG Nitro HD, HTC Amaze). That way, although the Lumia 710 may only be 70% capable as a GS2 (not saying it is, just speculatively), it's 90-95% capable in its own class, thus earning it a more accurate rating for how good a phone it does in its own bracket. You might as well be comparing a college sports team with a professional one
26. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
clear, concise, well thought.. and with an excellent point. Good job. :)
30. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
You are not the first to request that, -box-. But you presented the argument for it extremely well. Thanks, and +1!!
45. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
Agreed. It's akin to giving a Honda Prius 7 stars for not having a built-in concierge service and not being able to do 0-60mph in less than 5.5 seconds. Given the price point, it's hard to find something even close to this phone.
32. NancySteopher (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)
Nokia is selling Lumia 710 in the United States for just $50, isnt this amazing!! well i feel Nokia Lumia 710 is just a small brother of Lumia 800..amazing smartphone which has potential sort out requirements.
35. santtroo94 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
the expected class of lumia series is not yet matched......
36. akmaintu (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
Guys am using this fone for the past one week,and it is just awesome am completely satisfied.
37. phunkinc (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
So, just got this phone tonight as part of my Champion program in the store. Will post up a review somewhere tomorrow. I'm digging it so far.
41. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I've finally gotten my paws on the 710 and fiddled around with it. How the heck did this little budget phone get a 7???? For the budget class smartphones, id give it like a 9 or so. Its frikkin quick, buttery smooth, is the first WP7 phone with good navigation, decent camera, solid build quality/feel for the price range, and i have no idea why people are complaining about the screen. Yea sure, its not Amoled or IPS, but it doesnt look bad at all. Definately not as bad as say the samsung dart's screen.
For $50 bux or less, it puts it in firing range with low end android sets like the HTC wildfire (piece of junk), the iphone 3gs which is quite lacking in everything but apps compared to the 710, a blackberry curve, and other low end smartphones phones. for a $0-50 price tag for a brand new piece of equipment (not some 3 year old bargain bin iphone with a horrible screen) with a 1.4ghz processor,great nokia GPS features, and a 5mpx camera, its worth more than its price tag suggests. How did that score a 7 again exactly?
42. rsiders (Posts: 193; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Another dumb review where they just skip right over the exclusive ESPN app. Oh yeah, there's that app that no one else has. Let's not show how it works....(sarcasm) I would've least liked to know if the video actually works even though I wouldn't get this phone if it was free. Sheesh! People these days.lol
43. Landmarkcm (Posts: 349; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
Ok so I need to really think before I post (re my previous posts saying the radar was better). I didnt get enough hands on with this at CES. So I went to the store & exchanged. And the unit you actually get is better then the demo units running in stores too! Besides the lack of Front facing camera I think the Lumia 710 IS better overall then the Radar now. :) They are still both really similiar but the faster processor and Nokia drive app plus i like the Lumia design are enough in my opinion to make it better. I was thinking the radars camera was better (they both have slightly diff settings) Now I have to give it to the 710. But you cant go wrong really with either one if you want a good wp & your on Tmobile. But I would reccomend the 710.
44. thee91 (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
does nokia lumia 710 really uses the pentile matrix display?
46. chewtoy (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Any idea when tethering will be available? I enjoy this phone but I need tethering.
48. mobitily1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
Nokia's build quality is normally very nice.
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49. Zerogates (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 May 2012)
does this have more access to apps and games than the samsung omnia w???
50. rajanbuddhdev (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
i had lumia 710....most stupid phone.....lacking so many features.....sufferddd a lot after buying it.
51. isravg94 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
hey men, please help me! I don´t not which one to buy: Lumia 710, Xperia Miro or Xperia j
Please what I should buy?
|Display||3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 MSM8255, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
512 MB RAM
|Size||4.69 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches|
(119 x 62.4 x 12.48 mm)
4.43 oz (126 g)
|Battery||1300 mAh, 6.9 hours talk time|