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Nokia Lumia 710 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Get ready to not be surprised at all. Why you ask? Simply, the Nokia Lumia 710 follows in the same footsteps as all other Windows Phones before it – and so, there’s nothing terribly different with its Mango-fied experience. Of course, some people might feel that the interface is boring by now, but contrary to belief, we’re still enthralled by its straightforward approach, dynamic live tiles, and Metro UI. On the other hand, it’s still fairly limited when it comes to personalization, which is reserved to things like rearranging the home tiles, changing the accent color, and the background color.

The Metro UI of the Nokia Lumia 710 - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The Metro UI of the Nokia Lumia 710 - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The Metro UI of the Nokia Lumia 710 - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The Metro UI of the Nokia Lumia 710 - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

The Metro UI of the Nokia Lumia 710


Namely because of its screen size, typing can be a bit laborious due to the confined space we’re dealt with the on-screen keyboard. Lucky for us, seeing that the Windows Phone keyboard is very responsive and offers one of the best auto-correct features, mistakes are generally kept to a minimum.

The Windows Phone keyboard is very responsive - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The Windows Phone keyboard is very responsive - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

The Windows Phone keyboard is very responsive


With Mango’s presence, the email experience has been refined to offer a universal inbox system and threaded conversations. And of course, the setup process is simple as pie seeing that it essentially requires only our email address and password to automatically set up.

Email - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Email - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

Email


Out of the box, the handset is preloaded with quite a few third party apps – such as ESPN, Netflix, Nokia Drive, Slacker Radio, TeleNav GPS Navigator, T-Mobile TV, and the Weather Channel. Of all them, the most interesting one is none other than Nokia Drive, which offers us free voice guided turn-by-turn directions and 3D maps. Now what’s nice about it beyond the obvious things, is that maps can be stored locally on the phone – so it’ll work even if a data connection isn’t present! However, its operation can sometimes be sluggish at times when 3D landmarks are visualized.

ESPN - Nokia Drive offers  3D maps - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
ESPN - Nokia Drive offers  3D maps - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
ESPN - Nokia Drive offers  3D maps - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
ESPN - Nokia Drive offers  3D maps - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

ESPN

Nokia Drive offers  3D maps - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Nokia Drive offers  3D maps - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Nokia Drive offers  3D maps - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
Nokia Drive offers  3D maps - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

Nokia Drive offers 3D maps



Processor and Memory:

Providing all of the muscle power, its single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor with 512MB of RAM is more than adequate to present us with a likable performance. Naturally, it moves, reacts, and executes just like any other Windows Phone before it, which gives the platform a very uniform approach. So even though some might find its CPU underwhelming on paper when compared to the dual-cores out there, its fluid movements and executions show us that it doesn’t matter all that much.

Knowing that there is no way to expand its internal storage capacity, you’ll need to contemplate what things stay and go on the handset – well, that’s because it only has a capacity of 6.8GB.


Internet and Connectivity:

Meticulously thinking about it, we never came across a Windows Phone that offered us a terrible web browsing experience – and thankfully, the Nokia Lumia 710 continues the trend. With its HSPA+ connection, it’s able to load our site entirely very quickly, and on top of that, its navigational controls are customarily tight and responsive. Sure it doesn’t boast Flash support, but when we look at its overall speediness and fast-acting approach, we don’t miss it at all – so yeah, it’s a wonderful experience as usual.

The web browsing experience on the Nokia Lumia 710  is wonderful  - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The web browsing experience on the Nokia Lumia 710  is wonderful  - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The web browsing experience on the Nokia Lumia 710  is wonderful  - Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The web browsing experience on the Nokia Lumia 710  is wonderful  - Nokia Lumia 710 Review

The web browsing experience on the Nokia Lumia 710 is wonderful


Just like the other devices within T-Mobile’s stable, the Nokia Lumia 710 is a world phone that’ll easily work on a variety of GSM networks around the world. However, its so-called “4G” speeds are only obtainable under T-Mobile’s specific AWS band. Meanwhile, it features all the usual suspect of connectivity items commonly found on most smartphones nowadays – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Unlike AT&T’s crop of Windows Phones, this one doesn’t offer mobile hotspot connectivity – so it remains to be a carrier controlled thing.

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posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:24 1

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; 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.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:43 13

3. the_s2 (Posts: 239; 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!!

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 08:16 3

31. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Wow thanks! I guess it just shows how little most Americans know about Nokia (and vice versa probably).

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 20:41 4

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.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 04:58 1

47. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


And they are also bias to Samsung too .
See the gs2 review compare to sensation xe

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:32 5

2. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; 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"

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 23:56 8

4. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


It doesn't need to compete with something it's better than. ZING!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:12 7

5. JGuinan007 (Posts: 685; Member since: 19 May 2011)


So your saying the Nokia Lumia 710 is better than iphone?

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 01:14 3

6. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I think he means the other one LOL!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 13:43 1

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

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 16:13 3

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.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 03:49 2

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.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 04:49 2

9. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; 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!..

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:46 2

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

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:56 2

11. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; 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?!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 08:31 7

14. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 09:24 3

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.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 09:35 1

16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 11:46

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 :)

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 19:12

24. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


In Jax, FL, you?

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 01:56

29. snowgator (Posts: 3601; 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.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 22:43

38. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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. :)

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 22:48

40. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 16:02 1

21. mallkioskguy (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


Do t-Mobile customers still even like the Nokia brand name? Serious question...

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 19:14 1

25. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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. :)

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 16:55 1

23. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 13:30 1

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?

Wow.

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 11:05

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.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 22:45

39. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


since when does the radar have wifi tethering?

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 07:17

12. hunted (Posts: 403; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i like this phone, descent for what it has been manufactured.

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Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches
(119 x 62.4 x 12.48 mm)
4.43 oz  (126 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 6.9 hours talk time

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