Nokia Lumia 710 Hands-on

Nokia Lumia 710 Hands-on
A peg below Nokia's new flagship phone, the Nokia Lumia 710 delivers some respectable specs alongside Nokia's trademark hardware. Going back to Nokia's roots, the Lumia 710 offers swappable back-covers and a younger, more affordable overall device. As with its bigger brother, the Lumia 800, the device also sports a 3.7" Clear Black WVGA display, only this time it's on top of an LCD screen as opposed to the Nokia Lumia 800's AMOLED. It's also got the same 1.4GHz processor and Nokia specific Windows Phone functionality.

Holding the Nokia Lumia in the hand and it feels a lot more plasticy than the Nokia Lumia 800. With a glossy finish and more hollow weighting, it doesn't have as much presence and results in a considerably less premium user experience. That said, it is nicely rounded off to sit into the groove of the hand and has curved corners making it comfortable to hold and use. The Nokia Lumia 710 has three physical buttons below the display which look a bit clumsy and are cumbersome to interact with. Adding to this, the two stage camera button has very little travel, so compounding the considerably more budget feel of the Lumia 710 than the specs would suggest.



If specs are what you're after however, the guts of the handset are very desirable, with Windows Phone 7.5 flying given the 1.4 GHz processor being more than capable of drawing the best out of this OS. Menus are simple, clean and elegant although the wow factor of the AMOLED display on the Nokia Lumia 800 is definitely missing. Š’orking around the handset is a treat, with no lag, stutter of slow down in sight. The keyboard works well on the display so performance wise, it's a resounding thumbs up.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is due to launch in early 2012 in selected markets so we've got a bit of a wait. Until then, our first impression is for the most part positive. While the handset does feel a little cheaper than we would have hoped, it costs less than we would have thought ($375 before taxes and subsidies), so it's a fair trade off when you consider the performance. Once released, we'll give you a more in depth look at the functionality along with a verdict, so keep your eyes peeled if you want to know more.





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Lumia 710
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1300 mAh(7.60h 3G talk time)

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7 Comments

1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Isn't always the lower end devices which tell you how good a manufacturer is? A smooth, dependable tier 2 device usually means the top end will stand the test of time and quality. Be very interested in how the 710 performs.

2. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I kind of agree... I just hope the 800 does end up being a tier 1.5 device and that a 900 is lurking around. Nokia needs a "hero" device, especially if it wants to bang with the big boys in the US. They need the 4+ inch screen, 1800+ battery, 1g+ ram, 32+ gb, 8+ mp camera (+strong apeture capability, carl zeis lens), front facing camera, 4G capability and a badass cpu.

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Yeah this phone isn't bad but it's definitely not what's gonna save Nokia.

4. dan_md

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2010

The Nokia demo rep said Four differentiating features of Nokia Windows Phones: 1. Nokia Maps 2. Nokia Drive 3. Nokia Music w/ Mix Radio? What's the Fourth? (or did he count the last item as two entities?

6. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I think I read something about ESPN. I'm not sure, check the Engadget live blog.

5. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Coming to tmo usa. Guess where the better is going? F**k!!!!

7. devine

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

It's interesting to hear about the brand new phones. It has the latest features and easy to use. There is a big push from Microsoft to get more individuals using Windows Cellular phones. A machine that's been receiving a lot of press, the Nokia Lumia 710, is debuting at T-Mobile in Jan. Article resource: Nokia Lumia 710 will be available from T-Mobile in January

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