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Nokia Lumia 710 Review

Nokia Lumia 710

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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

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

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

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

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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


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

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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Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
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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