Nokia Lumia 710 is a budget follow-up to its first Windows Phone 7 handset, the Nokia Lumia 800. It’s very slightly larger than the 800 in all dimensions, has the same Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system and 3.7in 480×800 display, but the screen is TFT rather than AMOLED, the camera is a 5 rather than 8-megapixel version and it has 8GB rather than 16GB of storage. The 1.4GHz single-core processor is identical.Nokia Lumia 710 Review.
The box contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Start Guide
- Product and Safety Information
The reason the Nokia Lumia 710 feels like a cheaper handset is partly down to the weight, coming in at a sprightly 125.5g against the Nokia Lumia 800′s 142g. On paper this seems like a good thing, but the smartphone is too light somehow, making it feel unsubstantial compared to its bigger brother the Nokia Lumia 800.
Nokia Lumia 710 screen is recessed slightly, and the transition from the front face of the phone to the sides feels quite angular. The result of this styling is that the phone design doesn’t look or feel as coherent as the Nokia Lumia 800. Also we found the separate physical buttons for Back, Home and Search on the Nokia Lumia 710 look and feel cheaper than the integral styling on the Nokia Lumia 800, and we caught the bottom left of the screen when going to press the Back button a number of times. One major advantage over the Nokia Lumia 800 is that the rear cover is removable, since the Nokia Lumia 710 comes with a replaceable battery.
When we compared the size of the Nokia Lumia 710 (119 x 62.4 x 12.48mm) with the Nokia Lumia 800 (116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm), we were surprised to find it was the larger of the two. The Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 800 share the same screen size (3.7 inches) and resolution (480 x 800p), although the Nokia Lumia 710 is limited to a ClearBlack TFT compared to the ClearBlack AMOLED on the Nokia Lumia 800.
They also both use Gorilla Glass, making them somewhat bomb-proof. Both phones have a 5MP camera and 8GB of internal memory. But the HTC Radar has a slightly larger 3.8-inch screen and a substantially lower powered processor – a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 Scorpion/Snapdragon.
The Nokia Lumia 710 has a fairly standard build of Windows Phone 7 on it, though there are some bundled apps worth mentioning.
First off is Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive. The former more or less speaks for itself – it’s Nokia Maps, complete with road-, satellite-, and public transportation layers (though the public transport view doesn’t seem to be all that recent).
Nokia Drive is Nokia’s turn-by-turn navigation application. You can download any country’s map to the device and you can select one of many voices to guide you to your destination. The map itself can be presented in 2-D or 3-D. In use, Nokia Drive worked wonderfully. Don’t get me wrong, a dedicated GPS is still better, but if you don’t want all the bells and whistles then Nokia Drive will do the job just fine.
The other preloaded app is Nokia Music. This can plug directly into your Ovi Music account, which then allows you to purchase music from the device and download it to the device without the need for a cable. It’s possible to download previously purchased tracks/albums, though this feature seems to be somewhat temperamental – I was unable to get it working, but another MyBroadband staff member managed it on the first try with certain albums while others simply refused to download.
Another cool feature of Nokia Music is Mix Radio. This allows you to stream music to your device. You don’t need to make an account, or jump through fiery hoops – just tap and play.
The 5MP Nokia Lumia 710 camera is the first major cost saving compared with the 8MP Nokia Lumia 800 camera. The
camera software interface is the same across all of the Windows Phones, but the difference in resolution between hardware specs will see a difference in the file output.
This being said, although the Nokia Lumia 710 has a lower resolution camera than the Nokia Lumia 800, it does have a greater zoom capability, with a 4x digital zoom instead of a 3x one. With Windows Phone 7.5 comes touchscreen-based tap to focus and shoot, which is very nice to have.
With this default Windows Phone functionality comes the beautiful integration between the Camera and Pictures apps. Take a photograph, tap on the arrow in the top-left corner of the camera screen and you enter the Pictures app in the Camera Roll, where you can auto-fix, face tag and upload the image to your selected quick share account (Facebook, Twitter or SkyDrive) or share it via email or any other social apps you may have installed.
Nokia has integrated its music service, which works reasonably well. The Music app lets you log into your Nokia Music account – a boon for those who’ve previously bought a Nokia phone and acquired music that can only be played on Nokia devices. The Music app’s Mix Radio function is worth a look – it’s a collection of pre-defined playlists designed to introduce you to artists on Nokia’s roster, and it’s easy to download individual songs that tickle your fancy. The track listings veer towards the popular, but there are some good tunes on there and you can save a playlist for offline playback.
The Nokia Lumia 710 allows you to access the Internet through GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Wi-Fi platforms. You can also browse various sites through the preinstalled browser in the phone. Also, apps for Google Mail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail allow you to check and send official and personal emails through the phone. Connectivity features like Bluetooth and USB port let you share files with other devices. The Nokia handset also supports USB charging.
Battery life was a complete muddled mess.On some days, the Lumia 800 would do fantastically. After a hard day’s use, it would still have enough juice left to go through a second equally heavy day.On other days, it wouldn’t do so well, and would be completely dry after 10 hours of doing almost nothing.
Nokia Lumia 710 Specification
|SIM:||Single SIM, GSM|
|Touch Screen:||Yes, Capacitive|
|Business Features:||Document Viewer, Document Editor, Pushmail(ActiveSync, Mail for Exchange)|
|Call Features:||Hands Free, Loudspeaker|
|Operating Freq:||GSM – 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100|
|OS:||Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)|
|Processor:||1.4 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion|
|Resolution:||WVGA, 480 x 800 Pixels|
|Other Display Features:||Gorilla Glass Display, ClearBlack Display|
|Primary Camera:||Yes, 5 Megapixel|
|Video Recording:||Yes, 1280 x 720, 30 fps|
|Zoom:||Digital Zoom – 4x|
|Other Camera Features:||Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Exposure Compensation, Auto and Manual White Balance, Image Editor|
|Size:||62.4 x 119 x 12.5 mm|
|Type:||Li-Ion, 1300 mAh|
|Talktime:||6 hrs (2G), 7 hrs (3G)|
|Standby Time:||400 hrs (2G), 400 hrs (3G)|
|MEMORY AND STORAGE|
|Memory:||512 MB RAM|
|INTERNET & CONNECTIVITY|
|Preinstalled Browser:||WAP 2.0, Internet Explorer 9|
|3G:||Yes, 14.4 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA|
|Wifi:||Yes, 802.11 b/g/n|
|USB connectivity:||Yes, micro USB, v2|
|GPS Support:||Yes, A-GPS with Bing Maps, Nokia Maps|
|Bluetooth:||Yes, v2.1, Supported Profiles (A2DP 1.2, AVCTP 1.0, AVCTP 1.3, AVDTP 1.0, AVDTP 1.2, AVRCP 1.0, GAP, GAVDP 1.2, HFP 1.5, HSP 1.1, IOP, L2CAP, PBAP 1.0, RFCOMM 1.0, SDP, EDR)|
|Audio Jack:||3.5 mm|
|Music Player:||Yes, Supports MP3, eAAC, WAV|
|Video Player:||Yes, Supports H.263, ASF, H.264, AVI, MPEG-4, WMV 9, HD Video Playback|
|Sensors:||3D Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass|
|Additional Features:||Wi-Fi Positioning, Audio and Video Streaming, Video Stabilization, Active Noise Cancellation, Audio Recording AAC Stereo, MMS Enabled, Notes, Calendar, Detailed Contact Information, Flight Mode, Nokia Drive, Nokia Music, Nokia Contacts Transfer, Dedicated Keys, USB Charging, Anti-glare Screen, Voice Input|
|Important Apps:||Instant Messaging, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Mail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, Windows Live|
Despite having a weak volume output with its earpiece, we still find its calling quality to be tolerable: voices are clear and distinctive on both ends of the line, with no background noise or static evident. Additionally, its speakerphone might not be the strongest as well, but it’s gracious enough to produce audible voices.
The Lumia 710 leaves very little to complain about, but on the flip side, it also gives very little to get excited about
Nokia Lumia 710 will be a welcome sight for those yearning for a Windows Phone 7 device on a budget.
- Removable battery
- Intuitive user interface
- Nokia apps
- Integration with Xbox Live
- Cloud-based backup
- Poor battery life
- Screen, camera and internal storage are downgraded from Lumia 800
- No front-facing camera