Nokia has been on the right path with what has been dubbed as their revival and Windows Mobile has been the core of their revival with their new phones running the Windows OS. Another reason why their phones are making it big out there is T-Mobile as they have been one of the manufacturers who have actively released Nokia phones like the Nokia Nuron and Nokia Astound. Now, at $49.99 on-contract, you can get yourselves the brand new Nokia Lumia 710 thanks to T-Mobile too. Nokia has shown some promise of late and we hope this phone will be able to win over the crowd. Read on to find out more about this phone.
Staying on the front of the phone, the display is a Clear Black 3.7 inch one that has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It’s a decent screen, but more on that later on. There are more physical buttons around the phone of course and on the right of the phone you will find two of them in the form of a camera shutter and a volume rocker. Meanwhile you will find another physical button on the top as there’s a power key up there. However, these physical buttons are almost flush to the body of the phone that you will have to look at the phone to know if you are pressing the button. Apart from that, on the top is also where you will find the microUSB port as well as the standard audio jack. On the back is a 5MP camera that we will soon look at.
So this is another phone out of the Windows Phone OS stable and well the Nokia Lumia 710 does remind you of all the previous Windows Phones as there’s nothing revolutionarily new on the phone. The user interface has been kept as straightforward as ever and we love how Windows have kept things the same on that one as it makes life so easy. The dynamic live tiles and Metro UI is also there on the phone. However, those who love their phones just how they like it will be a bit disappointed as the phone allows for minimal customization like rearranging the home tiles and other minor things like changing colors here and there. Sending texts on the phone can be a hassle as the screen size does make the keyboard rather cramped. However, things are super responsive so you will be able to correct your errors as quickly as you make them.
Thanks to having the Windows OS, using email has been a great experience as it is more refined and you also get threaded conversations now. There is a good offering of pre-installed apps on the Nokia Lumia 710 like ESPN, Netflix and Nokia Drive. We might have mentioned Nokia Drive before, but it’s so good we would like to talk about it again as it gives you the option of saving the map on the phone before your travels or whenever you get internet. Oh did we mention the maps are in 3D too?
The screen onboard the phone is a 3.7 inch WVGA Clear Black display which is an average screen to be honest. We did get some decent amount of details but it lacked brightness and also had some poor viewing angles. However, there was a lot to like about the screen’s rich color production.
On the back of the phone is a 5Mp camera which does an ok job too. The camera had a fair amount of detail but when you take pictures in low lighting, there is quite a lot of digital noise evident. However, just like the screen, we were impressed with the naturally represented colors. Turning on the flash did help improve pictures taken in low lighting and at the same time kept the color reproduction as good as ever. Video recording is done at 720p but it’s not up to our standards. It had some issues with exposure and there was quite a lot of artifacting in the videos. Nevertheless, we were happy with the 29fps recording speed and the good audio recording for the videos.
Web browsing has been great on Windows Phone powered smartphones and the Nokia Lumia 710 is the same. Pages are loaded very quickly thanks in part to the HSPA+ connection. We are also happy to announce that we had no lag issues to deal with when navigating through websites as the phone was responsive to our touch. Sadly, there is still no support for Flash on the Nokia Lumia 710 but the whole experience makes up for it. In terms of connectivity options, this is a GSM phone which means you are free to use it anywhere around the world. Other than that, you also get the usual connection options like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 as well as Wi-Fi.
The call quality on the Nokia Lumia 700 was not bad although we had weak volume levels from the earpiece. However, voices were still clear and there was no background noise either so things were great there. Switching to the speakerphone, it was pretty good but not the loudest out there. The Nokia Lumia 710 however impressed with its battery life as you can just squeeze through two days if you use it right. That’s good news for a smartphone.
Pros and Cons
The phone could have definitely have had a much better design. We also feel the camera itself could be better.
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