This is the Nokia Lumia 710.
It is the very first Windows Phone of Nokia’s design to make way to the United States, made possible with a contract on T-Mobile USA, where the Lumia 710 receives decent HSPA+ data speeds. Powering the Lumia 710 is a preppy, little 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and some of Nokia’s additional enhancements, including Nokia Drive (their turn-by-turn voice navigation system) and “Nokia Blue”, a new color for the famous Metro tiles that run inside of the operating system. When using the Lumia 710 for a few days I noticed that it is one of the smoothest operating smartphones I have ever laid hands upon. Plus the rubberized body with plastic feels great to hold in your hands, even though it is not of the chic polycarbonate seen in high-end Lumia smartphones.
Nokia Lumia 710 Review Shots
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On the backside of the Lumia 710 is a 5 megapixel camera with a single LED flash and the capability to record 720p HD video. No doubt is it very clear and the fast shutting speeds that Microsoft has programmed into the camera app for Windows Phone Mango works well with Nokia’s fantastic past of cameras: pictures are crisp and clean, but can be prone to some ISO noise that can be seen in the photos. Same goes for the video, seen after the break when you’re finished reading the review.
Lumia 710 Camera Tests
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Battery life is all day, everyday, considering that it is mostly energy-efficient and has no WiFi hotspot capability (a minus, in my opinion). Otherwise, for the low cost, the Lumia 710 is in the same ranks as the Focus Flash (identical cost), except it lacks a front-facing camera for video chats, which is a waste, considering that Skype has just been launched on Windows Phone.
All in all, I bestow upon the Nokia Lumia 710 a humble 8.5/10 as its LaptopMemo Review Score. It is currently available on T-Mobile for $39.99 (web-only price) on a new, 2-year contract. Editor’s Note: Strangely, the plans include a mobile hotspot package, but there was no app for it on the review device, so I will leave it at that.
- Chic aesthetics.
- Solid performance.
- Great video, but some ISO grain in photos.
- Long battery life.
- HSPA+ 4G speeds are in decent 5-10MBps range.
- Nokia Drive navigation.
- No front-facing camera.
- No internet sharing (at least, on my unit).