Nokia Lumia 710 Review
The Lumia 710 is a midrange smartphone with decent specs in terms of its ClearBlack display, long battery life and zippy performance. If you can overlook its plain looks, it is a capable phone that won't hurt your pocket much. The affordable 710 is as simple as it is smart, delivering high-performance hardware plus Nokia's best social and Internet experience. It's powered by the latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system, which boasts hundreds of improvements including multitasking, photo and video capture, and threaded conversations that move with you from text to Facebook and back again. The Nokia 710 is completely plastic with a rubberized back. It also comes in two color variations: white (with black back) and all black. It’s also a bit smaller, with a 3.7-inch screen instead of a 4.0-inch screen. It?s design makes it a bit easier to hold than some phones. The back shell, which is removable and replaceable, gently curves upward toward the screen and protrudes outward a bit, giving your fingers a good place to grip the phone without having to touch the screen. All of the buttons are on the right side of the phone. The power button rests on the top upper right, followed by a volume rocker on the right and then the camera shutter button on the lower right of the phone, which is more accessible when the phone is tilted into landscape orientation. The three standard WP7 navigation buttons (Back, Menu and Search) are in their usual place, but are actual clicking buttons instead of the touch-haptic navigation buttons. But because all three buttons are formed from a single piece of plastic, it was found to be a bit hard to press. The volume and camera buttons are even more difficult to press because they’re built into the removable battery cover and don’t stick out enough. They don’t have a satisfying click to them. The power button is easy enough to press, though it is a bit small. The micro-USB and headphone jack are both on the top of the phone, next to the power button. The battery and micro SIM are both accessible by removing the back plate. There is no microSD slot. The main speaker is on the back of the phone, at the bottom. It is surprisingly powerful for a phone of this size and price. At first glance, the technical specs don't match up well with the latest and greatest phones from Apple or Google's Android partners. It only has a single-core processor, with 512 megabytes of memory, just 8 gigabytes of storage and no memory card slot that would allow users to supplement its storage. But this nominal difference means much less in practice. The Lumia 710 is fast and responsive. It seemed to launch and switch between apps more quickly than many of the dual-core Android devices. It also has stamina – you typically could use it a full day without it needing an extra charge. The storage capacity limits the amount of music, movies, documents and apps you can keep on the device. But this limitation is mitigated by the additional 25 gigabytes of storage Microsoft offers Windows Phone 7 users on its servers in the cloud. Users can automatically store Office documents on the so-called SkyDrive and have their pictures and videos automatically uploaded to it. One of the stronger points of the Lumia 710 is the Windows Phone 7 software. Compared with Android, Windows Phone 7 is generally a much more visually appealing and intuitive operating system. Unfortunately, It doesn't have a front-facing camera or a speech-recognition system as sophisticated as the iPhone's Siri. It does have a rear-facing camera, but it's slow, does a poor job in low light and has a 5-megapixel resolution that is pedestrian and grainy by today's standards. But the biggest shortcoming of the Lumia 710 is, ironically enough, the same thing that is best about it - Windows Phone 7. While the software is easier and more fun to use than Android, it's lacking in apps and some capabilities. Overall, there’s a lot to like in The Lumia 710. The price belies a solid set of features; quick performance and an elegant though not thin design. Call quality is excellent, the camera takes good photos and the phone is fast. If you're looking for an easy to pocket smartphone that's wallet-friendly, the Nokia Lumia 710 is worth a look.