A low end smartphone
Nokia’s 800 smartphone has a brother that’s called Lumia 710, costs less – $370 – and is targeted at the lower-end category of buyers. An official release is scheduled to happen at the beginning of next year, but the first presentation of the two siblings happened this year during Nokia World event. Since we know our readers are heavily anticipating this device, we thought of trying it during a set of well-established analysis and write an article that could offer insight on what we observed in these experiments. To give just a small preview: this smartphone was a pleasure to use.
Interesting external design
We were very much drawn to the Nokia Lumia 710 based on its design and, while it didn’t have a modified layout and measurements as opposed to the 800, we still found it exciting to behold and hold. The colors manufacturers opted for the covers are out of the ordinary; there’s black, fuchsia, white, yellow and cyan to spice things up a bit if you’re not into the forever present all-black or grey glossy devices. The combination that result are fun and give the Lumia 710 an original presence when you take it into the world. Do you prefer smartphones with rounded edges that offer easy gripping? The one we rated sported just that.
The specifications thrown into the device are certainly worthy of a mention or several. The 3.7 inch LCD screen has a WVGA resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and the display technology employed is ClearBlack, created by the team at Nokia. Its role was to do a filtering out of the light to better the contrast and make the display easy to read when we looked at it in direct sunlight. Its performance wasn’t up to that exhibited by the Lumia 800, but it didn’t make us regret ordering the product.
Taking a step further in our analysis, the operating system is Windows Phone 7.5 and a very good one at that, with simple and clean looks, large icons and tiles, in short: everything the user needs in order to be happy when using a smartphone. Like we said earlier and want to develop more, the new phone works with the famous Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system that features 3 free novelties in the app sector: Nokia Music, Nokia Drive (with turn-by-turn voice navigation and maps courtesy of Navteq) and ESPN Hub (ideal for all people who admire sports events and want to keep in touch with scores).
1.4 GHz processor
Looking at us from under the screen is a button wrapped in bubble plastic and it houses the Windows, Back and Search options. Sure it made a good impression on us, but not so much when we put it to the test and saw that it reacted bad to our touch gestures. The 5MP camera on the rear of the Lumia 710 comes complete with LED flash and it can capture video in 720p HD at 30fps. The photos were, needless to say, as close to perfection as we ever reached with a smartphone’s camera.
A 1.4GHz single-core CPU is the wind beneath the wings of the Nokia Lumia 710; and boy, did it blow fast and steady when we weren’t doing a lot of simultaneous activities. We used the smartphone for somewhere around 4 days with the battery dying on the 5th day.
The Nokia Lumia 710 doesn’t deserve first prize or Editors’ Choice, but its performance, specs and price are enough to assure it a spot in the smartphone limelight.