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Nokia Lumia 710 Review
|| Review: January 2012
In a nutshell: The Nokia Lumia
710 is a competitively-priced Windows smartphone. Unlike most
budget smart phones, this one doesn't cut too many corners when
it comes to hardware, so you get a top-performing smartphone
for a fraction of the price. It's a solid performer that can
beat most mid-range phones hands down. Available in Black, Black/Blue
Well, Nokia have certainly turned a corner in 2011/2012. They've been
right down to the bottom, but with Windows Phone smartphones they seem
to be heading back up again. The first Windows phone from Nokia - the
Lumia 800 - was a good phone, but
rather pricey, but the new Lumia 710 offers nearly everything that the
800 does, but at a significantly lower price point.
The 710 is approximately the same size as the Lumia 800, but with rounded
corners, and is significantly lighter. The touch sensitive buttons below
the screen are replaced with a single physical button, split into three.
The 710 doesn't have the same high-end feel as the 800, but it does
have the advantage of changeable covers, and is available in Black,
Blue or White. You can change the home screen colours to match.
Surprisingly, even though it costs noticeably less than the 800, the
710 has nearly the same features. As a result it compares extremely
well with other phones in this price category. Take the screen for instance.
Not only is it physically big at 3.7 inches, but it's impressively sharp
too. Nokia's ClearBlack LCD technology gives good contrast and colour
definition, and with 480 x 800 pixels, the display is pin-sharp. Heavy
duty Gorilla Glass provides plenty of protection too. If you hold the
Lumia 710 next to the Lumia 800, you'll notice that the AMOLED screen
of the 800 is superior, but equally if you hold the Lumia 710 next to
the iPhone 4S, you'll notice that
the iPhone screen is smaller. Bottom line - for the money, it's a great
The 710 is turbo charged inside, with a very fast 1.4GHz processor
and 512MB of RAM for crunching through demanding apps. A dedicated GPU
is used to accelerate graphics. There's 8GB of built-in memory available,
but no microSD card slot, which is the same as other Windows phones.
If, like most people, you've not used Windows Phone before, you'll
find it a fun and easy operating system to use. Version 7.5 (Mango)
is quite refined and runs extremely smoothly on the Lumia, thanks to
that super-fast processor. The Mango user interface is very graphical,
being based on a tile design. Tiles can be simple buttons that link
to another screen, or they can be active elements with a life of their
own, busily displaying the time, missed calls, messages waiting to be
read, and so on. Touch a tile and a cool graphical transition takes
you to the relevant screen showing more information. It's fun, it's
fast and we like it. It's definitely a refreshing change from the lumbering
Symbian-powered Nokias of old.
Mango works very well with messaging of all kinds, including text,
MMS, chat and email. It's up for social networking too, with careful
integration of facebook, twitter and linkedin into the communications
heart of the phone. Apps aren't as extensive as Android
and iPhone apps, but there are plenty
of useful apps built in, including MS Office readers, Nokia Maps, Bing
Maps, and a growing collection of third-party apps available for download.
Like other Mango phones, the media experience is good. Audio quality
is excellent, and the Zune software lets you manage your music on your
PC and phone. Alternatively, Nokia Music gives you access to your music
organised by Artist, Album, Genre, Playlist, etc. And also to Mix Radio,
which streams music to your phone over Wi-Fi. Mix Radio lets you choose
a genre, then you can listen to playlists streamed to your phone over
the internet. There's a normal FM stereo radio as well. The 3.5mm headphone
jack lets you plug in any standard headphones.
There's a good quality camera, but this is perhaps the one area where
pennies have been saved compared with the camera on the Lumia 800. Still,
with a 5 megapixel sensor and a large f2.4 aperture, the camera can
take high quality pictures in good light. An LED flash is available
for night time, but here the picture quality starts to deteriorate.
It does snap pictures very quickly, mind you. Video quality is very
good, with HD resolution recording.
The web browser is Internet Explorer 9. It runs very well, making use
of the excellent hardware on the Lumia, and it supports modern standards
like HTML5 and CSS3. It doesn't support Flash, but neither do Apple
phones, and poor old Flash is destined for phasing out in the future.
Connectivity is excellent too, with all bases covered: Wi-Fi, 3G HSDPA,
Bluetooth and USB. Assisted GPS is built into the phone, with a digital
compass included, using Nokia Maps for navigation.
There's a slightly smaller battery in the 710 compared with the 800.
We'd have liked a larger one to be honest, but the battery will see
you through the day. As with so many modern smartphones, you may find
that your phone is plugged into the charger every night.
We're mightily impressed with the Lumia 710. Nokia have managed to
retain nearly the same spec as the more expensive 800, but have reduced
the price noticeably. At this price point, competitors include the HTC
Radar, Samsung Galaxy Ace and
HTC Wildfire S. We think that the Nokia
can easily hold its own against these phones. In fact, it's a better
phone than the Android phones at this price. Spend more on the Lumia
800 and you'll benefit from a better camera, more memory, an AMOLED
display and a more premium feel to the handset.
Features of the Nokia Lumia 710 include:
- Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, f2.4 aperture, 4x
- Video camera: HD quality 720p resolution, 30 frames/second, 3x digital
- Display: ClearBlack capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels (3.7
inches), Corning Gorilla Glass
- Media player
- Stereo FM radio
- aGPS with Bing Maps, Nokia Maps and digital compass
- MP3, AAC & WMA ringtones
- Integrated hands-free speaker
- Messaging: SMS, MMS, chat, email (support for attachments)
- Java games with hardware graphics acceleration
- Flight mode
- Memory: 8GB plus 512MB RAM
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, micro USB 2.0, 3.5
mm stereo headphone plug
- Data: WAP, EGPRS class B, WCDMA/HSPA (14.4 Mbps download, 5.76 Mbps
- Internet: Bing, Internet Explorer 9 web browser with HTML5 support,
facebook, twitter, linkedin
- Processor: 1400 MHz Qualcomm MSM8255
- Triband GSM plus 3G WCDMA 900/1900/2100
- Size: 119 x 62 x 12.5 mm
- Weight: 126g
- 1300mAh battery
- Talktime: 6.9 - 7.6 hours
- Battery standby: 400 hours
Nokia Lumia 710 User Reviews
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Average rating from 22 reviews:
Reviewed by nicholas from uk on 2nd Dec 2012
One of the best smarthphones out there. Very reliable and windows phone
is very intuitive and easy to learn. Also nokia drive, is similar to
tomtom but easier to use. Loads of special nokia applications that you
get for free. For the price is 5 stars for me. Works all the time and
it's extremely fast. Battery like all smarthphones goes down if you
Reviewed by mickeyd from scotland on 27th Oct
good phone but don't like zune. Hey u can get it today free at carphone
warehouse on 24 mth contract 250 ms unlim text and 500MB data for £7.50
per month. Beat that !!!! no way
Reviewed by John R from UK on 26th Sep 2012
I got this phone back in March and overall it has been 'OK'. My main
gripes are that the texting font is very small to read as is the peoples
numbers 'phonebook'. The windows app's are very limited compared to
Android. The zune is not easy to move music/picture files to and from.
The camera is point and shoot, to change these settings is awkward.
As with everybody else the battery is TERRIBLE. just over 24 hours and
goes off. I do not understand why flash player cannot work, BIG miss!!
I think that unless newer software comes out to improve it I will be
moving back to Sony phones.
Reviewed by Gary from uk on 4th Sep 2012
Battery life is nowhere as long lasting as stated.Whilst I understand
the reason for restricting customisation,Nokia/Microsoft shoud make
it easier to do certain things.I like to make my own ringtones and it
is very difficult to do on the Nokia 710.On the Sony I have you just
chose a song and pick turn into ringtone-job done.
This phone has not lived up to my expectations and I do not like the
Also Zune player is not very user friendly or comprehenisive
Reviewed by jon from uk on 31st Aug 2012
I just got this phone from Carphone warehouse and in well chuffed with
it I had Samsung galaxy mini before and when using both side by side
the 710 is well faster. The only downside is the number of apps compared
to android but windows system has all major apps and more on way bottom
line is this phone is 5s
Reviewed by Tony from uk on 31st Aug 2012
There are 2 main things wrong with this phone
1 Battery life(useless)
2 Operating system
Reviewed by Kevin from uk on 21st Aug 2012
This phone is rubbish.After 3 days discovered a fault on it(will not
let me change ringtones),can't get a gps connection and therefore can't
use the sat nav.
The Zune player is rubbish.
WILL NEVER BUY A WINDOWS PHONE AGAIN OR RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE
Reply by Nathan from uk on 24th Aug
To change ringtones go to settings and then ringtones. To get more ringtones
download an app. The fact that the gps doesn't lock means there is something
wrong with the hardware. I suggest you take it back and get a replacement.
The GPS lockator is the fastest I have seen in any other mobile, android
or iphone. Your problems point to a faulty hardware.
Reviewed by king from uk on 10th Aug 2012
I got this phone for £100 from carphone warehouse and i guess this is
the best cheapest smartphone out there at the moment however I have
to charge it twice in a day but that's probably because my 3g, email,
fb and other apps are 247 on and refreshing continuously. This is worth
Reviewed by peter from uk on 12th Jul 2012
The best mobile money can buy at this price, totally awesome. Nothing
else beats it at this price range.
Reviewed by graeme from England on 11th Jun 2012
129 pounds from car phone warehouse sim only from tesco what are you
all waiting for this phone is a steal
Reviewed by Stuart from UK on 7th Jun 2012
Waste of space and money, windows is far too restrictive and the market
place is rubbish. Going back to Android asap especially now ICS is out
there. Do not bother with this phone you have been warned
Reply by robin from uk on 9th Jun
I don't quite understand your 1 star. Windows phone and Iphone are restrictive
for a reason. It's called malware and viruses. Have you heard of any
viruses in Windows phone? For android, plenty. Windows phone is the
fastest mobile you can buy open a website, take the most expensive Android,
and scroll down, the android lags. The 710 definitely not.
Reply by dawn from uk on 13th Jul
Numpty. This phone is fantastic value for money. Try Zune music subscription.
Gr8. I had a play with the 800, lol, the 710 has a far better screen.
800 is well jaggy. The only negatives would be camera. But! This phone
is v cheap, so not really a fair criticism. tbh. Wait for w8. these
phones will be amazing.
Reviewed by Dan from UK on 6th Jun 2012
Just bought this phone for my wife to replace her trusty Tocco Lite
which has finally given up the ghost. The phone is fantastic, excellent
display and fast operation. She uses the phone for facebook and internet
browsing as well as music and she is over the moon. At £90 from Carphone
Warehouse on o2 it is an absolute bargain and miles better than anything
else at the price point.The only downside, as mentioned by others, is
having to use the zune software. You would think that a windows phone
would sunc easily with windows os on a pc, maybe that will come with
windows 8. Recommended.
Reply by rich from england on 9th
when did you buy it at this price? I cant find it on their website?
Reply by Rab from England on 24th
Quite true, managed to get this handset for £90 last month. Now that
the Lumia 610 is out Carphonewarehouse no longer stock the 710 which
is the same price but far superior. In fact I'd go as far as recommending
it over the 800 but only if you manage to source a handset. All in all
a very welcome change to the usual Android phones out there which as
you say, do indeed suffer virus issues and malware.
Reply by G-man from UK on 25th Aug
if you upgrade a pay as you go mobile phone from car phone warehouse
its usually 10 quid cheaper
Reviewed by clare from UK on 1st May 2012
Really great little phone, I didn't want to pay more than £20 per month
for my first foray into the smartphone world. Having narrowed my choice
down to this and the Samsung Galaxy Ace, this just seemed a simpler
and more visually appealing display and handset. As I say have never
had a smartphone before I was worried about how I would cope with not
having buttons, but I have to say as is typical of Nokia, it is a straightforward
interface which takes very little getting used to. It suffers none of
the lag I have noticed when trialling HTC & Samsung mid range smartphones
and is very responsive and easy to navigate. The fact that I have not
needed to refer to the instructions yet speaks volumes about its ease
of use. I have a horrible habit of dropping phones, this has a gorilla
glass screen and a lovely tactile back which seems to stop it slipping.
Only minor niggle is battery life isn't great.
Reviewed by Paddy from UK on 3rd Apr 2012
I had one of these for a few days but have returned it for a refund.
This is no reflection on the handset, which I thought was excellent
value for money (£150 PAYG from Vodafone shop) - superb screen, nice
solid feel. It was partly because there was what seems to be a known
fault (unable to send or receive MMS messages) but mainly because I
hated the Windows Phone OS.
Horses for courses I guess - some people seem to love it, but if you
are at all techie it is severely restricted. It is very limited in how
much you can personalise it. Although the tiles work OK there is no
way of grouping them, you just end up with an ever growing list of them
to scroll through as you add apps to the phone (and the range of apps
available is pitifully limited compared to Android or Apple). It is
not possible to create profiles of settings for different environments.
Indeed, there is only a single volume setting which applies to ringtones,
alerts and audio, so if you have the volume set to loud so that you
can hear the ringtone while the handset is in your pocket and start
listening to the MP3 player you find that it is playing at a deafening
Another big minus as far as I am concerned is that there is no direct
data access with Windows Phone. You have to use Zune (the Nokia equivalent
of iTunes) to transfer anything to or from the phone but this only lets
you transfer music, video or photos. If you want to get a PDF file onto
it, for example, you can only do it via SkyDrive. There is a registry
hack you can apply to your PC to make the phone appear in Windows Explorer
but you can still only copy music, video or photos that way. Personally
I hated Zune but as I said earlier, it's horses for courses - some people
seem to love because it suits their way of working.
All in all it's a brilliant phone for the money if you can get on with
Windows Phone, but it's not for me, hence only 3 stars. Oh, and top
marks to Vodafone for refunding my money without a quibble.
Reviewed by James from Ireland on 20th Mar 2012
Absolutely love it. Have it three days now and can't fault it. Battery
life seems OK too ( fingers crossed ). I took it off charge @ 7.30 pm
on Sunday evening and it is still showing 43% left by 9.30 am Tuesday
morning. And this is with a reasonable amount of usage, i.e. calls,
texts and a fair bit of internet. One gripe : Can the clock be set to
12 hour format ? I hate the 24 hour format but can't find anything in
the settings. But that's only minor, otherwise delighted with the phone.
Reply by me from uk on 24th Mar 2012
You can turn off 24 hour clock in settings, date+time...
Reply by James from Ireland on 27th
Thanks for the reply but it doesn't give me that option.
Reply by dawn from uk on 29th Mar
Sorry, bit stumped. We must have different firmware running, which might
explain your enviable battery life. When I tap on 'date+time' the first
item at the top of the screen is '24hr clock, with a box next to it,
that you can tap to turn on or off. You might be able to update with
Zune but, if your battery life is that good, I would leave as is.
Reply by James from Ireland on 18th
Yeah, sounds like something is slighly different right enough. When
I tap on 'date+time', my only option is 'Set automatically'. If I take
this option it throws me into flight mode and when I turn the option
off I have to enter my PIN Number to carry on using the phone.
Reviewed by Poly from us on 9th Mar 2012
This phone is quite durable as well. A few days ago, I had my phone
in my pocket in my shirt. It fell out and fell about four to five feet
and fell on the concrete facescreen down. The screen did not even crack
or chip! The landing was hard enough for the back cover to separate
from the phone, revealing the batter. However it did get a miniscule
scratch. The scratch is relatively tiny, and is only visible when the
screen is cleaned with a microfiber cleaning cloth while in lock. When
the phone is in use, or fingerprints or smudges on the screen are present,
the scratch is not visible at all. Pretty sturdy phone!
Reviewed by steven from australia on 8th Mar 2012
Reviewed by dawn from uk on 26th Feb 2012
What a bargain. Bought my 710 payg, £199. Wanted to test drive windows
mobile. I'm liking both the handset and the OS, much more than I expected.
The phone is solid and comfortable to use. No creaks or squeaks and
has a decent screen. The OS is fast, streamlined and fun. Battery life
seems pretty decent, one to two days, depending on usage. Windows has
a fantastic virtual keyboard, the auto correct is spookily good...
I have an android and a blackberry phone, windows is just as good as
For the price, this phone is a steal. Just waiting for a high end 4
inch windows handset, before i renew my contract.
Get it, I think you'll be impressed.
Reviewed by Malc from uk on 25th Feb 2012
Thought i was pretty good with phones but this is the first one ive
had to get the manual out to see how to do this and that,mostly to find
it cant be done.Thonk anyone moving from android to these windows phones
are going to be dissapointed with its limitations.
Reply by dave from london on 28th
Arguably Windows phone is the easiest to you, I am not saying this,
all professionlal reviewers are saying. Can you tell us something that
windows phone can't do a real example? From my experience it can do
everything and much faster than any other phone. What it doesn't do,
is freeze like android handsets. It's an amazing phone, especially considering
Reply by UncleDekka from Scotland on
2nd Mar 2012
Genuine question Malc, what exactly are these limitations ? That's a
fortnight I've had my 710 now and have yet to think "I wish it could
do x,y or z". Battery life still more than sufficient. Free SatNav has
been brilliant. The only thing I'm not sold on is the camera. It's fine
outside in bright light. Under the flash though it is pretty dreadful.
Reviewed by UncleDekka from Scotland on 18th Feb
Well after managing to finally knacker my trusty Nokia N8 by being too
impatient to wait for Symbian Belle (a great O/S by the way) I decided
to plump for the Lumia 710 - at least until Nokia's N8 successor is
released - and I have to say, on the evidence so far I have made a good
Fast fluid O/S. More than enough decent apps. Camera is perfectly adequate
for a phone, and no real sign yet that the battery life is going to
be quite as bad as I have seen suggested elsewhere.
The only thing I don't really like is having to transfer everything
through the cumbersome Zune software, and it's also a shame we Windows
Phone owners can't have our own custom message tones. However, to take
a point off for that would be unduly harsh.
I'm a Symbian lover at heart, but this phone will do nicely for now.
Reviewed by jan from UK on 12th Feb 2012
love my 710 but cant find a way to make the display larger so have to
wear my reading glasses for texting etc, very annoying! are there any
apps for this?
Reviewed by peter from london on 10th Feb 2012
Best £20 per month smartphone in the market right now at this price
range. It may even go down to £15. No Android can come close to this,
cause Android is not very effecient and needs a higher hardware spec
to run well so can't sell for £20. Only other windows phones can come
close to this. Nokia drive, like a proper tomtom for free, nokia free
music, 70,000 apps and growing and it's a steal for half the price of
an iphone. And it can hold its ground against any other smarthphone.
Consumers must love the competition right now. If can pay more then
get the Lumia 800 or maybe the Samsung s2 which is supposed to be as
good but for a middle budget either this or the htc radar, there is
no other competition.
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