The Nokia Lumia 710 is just one of the growing army of Microsoft WIndows Phone handsets built by Nokia. The mid-entry phone weighs 125.5 grams, has a 3.7-inch TFT screen and has a 1.4GHz single core processor. You also get a 5-megapixel camera with a 4X digital zoom and an LED flash. The Nokia Lumia 710 can also record video in 720p high definition. Storage is a maximum 8GB.
Build-quality all-round is great, even with the swappable rear plates that let you customise the phone. The Nokia Lumia 710 may not be the most striking phone around, but it feels reassuringly solid and reliable.
The 5-megapixel camera performs well. It won’t match up to those found on some of the higher end smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S2, but it does the job nicely. The f2.4 lens copes well even in dimly-lit indoor conditions, with not much lag at all when taking shots.
One of the cool features you’ll find on the Nokia Lumia 710 is Nokia Mix Radio - a free music service that gives you access to playlists arranged in categories by genre and your favourite artists. You can choose from a default range of genres, or type in the name of an artist to get hold of music similar to them. It’s a great way to listen to and discover new music.
The Windows Phone 7.5 tile interface take some getting used to but it does a lot of things very well. It’s bright, big and makes it easy to see the things you need by grouping your most used apps and features together. Live tiles display notifications so you know when you’ve got a new message, or when something needs updating. A nice little range of Nokia apps such as Nokia Public Transport, Nokia Maps and Nokia City lens offer handy GPS navigation and help you to find new things to do.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is let down by its limited 8GB storage.There’s no microSD card slot to boost it either.
Performance could also do with a little prodding. The Lumia 710, unlike some high-end counterparts does not feature a dual-core processor. This shows when switching between apps, when the slight lag becomes noticeable.
While the range of available Nokia apps are genuinely handy, the Windows Marketplace is still a pauper when it comes to its choice of great apps and games in comparison to the Android Market and Apple’s iTunes store.
The bottom line
Despite some of the minor complaints, the Nokia Lumia 710 is a wonderful mid-budget Windows Phone with some great features, access to a growing app store and the improving Windows Phone operating system. The Nokia Lumia 710 is definitely worth checking out.