By BVN Staff
The Nokia Lumia 710 is often pegged an entry-level smartphone. Considering the competitive price of the handset coupled with it being on the tail-end of Nokia’s Lumia series, it’s easy to see why the term entry-level gets attached to the Lumia 710. But when some of the smartphone’s specs come into play it seems like a different ball game.
Currently available on T-Mobile, the Nokia Lumia 710 is a Windows Phone released in the U.S. in January. It is the beginning model in the Lumia Series, which includes the Lumia 800 released in Europe late last year and the upcoming Lumia 900.
Running the Windows Phone 7.5 OS (Mango), the Nokia Lumia 710 has a 3.7-inch screen, WVGA 800 x 480 resolution, a 5 megapixel rear camera, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage.
The Lumia 710 stands out compared to most entry-level smartphones due in part to its 1.4 GHz single-core processor, making the Lumia 710 an exceptionally fast handset to operate. The smartphone didn’t generate any noticeable lag or bugs in the interface during our testing as we navigated through menus and apps.
Data speed is another favorable asset in the Lumia 710 considering it is 4G capable, another feature atypical of many entry-level smartphones today.
Call quality on the Lumia 710 was solid to say the least as conversations over the smartphone were clear and carried adequate volume. One interesting plus about the Nokia Lumia 710 was its easy-to-use keyboard that made composing text messages and emails a cinch.
But the Lumia 710 isn’t without its flaws. Data hogs looking for storage may not find comfort with its modest 8 GB of internal storage. And while the design of the Lumia 710 is nice and gives the smartphone some identity, its plastic body lacks a high-quality feel.
The Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 710 may not come loaded with high-end features like a front-facing camera or a 4.3-inch screen, but it brings a level of speed and seamless operation with an affordable price tag that’s welcome.
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