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Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710

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75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Nokia's first stateside Windows Phone Mango handset is an all around solid performer and for the budget price, it's a must-have.

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75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Engadget

75
 

User Reviews

90
faisalsays
This is a cheap phone but it has a speedy processor and Windows Phone 7 is totally...read more
90
rajeshdhiman
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
aungye91
Very nice phone with cheap price. I bought from Tmobile store with unlocked...read more
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79
Average user Score
 
90
faisalsays
This is a cheap phone but it has a speedy processor and Windows Phone 7 is totally awesome, simple and speedy. :D
 
90
rajeshdhiman
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
aungye91
Very nice phone with cheap price. I bought from Tmobile store with unlocked for 250. The design factor is very well and the weight is not heavy. For OS, I like the people the best. I added my google,windows live, and facebook account. All my friends are in my people hub now. Also the photos in my facebook. One thing I don't like is that IE doesn't support flash. The camera is so so due to 5MP.The touch response is very fast and smooth. Mango prevents apps from running in the background. I really like that phone.
 
60
chetan001
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
70
technologytell
What is it?The Nokia Lumia 710 was the first Windows Phone I ever actually had a chance to spend any significant amount of time with, so I was pretty excited when the package arrived on my doorstep. This phone was Nokia’s first Windows Phone in the US, that alone was exciting.Our ThoughtsIn the box was the familiar Lumia 710 we’ve seen for the past few months. My unit was all black, sadly I wasn’t given an option to test the white version of the phone. With the 710 going for $50 at most on T-Mobile, I was afraid it would feel cheap and plasticky in my hand. I was happy to find out it didn’t. Of course there’s plastic, but the soft touch on the back made the phone very comfortable to hold. It doesn’t feel as nice or high-end as the Lumia 900, but it’s not supposed to.Even as a mid-range device the Lumia 710 runs Windows Phone very smoothly. Apps could at times took a few seconds to load, but it was never too long a wait. You’ll get a few Nokia-exclusive apps on the phone, some of which are great, but the most exciting ones like Nokia Read and Nokia Transport aren’t available just yet.Instead you’ll need to deal with only having Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive which didn’t seem all that great to me. Neither app had current information on local businesses in my area, and they really made me wish the phone had Google Maps available instead.In my testing I was able to find a few apps for the platform that I found useful. Specifically there was Carbon for Twitter, 4th & Mayor for Foursquare, Baconit for Reddit, and DC Comics for comics. Each performed well, but all but 4th and Mayor just made me wish my iOS standbys were available. This seemed to be the running theme for Windows Phone apps for me. There were some great ones that did some common tasks I usually use my iPhone for, but very few that felt as good as or better than iOS apps.The one aspect I did find more enjoyable than my iPhone was taking photos. Having immediate access to the camera via a physical button is a great feature to have. The photos I took with the phone came out good as well. They weren’t as good as photos I could take with the iPhone 4, but they really shouldn’t be on a mid-range device. Still, I was happy to share the photos I took on the phone on Facebook, which was built into the camera app. You’ll see some of my photos in the gallery below to judge for yourself.Aside from the lack of apps to replace iOS apps the biggest downside to the Lumia 710 for me was the battery life. I used it for a few weekend excursions where I would only check the phone occasionally when I received an email, to check-in on Foursquare, or to read Twitter. It still died in about 10 hours during my use. Now I can be a heavy smartphone user, so you might get more battery life, but if you take your phone out every time you have a few minutes during the day it might die by the time you get home at the end of the day.The screen was also a small problem for me. A 480×800 display now just seems so dated, though there was nothing Nokia could do about that. Nokia could have put a better surface on the display, though. I found that my fingers would leave more streaks than usual on the Lumia 710 which was very frustrating. The display looked pretty good despite the resolution, but the streaks across it were hard to looks past at times.Overall, I did enjoy my time with the Nokia Lumia 710. If you’re looking for a mid-range Windows Phone, there really shouldn’t be another option. Just be warned that you’re walking into a weak ecosystem. If you’re a heavy smartphone user you might want to pass on this phone, while new users likely won’t have a problem with it.I wouldn’t abandon the iPhone for the Lumia 710, but it did make me more excited for the Lumia 900. If there were more outstanding apps on Windows Phone I’d switch the that just based on the 710. I just don’t see that happening before the 900 is released, whenever that ends up being.
 
80
Enosone
Maybe I'm a little biased, but the price (and the savings) make me look past some of the phone's short comings. Sure it doesn't have a front-facing camera but I've honestly been hard pressed to find a real need for one (I've Facetimed all of 4 times in the last year, Skype video chat even fewer times) and though Skype will eventually find its way to WP7, right now it's not available.My biggest concerns are actually some of the other features that it's lacking: namely WiFi tethering and screen capture functionality. Nokia has promised to bring WiFi tethering soon but soon is not soon enough. Another item that may make you reconsider is the very anemic internal 8GB of storage available. Sure we stream our music now, keep our photos online, and watch our movies on Netflix (which looks gorgeous on this phone's screen by the way) but there are times you need the space. You shouldn't have to think twice before taking that video or playlist on the road with you.Overall, the phone is a great value phone and a great gateway smartphone for those that are on the fence. If you consider yourself a power user, you may find the lack of front-facing camera, abysmal WP7 app selection, and the lack of expandable storage to be too big of a compromise.
 
70
Nintendubus
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
70
derbala111
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
80
Geovanni
Produto bem legal. Design muito bem feito e detalhado.Um aparelho bem acabado, com uma usabilidade muito boa e um sistema bem intuitivo.A bateria deixa a desejar totalmente. É o único ponto fraco, além, é claro, dos aplicativos, que ainda são raros e caros.Nota 8/ 10 fácil!
 
70
skiffington
The 710 is a great looking phone that stands out from the 1st wave of WP7 phones. It runs well and handles all the chores I need it to. Screen resolution is starting to matter and Microsoft is holding Nokia back on that front. While everyone is being pushed into the cloud I really hope people push back and demand a lot more memory than Microsoft is allowing right now.

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