Nokia Lumia 710: First Impressions

The Nokia Lumia 710, announced at Nokia World alongside the Lumia 800, is the company’s second smartphone to run Windows OS. It’s being touted as the affordable one of the two coming in at almost half the cost of its older brother, and we managed to grab one for a few minutes…

Design

Sadly, the Lumia 710 wasn’t granted the same polycarbonate unibody chassis as the 800 and instead features a smooth plastic shell with removable back cover. The 710 does feel good in hand, mainly due to the rounded edges and despite being plastic, the build does feel fairly sturdy.

The front facia comprises of a 3.7-inch LCD screen which incorporates Clear Black technology, underneath that sit the navigation buttons but unlike most Windows devices these are physical keys rather than the touch sensitive ones which we’ve come to associate with Windows hardware.

As with the 800 the left hand side and bottom edge remain untouched, whilst the right panel houses the volume rockers and dedicated hardware camera key; the power button sits in the top right hand corner.

Power and Operating System

The Lumia 710 is powered by the same 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as the 800 and comes with 512MB RAM. Both handsets run on the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system so feature the integrated People Hub, new Internet Explorer 9 web browser and come with the unique Nokia additions, Drive and Music.

Multimedia

Internal memory sits at 8GB and media options include the aforementioned free Nokia Drive satellite navigation, Nokia Music, which not only holds your music inventory but offers gig advice and a music on demand service and a 5 Megapixel camera with video capture.

Conclusion

In the few minutes that we had to play with it, the Nokia Lumia 710 impressed. As a mid-range smartphone it’s not a bad effort. The software is near identical to the flagship device and at half the price is definitely worth considering.

The Nokia Lumia 710 will begin shipping in November and retails at 270 euros.

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