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  • phands.yourheretic phands.yourheretic Jan 5, 2012 4:59 PM Flag

    Nokia Lumia 710 (T-Mobile) underwhelming.

     

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    Yet another boring, also-ran piece of mediocrity from M$....

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    When does the Windows Phone 7 wow start? The Nokia Lumia 710 is a perfectly fine midrange cell phone which offers a solid collection of features with an easy-to-use OS for only $49 with contract, and free turn-by-turn navigation is a tasty bonus. But this phone doesn't glow with the must-have desirability that a new platform needs to take off, which means it's unlikely to draw many likely Android or iPhone buyers away from their phones of choice.

    Physical Design
    Yet another nondescript black slab, the Lumia 710 is nearly indistinguishable from many other similar phones when it's switched off. It's made entirely of black plastic, with a curved, soft-touch back and a shiny front panel that attracts finger grease much too easily. The whole body feels a little cheap. The three Windows phone action buttons—Back, Home, and Search—are part of a raised physical bar below the 800-by-480-pixel, 3.7-inch screen.
    I'm not particularly impressed by Nokia's "ClearBlack" display. Yes, the polarizing layer greatly reduces light reflections and makes blacks look very black, but using cheap plastic rather than glass for the screen makes images look a little fuzzier than on the competing HTC Radar 4G ($99, 3.5 stars).

    At 4.7 by 2.5 by .5 inches (HWD) and 4.4 ounces, this is a relatively small, light phone that will fit comfortably in most hands and not weigh down pockets. It lacks the reassuring solidity of the competing metal-bodied HTC Radar, though.

    Along with the slightly raised power button, there's a standard MicroUSB charging port and 3.5-mm headset jack on the top panel. Like most Windows Phones, there's no memory card slot here; you get the 8GB you get, and you don't get upset.

    Network and Connectivity
    The Lumia 710 is a decent voice phone, although it has some quirks. Signal reception is fine. Sound through the earpiece is crystal clear, although transmissions let some background noise through on the other end. Wind creates a major problem with the speakerphone, causing it to skip and stutter; it's a loud speakerphone otherwise.

    I had no problem pairing the phone with my Aliph Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset ($129, 4 stars), but it had one irritating bug. Voice dialing had to be activated by pressing the phone's Windows button the first time after I connected the headset. After that, I could activate the voice dialing directly from the headset, and it was accurate.

    The 710 connects to T-Mobile's network using HSPA+ 14.4, which is disappointing when you consider the network supports HSPA+ 42 speeds. This isn't a 4G device. I got speeds slightly faster than an HTC Radar that was in the same location, averaging around 1.5Mbps down and .8Mbps up. That's much slower than HSPA+ 21 phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II ($299, 4.5 stars), which can get 5-6Mbps down. There's no Wi-Fi hotspot/Internet sharing option on this phone. It's a world phone, though. Battery life was acceptable at 6 hours, 18 minutes of talk time.
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