Nokia’s second Windows Mobile based phone has a very attractive price tag. It is around £100 inc VAT cheaper than the flagship Nokia Lumia 800, SIM free. So, what corners have been cut to hit that price and can they be lived with?
Lacking the look
If it is stunning looks and a show-off hardware design you are after, then the Nokia Lumia 800 might be a better choice than the 710. There’s nothing actually bad about the looks of the 710, but its standardised shape and single button panel, beneath the screen, gives it an air of the everyday – while the 800’s one-piece chassis and unique looks mark it out as different.
One design feature we really don’t like is the way the back-plate wraps around the four edges of the handset. We found the back-plate extremely tricky to get off and replace, because of this design. Replacing it in particular was a case of pressing quite hard, and we felt the small nubbins, that are the buttons on the screen, and part of the chassis were in danger – as we squeezed the back-plate back on. It’s not the best design we’ve come across by some margin. Still, while our review handset came with a black variant, you will be able to get other colours, all in order to personalise the phone.
Spot the difference
What’s interesting when we consider that £100 price difference between the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, is the way the specifications vary. The Lumia 710 has 8GB of internal storage and no memory expansion; Windows Phone never supports microSD cards. The Lumia 800 has 16GB of internal storage, so if you are a data hoarder you might consider the more expensive handset your favourite.
The camera on the Lumia 710 shoots stills to 5 megapixels, while the Lumia 800 shoots to 8 megapixels. We’re never that fussed by megapixel counts on mobiles, and we could live quite happily 5 rather than 8.
The screen on the Nokia Lumia 710 measures 3.7 inches and delivers 480 x 800 pixels – the same dimensions as that of the Lumia 800. The technology here is somewhat different, where the LCD screen lacks the sharpness and vibrancy of the Lumia 800’s AMOLED technology. Still, the screen of the Lumia 710 is fine, and it’s only if you sit the two handsets, side by side, that you really notice the difference.
Inside, the Qualcomm 1.4GHz processor is up to the job, and before you ask, it is the same processor as found in the Lumia 800.
Nokia’s Windows Phone enhancements
Microsoft doesn’t allow Windows Phone to be skinned, so the general look and feel here is the same as you’ll find on other Windows Phone handsets. Nokia has added a few bits of its own, though including Nokia Drive for turn-by-turn navigation and Nokia Music for streaming and buying tunes. You get the usual 25GB of Skydrive storage that comes as part of Windows Phone too. All this is just as you find on the Lumia 800.
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- Good price; nice Nokia software extras; fast processor.
- Fiddly back-plate; short on internal storage.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is a good little Windows Phone handset. The differences between it and the 800 aren’t vast. The key changes are the halved storage, a less capable camera and a less stylish look. The only real problem we had was with the back-plate.