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Nokia, as a brand has been under monumental pressure following multiple debacles in the smartphone arena. Its image as a brand has tarnished as it has failed to provide a superior platform like Android and iOS. Nokia’s traditional Symbian based smartphones failed to click with the main-stream, smartphone-loving audience purely because they lacked the finesse and the panache, a smartphone is supposed to fondle. Nokia, however, has decided to turn the tables with the Lumia series. Emanating from the Lumia family, Nokia Lumia 710 is one peachy, in-budget smartphone. The all-new Nokia Lumia 710 is one of the most advanced phones of tomorrow. The phone has a 3.7 inch display which has gorilla glass and also has capacitive touchscreen capabilities. The screen also supports multi-touch. The phonebook can handle practically unlimited entries and fields. The internal memory of the phone is 8GB and it also has a RAM of 512MB. The both GPRS and EDGE class of the phone is 33. The phone has Wi-Fi capabilities too and the camera is of 5 Mega Pixels. The camera can help in Geo-tagging and it can also detect faces. The video recording can be done at 30fps.
Nokia Lumia 710 looks very much similar to Nokia’s former archetype design- Nokia C7. It comes with a flimsy plastic body, topped with a repugnant colour combination, which gives it a pretty cheap look-and-feel. Though the smartphone does not look aesthetically attractive, Nokia has succeeded in bequeathing it with a sturdy, inveterate outlook. The meticulously carved rounded corners, and the relatively compact size makes it easy to fit into pockets. The rubbery, soft-touch grip at the back represses the phone from tripping off your hands while handling calls, and weighing just 125.5 grams, this gizmo is also extremely light-weight to hold and carry.
Lumia 710 flaunts a 3.7-inch (WVGA, 800x480-pixel resolution) LCD screen, which is pretty subordinate by the mainstream standards (HD, AMOLED or qHD). Though the display does not render some resplendent visuals, it does provide eye-pleasing picture quality. Browsing web-pages could have been the problem, as Lumia 800 comes with a subpar 480x800 resolution. However, in our preliminary tests, we found the text/images to be crisper even at extreme zoomed resolutions (even on non-mobile optimized web-pages). The display renders black levels profoundly well, which means you can watch HD videos crisply, even in extreme lighting conditions. The only turn-off, however, are the three menu buttons at the end of the scratch-sensitive display (No Gorilla glass). These buttons are totally unstylish, and steal away the elegance of the phone. These buttons though being despiteful are invariably distinguishable, and gradually, you should become used to them. Besides, you can install a quality screen-guard to avoid any accidental scratches on the screen display.
Like its bigger brother- Lumia 800, Lumia 710 also comes powered by a single-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor. Most people find the inexistence of an extra core, fraudulent. Some might even believe it’s from the pre-historic Flintstones era. However, tangibly speaking, the extra-core wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Yes, the difference might be noteworthy while playing a high-graphics game, or incessantly multi-tasking, but the hard reality is that you won’t multi-task, or play HD games, all the time. Even with just 512 MBs or RAM, Multi-tasking is suave. It can be dawdling, only if you are switching between windows too briskly. The snappy and dynamic Windows interface has been well optimized for single core processors, and makes you utterly oblivious of the fact that there is something astray in terms of processing power.
Windows Mango 7.5 is surprisingly snappy, eye-catching and amazingly intuitive. If you are an iOS or Android user, it may take a while for you to get really familiar with the “tiled interface”. However, once you get familiarized with the overtly well-designed interface, you would surely love every bit of it. The tiled Windows interface is faster and easier to navigate, when compared to iOS or Android. The tiles are apps-cum-widgets, which apart from providing access to an application, also read real-time data. For instance, Messaging and Mail tiles show you the unread messages; the Gallery tile flips the snapshots of pictures stored; the People tile reads your contact list and populates updates from social-media networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The only drawback, however, is the limited number of apps on the Microsoft Marketplace app store, when compared to Appstore or Playstore. Plus, as you’re restricted to merely 8 GB of storage, with no external MMC card option, you cannot download apps incautiously.
The 5 megapixel camera on the rear side of the phone clicks pretty decent pictures. Sadly, there is no front-facing camera. However, the Windows based camera interface is very peachy and easy-to-use. The touchscreen based tap to focus and shoot option is good to have, and offers much convenience over the conventional Auto-focus approach. The post-click features like auto-fix, face tag, and sharing via Facebook, Twitter or social media also come pretty handy. Based on the lighting and the picturesque, you can shoot pictures in various modes like- Macro, Landscape, Night, Portrait and Sports.
Nokia Lumia 710 comes with 1300mAh BP-3L battery, providing talk-time of 7.6 hours on 3G and standby time of 400 hours on 3G/GSM. Windows also provides an autonomous batter-saver mode, which starts saving battery automatically, whenever the battery level drops off below certain minimum level. From the smartphone standards, the battery lasts sufficiently well. When it comes to connectivity, the Lumia 710 supports Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G, GPS and mini USB connectivity. There are no complaints in this department, what-so-ever. Nokia provides a complete package of wide-range of connectivity options.
This feature-packed phone from Nokia is a solid take-away at the lucrative price-tag of 13K INR (approx., may vary). Surely, the phone feels cheap in hands and the Windows interface is an unexplored territory, but Lumia 710 is assuredly-a bang-for-bucks.
Nokia Lumia 710 surely won’t impress smartphone enthusiasts. Lumia 710 was not designed keeping those techies in mind. In lieu of that, the phone is designed for people who do not fancy premium, sophisticated hardware but still wish their phones to be fast, intuitive and smart. It is designed specifically for people who do not want to break the bank just to buy a sophisticated high-end smartphone. Buy Nokia Lumia 710 for what it delivers, at its insanely low price-tag.