The Nokia Lumia 710 is a mid-range smartphone and has an important task to do: is designed for teenagers and young people so it must attract the attention of this kind of public. It can be found in a 5 color palette: white, black, cyan, fuchsia and yellow with black or white front.
On front side of the phone there are three physical controls buttons: back, home (with windows logo) and search. The back panel is made from polycarbonate and it look like the panel from Samsung Corby, a phone which was also designed for young people.
The Lumia 710 has a 3.7 inches LCD display with a WVGA resolution of 480×800 pixels with 252ppi pixel density. It supports multitouch, is protected by a Gorilla Glass screen and has Nokia ClearBlack display. The phone measures 119×62.4×12.5mm and has a weight of 125g. It has only microSIM support.
The 5MP camera has LED flash and autofocus. Video recording is made at 720p resolution and 30 fps. Other features that camera has are geo-tagging and face detection. You don’t have to make too many dreams about the camera quality which makes a reasonable job. In good light condition the photos are decent and video recording isn’t bad too.
In the interior this smartphone has a single core Scorpion processor at 1.4 GHz based on a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset and an Adreno 205 GPU with 512Mb RAM support. The browser is reinvented and has the search bar at the bottom. The Lumia 710 has accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors. Also is has a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS support and a dedicated microphone for active noise cancellation. Internal storage has 8GB with no expansion possibility; this is not good for young people because they need more storage to put music, pictures and movies.
The Lumia 710 comes with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango with Metro user interface. Nokia has left the UI untouched but has loaded some good apps which highlight the phone. The lockscreen displays the current time, date and shows calendar events, missed calls and emails. The live tiles can be reordered as you want and any app can be placed in the grid by holding your finger over it and selecting Pin option.
The lithium-ion battery has 1300 mAh and offers 7 hours of talk time in 2G mode and about one day life with normal use: gaming, browsing, calling, watching videos, chatting etc.
We find quite a nice application on the Lumia 710 called Lumia Music, which detects sounds around the phone and turns on a colored visualiser on the screen. The visualiser appears if the application detects sound from the Lumia 710 or even from other sound sources or phones. A thing that I don’t like at the Lumia 710 is that it feels cheap and fragile. But a good thing is that it has a dedicated camera button.
Overall the Nokia Lumia 710 wants to be a low budget smartphone for young people, a good terminal with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, but to reach at this option its price must go down at half. It seems like it doesn’t take seriously its title of budget phone.