TmoNews Reviews The Nokia Lumia 710

Ever since it was announced, I looked forward to reviewing the Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” smartphone, which arrives on January 11th to T-Mobile for $50. My expectations for Nokia hardware is always high and I have very fond memories of its cell phones from days gone by. There are days I’d happily rock a Series 40 Nokia 6230 and be the happiest T-Mobile blogger on the Internet.

All in all, I’m enjoying my time with the Nokia Lumia 710. In my own humble opinion, the hardware lives up to the Nokia of old — solid, sturdy and comfortable. This review is mostly two-fold: first is a look at the hardware itself and second is a fast look at Windows Phone 7.5, a topic we’ve already covered.

The thing about Windows Phone 7.5 is that it remains exactly like the review we did a while back, save for the Nokia-specific apps that are preloaded on the Lumia 710. As it stands, Windows Phone 7.5 is a tough sell. There are a lot of preconceived notions about Windows Phone. However, I remain idealistic. I believe that you can’t knock it until you’ve tried it, something many dissenters haven’t done.

Overall, I was very pleased with the hardware on the Lumia 710, save for the camera. I found the camera to be perfectly “average.” The camera wasn’t great, it wasn’t awful, it just worked. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this device over the HTC Amaze 4G if having the best camera in your pocket is your primary purpose for choosing a smartphone. We’ll get to that a little later, but let’s move on with the review now.

Specifications:

  • 3.7″ ClearBlack display
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor
  • UMTS 850/1700/1900/2100 support
  • HSPA+ 14.4Mbps
  • 8GB internal memory, no microSD slot
  • SkyDrive cloud storage with 25GB of free cloud space
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1300mAh battery
  • 800 x 480 display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass display
  • 4.4 ounces weight
  • 4.69 x 2.46 x 0.49
  • Dedicated power, camera, volume, windows UI keys

Pros:

  • Excellent feel in the hand
  • Single-core processor never slowed down
  • Gorilla Glass display
  • SkyDrive cloud storage includes 25GB free
  • Good audio quality
  • Excellent global roaming capabilities

Cons:

  • Average 5 megapixel camera
  • 3.7″ display could be considered too small
  • Screen brightness was frustrating
  • Nokia Drive navigation was equally frustrating to use
  • Would have preferred capitative keys rather than tactile on front of phone

Hardware:

Every time I get my hands on a Nokia device, I just expect quality. I can’t emphasize that I’m a little biased toward its handset lineup because of the positive experiences I had years ago with its hardware. You can say whatever you want about Series 40, 60 and Symbian in general, but I never felt like Nokia made a cheap phone.

With those expectations, I was happy to see that the same level of care and quality in the manufacturing of the Nokia Lumia 710. Solid was the first word that came to mind as I unboxed the Lumia 710. You can tell right away that the phone is well made. The back cover has no extra movement and everything just fits “right.”

The exterior casing of the body feels very good in the hand, with a little curvature around the sides. It doesn’t have a “boxy” feeling and almost conforms to your hand. One of the first things you’ll notice upon taking the Lumia 710 out of the box is how lightweight the phone is; it just feels “light.” When I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S II, I felt it was “lighter” than my usual iPhone 4 staple but it didn’t feel as sturdy in the hand. However, the Lumia 710 feels lighter than both the Galaxy S II and the iPhone and considerably sturdier than the Galaxy S II and the iPhone. Incidentally, it is 0.3 ounces lighter than the GSII. Though, the simple point remains that the Lumia 710 is a much smaller phone with a 3.7″ screen against the Galaxy S II 4.5″ screen. So that 0.3 ounce weight difference is mitigated by the face that the Lumia is a much smaller handset. It doesn’t take away from the real feeling in your hand, though. It just feels “right.”

The hardware itself feels like a cohesive part of the same whole, although the Lumia does move away from the recent round of Windows Phone hardware that had capacitive buttons by including those of the physical variety. The front of the device has a back, search and home button emblazoned with the Windows logo.

The right-hand side of the device has the volume rocker along with a dedicated camera key near the bottom of the device. When held in landscape, the camera key is in the perfect placement for the snapshot. I wish all handset manufacturers included a dedicated camera key on their devices. Apple, are you listening?

The top of the device has the power switch as well as the microUSB port for charging and connecting to a computer. The left-side of the Lumia is empty with no hardware buttons whatsoever. The front of the device is composed of plastic while the rear of the device has a rubberized surface, which provides excellent grip in the hand. This is another sticky point manufacturers should consider, our hands grip some surfaces better than others and Nokia has obviously considered this by adding in a material that allows for a controlled grip.

The 3.7″ ClearBlack 800×480 display offers up smooth, vibrant colors and does perform very well under the sun. ClearBlack display technology adds a reflection-blocking polarizing layer between the touch layer and the display panel blocking incoming light reflections performing better under direct sunlight. There is no question, ClearBlack may sound a little gimmicky, but it performed very well and I was definitely pleased with the black levels. While “blacks” do pop on the Lumia display, I did feel it could be a bit brighter during everyday use. Perhaps I’m too used to AMOLED or Retina, but I did feel the Lumia was a bit “darker” sitting against the other phones at my desk. Still, ClearBlack performed superbly against the Galaxy S II and iPhone screens in the sun and I would wholeheartedly recommend trying it. Along with feeling comfortable in the hands, the rubber surface on the back doesn’t allow for any fingerprints whatsoever which is a huge bonus for Nokia since that drives me absolutely nuts on black smartphones. Still, that’s a personal annoyance and fingerprints may not bother you at all.

The 1.4GHz single-core processor performed admirably on the Lumia 710. It ran smoothly on everything I did. At all times, it performed like it did right out of the box. There was no freezing or slowing down. I never felt that I had to kill background apps. This may be due to the Windows Phone software and the notion that a dual-core processor isn’t as “necessary” as it is on an Android device to run smoothly. Overall, the touchscreen exhibited almost zero lag, especially during browsing (a time in which I would notice lags or capacitive scrolling issues). Pinch-to-zoom worked very well. This is also one of the areas I find frustration on certain hardware, so I was very pleased with how it functioned.

Software:

The problem with reviewing Windows Phone 7.5 is that most people have already written it off. No matter how much praise we can heap on it, it’s already been written off by those who shiver at the words “Windows Mobile.” Windows Phone, as it stands, is starkly different than the Android and iOS varieties that are dominating smartphone lineups these days. That’s a very good thing. It’s fast, smooth, clean and social. The problem with it for Android users is that it’s almost too simple and doesn’t have anywhere near the customization you can get with Android. You can theme an iPhone to your heart’s content if you jailbreak it. However, rooting and modding are very basic on the Windows Phone platform and there is not a lot of value in doing it. Even with Chevron, you can only scratch the surface compared to the top two mobile platforms.

You’re welcomed by a home screen that includes the time and date. It also shows notifications for messages, emails, and missed calls. A quick swipe up and you’re at the now instantly recognizable Metro UI look, which scrolls up or down or right if you want to get to your full list of apps and settings. The tiles you “pin” on the home screen should be limited because a time will come when too many tiles is too many. How much scrolling do you really want to do? There is something about moving right to left that just seems more fluid. It could be simply because you can fit more onto the screen. I would be happier with Windows Phone if I could shrink the size of the tiles to fit more on one page, though. Even so, live tiles are pretty awesome. I especially like the “People” and “Pictures” tiles, which constantly change the images showing on the icon. It’s a simple but neat aspect of the live tile experience.

Overall, apps on Windows Phone are gorgeous. They are easily the best looking apps in the mobile landscape. I’m not saying they are always more functional, but they are easily the most attractive. T-Mobile includes its standard fare with My Account and T-Mobile TV. Nokia included its own touches with Nokia Drive, Nokia Market highlights and We Care, an app detailing Nokia’s privacy policy.

One nitpick I have with my experience with the Lumia 710 was my inability to switch from mobile web to desktop web view. Out of ten news websites I tried, only one (CNN) switched to desktop mode. I don’t know if it is a fault of the software, T-Mobile or whomever, but it was incredibly annoying. Overall, Internet Explorer 9 provides a fantastic browsing experience. Pages render very nicely in Internet Explorer and it had an incredibly smooth kinetic scrolling experience. That being said, I was still very frustrated with the mobile view and hope I was just doing something wrong rather than this being a problem with the phone.

One staple of the Nokia Windows Phone experience is the addition of Nokia-specific apps including Nokia Drive — which I found to be a good and bad experience. Actual navigating directions were perfect. However, one area that I found Nokia Drive to be lacking was location searching. It couldn’t find Disney World if my life depended on it. I tried and tried and tried! I even searched with different naming conventions and I still couldn’t find Walt Disney World. I found Disney stores, but no theme park. I thought it could have been a fluke and that Disney World wasn’t locatable. But, when I brought up Navigon on my iPhone and did a quick search for “Disney World,” it yielded Epcot, Disney World, Hollywood Studios, and even Sea World. That’s exactly what I expect from a navigation system and unfortunately, Nokia Drive didn’t live up to the promise when it came down to location hunting. On the flip-side, a search for “McDonald’s” brought up every McDonald’s restaurant within a 15 mile radius. Which was about 60 McDonald’s restaurants. Seriously. It nailed down routes to go to every one of them with ease. It’s a great feature, but please add Disney World.

I can understand why the Windows Phone platform isn’t terribly appealing for some. The lack of customization can be a real downer, except customization isn’t what Windows Phone is working toward. If you want a beautiful, simple, easy-to-use smartphone that “just works,” you would be very happy with Windows Phone.

Media and Camera:

The Nokia Lumia 710 sports a five-megapixel camera on the rear and I’ll just get right the meat of it: the camera is good, not terrible, not great, just okay. I’ve come to rely on my smartphone camera since the best camera to have is the one you have with you. I don’t think this camera would fail you if Aliens landed or Bigfoot walked right in front of you, though. It’s certainly good enough to carry around. However, I did find the flash to be a little weak and some of the images outside had colors that appeared to be be a little washed out. I took some images outside during the day yesterday (an admittedly perfectly clear day) and just found the colors to appear a little bland. I’m not super “up” on photography lingo but I just didn’t feel like the camera produced images that would stand out. It’s perfect for those “need to” moments, but if camera quality was one of your top reasons for purchasing a smartphone, I would look toward the HTC Amaze 4G, based on the quality of these images. Which is surprising, considering Nokia’s strength in the camera field.

Camera Test 1

Camera Test 2

As per the usual on a Windows Phone, the camera features a number of settings to enhance the picture-taking experience. You can choose scenes, like most camera. You can also adjust white balance, exposure value ISO, metering mode, effects, contrast, saturation, focus mode, resolution and flicker reduction. The Lumia 710 includes a well-featured camera and joins the majority of Android models in offering significantly more camera features than the iPhone does.

As for the music function on the Lumia 710, it’s a pretty standard Zune player. If you’ve used one or seen one in action, you know what to expect. The Metro UI allows for a yet another beautiful interface on Windows Phone. The music was loud and crisp and sounded excellent when I had it next to me as I did work around the house. I was very happy with the music aspect and I think the Zune experience rivals both iTunes and Android in terms of functionality and features. You can choose from songs, artists, albums, playlists and genres to help tailor your music experience. Again, pretty standard fare for a smartphone music player, but Windows Phone looks pretty while doing it.

Phone and Coverage:

When it comes to T-Mobile service, the Lumia 710 was another total win on the T-Mobile network. Call volume was loud, call quality was crisp and my signal was very strong. I happen to have moved to a new house in the past week and my T-Mobile reception is absolutely awesome. If reception and call quality were a major factor in your purchase, I’d absolutely give it a “recommended” status based on my short time with the Lumia 710.

If you are a globe-trotter, you’ll definitely like the Lumia 710. The Lumia 710 is one of the few phones that will work very well when roaming in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and the rest of Oceania. It has excellent roaming capabilities for Europe, obviously. It has great roaming capabilities for GSM and UMTS networks in Asia. It also has excellent roaming capabilities for the Americas, since it can access nearly all GSM and UMTS networks in North, Central, and South America. In summation, the Nokia Lumia 710 is one of those few phones that can roam in every region of the world quite well. For those who don’t leave the country, the Lumia 710 is also one of the few that can also roam on AT&T’s 3G network.

The “4G” speeds on the Lumia 710 are disappointingly limited to 14.4Mbps thereby not allowing the Lumia 710 to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster HSPA+ 21Mbps or 42Mbps network. I consistently hit around 5-7Mbps on my speed tests on the downlink and hovered around 1Mbps on the uplink. Not roaring fast, but consistent and considering the home internet speeds I had my old house, 5Mbps consistently was very welcome.

With the software I’m currently using, there is no Mobile Hotspot option on T-Mobile’s network, even the HTC HD7 recently received an update that added the feature. Overall, the data speed capability disappointed me as I have come to expect faster speeds since the Galaxy S II began spoiling me. Still, the Lumia 710 isn’t “slow” by any means as web pages still loaded fast on T-Mobile’s network. App updates also ran quickly, so the “slower” speeds certainly didn’t inhibit my experience. It’s definitely not the fastest phone in T-Mobile’s lineup, which is a little unfortunate since it is T-Mobile’s first device release in 2012. We’ll be looking down the road in 2012 with the hopes that T-Mobile and Nokia can release a Windows Phone that takes full advantage of T-Mobile’s current HSPA+ 42Mbps network.

Battery:

The Lumia 710 is rated for 7 hours talk time and 16 days standby time and while I never hit the 7 hour mark, I did hit around 5.5 hours each day. That’s pretty good for me considering how often I use the phone. I always find that test periods often bring a heavier usage pattern than “everyday” use so these numbers are not very realistic. I’m hoping on a standard day, when I’m not putting the phone through its paces that I might get an extra half hour or so of juice. I’d happily take a smartphone with 6 hours of talk time without complaint. An average user should easily get a day, probably a day and a half with the Lumia 710. Given all the things sucking down juice on a smartphone these days, I can’t imagine any complaints about that.

Conclusion:

My first impression when the Nokia Lumia 710 was announced was “Oh, I can’t wait till I can get my hands on that!” Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. What is most important to me is Nokia’s return to the United States (regardless of the operating system) since I’ve got such a warm place in my heart for Nokia phones of old. Its recent misfortune is disappointing, given the prominence they held at the turn of the millennium. I’ve had the Lumia 710 for a little over a week and while my overall opinion of the phone is positive, Windows Phone is definitely a love it or leave it adventure. I understand that Windows Phone has yet to catch on and is still vying for a third place spot behind Android and iOS and yet, there is plenty of reason to suspect that it can be a success, if enough people take the opportunity to try it.

There isn’t a lot of compelling reasons to buy the Nokia Lumia 710 over the HTC Radar 4G. The only major advantages of the Nokia Lumia 710 over the HTC Radar 4G are the Nokia-specific apps, the ClearBlack display, and the roaming capabilities. Other than that, it’s a real trade-off between the two devices. In my humble opinion, the camera on the HTC produces better pictures but the Nokia feels better in the hand. You also get an extra 0.3″ of screen real estate on the HTC.

Unlike some of the Android devices which have specific benefits over one another, such as HSPA+ 42Mbps over 21Mbps or TouchWiz over HTC Sense, the same can’t be said about the Windows Phone models. They are, for the most part, the very same. There are some unique differences but they are far and few between and that’s not always a bad thing. The uniform OS amongst various Windows Phone manufacturers allows for them to be creative to develop unique and individual apps that tailor the user experience. In the Nokia case, Nokia Drive is a big selling point. While I don’t necessarily think Nokia Drive is the best GPS app I have used on a smartphone, my experience could have been a fluke and it could be awesome. I’d have to give it more time and I’ll update this review as I use it in Las Vegas during CES to try and find my way around town.

I’ll finish this review with some closing thoughts. The Nokia Lumia 710 is a good phone and I’d highly recommend it. It does what it does very well, it just isn’t particularly compelling over other Windows Phones in the T-Mobile lineup. Then again, the HTC Radar 4G is an equally good Windows Phone offering. They are both good, which makes your decision to purchase to one of preference of the screen size, data speeds, individual offerings, and the overall feel of the device. Are you someone who works outdoors a lot that seeing the screen in the sun is problematic? Than you should check out Nokia’s ClearBlack display. Are you someone who likes Windows Phone and frequently travels outside of the United States or wants to take advantage of the AT&T 3G roaming capability? Then the Nokia Lumia 710 is a great choice for you. Otherwise, I’d suggest walking to the T-Mobile store and trying the Lumia 710 out. In conclusion, I have really enjoyed my time with the Lumia 710 other than some frustrations with the GPS app and Camera, I’ve been very satisfied in Nokia’s first US offering with Windows Phone. That being said, I’m much more interested in what Nokia is bringing to T-Mobile next and hopefully it’s called the Lumia 800. For now, if you’re looking for an inexpensive yet solid smartphone, you could do a lot worse for $49.99.

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  • Anonymous

    Very nice review.  I hope Tmo gets the 800, that phone is beast.

  • Misterstockwell

    Thanks for a fair and thorough review. I am in for 2, and one 900 when they arrive.

  • Aaron Tant

    As someone with a Radar 4G and an HTC Amaze 4G… both are outstanding in their own rights.  Of course the Amaze is a franchise-type phone, but the phobia towards Windows phones is now based on either ignorance or previous editions (anything not Windows 7 and up).  The HD7 operates well, just the HD2 and under were junk.  I am glad that T-Mobile is rocking a Nokia again… this time with an OS that will appeal to the US (sorry Symbian fans, it just wasn’t meant to be).

    ~ And, not to dismiss your review, David… I must say, fantastic breakdown on the pros and cons of the phone.  Can’t wait to see it live for myself!

    • Landmarkcm

      Is the Radars camera flash bright like it was on my Sprint htc arrive wp. It kinda blinked twice and really lit up shots even in a really dark room???

      • Aaron Tant

        Definitely a solid flash, to me.

        • Landmarkcm

          Thanks ya im getting the Radar tomorrow :) The 710 is now a let down oh well.

    • Dave Macias

      Hopefully everything symbian related will be phased out towards windows phone 7 , Japanese carriers have it tough though since most of their line up is on symbian s/l with smartphone running tweaked version of android except SoftBank where their OS is a thing on their own.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    The camera looks pretty good to me. I think all WP7 & Nokia (preferably, lol. Love Nokia) have to do is release a High-end WP7 device & people will slowly be one over. I have the similar software on my ZuneHD & it runs VERY fluid. It’s nearly flawless. I have had 2 iPods, which froze, I had to hard reset on numerous occasions & what not. Also, broke very easily physically. & I have had my ZuneHD after 2 years & it’s still in tip top shape. WP7 is definitely a win, people just need to open their eyes & minds. I’m definitely looking into WP7 this year, hopefully they deliver FOR T-MOBILE! lol

  • Sidekicker89

    I can’t believe you put a brand new phone face down on pavement! :o geez why don’t ya just throw it in the lake?!? Haha jk

    • Stonerslane

      Calm down, it’s has gorilla glass so your mom likes it.

  • Sidekicker89

    By the way your neighbors are cool people.. Since they drive a Hyundai Sonata! :) Camera on the phone is nice!

  • Landmarkcm

    So im holding out to get this instead of the Radar. Which has a brighter camera flash???? As that is impt to me and on my previous htc wp on Sprint the Arrive the flash lit up pitch black rooms! I expected the Nokia to be better can you tell me please?? reviewer or anyone

    • Landmarkcm

      Its funny how everyone has diff opinions I read somewhere else where the flash on the 710 was pretty bright!!…??

  • Anonymous

    agree about the camera button..

    what i find interesting is that while apple doesn’t have a dedicated camera button (to turn on the camera function), the volume up button doubles for a camera button when the app is opened.

    Samsung on the other hand, doesn’t have a button at all, and forces you to tap the screen to take a pic.

    • Landmarkcm

      I am glad that mango added that you can now tap anywhere on the screen though and that there are self timer apps avail as well because before if you didnt half press just right or shook your hand pics were hit & miss. I dont know though now i was holding out for the lumia but now am leaning towards the radar…

  • Landmarkcm

    Awwww lol help Should I get the Radar instead is the camera really better ????

  • William Cron

    Thanks for the review. With no overly huge differences between this and the Radar, I’ve decided to go with Radar since I can get it cheaper at Walmart. Still, if Wally World got it in for the same price as the Radar ($30 on contract), I’d be right back where I started not knowing which phone to buy! Not a bad situation to be in. :-)

    • Landmarkcm

      I think I am going to go w the radar on my value plan and get it this weekend with tmobile sale plus theres still offering another 100 back through the 10th if you trade in another phone any working phone. i just read where the htc radars camera flash works up to 10 feet away as well & that is one of the impt feautures to me.. So I think that seals the deal for me.. And I thought I was all set on the Nokia!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ES2BGDX45JYRQ73KFO52ZUPILI J Kentner

      I work at the connection center at Walmart and we should be getting the Lumia soon.  I’m personally expecting it to come in at the same price (around $30), but the roaming will be good for the truckers that are all over the country.

    • Foxeh

      I would have already picked up a Radar off contract had the sold both colors in the US. Nothing against white phones, they just aren’t my thing. Nokia Drive would be nice, but there are other solutions out there.

      If only the unbranded version of the Radar did AWS. :(

      • http://twitter.com/krismall Kristy

        What other solutions might you choose over Nokia Drive? I’m considering moving to the windows phone and the turn by turn navigation is important to me. What would be equivalent to Nokia Drive that I could put on the Radar?

  • Hatch

    Settings>applications>Website preference>desktop version

    bam, no more mobile version on normal browsing.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      Yes, but that’s a setting that shouldn’t need to be changed. The HTC 7 Pro I’ve got also has the same issue. I don’t want to switch globally to desktop view (some stuff doesn’t come out right in desktop view on WP7), but some sites I’d prefer in desktop view.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a nice budget phone, but while the radar still has the $100 trade in, i would get it instead.

    • Aaron Tant

      I believe the trade-in ended on New Year’s Eve.

      • Landmarkcm

        It’s still avail!

      • Anonymous

        the radar trade in is going on until jan 10

    • Anonymous

      Exactly and esp after reading the reviews coming in that the radar takes better low light shots and has better sound quality and build Im getting it!

  • David Augustine

    just to let you know, the best camera out there on a phone is the Nokia N8.

    • http://profiles.google.com/liliannaelrod Lilianna Elrod

      Agreed, the N8 is superb even comparing to dedicated cameras!
      Sadly in the US is only available unsubsidized/unlocked.
      I truly like mine.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure that Microsoft understands that they shattered their name with Windows Mobile. I think they should try to advertise more and maybe even mention that this OS is completely different with no similarities.

    • Foxeh

      They should have called it “Tiles.” Seriously.

      • Philosoraptor

        or Xbox phone.  Or Zune phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timmyjoe42 Tim Bennett

    We are counting the days until I can get one for my wife.  I can’t wait to finally try out a Windows Phone.

    • Anonymous

      You should go with the Radar instead! Its on sale this weekend for same price plus htc website offering another 100 back on any working trade in plus a 25.00 app card. The camera on the Radar is better & better sound quality too! And I was gonna get the Lumia but no more.

  • TMoFan

    Great review. The only Nokia I ever had was my VoiceStream branded Nokia 3390. I’ve abused that poor phone but it never stopped working. My next phone was a Moto and that pos died after being dropped a few times. Based on looks alone I like this better than the Radar. It just has a smooth professional look to it that I like. Hopefully Magenta gets the 800 too.

    • nokia fan

      My first phone ever was a Nokia too, that was 8 years ago, I dropped it a hundred times, stepped on it, kicked it, spilled water on it, it still works!! (NOKIA 6301). My next phone was a damn Motorola Cliq (the original one with the keyboard), i had to replace it 3 times within the first year. That’s why i cannot wait for Nokia to come out with higher end smartphones!!!!

  • Ryan

    I’d be nice if WP7 had WiFi calling.  That’s the reason I’ve not even considered a WP7 device.  I’ve played with them, and really do like the interface.

    • Anonymous

      Same here. Get wifi calling on WP7 and i’m ditching android.

      • Bratty

        Add me to the list. Tired of Android. Give me wifi calling and I am there.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          With the new IMS Wi-Fi Calling, we’ll probably see it in newer Nokia Windows Phones for T-Mobile. They did implement it for their Symbian phones, I don’t see why they won’t for their Windows Phones. Especially since Nokia is allowed to customize the Windows Phone experience (which all other makers are not allowed to do).

      • Anonymous

        There is a wifi calling app avail now..

        • Ryan

          Anything other than the (relatively) seamless experience on android is not acceptable.  If I can’t use my T-Mobile number for incoming/outgoing calls and SMS won’t work.

        • Anonymous

          Are you saying WP7 now supports tmobile wifi calling?!

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    To heck with the phone, let’s talk about what’s depicted in the test pics. Lot’s to talk about, such as the accumulation of pad dust on that truck’s steel wheel, the tire (is it over inflated), tool selection, why are the saws in the driveway, building out the garage?, the nicely manicured lawns, the fact that there’s a friggin frog walking across your doorbell, etc.

    Anyway, to make this review more interesting, how about slamming the Gorilla Glass display against one of the wheel’s lug nuts. I want to see how the display holds up. Slam it real hard too, three times.

    • Realcool2000

      Let’s test how you hold up on a slam instead, I think that would be more interesting Mikey.

    • Anonymous

      LMAO!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

      The wheel looks to be from an Isuzu box truck. Sad that I know this. 

  • http://www.twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Good looking phone, and will do well.

  • Anonymous

    Wow 8gb of storage no sd card slot… thats a giant let down. I don’t know why microsoft phones are making 0 effort to even come close to last years top specs… They just keep releasing drab hardware assuming their OS is enough to lure power users over.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      The idea is to make hardware cheaper over time by pushing out more with standardized specifications. Additionally, standardized specifications allow for better control of the experience. The few times there were microSD card slots in Windows Phones, the experience was terrible. 8GB of storage seems to be the standard, with a few offering 16GB variants too.

      • LC

        Plus they want customers to use the cloud services offered bby Microsoft.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          Considering Microsoft offers 25GB of free SkyDrive storage, I don’t think it’s much of a problem.

  • Parthp90

    honestly, for $50, this is probably the best smartphone that tmobile has to offer in this price range hands down

    • Anonymous

      You can get the radar for the same price down on a value plan this fri sat and sun Plus htc website is still offering a 100.00 rebate if you trade in any working phone! Plus a 25.00 app card! The Radar takes better low light camera shots & has better sound!

    • Oregonwino

      WMDEals has it for FREE…check second page under Current Promotions

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3LJK2F2M6XSYCNYCF7CKKB7PUQ Joseph

    What’s the difference in the design of the body of this phone that’s different than a 1st generation iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the review. I am a Nokia fan, too. One of my first cell phones was a Nokia and it was a great little unit.
    The Lumia is a really good looking phone but I was wondering what can you tell us about the Twitter and Facebook apps on this particular phone. I have been reading negative reviews of them at the Windows app marketplace so this makes me very hesitant to get a Tmo Windows phone. These two apps are ones I won’t compromise on, either. Any feedback from you, or other Tmo Windows phone users, would be great. 

    Thanks!

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      The People Hub in Mango provides an excellent native experience for Facebook and Twitter. The Twitter WP7 app is pretty good, but I prefer the People Hub more. I just don’t use Facebook enough to care about that one.

    • David

      Don’t believe those negative reviews. Most not true.
      Facebook and twitter apps are actually very nice and work great on WP. You can not fid better phone for facebook other than Windows Phone devices.

    • Philosoraptor

      Twitter and Facebook are integrated into the phone’s People Hub.  Plus there are official and unofficial Twitter apps on the market.

      Don’t believe the haters.  WP7 doesn’t have a billion fart apps, but it has a majority of what you need.

  • Tommy Bres

    I’m a Nokia fan, but were you compensated for this review with a free device and/or money from MSFT or Nokia? You said about 200 times how “right” the phone felt, and how great the quality seemed, yet I can’t ever recall a review saying that about a phone with a snap-on plastic back cover like the Nexus S. You say it felt lighter than the GS2, but it’s 10 grams lighter with a .8″ smaller screen… Most times I’m holding two devices of near the same weight, and the size is much different, the larger one *feels* lighter even if it isn’t. I’m sorry to be pessimistic, but it really seems like you were advertising more than reviewing, I love TMoNews but I’m not going to take this one very seriously.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      He wasn’t compensated at all. He just loves Nokia phones and the design language of Nokia hardware. Ehh.

      • Tommy Bres

        That has nothing to do with the build quality of this phone. I’m a Mets fan, but I can tell you they’re going to suck this year. See how that goes? You like a company, or a team, but you can admit when one of their pieces of work isn’t a masterpiece. I like Nokia build quality in the E7, N9, etc… In this phone? It really doesn’t impress me. That’s probably why it’s $50.

        • Anonymous

          The thing is, David ISN’T coming from an E7 or N9 so maybe the 710 feels great to him. Me, well, I have a N900 and N8 (C7/GSII too) and I used a 710 yesterday at the T-Mobile store and to me it is the lightest and cheapest feeling Nokia phone I have ever held. I didn’t like the light weight feel. I am used to heavy, solid, tank built Nokias and the 710 IS light like David said, it IS sturdy but it ISN’T of the caliber of the E7, N9, N8 and even the hefty and sturdy N900.

          The build is akin the the normal smartphone weights/feel of competitor devices and not the Nokia that most of us CURRENTLY love. It doesn’t feel like a Nokia. The Astound looks and feels like a Nokia, the Lumia 710 feels like HTC/Samsung/Moto and the rest combined.

          I will probably still buy one as I do not own a WP device and then do comparisons. I will say that the device is almost the same size as the N8 in hand yet feels worlds cheaper.

          Regardless, WP7 ran a BILLION circles around my Symbian Belle equipped N8 as soon as I began swiping both screens. I was actually embarassed…but hey…2010 device vs 2012 device with more than double the CPU speed…

          I’m not excited about WP one bit as I don’t see any compelling reason except for the buttery smooth UI and more localized apps that are not available on Symbian Belle (Nokia Belle). I do enjoy Netflix on the GSII…alot.

          Back on topic: The 710 is only 10grams heavier than the Nuron and the 710 is built with Nuron type materials, except with a much better back cover and glossy finish.

          Finally, we are not going to get E7, N9 or N8 build quality for $50 (actually $100 upfront then mail in rebate with 2yr agreement).  We get what we pay for.

          Final verdict, best phone with most future potential for the money. Does it feel like the kind of Nokia’s that I am used to (high end)? NO, because it isn’t high end. It may feel like the lower end Nokias, which still had superior build quality at the time, and I think that is what David is referring to.

        • Tommy Bres

          “I used a 710 yesterday at the T-Mobile store and to me it is the lightest and cheapest feeling Nokia phone I have ever held.” Thanks for the response dude, that’s exactly what I thought and wanted to know for sure. Again, I can’t stress this enough, I love Nokia phones and if they released an E7 with Android I’d probably trip over myself trying to get in line for one. I’m not trying to bash the company, or the OS (some guy keeps mentioning crapdroid as if I even said a word about WP7), I’m only saying what my eyes are seeing and what I’m hearing from him are greatly contradictory when it comes to build quality. If you like WP7 and don’t have a ton of money to spend this seems like a fine option, but I wouldn’t consider the build quality to be comparable to higher end WP7, Android or iOS phones for that matter. Just sayin.

        • Anonymous

          I got the Radar on sale insted for the better camera build quality and sound. Best phone ive ever had! I think it takes better photos then iphone 4s i had! The flash on the iphone sucks

        • Fred Williams

          I was reaaly looking forward to something like N900 with Android.  That would have been sweet.  You would have probably been in line right after me!

      • Tommy Bres

        I’ll take a look at one in-store in a few days and let you know if I feel differently after holding it, but first impressions from the plastic cover aren’t all that great.

    • Peter

      Maybe you are a Craproid fanboi too much?

      • Tommy Bres

        I just said I like Nokia hardware, I always have. I’m not a fan of WP7, but that’s pretty irrelevant here. I was a long time Windows Mobile user, I don’t buy products just based on the corporation backing them, I buy what seems like the best decision at the time. I liked WM because you could customize it more than other platforms around… What can you do that most with now? Android. So yes, I own an Android phone. Do I like the fact that it’s a Samsung? Hell no, I hate Samsung. If Nokia had gone to Android phones I’d love to own one, it’s nothing against the brand, I’m simply saying with that plasticky back cover it doesn’t seem much more well made than the Nexus S that I’m not a fan of either.

  • Dirtreviewnokiadavid

    Wow, hey David how much Nokia pay you for this??

    • John

      Was it too hard for you to accept Windows Phone is great and you have to post this BS comment?

      Grow up not everbody like Craproid!

  • Imnostupid

    Serious,to much, on this one you forced a little be

  • Jwballing

    Don’t use T-Mobile’s My Account app it is Junk.  Does not properly tell you minutes left if you have a family plan. 

    • Mehhh

      because the minutes are lagged by a possible 48 hour delay, checking on a home computer internet browser is the most reliant and up to date usage.

  • Philosoraptor

    From the HD7 I can’t go to a smaller phone with less storage.  I’m holding out for a Nokia 900, or the rumored HD8.

    My contract doesn’t renew until later this year anyway so hopefully T-Mobile will get a “high end” Windows Phone.

  • Anthony in Utah

    I have yet to get my hands on this phone, however, I can say I love Windows Mobile. I think its funny when people complain about the camera quality and such. A phone is a phone, not a camera lol HOWEVER, I am coming from an HTC Amaze and I ditched it because it was far too big and bulky, camera shots were not as up to par as most people reviewed, especially comparing such a device to the iPhone 4s, can we say absurd?

    I switched the HTC Radar because it has Windows Mobile and I must say this is the best Windows Mobile yet. Its growing, the app store is coming a long quite well. The camera, in my opinion, actually takes better photos than my Amaze 8mp. It is not all about the MegaPixels in terms of quality. Its the sensitivity. I feel like the Nokia 710 is a step in the right direction BECAUSE it has Windows Mobile. LOL =) 

    • Anonymous

      It’s Windows “Phone” now, not Windows “Mobile.”

  • Anonymous

    …annnnd ATT receives the Nokia Lumia 900. Will TMobile ever get it’s crap together? 

  • Otelo_2001

    exactlly my point, Tmobile for some reason seems to be their worst enemy folowing ATT,why not the 900?? this model here does not even have a front facing camera… are you kidding me? no dual core, 5 mp camera nothing special… my new HTC radar looks a lot better than this one… size wise to me this is just fine, since I do not want to carry a tablet size phone in my pocket, but please who is the CEO for Tmobile? about time to get some one who has vision…. and the retail stores do nothig to help with the lack of info regarding this new OS that in my opinion is faster and just as good as IOS

    • Giraffe

      I’ve never used a front facing camera.  Would rather not pay for the cost of having it on this device.  

  • archerian

    Does this have a regular or micro-SIM?

  • Landmarkcm

    Ok so I need to really think before I post (re my previous posts saying the radar was better). I didnt get enough hands on with this at CES. So I went to the store & exchanged tonight. And the unit you actually get is better then the demo units running in stores too! Besides the lack of Front facing camera I think the Lumia 710 IS better overall then the Radar now. :) They are still both really similiar but the faster processor and Nokia drive app plus i like the Lumia design are enough in my opinion to make it better. I was thinking the radars camera was better (they both have slightly diff settings) Now I have to give it to the 710. But you cant go wrong really with either one if you want a good wp & your on Tmobile. But I would reccomend the 710.

  • Giovani Delgado

    So this phone works inside the US with AT&T 3G once it’s unlocked? 

  • http://kevinponeill.myopenid.com/ Kevin

    I just got this phone and, compared to my previous two phones, I really like it. I was using a G2x and a Nexus S 4G on Sprint before I got this. I was tired of Android. There may be those who’ve had no trouble with Android, but I couldn’t get either phone to play back music without randomly stuttering 50% of the time, requiring a restart. The WiFi signal on the Nexus S was pathetic at best, and the G2x would lock up every so often, forcing me to yank its battery. Then you have the apps. Ah…Android apps. Facebook leaked more memory on my G2x than the Titanic ever leaked saltwater, forcing me to have to use the mobile web version of the service, and my Nexus S’s vibration motor died for no apparent reason. The camera on the Nexus S was pretty good, actually, but the LG’s shooter was laughable at best — auto-focus never worked properly, resulting in blurry pictures more often than not, and the flash was so bright I always ended up with big white spot in nearly any photo taken at night. Aside from that, everything was fine, once you got past the laggy performance, the requisite force closing of apps, and the stuttering, glitchy scrolling though various lists, Android Market, websites, etc.

    My impression of the 710 and WP thus far? It just works. Everything I do on it is super fast and smooth.  It’s like every element of the UI is coated with Canola oil. Calls are perfectly clear with little-to-no distortion, messaging and email work great (even with my Gmail accounts), and Google Voice seems to work really well with GoVoice, a solid third-party app (I can’t wait to see how MS and Skype integrate the Skype service with WP!). The screen is really nice, with super deep blacks and true, eye-popping colors. I’m still getting used to the integrated Facebook and Twitter (the
    People hub), but it’s an interesting twist that I’m starting to see the
    logic in and really beginning to like.

    Multimedia function are important to me, and this phone delivers. Music playback is super smooth and the audio output quality is fantastic. The lock screen Zune controls are nothing but class (I can’t understand why Google can’t manage to work this into any of Android’s stock players). Likewise, videos look sharp and play back glitch-free. The camera actually seems to work really well, once you get used to it and learn to adjust a few settings here and there. Being able to wake the phone and launch the camera with a single press-and-hold of the camera button is awesome — something that I now see as a real oversight with respect to most other smart phones.

    This is a solid, well-performing phone that “just works,” and the more I use it, the more I like it. WP has actually got quite a lot of whimsy and personality (something that Android, to me, seems to lack). While I DO wish Nokia had opted for capacitive buttons, I would still strongly recommend this phone to someone looking for a great all-around performer that excels as a communications device and offers most — if not all — of the goodness other smart phone platforms offer.

    • Groovybassdrum

      Hey Kevin,

      I use the lumia 710 as well. Had it now for about 2 weeks and I cannot agree with you more!
      Brilliant phone. I had been using android for 2 years, and finally decided to give WP7 a chance since i love nokia and I thought the operating system on the radar 4g was very well made (same OS.. i know..lol).

      The only things I wish the phone had was the tethering option (internet sharing), and flash player capabilities as on the android.

      Rather than that, I think that for the price its offered there is not a better phone to get in the US market at this point. 

      People should really give WP7.5 a fair shot.. Its a lot smother and cleaner than IOS or than Android..

      Hope you keep loving it! thanks for sharing;)

  • Fred Williams

    Man, all you window freakboys are here.  Give each other a hug and kiss.

  • Fred Williams

    At Dirtreviewnokiadavid I think it was Microsoft who paid David.  Just like they gave 250 million to Nokia to sell their crap.

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