Price (RRP): $379
The second of Nokia’s new Windows-powered smartphones is the Lumia 710, a small handset offering damn near identical horsepower to the premium Lumia 800, albeit in a less expensive package.
While the Lumia 710 is aimed at a more budget-friendly price tag than its one-piece Lumia 800 brother, the technology inside is very similar. In fact, it’s almost identical.
The Lumia 710 takes advantage of a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 512MB RAM, and Adreno 205 graphics chip – exactly what’s inside the Lumia 800. They both run on the latest 7.5 version of Windows Phone, also called “Mango”.
Screen size comes in at 3.7 inches with 480 x 800 resolution, identical to the Lumia 800. Ditto Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass and Nokia’s “ClearBlack” display technology.
About the only differences separating the two Lumia handsets involve storage capacity, screen type, cameras, and body construction. The Lumia 710, for example, offers regular LCD screen instead of the AMOLED found on the Lumia 800, a body made of several parts, and a replaceable battery. It provides 8GB of storage compared to the 800’s 16GB, and a 5 megapixel camera with flash instead of the Lumia 800’s 8 megapixel.
Unlike the 800, the 710 has a totally unremarkable design, and the Windows Phone soft buttons present on each device – back, home, and search – are physical buttons on the Lumia 710. Adding to these physical buttons are the few that we did see on the 800, including a volume rocker and camera button on the right, and a power button up top. The micro USB and 3.5mm headphone ports are located here too.
Other than that, the 710 and 800 are pretty much the same, with GPS included, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, micro USB port, micro SIM slot, and a maximum downlink of 14.4Mbps over a 3G connection.
We were reasonably impressed with the performance from the Lumia 800, and given the similar technology used in this handset, we expect it to be much the same.
So here’s the good news: it flies.
For the most part, the Lumia 710 is as speedy as its big brother, offering slick animations, access to the Windows Phone app marketplace, and solid support for phone calls, messaging, and Internet. You can flick your finger across the screen to quickly jump across menu styles, check what your connectivity and battery are like (swipe down on the top of the screen), and hit the physical buttons to see the system respond at a lightning fast speed.
If anything, Nokia and Microsoft have shown us that you don’t necessarily need a dual- or quad-core processor to make an operating system run like a dream. Even the games work beautifully, including those such Pirates and Sonic the Hedgehog, which rely on 3D graphics.