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Nokia Lumia 710 with Windows Phone 7.5 Review

Nokia Lumia 710 with Windows Phone 7.5 Review

Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone Review

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Once we got through the straight forward process of setting up the phone we connected it to a PC and management of our content is achieved through Microsoft’s Zune software which also handles OS updates and can wirelessly sync if desired.

Looking next to the applications pre-installed by Nokia we have a good selection of software available by default. Items like the Nokia Maps and Nokia Music seem like bloatware initially but music, for example, turns out to be so much more. By entering Mix Radio we can access a streaming service, split into genre then themes which allow us to listen to a wide range of tracks which are constantly updating. Like a track that’s playing, then select make available offline to save it on the handset for later. Elsewhere, Bing features heavily, the Office software is far more useful and compatible than the equivalents on Android and Xbox Live integration works really well for managing games and our console account.

The key term to stress and use with this phone is integration. The software seamlessly integrates with other apps and all the apps display within the OS in the same style as the OS, giving us a wonderfully smooth feel. An example of this is our internet search results, which are not displayed as a browser web page but as part of the Lumia 710’s interface.

The search engine facilitating our requests is Bing, it cannot be changed but can be accessed from anywhere by pressing the search button and we can of course access Google through Internet Explorer.

Within Bing we can search by typing, using voice or by scanning QR Tags or barcodes. Our search results are returned to us in three tabs, web, local and images.

Moving on to the camera; the Lumia 710 doesn’t have a front facing camera, the rear facing camera has 5MP with a resolution height of 2592 pixels and a resolution width of 1944 pixels. It has a 4x digital zoom and a minimum focus range of 10cm with a focal length of 28mm. It is a fast and smooth experience with a dedicated camera button which is tactile and responsive and allows us to easily use auto focus. Overall image quality is on par with other 5MP models currently on the market.

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The camera interface is extremely uncluttered with only three buttons. One enabling us to switch to video mode, a zoom button and a button that gets us into the camera settings.

Once we explore the camera settings we discover a plethora of options. We can change the scene modes from Auto to one of 7 other choices, add one of four effects, change white balance, brightness, contrast, saturation, ISO level, and flicker adjustment. All these setting are easily accessed, clear and straight forward.

The video functionality is equally good and giving us HD video with a 3x digital zoom and an similarly large number of option as the camera. Footage comes out clear and looks great.

Once we have taken our snaps or filmed our home movie we come to the issue of storage. Like other Windows phones the Lumia 710 has no option to expand the available memory. While it is possible to connect to the cloud to transfer and store media off the handset with software like Skydrive which is free, it just isn’t there yet in terms of functionality. That coupled with the potential lack of a 3G/Wi-Fi signal when out and about mean that storage is a potential limitation of the handset for those who use a lot of media.

Speaking of media, content is most easily accessed and managed through Zune on the handset and PC… and it is a pleasure to use. Our only criticism is that as a first time user it can take a short while to get orientated with the massive amount of options. Additionally everything has to be synced with Zune so we don’t have the ability to go into the phone’s folders and drag and drop which android handsets offer.

Playing video and music on the Lumia 710 is an excellent experience, giving us crisp and clear playback and this mid-range handset is quite responsive even with the single core CPU and 512MB of RAM. Much of this is down to how well coded and slick the OS itself is.

For browsing, websites rendered quickly and apps opened and closed without delay. The only real down side to this phone is that call quality was not that good. When we were making and receiving calls in a variety of locations we found them to sound tinny and distant on occasion but that obviously depends on the signial and we did note that the calls were never cut off. Additionally we had no issues dialling manually or selecting our contacts.

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Stuart Davidson

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