Nokia’s Lumia 710 is a finances follow-up to its first Home windows Telephone 7 handset, the Nokia Lumia 800. It is £100 cheaper SIM-free than the 800, however solely round £5 a month cheaper on contract. It’s totally barely bigger than the 800 in all dimensions, has the identical Home windows Telephone 7.5 (Mango) working system and three.7in 480×800 show, however the display is TFT somewhat than AMOLED, the digital camera is a 5 somewhat than 8-megapixel model and it has 8GB somewhat than 16GB of storage. The 1.4GHz single-core processor is equivalent.
The cellphone feels very nicely constructed, with a cultured edge-to-edge glass fascia and a vibrant backplate. Home windows Telephone 7 Mango brings quite a few enhancements to the unique, together with smartphone staples comparable to multi-tasking and duplicate and paste. It feels actually responsive in on a regular basis use, way more so than the Android interface, and it is enticing and slick. You may add a number of Home windows Reside accounts, in addition to Gmail and Alternate. We’re notably keen on the e-mail consumer, which is likely one of the solely cellular purchasers we have seen with an unread message view, however the calendar isn’t good – entries within the month view are too small to view so you must zoom into the day, and there isn’t any week view.
Internet looking utilizing Web Explorer is quick. Double-tapping a web page zooms in to a extra readable degree than the default zoom, though it is inferior to Android’s Webkit, which not solely zooms in to a extra readable degree however routinely re-flows the textual content. In our side-by-side checks, nevertheless, we did not discover a lot of a velocity distinction between the 2 browsers.
Since its launch, the Home windows Telephone Market has expanded to over 60,000 apps. It might not have as many apps as its rivals, however the high quality has improved tremendously since our final go to, with some greater names seen comparable to Fb, Twitter, YouTube and Spotify. Sadly, a few of these apps aren’t extremely rated, and a few, comparable to Microsoft’s YouTube app, are merely shortcuts to a cellular model of a website online.
Microsoft software program handles many of the 710’s predominant duties: Xbox Reside for video games, Zune for music and movies and Workplace for enterprise recordsdata. Nokia has included its Drive satnav app, and there is additionally a hyperlink to obtain Nokia Maps from the Market, however we don’t suppose Nokia Maps affords a lot over Home windows Telephone 7’s personal Bing Maps.