The second child of the Microsoft-nokia tie-up, the Lumia 710 is targeted towards those who wish to own a super smart phone with a refreshing new operating system without hurting their wallets. The recent price cut of the Lumia 710 makes it even more desirable, making it a formidable rival to the Samsung Omnia W and HTC Radar.
Dominated by a 3.7-inch capacitive touch display on the front, the phone has a slightly raised row (with back, windows and search key) below the display. The plastic back is bare except for a 5-MP camera lens at the top and speaker at the bottom. The 3.5 mm jack along with charging jack are placed on the top, with volumes keys on the right panel. Unlike the Lumia 800, the 710 doesn’t have a unibody design. Therefore, the micro SIM slot and battery can be accessed by removing the back panel.
The tile-shaped Metro UI on the homescreen looks refreshing in front of the other leading operating systems. This divides the homescreen into multiple tiles that are completely customisable. Since this is a Windows Phone, you would need your Windows Live account for downloading apps. While Windows Marketplace has a steadily rising number of apps, Nokia Recommendation apps too are there for the taking. Facebook comes integrated with contacts to make the whole orld easy to access. The device comes with 8 GB onboard storage. Where the sound output and the overall performance of the device were impressive, the 5 MP camera and 720p video capture were a letdown.
The Lumia 710 has the same hardware specifications as the Samsung Omnia W. The phone runs on Snapdragon 1.4GHZ single-core processor and is paired with a 512 MB RAM. These hardware specifications work well on most of the Windows Phone and so in the Lumia 710 too, the overall performance is commendable. This smartphone gave us a day’s backup on a single charge with above average use.