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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES TRENDS - TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL & PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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.

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