Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

Summary: Nokia is getting ready to launch the Lumia 710 on T-Mobile next week and I have a demo unit to check out for a while that I am comparing to the HTC Radar 4G.

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It has been over a year since I bought my HTC HD7 from T-Mobile when Windows Phone 7 launched in November 2010. We have seen some great new Mango-powered devices launched on AT&T and I have been envious of those customers. The HTC Radar 4G launched in late October and is a decent device, but I was looking to check out a Nokia Windows Phone. Nokia announced the Lumia 710 at Nokia World and next week we will see it appear on T-Mobile USA for $49.99.

An evaluation unit arrived yesterday and I have spent several hours using the Lumia 710 and comparing it to the HTC Radar 4G and Dell Venue Pro. It might not be the high end device phone geeks are looking for, but it is fast and speedy with decent specifications. You can check out a few photos of the Nokia Lumia 710 in my image gallery.


Image Gallery: Check out some photos of the Nokia Lumia 710 on T-Mobile. Image Gallery: Lumia 710 retail box Image Gallery: Back of the Lumia 710

In the box and first impressions

T-Mobile has an excellent box design for their smartphones and the Lumia 710 comes in one of these attractive and well constructed boxes. There is a full color glossy image of the 710 on the front and a list of the primary features on the back. Inside you will find the Lumia, battery, USB cable, A/C adapter, and some guides.

The first thing I noticed when I took the Lumia 710 out of the box was the smooth soft touch back that is curved to fit well in your hand. I like the width and the physical Windows Phone buttons on the front below the display. After turning on the Lumia 710 I was very impressed with the bright Clear Black Display (CBD) that we saw on other Nokia devices.

Specifications

Specifications for the Nokia Lumia 710 include the following:

  • 3.7 inch ClearBlack display at 800x480 pixels resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 single core processor
  • Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
  • HSPA+ 14.4Mbps
  • 8GB internal memory, no microSD slot
  • 512MB RAM
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording capability
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and compass
  • 1300mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 4.69 x 2.46 x 0.49 inches and 4.4 ounces

As you can see these specifications are improved over the original T-Mobile Windows Phone device, the HTC HD7, but are not as high end as the HTC Titan or Samsung Focus S. For $50 though, $350 with no contract, this is a pretty compelling product.

Walk around the hardware

The front has a very nice 3.7 inch display and the Clear Black technology looks great. I can see the difference between the 3.7 inch Lumia 710 and 3.8 inch HTC Radar 4G, but it is still a usable size for most functions. There is a solid single hardware button below the display with areas for the back, Start, and search functions. There is no front facing camera, but I have only ever used this on any phone for testing and find it is not a very practical need for most people.

The typical, and required, camera capture button and volume button are found on the right side. There is a small opening on the left side for prying off the back cover. A lanyard opening is down at the bottom. On the top you will find the microUSB port, 3.5mm headset jack, and power button.

This is the first T-Mobile device I have seen using a microSIM card and one comes in the box. I already cut down my own SIM for the Nokia N9 so I simply put it in the Lumia 710.

I like the fact that I can swap out the battery on the Lumia 710, which is a bit unusual given that most of the latest Nokia smartphones have integrated batteries.

First impressions and experiences

The Lumia 710 runs Windows Phone 7.5, aka Mango, and does so very well. T-Mobile includes a few apps, they can be removed, including ESPN, My Account utility, Netflix, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps, TeleNav GPS Navigator, T-Mobile TV, and We care. The great thing is that you can easily uninstall any of these that you do not want.

The Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps apps are a couple of major apps that currently set the Lumia 710 apart from the HTC Radar 4G. Nokia Maps is supposed to eventually come to all Windows Phone devices, but the Nokia Drive voice guided navigation and offline maps support are only going to be found on Nokia Windows Phone devices.

The display keeps impressing me, especially when used side-by-side with the HTC Radar 4G and I am also finding that the RF reception on the Lumia 710 is quite solid. I took a few photos and a couple videos and so far find they are acceptable. I am noticing that the camera seems to capture the photo a half second after I tried to make the capture and photos are not turning out as sharp as first appears on the display.

If you are a T-Mobile customer looking for a new Windows Phone device your current choices are the HTC Radar 4G and Nokia Lumia 710. The Verge has a good comparison table of the two devices. The Radar 4G is currently priced at $100 and the Lumia 710 will launch for $50 with two year contract and mail-in rebates.

I plan to spend more time trying to figure out which of the two devices meets my needs better, including a camera comparison, battery performance, RF reception, and call quality.

Other reviews and experiences

I have only had a day with the Nokia Lumia 710, but several other websites have spent a week or more with the device and if you are considering the Lumia 710 for T-Mobile next week I recommend you check out these reviews:

Topics: Nokia, Hardware, Wi-Fi, Telcos, Software, Operating Systems, Mobility, Microsoft, HTC, Windows

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  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    Really wish the Lumia 800 would come to T-mobile, thats the Nokia phone I want.
    clcrockett
    • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

      @ccrockett@... <br><br>Specs are old<br><br><a href="http://images.anandtech.com/gr.." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://images.anandtech.com/gr..</a>.<br><br><a href="http://images.anandtech.com/gr.." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://images.anandtech.com/gr..</a>.
      Sultansulan
      • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

        @Sultansulan

        Does not need it, and still runs smooth. Thank you, come again.
        R1sky
  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    Mathew hope you will quickly cover how well 710 does UI, Social Media and Games and then move on to what else the Lumia can do. For Windows Phone to succeed, it has to differentiate itself with some features and functions. Nokia Drive is a start, but they Microsoft and Nokia need to have learnable location features (the phone needs to learn (or prompt user) to go into normal mode if it is in silent mode if it detects you are at home.
    No FM Radio in this phone ? Most Nokia phones have had them and if they don't is that a pattern that MS is driving (i.e. as Apple seems to have) to sell music/music services ? If no FM when will MS get a XM/Sirius radio client ?
    In some cases, it is a matter of Windows Phone keeping up with iOS and Android, but in some cases they will have to differentiate in a meaningful way to a large percentage of the population. If Xbox integration can do that wonderful, but that doesn't appeal to me (and I would guess a large part of the population over a certain age or gender).
    jkohut
    • There is a FM radio inside

      @jkohut All Windows Phone devices have an FM radio as that is part of the Music & Videos hub that is core to the OS.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller) I could care less about an FM radio, especially when the issue of Windows mobile Phone 7.x OS spying on you has not been resolved...
        Rick_Kl
  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    Not only do all Windows Phone 7 devices come with an FM radio, there is also a free siriuxm app available in the Marketplace.
    Digger_z
  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    No use case for a front facing camera? What planet are you living on? I use mine for FaceTime chats with family members. Im sure youve heard of a little app called Skype? Or are you saying there is no use case, because that is what Microsoft is saying? Also how can you be excited about a new phone, that uses two year old tech?
    Rick_Kl
    • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

      @Rick_Kl Don't buy it or anything from MS if you don't want to, pretty simple. You go now and leave the conversation on MS products and services to those that want to use it.
      TGGR
    • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

      @Rick_Kl That seems to be the problem with Microsoft these days! They say there is no Use Case for it. Steve Jobs would say, "Let's build a phone that we would want to use."<br><br>Steve Ballmer is no Bill Gates! Hopefully, he has something up his sleeve! If windows 8 doesn't do it, were talking about another 5 year decline in market share. How low can you go! Can you get down low!
      NeoZon
  • Oops

    In the line directly under the "Specifications" header, you accidentally reference the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. (not a eye poke, thought you'd want to correct it).
    daboochmeister
  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    Wp7 is a Joke
    Sultansulan
    • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

      @Sultansulan Don't buy it or anything from MS if you don't want to, pretty simple. You go now and leave the conversation on MS products and services to those that want to use it
      TGGR
      • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

        @TardHugger@...
        The ZDnet readership have spent years whining about tech they have no intention of buying. Why should things change now?
        StandardPerson
  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    Singel core 2012 ????
    Sultansulan
    • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

      @Sultansulan

      Still trolling 2012?
      R1sky
  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    Thanks for the review. I love my Samsung Focus S - so fast, no freezes, and the WP7 UI does most of my work for me within the hubs. I'm glad my friends that are on T-Mobile will finally be able to share the great experience. Throwing specs at a problem is no alternative to well optimized code, and these phones prove it.
    TechNickle
  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    The side-by-side over at The Verge only validates what I've been saying for the last month. Other than processor, the HTC Radar is clearly the better phone.

    Of course, T-Mobile is pulling marketing tricks now. Just saw a T-Mobile ad for the Lumia 710 this morning where the narrator called it "The World's First 4G Windows Phone".. uh... riiiiiiiiiiight. Good try with the marketing spin, T-Mo.
    Captiosus
    • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

      @Captiosus

      "World's First 4G Windows Phone in the US."

      Fixed

      I'd go for the Radar as I think the 710 is for the budget conscious.
      R1sky
  • RE: Initial impressions of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 (video and gallery)

    No MicroSD slot? Really, Nokia? Really???
    jmwells21