I had a chance to spend some time with the Nokia Lumia 710 at Nokia World in early November and even though most of the chatter has been around the Lumia 800 I think the 710 is still a device worth consideration. WPCentral.com posted that T-Mobile and Nokia are announcing something new in New York on 14 December and all indications, including FCC documentation, are that this will be an official T-Mobile announcement for the Lumia 710 Windows Phone device.
The Nokia 710 is likely to compete with the HTC Radar 4G on T-Mobile for the new Windows Phone user in the sub-$100 price range. Unfortunately, this means there is still no high end Windows Phone device available for T-Mobile while AT&T gets both the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S. I have been using the HTC Radar 4G quite a bit lately and even though you can pick it up for free or $50 it honestly is a solid device and my only complaint is the rather disappointing camera.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is very similar to the Lumia 800, with the following differences:
- 3.7 inch Clear Black Display (710 is TFT while 800 is AMOLED Gorilla Glass)
- 8GB storage compared to 16GB on Lumia 800
- 5 megapixel camera compared to 8 megapixel with Carl Zeiss on the 800
- Multiple color options for back cover
The processor, operating system, apps, and display resolution are all the same. I find the HTC Radar 4G build quality to be fantastic and have to use the 710 a bit more before deciding which is better. I would love to see the Titan or Samsung Focus S on T-Mobile though.