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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.