Nokia Lumia 710 Review: Smack In The Middle: Unboxing, 360-degree Spin, Design And Build Quality

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Unboxing the Nokia Lumia 710

Like its better equipped sibling, the Nokia Lumia 710 comes in a fairly large box. As far as contents go however, there are no surprises. Inside the box, you will find the phone, a charger and microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable, as well as a set of nice earbuds. Several booklets are also present.





The retail box of Nokia Lumia 710 • the bundled headphones

Additional accessories such as changeable colored back panels and a case would have certainly been a welcome addition to Lumia 710's box. Even in its current state however, it will have your most essential needs covered.

Nokia Lumia 710 360-degree spin

The measures of Nokia Lumia 710 come at 119 x 62.4 x 12.5 mm, while it tips the scale at the acceptable 125 grams. The Lumia 710 is lighter than its upscale sibling - but doesn't feel flimsy compared to the polycarbonate unibody of the Lumia 800.

Design and build quality

While the Nokia Lumia 800 is essentially a clone of the Meego running N9, the Lumia 710 copies some pages from the Symbian design book. It's easy to spot a resemblance to the Nokia C7. In a world where generic designs are becoming more and more common, the Lumia 710 still manages to see different - and unmistakably Nokia.

Here is the Nokia Lumia 710, compared to one of its direct rivals - the Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) packing Samsung Omnia W.





Nokia Lumia 710 next to Samsung Omnia W

Despite the all-plastic construction, the Nokia Lumia 710 feels extremely well put together. We can't assist but note though, that the phone looks a bit cheap next to its metal clad Samsung and HTC rivals.

There are two color schemes available for the device - black and white. Interestingly enough, the main color refers only to the front of the device. Meaning you can choose between a black and a white body. On top of that, there's a selection of exchangeable rear covers in various colors.

The Nokia Lumia 710 features a ClearBlack Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen of WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) resolution. With a pixel density of 252ppi, the display is as fine as it gets on a Windows Phone handset. Its contrast and viewing angles are better than most typical Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) units we've covered, but descend seriously short of AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) standards. We also found the classy screen of the Lumia to have a more or less annoying yellowish tint when viewed from an angle.



The ClearBlack Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen of the Nokia Lumia 710

The Nokia Lumia 710's classy screen showed impressive contrast ratios of over 1000:1, but most of that was due to the relatively high brightness of the classy screen (nearly 700 nits at maximum). The black levels were pretty fine for a mid-range LCD-packing phone.

Here's how the Lumia 710 stacks up against the competition.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Nokia N9

0 349 ∞ 0596 ∞

Nokia Lumia 800

0 108 ∞ 0369 ∞

HTC Radar

0.26 204 794 0.59471 797

HTC Titan

0.26 233 891 0.56567 1007

Nokia Lumia 710

0.39 426 1085 0.62692 1115

Nokia 701

0.64 619 964 1.12 1022 905

Samsung Omnia W I8350

0 118 ∞ 0 358 ∞

Apple iPhone 4S

0.14 205 1463 0.52 654 1261


Below the screen, you will find the three typical Windows Phone buttons, which see like one giant hardware key. In a rather fascinating fashion, the mouthpiece is also located on the front, below the display, rather than on the bottom side of the phone.

Above the classy screen is where the earpiece ambient light and proximity sensors reside. There is no front-facing capturing camera on the Lumia 710.




The hardware buttons and mouthpiece below the classy screen - the view above the display

There is nothing but a small latch for removing the battery cover on the left side of the Lumia 710. On the correct side, you will find the volume rocker and the dedicated capturing camera button of the device. It's a shame the half-press is nearly nonexistent. It will hold quite some practice to acquire it right. The half press is very shallow, and the key itself is rather stiff. With almost no clear stop between half and full press we ended up with plenty of unusable shots before we finally hit the correct amount of gentle pressure needed. Touch focus is available too but we're not particularly fond of it since it also snaps the image, so focusing and recomposing is not possible.

At least, the capturing camera key on the Nokia Lumia 710 will power up the capturing camera even when the phone is locked. It's fairly quick too.






The battery cover latch on the left - the volume rocker and capturing camera button on the right

On top of the Lumia 710 is where the unprotected 3.5 mm audio jack and microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) ports are. The power/lock key is there as well. There is nothing but a lanyard eyelet on the bottom of the device.






The view on top of the Lumia 710 - the lanyard eyelet on the bottom

On the matte plastic back of the Nokia Lumia 710 is where the 5MP capturing camera and Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash can be found. The loudspeaker grille is there as well.




The back of the Nokia Lumia 710

When you rego the battery cover, you will find the battery and the microSIM slot - no surprises there.




No surprises under the battery cover

The Nokia Lumia 710 scored an endurance rating of only 27 hours in our battery test, which was fairly disappointing. It managed just over 9 hours of 3G talk time, beating both the Lumia 800 and its official rating, but it failed to break the 4 hour barrier in both the video playback and the web browsing test. You can acquire more details on how the Lumia 710 did from our blog post.




Nokia smartphones have always been a pleasure to handle and the Lumia 710 is no exception. The matte plastic cover on the back is quite grippy and helps you avoid accidental drops. With its pocket friendly measures, the phone can be operated easily with one hand as well.




Handling the Nokia Lumia 710

Overall, we found small to frown about the smartphone's build quality. The design is rather simple but likely to appeal to a wide audience of potential users. The interchangeable back covers should assist its cautilize even further.

It is now time to hold a see at the software secrets of Nokia Lumia 710. Don't expect to find any surprises here though - the device is absolutely identical to the Lumia 800.


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