With the Lumia series Nokia is trying to breath new life into its fledging smartphone portfolio. Windows Phone is a hip and slick new platform but it lacks mindshare and with Nokia’s world wide appeal chances are the world will warm up to Microsoft s Metro UI, so on the face of it, this is a marriage made in heaven. The first two fruits of this marriage are the Nokia Lumia 800, which we have already reviewed, and the more mass market Lumia 710, which attempts to tempt the masses with some Metro style sophistication. Read on for our first impressions of Nokia s Lumia 710, which will go head-to-head with an armada of Android smartphones and Nokia s own Symbian offerings! Also Read - The Crew 2 Review: Beautiful, but soon becomes boring
As mentioned above the Lumia 710 is designed to offer the same fluid and classy Windows Phone experience at a more affordable price point, however in doing so Nokia had to cut corners. Nothing major though! The ClearBlack LCD display on the Lumia 710 has the same 800×480 WVGA resolution as the Lumia 800, but the brilliance of the ClearBlack AMOLED panel is clearly missing. Even in comparison to the Samsung Omnia W s Super AMOLED panel, one can clearly notice that there is something amiss. Yes one can argue that the Lumia 710 is a good Rs 5k cheaper than the Samsung Omnia W, but one should not forget that it only recently received a 20 percent price cut. Now that s not saying it s a horrible display, in fact it is a pretty decent one, but just not a world beating one.
The user experience is typically Windows Phone. Lightning fast. I own a Samsung Galaxy S II and trust me in terms of pure speed, the Lumia 710 holds its own, if not betters the dual-core Android behemoth. In terms of build quality, the Lumia 710 is typically Nokia – solid, tough, rugged and yet ergonomically sound and an understated looker especially in the white with the cyan back. It does not boast of the flashy injection moulded polycarbonate construction donned by the Lumia 800, instead it s a very plasticky device. Having said that, this is not the cheap plastic finish we have become accustomed to seeing on Samsung devices. The device feels rock solid and feels good to hold, not flimsy like a Samsung Galaxy S II. Though refreshingly I do feel the Samsung Omnia W boasts of a slightly superior design. Apart from this a weird oddity we noticed were the plasticky Windows Phone keys, which were extremely stiff to press.
Nokia has packed in a 5-megapixel camera in the Lumia 710, instead of the 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss snapper seen on the Lumia 800. There are a few flaws that I would like to point out. Right of the bat, the device does seem struggle focusing in low light conditions but the problem gets accentuated by the two-stage shutter button. The two-stage shutter button is very plastiky and I struggled to lock on a focus. It was more of a case of using it for an instant click, as focusing was much easier via the touch-display. This, in my opinion defeats the point of having a two-stage shutter button. Apart from this, if one tinkered around with the settings, it was not too difficult to flush out good images from its camera, which competes perfectly well in its price bracket.
I am yet test the video camera, Nokia apps and battery, which I will write about in a detailed review of the Lumia 710. But as of now the Lumia 710 looks like a solid device in the sub Rs 15K bracket.
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