The Lumia 710 is a good starter phone, available at bargain-bin prices, for people want a smartphone but don't want to spend a lot of money. Available through T-Mobile, the Lumia gives users much of the same features on the higher-end Lumia 800, a more affordable price tag.
The Lumia 710 runs on Windows 7.5 Mango, and features a smooth interface that integrates wonderfully with Microsoft Office -- including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Despite criticism of a lack of apps, compared to Android and iOS, the addition of Office is a big plus, making the Lumia an idea business companion for editing documents on the road. Still, that's no excuse for the lacks the variety, and ultimately a big turnoff to Windows.
The Lumia comes with a few pre-installed apps. Microsoft uses "hubs" to organize contacts, messages and social media into intuitive groups for easier access, but for more discerning customers, especially those who have previously used an iPhone or Android, Windows falls short of providing a robust experience.
Is there anything about the Lumia 710 that bests the Lumia 900 or the Lumia 800? Not much, except a smaller screen, which may appeal to people with delicate hands. Like the 800, the 710 runs on a 1.4-gigahertz processor -- albeit not quad-core, which many phones run on these days -- and 512-megabytes of RAM, so it's a decent deal. It's certainly functional, with strong call quality, running off of T-Mobile's 4G network.
The Lumia 710, which comes in a variety of colors, has a solid feel, but the plastic shell feels clunky and the buttons can be hard to press. The 3.7-inch screen's 480-by-800 pixel resolution is neither terrible nor spectacular, and it is prone to fingerprints.
One big drawback: while it comes with a 5-megapixel camera, offering surprisingly good quality photos and 720p video, there's no front-facing lens for video chat. The battery life isn't the greatest, either -- around a day.
Overall, the Lumia isn't a great phone. It's not bad, per se. But unless you're on a serious budget, the lack of third-party apps and front-facing camera, coupled with the clunky body, make this phone easy to pass up in search of a better mobile experience. ♦
I have spent far too much time trying to get the phone working for me to have anything I honestly love about the phone. I guess if you want a phone that takes control and leaves you without options, then this may be the phone for you.
1. Forces usage of Windows Live ID to do what should be done via cable to PC rather than consuming contracted data plan.
2. Will not handle multiple phones from a single Windows Login.
3. A number of e-mail attachments could not be viewed for reasons such as Adobe Flash not being supported.
4. Making a phone call requires extra steps.
5. Contacts are reformatted and linked even if not wanted.
6. Uses Live ID and Google, but the Windows-based phone does not provide interface to Outlook that has been a common means of storing contacts, calendar entries, etc.
7. Icon selection is marginal at best; spend a lot of time second guessing what the various symbols mean, as they do not tend to reflect the functions they are intended to launch.
8. Numerous calls terminate without explanation.
9. Calendar does not allow entry of repeating events such as the first Monday of each month.
10. Does not provide for multiple selections such as adding contacts to a group or a message to be sent.
11. No simple clean process for migrating to the phone from another phone.
12. Contact display does not robust enough, too little information displayed. If you have similar names such as 2 John Jones, there is no way to know what one is the desired one since no phone number or any other information is provided.
13. Groups are limited to 20 contacts.
14. Battery life is poor, need to charge multiple times a day.
15. Poorly setup market, makes it difficult to find APPS one wants amid the myriad of games and other less than practical apps. Selection is also limited, and some apps that are free on via PC are being charged for.
16. Ringtones are poorly setup. If Microsoft / Nokia can tell you the duration, size limit and file type; that should be handled by the software rather than force the individuals to create their own under their guidelines.
Could list more but this should be enough to make a point.
I also find it unethical that with the trend of dropping unlimited data plans, the direction the operating systems are taking is to force additional usage of the data plan via Live ID to maintain phone information that should be done via direct cable to PC without overhead added to data plan.
Unless major changes are made that show an honest customer consideration, I will not purchase another phone using a Windows platform.Was this review helpful to you?
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