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Nokia Lumia 710 - Hardware and Screen

David Gilbert

By David Gilbert



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As with all Windows Phones, there is no way of expanding the memory, such as with a microSD card, and with only 8GB of storage on board (only 6.28GB of which is accessible) this could be a problem for those looking to use the phone as their main MP3 player, not to mention if you want to cram it full of apps, movies and photos. You do get 25GB of cloud storage with SkyDrive though.

Overall the phone feels really nice in the hand, with the matt back making it feel a lot more premium that it initially looks. It’s slightly bigger than the 800 with a footprint of 119 x 62.4 and a thickness of 12.5mm, which is considerably more than phones like the Motorola Droid Razr and the iPhone 4S, but thanks to the tapered edges, you don’t notice the extra bulk.

Also helping this is the lightness of the phone, weighing just 126g compared to 142g of the 800 and 137g of the iPhone. Unfortunately the ugly physical buttons and bevelled screen edge detract from what is otherwise a perfectly nice phone.

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Looking at the screen, Nokia has decided to use the less expensive and more battery intensive TFT LCD screen technology most commonly seen on mid-to-low range handsets. However one advantage the Nokia 710 has over these other devices is the addition of Nokia’s own ClearBlack technology. ClearBlack is a proprietary technology from Nokia which aims to ensure that the blacks you see really are black, helping the contrast of the screen. ClearBlack also aims to reduce reflections, help viewing angles and improve outdoor use.

And it seems to work. While the screen on the 710 is no where near as vibrant as the AMOLED screen seen on the 800 (as you would expect), it is a step up from run-of-the-mill TFT screens we’ve seen on the likes of the ZTE Tania.

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Viewing angles are not flawless by any means and you do get something of a blue tinge when not looking directly at the screen, however they are better than normal and since for the most part you’ll be looking directly at your phone anyway, we don't see it as much of a problem. Also the colour temperature of the handset is relatively balanced with colours not getting over saturated as they tend to in AMOLED displays.

The Windows Phone 7 interface, especially when using the black background, helps the look with the large blocks of colour on the Live Tiles looking bright, though not particularly vibrant. Annoyingly, brightness settings are limited to low, medium and high and when the auto setting is on, it can lead to the phone’s brightness not really suiting the conditions.

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The TFT LCD is very clear when viewing webpages with text appearing sharp even when zoomed right in. Despite having the same low resolution of 480 x 800 as the Lumia 800, it doesn’t suffer from the issues related to the PenTile RGBG subpixel matrix of that screen, which makes text appear grainy - especially in non-mobile optimised sites.

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October 26, 2011, 11:34 pm

I really wish you guys would stop bashing on anything that doesn't have dual cores. In real world performance, there's strong evidence that dual core phones are no faster than high end single core CPUs. Yes for high end gaming there's a need for the slight boost but on Windows Phone 7, as this preview constantly states, there is more than enough power.

Can we stop the whole "Mines bigger than yours" please?

Martin Daler

October 27, 2011, 12:26 am

So the Lumia 710 is damned because, despite having some perky software, it wears budget clothes (for a budget phone..?).
But dress it up with the premium clothes you say it lacks (and add 90 to the name) and now it is damned for the software.
I hear your caveats about the price points, but really really it is Catch 22 for Nokia with you guys!


October 27, 2011, 2:46 am

Have you ever considered whether it's you with the agenda? I would love nothing more than for Nokia to get back in the game. Sadly they seem to be continuing to, well, wobble. Indeed I wonder whether they may have messed things up royally by going the route they have - having finally got some good hands on time with the N9 today, it was that handset that excited me far more than either of these.

Likewise, at least on the face of it, Symbian only needed a few basics tweaked to make it a competent OS. These eventually came in the most recent updates but now Nokia has turned its back on the platform.

In fact it seems pretty clear to me that it's Nokia you should be narked at, not us.


October 27, 2011, 2:53 am

We don't bash on about it, so long as the phone doesn't purport to be a premium handset (as in the case of the 710). However, dual-core chips do offer noticeable performance advantage (yes, we were sceptics too until we actually used some of them) with little discernible downside so too right we come to expect it on top-end phones.

That said, had the 800 proved totally to be free of pauses and stutter in use, we would've said so. However, as we point out, it was surprisingly slow at loading some apps, and switching between apps could be quite tardy too. It wasn't appalling, but neither was it
'fault' free.

Martin Daler

October 27, 2011, 2:19 pm

Sure I do Ed, but then I'm just the devil's advocate, you are the trusted reviewer. So I can be forgiven an 'agenda', you have to hold to a higher standard. It must be difficult to be at once both passionate about the subject and dispassionate in the review.


October 27, 2011, 2:36 pm

The worrying thing is that Nokia have had a long time to come up with something fresh and this is the best they can do? I agree with Ed, Nokia should be blamed. These guys used to make amazing phones and now they just seem happy to be following the pack, albeit quite a few steps behind everyone. Poor showing.


January 30, 2012, 5:10 pm

As I have commented before the main problem with these phone is lack of app support. I have an omnia 7 which is great for work, exchange, hotmail, office apps.

But the list that you posted of missing apps is nowhere near long enough! No iplayer as you said, no alternative browsers, and if anyone creates an app for anything serious WP7 support seems to be at the bottom of their list!

I am going android or iphone next!


January 30, 2012, 5:13 pm

Re the 710 "puporting to be a premium handset". I'd be interested to know people see the price bands of premium vs other band presumably mid range and budget. For smartphones i tend to think of £350+ as being premium, Lumia 800, Iphone, Galaxy II, Nexus etx and £200 - £350 as mid range with £200 and below being Budget (ZTE / San Francisco etc). I can't really see the 710 as a premium phone at £270.


January 30, 2012, 5:41 pm

As well as the Dual Core gubbins being un-necessary (at this time, the platform doesn't need it as the performance on a single core is more than on a par with it's n core bretherin); the platform doesn't support expandable storage so I really don't see it being a negative. If there was support for it, but the device didn't have it, then sure, mark it as a negative. Do you (I havent' read so am just asking) mark down the iPhones because a lack of expandable storage?

The lack of apps is becoming less of an issue as the bulk of the apps for the general public is probably getting closer to parity. (clearly there's still a long way to go mind).

Martin Daler

January 30, 2012, 8:57 pm

"What Do You Think?"
I think I've read this review before. Has it been re-released today?


January 30, 2012, 9:35 pm

From an alternative perspective, I actually really like this phone and I think it offers a lot for the money. I can understand the criticisms, but for those interested in the 710 it is worth trying. Windows Phone does divide opinions.

Harking back to an earlier discussion, we are certainly aware of the dangers is comparing specs on phones with different platforms and we actually passionate about it. In fact we wrote a feature about this very topic in October:


David Gilbert

January 30, 2012, 9:44 pm

Hi Martin, this is the full review of the phone which has gone up today. what was previously up on the site was a hands-on preview following our limited time with the phone at Nokia World last November.

David Gilbert

January 30, 2012, 9:49 pm

I can't say that I agree with you regarding the performance of this phone compared to the dual-core phones such as the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II. This phone is noticeably slower in my opinion, especially when you have a number of apps open.

The face the iPhone's don't have expandable storage is certainly a negative and whether it's the default of the platform or handset maker, the end result is the same, meaning users are stuck with 8GB (or in fact just 6.2 usable storage)

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