The hardware is a bit large to hold to the ear during calls too, though with Bluetooth built-in using a headset is an obvious option. On the plus side the built-in speaker was very loud and we generally found call quality to be excellent.
To be honest, voice calls seem to be a bit of an adjunct as far as the Nokia 7710 is concerned. I’ve already noted the relationship between Nokia’s Series 90 and Series 80 platforms and mentioned that array of programs, hinting that its breadth could be one of the reasons that the 7710 doesn’t quite hit the spot. Let me explain what I mean.
Among the array of applications pre-installed are a word processor and spreadsheet as well as a PowerPoint presentation viewer. These are applications that a professional user might find handy, the document creator has a word count feature, and supports a lot of formatting detail. Documents created are very easily sent as email, text messages, or via Bluetooth to another device simply by using menu options within the application. There is some very good handwriting recognition software built-in too, which is available in a window which also offers a soft keyboard.
The soft keyboard is not restricted to the Documents application, and I wouldn’t mind using it for writing SMS messages or emails, but it’s not good enough for writing longer texts like this review for instance. For that you would need an external keyboard. So professionals might find appeal in the lure of these applications, but difficulty with their actual use.
The multimedia experience is also somewhat mixed. The built-in camera whose lens sits on the back of the hardware lacks a mirror making it impossible to frame photographs that include yourself. It also lacks a flash. You can capture images at resolutions up to 1,152 x 864 and video at up to 17fps with full screen playback at 15fps.
Using the camera is nice and easy – a great user interface feature that I haven’t mentioned before it is that within applications the right edge of the screen is used for three buttons offering quick access to common features. Where the camera is concerned these are dedicated to capture, zooming, and jumping to the saved image library.
However video playback quality – via RealPlayer – is not very good. The videos I shot at the very highest quality were poor when viewed in full-screen mode as were the provided sample videos. When it comes to music, output to the provided stereo headset is not all it could be and because Nokia uses its Pop-Port connector for this you can’t easily plug in a headset of your own.
The Nokia 7710 has a built in FM receiver with 20 presets, and supports Visual Radio. Visual Radio offers radio broadcasters the chance to send content relating to their audio to devices. Currently there are no services available in the UK but the situation is expected to change in the near future.