One of my most positive experiences with the Nokia 7710 was Web browsing. Widescreen format is entirely suitable for browsing the Web. Using the tappable keypad or handwriting recognition to enter URLs is a delightfully fast and easy operation, and pages themselves can be set to use the full width of the screen. Furthermore the 640 x 320 pixels squeezed into the display mean pages are clear and readable. Nokia lets the experience down by only offering 65,000 colours, though.
I could see myself using the 7710 as a small Web terminal in the home over WiFi – except that Nokia has failed to build Wi-Fi in. Trying to use the Web out of doors I encountered another of the major letdowns with this hardware: the screen is fantastically bright and clear indoors, but in bright sunshine it’s very washed out.
If you’re wondering how you’re supposed to store all the photos and videos you shoot, your music, and other media, you’ll be pleased to know that there is 90MB of built in non volatile memory, and Nokia provides a further 128MB on a MultiMedia Card. The card sits in a slot under the battery cover but you don’t need to remove the battery to swap cards. Nokia also provides its PC Suite software to share data with your desktop computer (Windows only I’m afraid).
Battery life for the 7710 is quoted as between 3.5 and 12 hours of talk, or seven to nine days of standby. That’s quite a wide margin, and with such a large screen to power I was rather concerned the battery life might be short so I decided to run two tests.