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Nokia Lumia 710 review

The cheaper alternative to Nokia's first Windows Phone handset

Our Verdict

It's likely this will remain the budget option for the foreseeable future - a little bit more of a price drop and we'll be a lot more impressed with this otherwise decent handset.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.90 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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  • Removable battery
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Nokia apps
  • Integration with Xbox Live
  • Cloud-based backup


  • Poor battery life
  • Screen, camera and internal storage are downgraded from Lumia 800
  • No front-facing camera
  • Fragile-looking volume and camera buttons

Nokia lumia 710 review

Setting up your contacts - or People, as Windows Phone calls them - is a breeze. When we powered on the Nokia Lumia 710 for the first time, we were asked to log in to or register for a Windows Live account, which, although non-compulsory, forms an integral part of how Windows Phone works.

Nokia lumia 710 review

This account was then synced to the People, Calendar and Email (Hotmail) apps and enabled IM via Windows Live Messenger, while becoming the default cloud backup solution for all contact information.

Nokia lumia 710 review

Next we were asked to log in or register for a Nokia account, which gives an idea of how Nokia plans to expand on its initially limited Windows Phone apps offering.

Nokia lumia 710 review

As well as the ability to sync people's contact information from Windows Live Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Nokia/OVI Mail and Yahoo, Nokia has created a Contacts Transfer app, which enables direct Bluetooth transfer of all contact information from one phone to another, in case you're not currently a social or cloud surfer.

Nokia lumia 710 review

As the People app populates from the different cloud and physical locations it automatically merges contacts where the name is the same across the sources, reducing the number of contact names to search through.

Nokia lumia 710 review

Even so, we found we needed to run through the contacts in the People app to do the last few contact merges manually where they had different names/nicknames in the different sources.

Nokia lumia 710 review

One major issue with the multiple sourced contact information is that it's somewhat an all or nothing functionality, displaying either all contacts from a source or none of them. Hopefully Nokia/Microsoft will provide a happy middle ground for customisation in a future update.

Nokia lumia 710 review

Once this is all complete, calling with the Nokia Lumia 710 is as easy as tapping the phone icon, which opens a call history screen with touchscreen buttons at the bottom for voicemail, a simple dial pad, access to your phone book and a call history search.

Nokia lumia 710 review

The People app defaults to the top-right live tile on new and reset Windows Phones, and can be found in the apps list if removed from the start screen.

Nokia lumia 710 review

The dial pad enables you to make a call and nothing much else, which feels a little limited when compared with the smart dialling provided on competing smartphones. However, contacts can be searched though separately in the People app, so the functionality is still accessible.

While making and receiving calls on the Nokia Lumia 710 with our Orange SIM, we found that the signal was maintained well, with the 3G signal switching quickly between Orange and T-Mobile.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSUPA, HSDPA, EDGE, GPRS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time6.90 Hour
Product Model710
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)126 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, China RoHS, REACH, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density252 ppi
Recycled Content60%
Height119 mm
Width62.4 mm
Depth12.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Product NameLumia 710 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number0020C63
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Package Contents
  • Lumia 710 Smartphone
  • Nokia Battery
  • Nokia Headset
  • Nokia Lumia 710 Handset
  • Nokia Micro USB Charger
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable
  • Quick Guide
  • User Guide
  • Product Information Leaflet
Limited Warranty2 Year