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Review: Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile USA

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The Lumia 710 is a solid smartphone from Nokia and a good addition to the ranks of Windows Phone devices. My only really quibbles with the 710 are the crummy buttons. Otherwise the hardware performs as it’s supposed to. Phone calls, in particular, were excellent on the 710 and it was a strong performer on T-Mobile's network in the NYC area. Battery life scored well and the 710 exhibited zippy performance all around.

The Mango software from Microsoft is a solid operating system and offers a cleaner-looking alternative to the likes of Android. The additions from Nokia -- notably ESPN and Nokia Drive -- represent a good start for Nokia's potential in the Windows Phone space, but Nokia will have to do more with the ESPN Hub to impress me.

Add to these pros a solid-performing camera and video camera, immersive entertainment options, a good browser, and powerful communications tool, and you have the most-usable smartphone I've ever seen from Nokia.

At $50, it's a bargain and probably outperforms Android phones at that price point. Will T-Mobile customers see the light and choose the Lumia? They should.

Our Ratings

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Overall
2.5
Reception
3
Battery Life
3.5
Hardware Usability
4
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
4
Interface Speed
3.5
Audio Volume
3.5
Camera
 

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