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Nokia Lumia 710 review roundup

Nokia has launched a new budget Windows phone. So how does the Lumia 710 fare against its competitors? 

By Matthew Shaer / January 19, 2012

The Nokia Lumia 710.

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A week or so back, Nokia introduced the Lumia 710, a budget smartphone equipped with Windows Phone 7.5 Mango software, a 3.7-inch screen, and a $50 price tag. Today, the Lumia 710 made news again – this time thanks to Wal-Mart, which is literally giving away 710 handsets, provided consumers sign a two-year voice and data contract. So how does the Lumia 710 stack up? Let's go to the scorecards. 

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The opening assessment 

"After a week of testing the Lumia 710, my verdict is that it's a good value for the money, and a good choice for people moving up to their first smartphone, or those looking for an alternative to Android and Apple," Walt Mossberg writes in The Wall Street Journal. "It has some notable weaknesses and drawbacks, and it doesn't compare with the iPhone 4S or elite Android models like the Samsung Galaxy S II. But it's a decent phone that gets the most common smartphone tasks done."

The hardware

"The Lumia 710 looks and feels like a decent device," writes Todd Haselton at Boy Genius Report. "The back cover is plastic but it has a nice soft-touch rubber feel and the entire face is glossy black, although a white version is also available from T-Mobile. There are three hardware buttons below the phone’s 3.7-inch display, which actually isn’t that impressive. While the curved glass AMOLED ClearBlack display on the Lumia 800 was very impressive, the standard ClearBlack display on T-Mobile’s Lumia 710 is not. Colors are washed out and the brightness is not where it needs to be, but this was likely required in order to keep the cost of the phone down." 

The hardware, part two

"One differentiator I liked is the fact that, unlike on other Windows Phones I've tried, the main navigation bar beneath the display uses physical keys," writes Paul McDougall at Information Week. "Call me a sucker for tactile feedback. What I didn't like is that the side buttons, for power, volume, and camera, are virtually flush to the casing. This was particular irksome when trying to depress the camera button for a quick pic."

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