Excerpt: T-Mobile is fast becoming a great place to be for a good Windows Phone. A couple months ago, the carrier released the HTC Radar 4G , one of our favorite Windows Phones, especially at its $100 price. This month, the Lumia 710 joins the family.
Summary: The Nokia Lumia 710 is designed for instant social experiences and image sharing. The device is built on Windows Phone 7.5 and brings the best browsing experience with IE9 hardware accelerated graphics and HTML5 support.
Summary: Despite some of the minor complaints, the Nokia Lumia 710 is a wonderful mid-budget Windows Phone with some great features, access to a growing app store and the improving Windows Phone operating system. The Nokia Lumia 710 is definitely worth checking out.
Excerpt: The Nokia Lumia 710 is Nokia's second Windows Phone to come to the UK and one that could be the best-selling Windows Phone device yet. Nokia's kept the price low and is hoping that the Lumia 710 is going to clear up big time.
Pros: Compact and comfortable to hold, Built-in sat-nav and music features, Good price
Excerpt: The Lumia 710 represents Nokia's first Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone in the U.S., despite the fact that the higher-end Lumia 800 model has been available in other parts of the world for some time already.
Conclusion: There's a lot to like in Nokia's first US Windows Phone. The bargain price belies a solid set of features; quick performance and an elegant though not thin design. Call quality is excellent, the camera takes good photos and the phone is fast.
Pros: Bargain priced smartphone with solid specs and good quality.
Cons: Front buttons aren't easy to use, no mobile hotspot feature.
Excerpt: This is the year millions of owners of so-called feature phones — devices which handle little beyond voice calls, texts, and photos — will finally upgrade to true smartphones. At least, that’s the hope of Microsoft and Nokia. The two tech giants have been floundering to get a foothold in the U.S.
Pros: Cheap. Comfortable size, shape and materials. Comes with enough built-in apps and services (ESPN, Netflix, The Weather Channel, My Account) to be convenient, but not overburdened. Comes in black or white.
Cons: Call quality sounds slightly muddy, even though you sound very clear to people on the other end. Can only record video by pressing the hardware button. 8GB of storage, but not expandable — there’s no SD card slot.
Excerpt: It’s been almost nine months since Nokia released a carrier-branded smartphone in the US, the Symbian-powered Astound for T-Mobile. That was before the company's sea change — it has come a long way since then, betting its future almost entirely on Microsoft's Windows Phone.
Pros: Great call quality, Low cost, Colorful back panel options
Cons: Subpar LCD with bad viewing angles, No internet sharing, No front facing camera
Summary: Right now the HTC Radar 4G is free on T-Mobile, which offers better sound and a slightly better camera. However, we prefer the Lumia 710 because Nokia includes free GPS navigation, which will save you more money over the long haul. We also prefer the soft-touch back on the Nokia.