Nokia Lumia 710
Reviewed by Chris Gardner
If you asked Siri on Apple's iPhone what the best phone on the market was, it said, until recently, the Nokia Lumia 900. But Apple quickly put pay to that.
While the Lumia 900 is weeks, if not months, away from a New Zealand release, the Lumia 800 has been wowing smartphone fans for weeks.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is the little brother to these big iPhone competitors, and, like the other Lumia phones, it's the result of Nokia's collaboration with Microsoft.Like the ultra-thin and light Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, the 710 has a 3.7-inch screen, but it's larger, at a more traditional 6.24 centimetres wide, 11.9cm high and 1.27cm deep. It weighs in at 129.2 grams. The bigger dimensions of the 710 means it is reasonably priced at $549, compared to the $899 you'd expect to pay for the Lumia 800.
The 900's price is still unknown.
It's easy to use, thanks to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" operating system, which has great social media integration, a nifty music player and can be used to create and view Microsoft Office documents.
What's not to like?
If that weren't enough, like other Nokia smartphones, the 710 includes the Nokia Drive application, which is worth a review in itself. It's a GPS application which challenges Navman and TomTom head-on and delivers in spades.
The Lumia 710 probably isn't a business phone like its big brothers, but it is a good first smartphone that will do everything you want it to do and more.
For the price, you probably can't do better.
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