Rogers Nokia Lumia 710 Review (Video)

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  • Jesse

    I think it blows my HD7 out of the water anyway. For the price, it’s awesome.

    • SAM

      IS NOT BAD, BETTER THAN ANY GARBAGE IPHONE BUT NOT AS GOOD AS THE NOTE!!

    • jellmoo

      @SAM

      It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that a $250 handset doesn’t match up spec wise to a $700 handset.

      For the non contract price, the Lumia 710 is easily the best handset available.

  • Matt

    What about a Galaxy S for 200 from Virgin Mobile? IMO, a slightly better choice.

    • Alex Perrier

      If you don’t mind officially staying with Android 2.3, then yeah. But i’d still choose a Windows Phone 7 first. Android is out of the question for me until there’s more than one or two Android 4 devices.

    • bob

      With Android 2.3 at least you have wifi hotspot.

    • Tom

      @Alex
      Yes, updates matter and that has been Android’s biggest failing. I will note though that the Bell/Virgin Galaxy S is officially supported by CyanogenMod and that the number of Androids with official support for rooting is growing quickly.

      Speaking of updates, one concern about WP7 is that WP8. When I saw the leaked list of WP8 features it appeared that WP7.5 is just a warm up – WP8 is the real thing where they consolidate the whole platform both for users and for developers.

      In other words, it made me think that I should wait until WP8 to get a Windows Phone.

  • Nope

    Can we lay off the thesauruses and purple prose when writing reviews from now on?

  • Dimplex

    Wind is the best wind is the best wind is the best we have the most megga hurts!

  • bob

    $50 on three year is a really bad price for this device. I don’t know what you are smoking. The much better Galaxy S2 can be had for free on three years.
    The no-contract price is OK, but nothing unseen before.

    • Alex Perrier

      The S2 requires a $25/month or more Internet plan, but the Nokia Lumia 710 does not. Rogers considers the 710 a “smartphone lite.”

      Rogers’ brand Fido has the right thing going on with their LG Optimus/Gossip Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Q. While neither of these would be my main phone, especially the Gossip Pro with its small keys, they are a good value Android for $30 (sometimes $0) on a two-year with no Internet plan required and any voice plan is compatible.

      It would be a great start to see more carriers do this too. TELUS only has the HTC Status for $0 on a two-year voice plan.

  • TheTigerTek

    I love the lockscreen on Windows Phone.. I download Easy Lock for my 9900 which works exactly like Windows Phone 7.. Great review by the way.

  • gwydionjhr

    Great to see a reviewer keep the 710 in perspective and not try to compare it to an $800 “super” phone.

    • freestaterocker

      I agree completely. It’s an entry-level device, which blows its comp out of the water. Hesitancy about the smaller screen is the only thing keeping it from replacing my HD7!

  • gwydionjhr

    @bob – wifi hotspot should be coming to the Lumia line in a software update. With WP7.5 you’re getting a much more stable platform than Android 2.3 and none of it’s malware. Plus MS has definately proven over the last 2 years they’re committed to a solid and complete upgrade path for WP devices, the same thing can not be said for Android. All 25 devices running WP worldwide are up to date. (With the exception of the Internet Sharing on the 710/800 and that’s Nokia’s issue, not MS)

  • Raggu

    Anyone tried unlocking this and using on Wind?

    • freestaterocker

      According to the wpcentral forums, many have done this successfully. But the HTC Radar is coming to WIND officially. It offers a lower-clocked 1ghz snapdragon processor, but adds WiFi hotspot(provided wind pushes the required firmware update), ffc, the best battery life of all the Windows Phones, capacative hardware buttons with haptic feedback, and IMO better looks, as well as 0.1″ of extra screen real estate. It has received much critical acclaim, winning awards from a majority of the cross-platform tech blogs. (Engadget, etc)

  • crunch204

    @raggu its not AWS

    • briggs

      uuhhhhh….yes it is.

  • Jack

    the temptation to buy this phone is killing me lol

  • gwydionjhr

    Yes, this DOES work on Wind. Search YouTube for “Rogers Nokia Lumia 710 working on Wind”

  • k-dogg

    Does someone know if that Rogers sell the exchangeable back covers. Or where can you find the exchangeable back covers?

  • eeeee

    Great review.

    You forgot to highlight Office compatibility (OneNote, Word, Powerpoint and Excel) – really handy.

    Although, I prefer Google over Bing – I like the Bing integration into WP7’s search abilities. It’ll pull up web, local, and images. Local being super helpful when looking for places to eat or drink.

    We don’t get Local Scout like in the US, but still super dece out of the box capabilities.

    I love my 710 =)

  • gwydionjhr

    Oh yeah. I saw this phone tagged @ $229 yesterday at the Rogers Video store at the corner of Quadra and Hillside in Victoria. I also saw it taggged at $349 in a Rogers store at Douglas and Yates.

    • Sean

      I got my phone from the Rogers store at the Bay Center here in Victoria. I believe they had it posted for the $229 no contract price, but I did get the $49 3 year. Very good phone so far, definitely a great deal different from my extensive Symbian experience, but liking very much. I only wish there was a dedicated stop button, and(or) exit feature on the music player. It seems you can only pause your music, and when you press the home button, it doesn’t actually close the player. It still keeps that song paused, even if you don’t do back to it for some time.

    • Ryan

      Rogers appears to have started putting the month-to-month price on the price cards instead of the “outright” price. It’s super annoying.

  • Nadim

    AWS works which makes Radar vs Lumia 710 pricing to be interesting

  • Brandon

    “Keep in mind that the 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor inside here is the same one that’s in the Sony Xperia Play”

    Yah but the Xperia play MSM8255 is clocked 400MHz slower.

  • hoo dat

    I’d be interested in knowing how many people have this running on networks outside of Rogers. It seems like most of the chatter about this phone on Hofo seems to be in the WIND and Mobilicity forums.

  • Nickn

    I am running this phone on Wind network for last 3 days. No problems with it so far. Runs on Wind 3G. Paid $260 for the phone, $12.5 for unlocking code, $12 for SIM card cutter. You have to cut Wind SIM card to make it micro size.

  • Tom@BBM

    What people need to realize before they bash the phone, the platform or the price, they need to take in to consideration that this device does not require data. You can put it on the cheapest plan available with Rogers and still get it for 49$. Cancellation (in Quebec) would be 200$ if you cancelled the very next day and no more.

  • Dznutz

    I’ve been using this device for 3 days, along with my BB9900 and Galaxy Nexus. I will say that this device more then holds its own again the latter 2 i mentioned. BY FAR THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK, and I only hope that Rogers & Nokia market this device, because it is genuinely worth the price. In a few words, I would describe this device as: It just works for everything. It’s not complicated to learn, its not glitchy, and its very refined for an entry level Smartphone.

    Just my 2 cents…

  • devon

    Can someone tell me whether this or the Samsung Focus is better value? It looks like I can get the Focus for $99 on a 1 year contract, and it looks like it has both a larger and better display, and expandable memory. On the flip side, this has a faster processor. Which should I get? I was thinking of leaning towards the Focus on 1 year, and get a WP8 phone next year.

    • andy c

      If you drive or travel the offline GPS will come in handy.

      I have a focus and I would trade it for the faster processor and GPS in the Nokia.

      Waiting for the 900 in the summer

    • Crocography

      There are 3 main issues to think about here:

      1. Samsung Focus has expandable memory (I have a total of 22Gb in mine) whereas the Nokia is dismally limited to 8Gb.
      2. Nokia phone is much faster… its newer processor makes it clearly faster than my Samsung focus (tried some experiments in a Roger’s store just yesterday) Although the UIs are both smooth as butter.
      3. Nokia will have accessories for its phones while trying to get Roger’s to support the Samsung focus is impossible. Dog knows I have tried over the last year.

      For me I couldn’t give up my Samsung just for the increased memory but there have been a few instances in which spped would have been nice. (games only issue)

      Good luck, but $250.00 is a steal for this phone!!! You cannot loose.

    • sod

      I have both the 710 and Focus. Overall, the Focus is definately a better phone. The larger OLED screen really stands out in a side-by-side comparison, and for my taste I really prefer the non-manual buttons at the bottom of the screen. That being said, the 710 has the best LCD I’ve ever seen, and the manual buttons can be beneficial if you enjoy playing games. I really don’t notice a speed difference between the two. Perhaps with intensive games? The Focus is 2x the price outright, however I don’t feel it’s 2x better.

  • nade

    People bitching about Android updates… Android 2.3 does more than WP7 or 7.5 can do.

    As far as price goes, yes it’s great to see handsets dropping below the $300 no-contract price, but this is in no way a “steal” as many have mentioned.

    A Galaxy Gio for $80 or better yet, a LG Quantum for $80 as well are much more of a “deal” than this is.

    • stzeer6

      How it does what it does is just as important as what it does. WP7 has tight integration, a well thought & consistent design, support/updates and great defaults. Sure Android is powerful but any Android device in this price bracket will lag like hell.

      It’s really a question of values(not intelligence) power vs. experience. Though 2.3 is powerful using 2.3 is like pulling teeth: The amount of tweaking I need to do just to get a half decent user experience is both annoying and a waste of my time. The poorly optimized high-end hardware drains battery, increases cost but doesn’t result in a better experience. Lack of support…not just full revisions but security updates and bug fixes suffer from update lag/abandonment. And the market which is large is riddled with poor customer service experiences: Why do so many apps listed as compatible not work or why are so many games listed as incompatible that shouldn’t be? I could go on. ICS improves some of these things but since updates are nonexistent/infrequent your device will become obsolete long before it’s hardware has.

  • dutchman13

    My personal opinion is that this beats any Android low level device, but the high end Android devices still are much better than any high-end Windows Phone device. In my experience low level Android phones have a bit of lag and won’t be upgraded, but WP can’t compete with high-end Android phones on flexibility and power when you get to the higher-end. Give me the 710 over any low end Android device, but DEFINITELY give me the Galaxy Nexus over the Nokia 800

  • Lecaillon

    If you buy a Nokia phone from a Canadian carrier, don’t count on reliable upgrades. Talk to anyone who bought one lately.

    • Seb

      Looking good, I’m due for my update next fall and I can’t wait to switch my iPhone4 for a great WP8 Nokia device! 😀
      I saw the incoming specs for the WP8 update this year and I think the OS will be successful. Everyone was laughing when Microsoft pulled the first XBOX and XBOX Live fees, but today the XBOX360 and the XBOX Live experience is definitively ahead of the competition. I’m pretty sure we’ll see some stunning device come to market this year!

  • Joe

    The device is so cheap because it’s Microsoft’s last chance to get WP above 1% marketshare. They are probably subsidising by the millions to get this phone to such a low price point, so that people will seriously consider a purchase. If this one and the other Lumias fail, it’s game over for Microsoft in mobile (and probably Nokia as well).

  • candy287

    wish the battery wasnt like my xperia x10. im still waiting for the lumia 800 so i can sell my x10. Only plus isee with android is flash, which i need to watch animeseason ^^,

  • Dillion

    Well I bought one outright, and will save my upgrade for the 900. Leaving the BB Torch 9810 and loving it. Getting used to the new OS, still, but it essentially leaves me with all the functions I expect, and does most much better.

    Love the fluidity and reliability.

    What a great device, at a greater price.

  • swizzlerz

    lovely phone.. if i wated for wp8 and at the rate canada gets new windows phones we may be waiting till this time next year 2013 🙁
    I may get the 800.. still want to see the price.. mobilesyrup get a leak please :D:D:D:D

  • sp

    picked up an unlocked t-mobile version of the 710.

    i havent gotten around to getting a sim card for it yet but have been running on wifi and such.

    downloaded a lot of great apps and also the maps for canada and us.

    i do have to say that the OS is amazingly smooth and crisp.

    playing around with it so far..im totally loving the phone.

    keyboard on the phone is by far the best ive used on any touch screen phone. (my main phone SGS2’s keyboard frustrates me to no bounds…)

    overall im quite pleased with this phone. now to figure out which company to put it on for call/data ….

  • Jimbo

    Been running the phone for a couple of weeks now and it does good. Couple of annoyances, the setting up a windows live account and outlook transfer is tedious compared to my old Nokia E71. Also phone doesn’t display the incoming phone number!!! For $250 bucks it is damn good and I accept the above annoyances.
    No one has mentioned the voice control which works wonderfully. Sending a text with out havint to type a word is great. Also Nokia drive is awesome as it does not need a data link.

  • Karthik

    Hey everyone, I have been using the 710 for a week after I accidentally cracked my Focus. I find the screen to have an annoying yellowish tint. It’s very obvious when using the browser. (The working sample at Rogers’s store had bluish tint)

    Anyone else have the problem? Is there a way to change the color temperature ? Cool(bluish) warm(yellowish).

  • Jbenetti

    A very very bad choice for me, I cannot connect to this phone using Linux. Would not work on Vista, will not work on my older Mac, maybe the laptop under the bed will work since it runs XP. Totally insulting. Once again microsoft has stolen money, no wonder they are so heavily pirated.

  • Ian

    The only thing that really bothers me about my Lumia 710 is that it does not have screen orientation lock.