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Nokia has had a good amount of success with the European launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 and has hopes that success continues as the company begins its push into the North American market. The first Nokia Windows Phone for the U.S. Market is the Nokia Lumia 710, that is now available over at T-Mobile.

The Lumia 710 is a compact, entry level Windows Phone that sports a 3.7" screen that is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass. The latest Windows Phone feels solidly built and comfortable in the hand.

As with other second generation Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 is designed more for a specific audience and may not appeal to everyone.  Some will find the 8gb of storage limiting and the missing front-facing camera disappointing. It may not suit your fancy but the Nokia Lumia 710 is a very good Windows Phone and a nice entry level model. It represents Nokia very well as their first U.S. Windows Phone.

Design:

The best way to describe the Lumia 710's design is with one word.  Compact.  The only negative with the design may be the rocker button that controls the Back, Start, and Search functions on the face of the Windows Phone.  It is a little firm to the press and takes some getting used to.

Feel:

While light weight (only 4.4 ounces), the Lumia 710 has a very solid feel to it.  The Nokia Windows Phone feels comfortable in the hand and with the curved corners and sides, the Lumia 710 is very pocketable.

Performance:

Very few complaints on the Lumia 710's performance. Phone quality, cpu performance, screen quality and overall Windows Phone performance was good.  The most noticeable weakness has to be the camera.  Image quality came across a little flat.

Quality:

Overall, the T-Mobile Lumia 710 is a quality Windows Phone.  It follows suit with the other second generation Windows Phones in that it may not appeal to everyone but does what it is designed to do well.  There's room for improvement but Nokia has done a nice job with the 710.

The Good:

The Nokia Lumia 710 is a compact, entry level Windows Phone that feels solid in the hands.  It sports a very nice 3.7" screen (with Gorilla Glass) and healthy suite of pre-loaded apps.

The Bad:

The biggest disappointment given Nokia's reputation for quality cameras is the Lumia 710's camera.   Image quality is a little lacking (more contrast/saturation) but luckily it appears that the camera issues can be resolved with a software tweak.

Conclusion:

As will be mentioned throughout this review, the Lumia 710 may not appeal to everyone but keep in mind this is an entry level Windows Phone.  The Lumia 710 is a good Windows Phone within its own right but some may see the smaller memory capacity and physical size to be limiting.  The 710 meets the minimum hardware specs, has a lower pricing point and isn't a bad choice for the entry or casual Windows Phone user.  T-Mobile customers will have a tough choice choosing between the Lumia 710 and HTC Radar.  Looking at the positive, neither is a clear cut, bad choice.


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