Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review of Nokia Lumia 710


Here for the giveaway?  Our commenting system went down earlier this week, and - even though they are not showing below - all entries from prior to 04/09 have been saved in our system.  Rest assured, that your entries have been counted.

I've been using my iPhone for over 3 years, and recently just took the plunge from the first model to the 3GS.  I tend to be a slow adopter when I really love something, and I'm reluctant to switch brands for no reason.  The past month, however, I've been testing the Nokia Lumia 710, which runs on the Windows 7.5 Mango Operating system.  This has been a huge adjustment for me, but one which I'm excited to tell you about.


Here are the basics of this model:
  • It currently only runs on T-Mobile service
  • It is priced affordably, starting at $49.99 with qualifying service plans
  • Customizable "Xpress-On" Covers allow you to make your phone any color you want
  • Apps can be purchased through the Windows Marketplace 
  • It features a 5-megapixel camera and 3.7-inch ClearBlack WVGA scratch-resistant display and a Qualcomm 1.4 GHz Snapdragon(TM) processor pro
Now, on to our experience.  This phone is seamless to set up.  Thanks to the SmartStart program, I was given the option to get a free one-on-one usage tutorial with an expert to help me set up the phone exactly how I like.  (I honestly didn't need this, because the phone is that easy to figure out -- even with no Windows phone experience.)  I was up and running in minutes, and as I opened each application for the first time, I was prompted to set up my accounts in a step-by-step walk-through on the screen of the the phone. 


The phone sound quality was excellent, the screen very vibrant. I used it to watch Netflix movies and other online streaming programming while waiting for my plane. It loaded quickly, and the video wasn't jerky or fuzzy. I also found that many of the apps I use on my iPhone were available in the Windows store (Angry Birds, for example), as well as a host of new programs that I wasn't aware of. Purchasing and downloading new apps was simple, and if I lost connection, the apps download resumed on their own in the background when I was in range again.  




The most impressive feature of this phone is the social and connectivity aspect. Calendar can be easily integrated into your social apps, like Facebook. This means that if you accept an event invite on Facebook, it automatically shows up on your calendar. (Have 3,000 Facebook friends and DON'T want all of their birthdays cluttering up your calendar? That's OK. You can turn this feature "off", or adjust it as you wish.)  I also really liked the way the phone categorized programs to revolve around how you would use it; the social app, for example, lets you group people in your contacts lists, email accounts, and social apps into customized categories ("work friends", for example), then monitor just the activity from that group when you want. You can also "pin" just about anything or anyone to your start page to see activity from that person with one swipe, allowing you to view all of your hubby's LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook updates with no effort at all!

Was there anything I didn't like about this phone? If you're used to your basic "tap" and "double-tap" phone interface, this will take a bit of getting used to. "Swiping" isn't difficult, but I often found myself unsure as to which direction to swipe, as well as confused as to when to use the Windows "home" button at the bottom. I also had to remind myself that much of the phone's "button" functionality was not on the phone itself, but on the screen. Each screen had a different set of buttons that would display, rendering the physical buttons without much purpose (except for the "back button.")

My favorite (and most used) features of the phone were those involving email. When you have several accounts (like many of us do), this phone makes it super easy to access any account at any time. The ability to view the email with the phone held vertically or horizontally was nice, and I LOVED how quickly I could scan through hundreds of emails, previewing, moving, or deleting with just a few swipes. This was the most useful function of the phone for me, and I would dare to say that I would almost rather handle my cluttered inbox from the phone rather than my new desktop PC!

If you are looking for a phone that oozes genius, looks sharp, and can be used from the get-go without a manual, this phone meets about 98% of my expectations. I would imagine that it would meet all of them, if you didn't have a slight nostalgia for Apple products. Those of you who have been using Android phones or haven't had the joy of owning a smart phone before, however, will have no prejudices; this phone can do everything you want with sophistication and style!

Learn more about the Nokia Lumia 710 from your T-Mobile dealer or the official website.


Here for the giveaway?  Our commenting system went down earlier this week, and - even though they are not showing below - all entries from prior to 04/09 have been saved in our system.  Rest assured, that your entries have been counted 

Wanna Win? We are giving away this sleek phone, courtesy of T-Mobile! To be entered to win the phone (which does not include service or activation), follow TWO simple steps:

1. Leave a comment on this post with how this phone could simplify your life
2. Retweet this post using the following text: "Check out @LKnerl's review of the Nokia Lumia 710 and enter to win a phone from @NokiaUS 
http://bit.ly/H2eCUT

You have until April 12th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. You may enter every day, and we will pick one winner at random from all eligible entries. (You must tweet daily for daily entries. For the comment portion, please answer the question for the first comment entry. Each daily entry after that can be "enter me." ) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents ages 18+. See our full rules here



Don't forget to enter our other blog giveaways while you are here.


*Sample model was received to review.  Opinions are 100% my own.

136 comments :

Jeimy777 said...

I love the fact that it makes navigation friendlier and that I can check my e-mails quicker and more efficiently. Thank you for this opportunity.

Jeimy777 said...

I tweeted mobile.twitter.com/j31my777/status/189220253610414080

fozzy331 said...

I love that this is a windows based phone. Have had much better luck and its so much easier to navigate a windows based system phone.

mfosnaugh at cox dot net

fozzy331 said...

https://twitter.com/#!/fozzy33/status/189230669967278081

Daily Tweet

Jennifer H said...

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Deb said...

enter me

double D said...

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double D said...

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Amber said...

Tweet:
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MANDY83 said...

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Jason Crooks said...

4/9 Tweet - https://twitter.com/#!/JasonCrooks75/status/189422269297205248
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Anonymous said...

I can call my posse!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Elena said...

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Jeimy777 said...

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latanya said...

I like the organization tools that this phone provides and that is a Windows phone.

dlatany at gmail dot com

latanya said...

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susan1215 said...

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susan1215 said...

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Deb said...

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double D said...

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double D said...

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kcthelush said...

Enter me

kcthelush said...

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kcthelush said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/kcthelushII/status/189773558493347840

Jason Crooks said...

Tweet 4/10 - https://twitter.com/#!/JasonCrooks75/status/189783857661358080
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Angela Qcrazy said...

IT would simplify my life becasue it can do just about anything a computer can do!

Angela Qcrazy said...

tweeted

https://twitter.com/#!/angelaqcrazy/status/189790686516740096

Stephanie said...

I am always 2 cities away caring for my dad throughout the week and I would love to have this phone. I could get so much done on my down time while he is in therapy, and I could keep him busy with games and fun things to look at :) Thank you SO MUCH for this chance!

metrocoastmom@gmail.com

Stephanie said...

I tweeted the message from my Twitter @metrocoastmom

https://twitter.com/#!/metrocoastmom/status/189807217426432002

Mary Myers said...

I love the fact that I would be able to do internet on it. on my phone I can really only do phone calls and texting.

mammasbullies@gmail.com

J wright said...

It would make my beautiful wife so happy if I gave her this phone

Anonymous said...

I can talk with long lost folks!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

The Krazy Coupon Queen said...

I would love to win this because my moms phone got cracked and I would give it to her as she lives with her phone

The Krazy Coupon Queen said...

https://twitter.com/#!/TKCQ/status/189854568786567168



thekrazycouponqueen@gmail.com

Hotsnotty2 said...

It will make my life simpler by keeping it more organized, thanks for the chance!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Hotsnotty2 said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Hotsnotty2/status/189882666659741697

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Valia said...

This phone could simplify my life because I don't need to read the manual to operate it!

Valia said...

Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/valiaj/status/189883815999717378

Rich said...

https://twitter.com/#!/unevenfist/status/189897314016567296

Elena said...

https://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/189926627550044160

elena150980@yahoo.com

mcmikechan123 said...

tiles just seems better than iphone, mcmikechan123@yahoo.com

Jeimy777 said...

Daily tweet mobile.twitter.com/j31my777/status/189950069645131778

ferriz said...

my dad is getting up in age and still has an ancient old flip phone being held together by duct tape. i worry about him so having this awesome new phone (he is tech savvy) would 1. keep him entertain 2. keep him safe and 3. keep him in contact with me!

https://twitter.com/#!/xferriza2/status/190005166852939777 @xferriza2

ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Debbie C said...

The Nokia Lumia 710 would simplify my life by giving me options on fun things to do while I am waiting here, there and everywhere.

Debbie C said...

@chrisdeglen tweeted:

twitter.com/#!/chrisdeglen/status/190031137853284352

chrisdeglen(at)gmail(dot)com

Deb said...

enter me

double D said...

I love you can check your email.

double D said...

http://twitter.com/#!/doubleD215/statuses/190063761263042560

susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/190066354957717505

susan1215 said...

Enter me

deanna said...

https://twitter.com/#!/dlw447/status/190076139014848512
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

deanna said...

It would make my life easier if I could read my email on the go with this phone
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

Angel said...

I travel a lot because I go home to two different cities. This will make my travelling more comfortable and entertaining because of it's on-the-go features - I can check my mail, Facebook, and use different apps!

Rich said...

https://twitter.com/#!/unevenfist/status/190097029916131329

Diane52 said...

It could simplify my life by allowing me to get business e-mails all day from clients in my car.
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

kcthelush said...

Enter me

kcthelush said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/kcthelushII/status/190114998062825474

Kathy Thomas said...

This phone would simplify my life by making it easier to stay in touch with my family.

Kathy Thomas said...

tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/djwashingtonson/status/190148729167282177

Anonymous said...

I can speak with the out of towners.

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

megan said...

This phone would make my life easier because it is like a little computer. I would be able to check my email anytime, contact friends on facebook, and surf the web.
magspie9(at)gmail(dot)com

megan said...

I tweeted about your giveaway
https://twitter.com/#!/magspie0/status/190199705916018688

Wendy Rozema said...

I love that it's easy to navigate & easy to use!
wendywynsma@gmail.com

BeckyH said...

It would be a huge step up from my old razer phone that is a hand me down from my oldest daughter. I would love to have a phone with a camera to take impromptu pictures.
scrappin_sis02 at yahoo dot com

freesocial said...

I would everything in one which would be great

one frugal lady said...

I could finally have a phone that would take pictures of my babies!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

Laura Jacobson said...

It would simplify my life by just having a real phone! I could text with the rest of my family and not have to make all the phone calls. Currently I just have an old pay as you go phone. Would love one like this to keep up with all the family!
landfjacobson @ charter.net

Laura Jacobson said...

Daily TWeet
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landfjacobson @ charter.net

Jeimy777 said...

Daily tweet mobile.twitter.com/j31my777/status/190338517145096192

Deb said...

enter me

Peace Love and Pets said...

I have no cell right now, so this would make my life easier by having the added security of having a phone while out, for emergencies or to keep in touch with family and friends

Peace Love and Pets said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/eyzofblu63/status/190412470941257730

BethElderton said...

This phone would make a dramatic difference in my life--the phone I have now is an older model that makes and receives phone calls. This one does so much more.
bethelderton59 at gmail`dot com

BethElderton said...

tweet:
https://twitter.com/#!/mbm218/status/190416330476892160
bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

I like how user friendly it seems. Oh, and I love great sound quality too.

mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

Rich said...

https://twitter.com/#!/unevenfist/status/190428688712601600

Trasina said...

I have the oldest and most outdated phone that really has no features to even mention so this would make my life easier by allowing me access to my mail which I cannot even do on my phone now!

TrasinaLM at gmail dot com

Trasina said...

https://twitter.com/#!/Trasina/status/190429811318075392

TrasinaLM at gmail dot com

Diana said...

I would be nice to check emails quicker
hrddiana556@gmail.com

Amy O said...

I just have a basic flip phone so I would love to have this smartphone so I can access the internet anytime I need to
amyleanne0819@yahoo.com

Amy O said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/#!/amyotrosinka/status/190434951496335360
amyleanne0819@yahoo.com

Braxs Mommy said...

would love to win, i have a small business and this phone would help me keep up with stuff on the go!
hairbows.n.more[at]gmail[dot]com

Braxs Mommy said...

tweeted the giveaway~ @hairbowsnmore
https://twitter.com/#!/HairbowsNMore/status/190438869903212544
hairbows.n.more[at]gmail[dot]com

double D said...

enter me

double D said...

http://twitter.com/#!/doubleD215/statuses/190448219854094337

Crystal H. said...

This phone would simplify my life because I have an old phone without internet and need a serious upgrade!
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Crystal H. said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Latsyrc728/status/190455185141792768

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MonkeyMama88 said...

I don currently have a cell phone, so it would definitely simplify my life just having one in general.

MonkeyMama88 said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/SammysMama88/status/190460945288531971
Thanks!

Amber said...

Tweet:
https://twitter.com/#!/roomofmyown/status/190464348928487424

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Jennifer said...

all i have is a basic basic so this phone can do so much mor
jenniferwinchester@ymail.com

amcintosh74 said...

With 4 kids this would simplify my life a ton! I sure would like to have a phone like this!!

amcintosh74 said...

https://twitter.com/#!/amcintosh74/status/190466740164108288
just retweeted!!

Valia said...

Here is my daily tweet! https://twitter.com/#!/valiaj/status/190467983771058179

Anonymous said...

I HAVE A VERY BASIC PHONE.
I NEED A NEW PHONE LIKE THIS.

jimpat34@broadstripe.net

deanna said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/#!/dlw447/status/190479782243344386
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

deanna said...

enter me
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

Christi Baham Willie said...

Tweeted:

https://twitter.com/#!/christibwillie/status/190486307984781312

eclairre said...

I'd be able to check my e-mail more often which is always a plus.

AmyDalrymple said...

My mom would really love this phone so she can check her email on the go. She's never had a smartphone before so I would love to win this for her! :)

amyldalrymple@gmail.com

AmyDalrymple said...

I tweeted it!
https://twitter.com/#!/machina328/status/190496705488228353

amyldalrymple@gmail.com

Harold D said...

It would make access to Email so much easier.

tannerboyle12@hotmail.com

Chris said...

love the social connectivity feature you described,my current HTC model is a mess with this!

Chris said...

https://twitter.com/#!/sunshyne1977/status/190507659009593344

Anonymous said...

I don't know.

susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/190523027736371201

s2s2 at comcast dot net

susan1215 said...

enter me

s2s2 at comcast dot net

Farrah Shumway said...

This phone could simplify my life just because it seems easy & not confusing to operate. However I would give this to my son- He is 18 & just moved out. He is a senior in high school & has a full time job. I would love to help him out in anyway I can & the phone he has now is a really old hand me down basic phone with barely any features. Thanks for the chance :)

farrah_jo@yahoo.com

Disney Mom said...

This phone could keep me organized! I am always forgetting appointments and grocery lists. It would be so nice to have it all in the palm of my hand!!

tigpooh1516{at}yahoo{dot}com

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Debbie said...

The calendar integration would work wonders at simplifying my life

tformerfan82 said...

My phone is an old style blackberry pearl, it has nothing in terms of keeping me organized. I would love this and it would bring me into the tech world one text at a time!!

tformerfan82{at}gmail.{com}

kat said...

I would like to have a cell phone.
kat_emerick@yahoo.com

Birdie Skolfield said...

This phome would simplify my life as I could use it to keep my emails at my fingertips everywhere I go & it seems easy to operate birdson@roadrunner.com

Birdie Skolfield said...

Tweeted https://twitter,com/#!/birdson777/status/190550394773061632

Debora said...

Would be wonderful to be able to get all of the new mobile coupons. LOL am I behind the times :)


https://twitter.com/#!/fly2sky45/status/190553260409634818

Anonymous said...

I can call my cousins!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

amyd said...

would be great for keeping track of everything i need too!
https://twitter.com/#!/amyhd29/status/190585689195290624
ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

shirley said...

My phone is not internet ready, would love to have a phone that has internet, really like to check my emails.

Kristin said...

THis phone would simplify my life because then my daughter would stop harassing me to use my iPod or to buy her a new phone...oh man, do I need this. Her phone is old and outdated and "lame." So just for the sake of not having to hear her whine about it, this would simplify my life.

wowknk at gmail dot com

Kristin said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/kristinnw/status/190609314317213697

wowknk at gmail dot com

Love Katydid said...

My phone's screen cracked into 20+ pieces so this would be an awesome blessing!
lovekatydid at g mail dot com

Love Katydid said...

I tweeted :)
https://twitter.com/#!/lovekatydid/status/190613025454170112

Melanie said...

It would make my life easier because it would be a phone that actually works. Unlike the one we have here. :)
https://twitter.com/#!/katekaboodle/status/190614086562742274

plaidtoaster@gmail.com

MySimpleWalk.com said...

My current cell phone is broken, so a new phone would simplify my life simply by working :-)

Thanks for the chance to win!

MySimpleWalk.com said...

Enter me :-)

https://twitter.com/#!/mysimplewalk/status/190621894066704385

Thanks

Wendy said...

I'd love a phone which could simplify my email!
hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

Wendy said...

Tweet:
https://twitter.com/#!/ArtsyChaos/status/190640011115364352
hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

Lisa R said...

it would help so i wont have to buy a new phone

Lisa R said...

tweeted

https://twitter.com/#!/sibabe64/status/190643131266498560

sibabe64 at ptd dot net

slehan said...

My current phone only makes calls.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

https://twitter.com/#!/slehan/status/190657329547575296

purango said...

It could simplify my life because my phone doesn't have access to the internet. Being able to access the internet from this phone would be very beneficial. garrettsambo@aol.com

Jeimy777 said...

Daily tweet mobile.twitter.com/j31my777/status/190705127710142464

Crystal H. said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Latsyrc728/status/191004212598022145
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Crystal H. said...

daily tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Latsyrc728/status/191638744762290176
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