Design and Build Quality
When it comes to the Lumia 710, Nokia has stayed true to their design principles and build quality. Nothing about the Lumia 710 feels cheap nor does the phone look ugly. Nokia has done a good job making the phone somewhat unique in terms of design while not making the phone ugly or radically different. Although the phone is entirely made of plastic and has a plastic removable battery door it does not make the phone feel cheap.
The phone has a relatively slim profile and a nicely curved back. This curved shape at the back allows for the phone to sit nicely in the palm of one’s hand and the coated plastic cover allows for a slightly better grip than most other plastic phones. They have also added a lanyard attachment to the phone to allow for you to easily grab the lanyard in order to get your phone out of a bag or deep pocket more easily.
Unlike the N8 we reviewed, the 710 is mostly plastic. While this may be a problem for some users who absolutely cannot live without aluminum, Nokia has done a good job of maintaining the solid feel of the 710 without sacrificing looks.
Nokia has also made the front face of the device very flat and simple only having the Nokia logo, the screen, and the three required Windows Phone buttons. The simplicity of the front of the phone lends to the user paying more attention to the screen, which is ideal for smartphones. When it comes to the screen itself, Nokia has done a good job making sure that it is just the right size and brightness and has decent overall sharpness and quality. Considering that this phone is free on contract, we would be hard pressed to find a phone with a better more solid design or build quality at that price point.
The back cover of the phone, also known as the battery door with the grate for the speaker.
We were a little disappointed that this phone was not made in Finland like all of our other Nokia devices. This left us a little disappointed considering our positive past experiences with Nokia’s Finnish quality and attention to detail. We hope this does not affect the longevity or long term durability of the devices like other Nokia phones we have had in the past.
The volume rocker to the (left) and (right) the hardware camera button (a Nokia staple).
The curvature of the phone as well as the lanyard hook
The Power Button (left), headphone Jack (center), and USB Charging/Data Port (right)
Back of phone without cover, Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash
The 1300 mAh 3.7v 4.7 Wh battery
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