The Nokia Lumia 710, in our eyes, is a fantastic value. Off contract, the phone generally retails for under $299 and on contract sells for the affordable price of free 99 or $0.00. This is a very important price point and Nokia and Microsoft know it. Because of the free price, they know that some of the lacking features of the phone compared to other more expensive smartphones. In the end, people are still pretty cheap and if they can get the features they want in a free phone, they’ll happily go for that.
We were a little disappointed to see that the Lumia 710 didn’t come with all of the accessories that we had seen from previous Nokia phones we had reviewed, but then again this phone is significantly less expensive than those phones were at their launch prices.Conclusion
Taking all of our observations and assessments into account, we can without a doubt say that the Nokia Lumia 710 is the best mainstream phone on the market today. In conjunction with T-Mobile’s affordable data plans and plan pricing, the Lumia 710 is a great way for someone to switch from a feature phone to a smartphone without having to pay an arm and a leg for internet access and a quick and functional phone.
We’ve definitely had our opinions of Windows Phone changed by the Nokia Lumia 710, but we weren’t necessarily left entirely wowed as there were some caveats that left us wanting more from the operating system. We really hope that Microsoft listens to the criticisms of their operating system and addresses them in Apollo (Windows Phone 8). Hopefully there will be more interconnectivity between Apollo and Windows 8 (for desktops and tablets), and more quality applications with a possible golden egg type contest for app developers.
Because of our experiences with the Lumia 710 and its value/price we are happy to award the Lumia 710 with our Mainstream Value Award.
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