The Nokia Lumia 710 may not be the star of the show here at Nokia World today, but it’s a close second, and costing €150 (£130) less than the dazzling Lumia 800, may end up selling a whole lot more. We got a close look at it after the keynote: read on for our impressions.

While the Nokia Lumia 710 is almost identical in dimensions to the 800, with a 3.7-inch 480×800 touchscreen, it’s a distinctly inferior phone. Don’t get us wrong: the software is identical, and the 1.4GHz processor keeps things milling along too.

The build however, is a bit plasticky pedestrian. The curves remind us of the original Windows Phone concepts Nokia showed off back in February, but clearly R&D weren’t able to whittle down the size, as it feels slightly broader and chunkier – we’re also unimpressed by the large, tacky push down button which acts as the back, home and search keys.

The screen however isn’t bad. Nokia’s throwing its Clear Black moniker around, but unlike the Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710′s display is regular LCD rather than AMOLED. That means those blacks aren’t quite black and the whites aren’t quite white – though we will says that colour is still noticeably superior to any HTC Windows Phone’s display.

Add to that the limited 8GB of internal storage space, and you’ve got a pleasant mid-range Windows Phone, rather than a world beater – but that’s a whole lot better than another clunky Symbian touchscreen phone with a messy UI.

Like what you see? Let’s hear your thoughts on the Nokia Lumia 710 in the comments below.

Out November | €270 | Nokia (via Nokia Conversations)

  • Ccsvchost

    symbian will always beat windows phone 7

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