For over two years, I have had the same phone. When I was in the Army, one of my soldiers convinced me that a certain type of phone, let’s call it the “blueberry” was the best phone to have. The day I got it, he went out and got some android phone and told me that the “blueberry” was obsolete. He was right, and yet I’ve held onto this phone for the last two years. When Stacie sent me an e-mail asking if I would like to review a new fancy-schmancy touchscreen phone, I jumped up and down with excitement. OK, I didn’t really jump up and down, but I was excited.
Nokia kindly sent me the new Lumia 710, a Windows-based phone and their first to offer 4G service. I don’t know a lot about what the technical details mean, but I’ll share them with you in case you do. The phone has a huge 3.7 inch touchscreen and weighs just under 5 ounces. Altogether it is 4.67 inches tall and 2.46 inches wide. The camera in the phone has 5 megapixels, autofocus, flash, and can even record HD video. There is a small button on the right side that you can press to turn on the camera and then take a picture. Each phone can be personalized with different colored backs. Since it is Windows-based, it uses Internet Explorer, Bing, and is wi-fi enabled. The phone itself has 8GB of memery on it, plus it can hold a mini-USB card if you want to add memory.
The phone came with some apps already installed on it, such as Windows Marketplace, Nokia Drive, Calendar, Google mail, and even Youtube. Nokia Drive is a GPS feature that can give you turn by turn directions. There are also a ton of games that you can download. I warn you that that “Shoot Bubble” might be even more addicting than Angry Birds. The phone also came with Netflix and ESPN apps already installed. It has this neat feature called the “people hub”. There it connects you to your contacts through your address book, facebook, twitter, chat, etc.
I love this phone. Let me tell you about some of my favorite features.
The camera. If you are like me, you are constantly snapping pictures of your baby and pets. I don’t always like to carry my camera with me because it is kind of expensive and I am a klutz. Since I have my phone on me anyway, the camera is really convenient. The images are gorgeous too. Check out the difference below in my “blueberry” phone’s images and the Lumia’s images. The clarity is amazing. The video’s aren’t too shabby either.
Apps. There are so many apps to choose from that I have a hard time using this phone as an actual phone. I have downloaded apps for weather, recipes, sign language, note-taking, stargazing, banking, and Twitter. All of those apps were free. The phone came with a few games, but I downloaded a couple more. The phone can connect to your Windows Live persona, so any games you play on your computer can link up to games you play on your phone. I have downloaded a game to shoot zombies, the EXTREMELY addictive Shoot Bubble game, and Sudoku.
Nokia Drive and the Maps. This has saved our butt a few times. I have an excellent sense of direction, no matter what my husband tells you. However, I have a hard time explaining my directions to those who are driving. The turn by turn navigation keeps us on track and keeps us from arguing over whether or not we are lost.
There are a few things about the phone that I didn’t like. The touchscreen is very sensitive. Since the keyboard is on the touchscreen, sometimes my fat fingers will tap the wrong letters. Luckily, it does have an awesome auto-correct feature as well. When you answer the phone, it helps to lock the screen my tapping the power button. Otherwise, your cheek may turn the phone off. The only other issue I had with the phone was its battery life. If I unplug the phone in the morning, by around 5 pm, the battery is almost completely dead. This apparently is a known issue that Nokia is currently working on. It also may be that I play Shoot Bubble too much and take too many pictures.
All in all, I’m a huge fan of this phone. I’m super happy that I get to keep it now that I’ve reviewed it. It is a huge step up from my “blueberry” phone.
Luckily, I get to share my luck with one of you. The awesome people over at Nokia and T-mobile are offering a Nokia Lumia 710 to one lucky winner from the US or Canada. The phone is a T-mobile phone so you must either have a T-mobile account or be willing to open one. Good luck!
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.