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Nokia Lumia 720: Review & Details

 

 

Ever since the Finnish company decided to join forces with Microsoft, Nokia has been steadily releasing a slew of Windows Phones into the market covering various price points. We have seen devices like the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 in the past, which took care of the high-end of the market and phones such as the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 620, which are covering the low-end. 

Today we have the Lumia 720 with us, which sits bang in the middle of Nokia’s Lumia range and is a mid-range device with enough features to attract those who don’t want to spend too much but want something more than a budget device. Let’s see how well it performs.

Design

Nokia has history of making great looking and the Lumia 720 is no different. The phone takes on the appearance of the more expensive Lumia 920 and looks really good, particularly the red version pictured here. Unlike some of the other Lumia models, the 720 has a unibody construction and the polycarbonate on the back fuses effortlessly with the glass on the front.

 

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The front has the Gorilla Glass 2 stretching from top to bottom and housing the display roughly in the middle. As with the previous Lumia phones, there is a sizable bezel around the screen, particularly below with the three keys, and it does tend to make the display look smaller than it is. Above the display are the earpiece and the front facing camera.

 

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On the right, the phone has the volume control keys, power keys and two-step camera shutter key. Having the power key on the side instead of the top is convenient but having it on same side as the volume keys means you often end up pressing one when you want the other. Having it on the other side would have reduced the confusion.

On top is the 3.5mm headphone jack. Since the phone has a unibody design, the card slots are on the outside, with the micro SIM slot on top and microSD slot on the left, both operated using the provided tool. On the bottom is the micro USB port.

 

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On the back is the 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. A secondary microphone can be seen just above the flash. Near the bottom are the connectors for the snap-on wireless charging cover and loudspeaker. The snap-on cover is a separately sold accessory and not part of the standard equipment. It adds extra size and bulk to the phone, not to mention makes it look worse, for the convenience of wireless charging.

The hardware has a nice feel and fits well in your hand. The matte red unit we received looked nice but was a tad slippery, which was exacerbated by the curvy body. The phone, however, feels rock solid despite the plastic construction and should be able to take a few drops without any issues.

Overall the design and build of the Lumia 720 are very impressive and although it is only a mid-range device it has a premium feel to it that surpasses that of many expensive phones.

Display

The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 resolution ClearBlack LCD. The ClearBlack technology improves outdoor visibility by employing a polarizing filter that makes the display easier to see even under direct sunlight.

The 720 also uses a couple of software tweaks to improve the visibility under bright light by changing the color and brightness of the panel. The image no longer looks natural but if you’re just trying to look at text or a map under sunlight then it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Lastly, the Lumia 720 also employs the super-sensitive touch that we first saw on the Lumia 920. Once enabled, this lets you use the touchscreen even through gloves or pretty much anything, for that matter.

Speaking of image quality, the display on the Lumia 720 is actually quite good. The colors, brightness, contrast, viewing angles and sunlight legibility are all impressive. Only issue is the WVGA resolution, which makes some of the fonts look rough, especially while scrolling. Still, for most parts the display on the Lumia 720 is quite satisfactory.

Hardware, Software and Performance

The Lumia 720 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8227 SoC with a 1GHz dual-core Krait CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. In terms if memory, it has 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, out of which only about 3GB is available to the user. You’ll be glad to know then that the phone also has a microSD card slot. In terms of connectivity, the phone has 3G/HSPA, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ab/g/n, NFC, A-GPS and GLONASS.

The software is the same old Windows Phone 8. Released over a year ago now, the OS is already starting to feel long in the tooth and Microsoft’s glacial pace at updating it isn’t helping matters. In its current version, Windows Phone would have been great four years ago but feels severely out of touch with what’s going on in the rest of the smartphone world. Whatever is the next version it couldn’t come soon enough.

Beyond the core operating system, Nokia has usual has installed its own range of apps and service. There is the excellent Nokia Here maps application, along with turn-by-turn voice navigation with Nokia Drive. Then there is the Nokia Music service for free streaming of Indian and international music, Cinemagraph for taking pictures with moving elements, Panorama for, well, panorama shots, Smart Shoot that takes multiple shots and lets you choose the best one, and a couple of others. Nokia has also installed a few third party apps, such as BIGFLIX, BookMyShow, Cosmopolitan, Hike, TripAdvisor and Zomato. As usual, you can choose to uninstall all of these, if you wish.

Nokia’s applications are what set their Windows Phone devices apart from everyone else’s (that and the fact that every else seems to have pretty much given up at this point). Nokia does a good job of making up for Microsoft’s inadequacies to quite an extent.

Unfortunately, Nokia can’t make up for everything and as before, Windows Phone still lags behind when it comes to third party apps. It’s disappointing that even after three years this is still an issue but that’s just how it is. If you’re not a big app or games person and only need the basic apps to get through your day, you should be fine. More demanding users would still be advised to look at iOS or Android.

In terms of performance, the Lumia 720 is in line with other Windows Phone devices. The UI is as smooth as ever, although occasionally it would hiccup in odd places. The menu in the camera app, for example, always lagged every time it was brought up.

As with other Lumia phones, the 720 comes with additional options in the Settings menu, such as for the display and network settings. These are not part of the core OS and added separately by Nokia through. Due to this, there is a distinct lag when you open them, complete with a loading screen. On surface, they look like any other settings item so the lag is likely to confuse an average user who doesn’t know what Nokia has been up to. It would be better if Nokia works on making the integration more seamless by getting rid of the loading screens.

The Lumia 720 comes with 512MB of RAM, which other than making a handful of apps incompatible with the device also makes it easy to run out of memory during multitasking. It’s not difficult to choke the phone by running a few apps in the background while web browsing. This usually results in the phone either closing the apps or closing browser tabs.

Performance in gaming is a mixed bag. In certain games such as Temple Run there was noticeable lag whereas Asphalt 7: Heat worked fine. It really depends upon the developers and how they optimize their apps. Unfortunately, most of them don’t really bother, which negatively affects the overall gaming performance.

Multimedia

The Lumia 720 has a 6.7 megapixel camera, which is a rather odd resolution to have. The main attraction is the camera aperture, which at f/1.9 is the widest on a mobile phone camera till date. What this should result in is some good low-light photography and shallow depth of field.

 

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In terms of image quality, the Lumia 720 acquits itself quite well. Nokia is one of the best around when it comes to camera quality but it’s good to see the expertise trickle down to mid-range offerings as well. The images from the 720 are fairly detailed and noise-free with natural colors and sharpness. The large aperture doesn’t really result in a particularly shallow depth of field compared to phones with smaller apertures but then that is expected from such a small lens.

In lowlight, the camera once again delivers impressive results, with genuinely usable images, helped no doubt by the wide aperture allowing more light in than on most camera phones. Of course, the aperture alone can’t do much, so it’s good that Nokia has paired the optics with a good sensor as well. Low light images look pretty decent and have a surprisingly low-amount of noise.

Videos were once again quite good. The phone records 720p videos, which, other than the usual wobble associated with a lack of stabilization of any kind, were sharp and smooth.

The audio video performance is on par with other Windows Phone devices. The music player still won’t let you play FLAC files and the video player cannot play anything other than MP3, that too without subtitle support. This barebones experience may have made sense back in 2007 when the iPhone was announced but not anymore. The fact that you don’t even have decent apps to make up for this functionality makes things worse.

The audio quality of the 720 is pretty good, both through the headphones as well as the loudspeaker. The single loudspeaker, despite its position is pretty loud even if you keep it on a surface. The headphone output can be altered as Nokia bundles an equalizer app within the main settings although it’s best to leave them disabled. Nokia also bundles a pair of earphones with the phone but they have to be perhaps the worse I’ve ever heard and don’t ever deserve to be taken out of the box.

Battery Life

The Lumia 720 has a non-removable 2,000mAh battery. The battery size is the same as the one in the Lumia 920 and even bigger than what HTC provides with the 8X. Considering the slower processor, this has a profound effect on battery life. With regular usage, the Lumia 720 could get about two days of battery life, which has become incredibly rare these days. Even with heavy usage you’d still get over a day of usage, which is still pretty awesome.

Verdict

There is a lot to like in the Lumia 720. The design is absolutely gorgeous and good enough to make you want to buy the phone on that merit alone. The display is also pretty good, despite the lower resolution. The camera is impressive, both indoors and outdoors and the battery life is outstanding.

It’s not without its flaws, however. The first is Windows Phone 8, which is no longer a competitive operating system. It lags behind iOS and Android in both features as well as third party applications. Unless Microsoft gets its game together and releases some significant updates it is bound to fade into obscurity.

Secondly, at Rs. 17,999, the Lumia 720 is quite expensive. You are paying nearly twice over the Lumia 520 and not getting a lot in return. Priced below Rs. 15,000, the Lumia 720 would have been easier to recommend but not so much at the current price.

All things considered, if you’re someone who doesn’t use a lot of apps and manage to find a good deal, the Lumia 720 is a fine device and one of the best mid-range smartphones on the market today. Others are advised to look elsewhere. 

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support
  • 4.3″ 16M-color ClearBlack IPS LCD display of WVGA resolution
  • 6.1 megapixel autofocus camera with super-fast F/1.9 lens and LED flash, 720p@30fps video recording
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 1 GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset, 512MB of RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support
  • Free lifetime voice-guided navigation
  • 8GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via the microSD card slot
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
  • Built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port
  • Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and EDR, file transfers
  • SNS integration
  • Xbox Live integration and Xbox management
  • NFC support
  • Digital compass
  • Nokia Music

Main disadvantages

  • A few prominent apps still missing, some apps incompatible due to 512MB RAM
  • No FM radio
  • No system-wide file manager
  • No lockscreen shortcuts
  • Voice navigation is limited to only a single country

 

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Also known as Nokia 720 RM-885.
GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2013, February
Status Available. Released 2013, April
BODY Dimensions 127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm, 78 cc (5.04 x 2.66 x 0.35 in)
Weight 128 g (4.52 oz)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches (~217 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  – ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Dolby headphone sound enhancement
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class B
EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 21.1 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
   
   
CAMERA Primary 6.1 MP, 2848 x 2144 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features 1/3.6” sensor size, geo-tagging
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality
Secondary Yes, 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to WP8 Amber
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8227
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors White, Red, Yellow, Cyan/Black
  – SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
   
   
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery (BP-4GW)
Stand-by (2G) / Up to 520 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 23 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 13 h 20 min (3G)
Music play Up to 79 h
MISC SAR US 1.24 W/kg (head)    
SAR EU 0.76 W/kg (head)    
Price group Rs./- 16,000 to 18,000
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 1172:1 (nominal) / 2.512:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 72dB / Noise 66dB / Ring 75dB
Audio quality Noise -83.1dB / Crosstalk -80.9dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 60h

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nokia Lumia Series 3: Lumia 800 Nokia’s first flagship Windows Phone device

LUMIA 800:

NOKIA’S FIRST FLAGSHIP WINDOWS PHONE DEVICE

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Reviewing the Lumia 800 is a hard and, dare I say, unprecedented task. Never before have we seen a phone like Nokia’s N9 — a benchmark setter in some design aspects, yet a complete dead end in terms of software ecosystem — and now the 800 arrives ensconced in a nearly identical physical body. How do you begin to grade a device that feels, superficially at least, like a cuckoo — a parasite occupying the shell that rightfully belongs to another? Well, you probably start by dispensing with such romantic notions and treating the Nokia Lumia 800 as what it is: a Windows Phone 7.5 handset with a competitive, if unremarkable, spec sheet and the full backing of Nokia’s engineering, development, and marketing might.

The similarities shared between Nokia’s Harmattan and Windows Phone devices aren’t actually the most pertinent topic of inquiry here. What will truly matter to end users of the Lumia 800 is how much of an upgrade this new flagship phone represents relative to previous, Symbian-powered generations of Nokia hardware and, potentially, the rest of the current Windows Phone crop. Whether you’re actively contemplating jumping aboard the good ship Microkia or just a curious onlooker, read on for all the answers.

VIDEO REVIEW

Video review

HARDWARE / DESIGN

THE EFFORTLESS GRACE OF THE N9′S DESIGN HAS BEEN REPRODUCED WITH THE LUMIA 800

Photographing the Lumia 800 is an exercise in deja vu. Except for the addition of a dedicated camera key, the relocation of the dual-LED flash, and the introduction of capacitive Windows Phone keys up front, this is the N9. I’d usually be first to protest if a company decides to recycle a design quite so flagrantly, but in this case, it’s more a matter of why wouldn’t you? My lasting impression of the N9′s case was that it was akin to Apple’s unibody MacBook Pro — so tantalizingly close to perfection as to make you wonder where future upgrades could possibly come from. Three years after its introduction, that MBP design is still going strong and Nokia should have to make no apologies for sticking with a similarly splendid piece of engineering.

The Lumia 800 / N9 design ethos is all about effortless simplicity for the user, but it’s backed by a stupefying amount of calculation, modeling, and testing behind the scenes. What you see and feel in your hand is a seamless piece of soft-touch plastic, curved on all sides and gently tapering toward flattened-out top and bottom surfaces, fronted by a curved screen. It’s natural and pleasant to the touch, with great ergonomics and weight balance — the diametric opposite of the cold and impersonal appearance of most modern technology. Being able to meld that aggressively minimalist monobody design with a fully functional smartphone is where Nokia’s manufacturing chops really shine through.

IT’S NATURAL AND PLEASANT TO THE TOUCH, WITH GREAT ERGONOMICS AND WEIGHT BALANCE

Perfection does elude the Lumia 800, however, and it’s almost entirely down to the few physical keys this phone is adorned with. Its right side plays host to a volume rocker, a power / lock button, and a dedicated camera key, neither of which does a great job of what are typically routine tasks. The volume rocker and lock button sit too close to one another and are almost flush with the phone’s side, making for difficult tactile recognition. They’re also a bit loose and generate an innocuous, though irritating, rattle when you move the 800 around. The shutter release button is better: it’s firmer and more pronounced, has more travel, and reacts to pressure without a definite click at the bottom (something that can introduce motion blur in the resulting photos). The latter is a good thing for camera results, but it’s less intuitive from a user perspective. While I’m bemoaning buttons, it’s arguable that the Windows Phone capacitive trifecta under the screen is a little too close to the touchscreen, leading to some unintentional taps.

Nokia is sticking to the three color options introduced with the N9 — black, cyan and magenta, all featuring a soft matte finish — with each of those being the hue of the actual polymer the phone is built out of. That means no matter how deeply you may scratch the Lumia 800, it’ll maintain the same consistent color. It’d actually be quite the challenge to force any nicks or scuffs to appear on this handset as that polycarbonate stuff it’s made of is deceptively strong and resistant to abrasions. The same can’t be said of the elliptical metal plate built into the center of its back — finished to a mirror sheen, that surface seems a magnet for little scrapes. Nokia bundles in a very good silicon case with the Lumia 800, however it has a cutout specifically designed to expose the reflective metal on the back, rather offsetting its protective qualities.

Minor issues aside, the Lumia 800 is exactly the sort of delight for the senses that you will have expected an N9 clone to be.

DISPLAY

THE CLEARBLACK DISPLAY LIVES UP TO ITS MARKETING BLUSTER
Sticking with the N9 lineage and a recent preference for AMOLED in its flagship phones, Nokia has installed an 800 x 480 AMOLED display inside the Lumia 800. What was a 3.9-inch panel on the N9 has shrunken to 3.7 inches (and lost 54 horizontal lines of pixels in the process) in order to accommodate the Windows Phone keys. Yes, the Pentile Matrix RGBG subpixel arrangement is present here too, though as with the N9, I have to stress that it has almost no distinguishable impact on the display’s quality. If you put your eye right up to the screen, you may notice some color fringing on white text in front of a black background, but that’s it. Pixel density at this 3.7-inch size and WVGA res feels just about right for Windows Phone and the Lumia 800 does it justice with very clear, richly saturated imagery. As usual with AMOLED, some users will find the colors rendered a little too rich, though there’s sadly no option to tone down saturation as there is on Samsung’s Galaxy S II.

One thing nobody can complain about, however, is the way the Lumia 800 renders — or doesn’t render, to be precise — blacks. It features the anti-glare polarizer that earns it Nokia’s ClearBlack Display designation, which to us simple humans just means that its screen is less reflective than most and dark shades appear truly dark. Most of the time, you’ll struggle to distinguish where the display panel ends, creating the wonderful illusion that onscreen imagery is simply suspended atop the surface of the phone — it’s a very organic appearance that lends Microsoft’s Metro tiles an extra air of sophistication.

Nokia’s spec sheets don’t list it, but a visit to Corning’s website confirmed that the Lumia 800 does indeed have a Gorilla Glass front, much like the N9, N8 and E7 before it. That should provide you with an extra sense of security when using this phone since Gorilla Glass has shown itself to be a reliably rugged screen for mobile phones.

BATTERY LIFE, RECEPTION, AND AUDIO

DISAPPOINTING TO SEE NFC AND INTERNET SHARING OMITTED FROM THE 800

From my brief time with the Lumia 800, I’d say its battery life has been marginally less impressive than the N9, though that’s not unreasonable given it’s having to power a 1.4GHz processor. Anyone coming from Nokia’s previous Symbian family — which typically sacrificed brute firepower for longer endurance — will have to adapt his or her expectations to a new reality. I got to 23 hours while subjecting the 800 to my usual routine of push email updates, web browsing, music playback, photo and video capture, and lots of idling. It’s an effort to simulate real world use, but the only thing constant about the real world is that it’s different for everyone, so take it as nothing more than an indicator. Nokia lists the Lumia 800 as offering longer talk time (13 hours on GSM / 9.5 hours over 3G) than the N9 (11 and 6.5 hours, respectively) but shorter standby time. When it comes to the Windows Phone competition, HTC’s 1.5GHz Titan lasts just about as long as the 800, though the 1GHz Radar offers a little more stamina than both.

Reception on the Lumia 800 has been consistently good, allowing for clear calls and generally speedy web connectivity. While on the subject of wireless connections, I do have to express disappointment at Nokia’s decision to disable Windows Phone’s Internet Sharing feature. That’s the facility that allows you to share your Lumia’s 3G connection with nearby Wi-Fi-capable devices, turning it into a mobile hotspot. Nokia may look to enable it in a future update, however it wasn’t deemed a top priority for launch and the company chose to focus on improving other areas of the phone experience. Also missing from the Lumia 800 is the NFC connection included on the N9. NFC is still a rarely used sideshow for the smartphones that have it, so I can definitely see why Nokia nixed it, but almost everyone is pushing for its wider adoption and its absence from the 800 casts a bit of a shadow over its long-term prospects.

What the Lumia 800 does have is Bluetooth, which is harnessed nicely by a Bluetooth Contacts Transfer app. It does what its name suggests and helps to bridge the software incompatibility that arises between Nokia’s new Windows Phone and its line of legacy devices — provided they too have Bluetooth on board, of course.

The loudspeaker at the bottom of the Lumia 800 may look identical to the one on the N9, but it’s subtly different. Whereas the N9′s speaker was impossible to muffle, the 800′s is much more susceptible to being muted by pressing something against it — that basically rules out listening to music on the phone while standing it in an upright position. Aside from such an eclectic concern, the sound produced by the Lumia 800 is very good indeed. The usual size limitations imposed by the smartphone form factor do apply, but it’s good enough that you will actually want to listen to music through it. Nokia’s bundled ear buds, on the other hand, are not. They’re quite terrible, sit loosely in the ear, and your best course of action may be to never unpack them so as to keep up the phone’s resale value.

CAMERA

THERE ARE SOME COLOR BALANCE ISSUES, BUT THE CAMERA TAKES SOME VERY DETAILED SHOTS

Yet another hand-me-down from the N9 production line, the Lumia 800′s camera is composed of the same 8-megapixel sensor and f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens as on the MeeGo Harmattan phone. That’s generally a good thing, as the Lumia 800 is capable of filling those eight million pixels with tons of detail and Nokia’s been very frugal with its noise reduction. Nonetheless, issues of color fidelity do arise, ostensibly caused by Nokia’s post-processing which occasionally introduces an artificial green hue to pictures. This probably has to do with the camera’s automatic white balance misreading the scene; whatever the reason, it takes away from the ease of use and reliability of the Lumia 800′s camera, which are the two most paramount considerations when you’re building imaging equipment for phones.

Less critical, though still important, is the speed of operation and this is where the Lumia 800 shines. Microsoft has emphasized quick camera operation with Windows Phone from its start, and the Lumia 800 keeps up that standard beautifully. A long press of the side-mounted camera button sends you right into the camera app and tapping anywhere on the screen instructs the camera to focus and auto-expose the image based on the information in that spot. You can also half-press the physical camera key to get the camera to do the same in the center of the picture. Focusing speed isn’t sublime and there are none of the N9′s special software optimizations for speeding things up — the Lumia 800′s camera software is stock Windows Phone — but relying on Microsoft’s already strong platform isn’t a bad choice here, performance is still satisfyingly quick.

MOTION BLUR DETRACTS FROM WHAT’S OTHERWISE VERY HIGH QUALITY 720P VIDEO

The dual-LED flash works very well on nearby objects and avoids washing out scenes when it’s called into action. It’s intelligent enough to recognize how much light it needs to provide, so if you focus on your hand in a dark room, it’ll light it accurately, but if you focus on the black phone in your hand, it’ll readjust for the phone and over-expose your hand. That may not sound ideal, but the good aspect of it is that it works predictably and reliably.

Video recording, much like stills, benefits from some really nice detail, however motion blur is exhibited a bit too readily for my liking. If the Galaxy S II was capable of handling motion perfectly at 1080p resolution back in April, your new flagship phone should be able to do the same at 720p without bother. Nokia doesn’t live up to that standard with the Lumia 800, unfortunately. Another way in which this phone falls short on the imaging front is in its omission of a front-facing camera. Sure, most people consider them gimmicky and video conversations aren’t exactly threatening to overtake regular voice calls, but front-facing cameras have become essentially standard equipment nowadays and it’s odd to see Nokia skimping on one here.

SOFTWARE

Nokia’s historic move to a new mobile operating system is finally complete. Gone are the days of trudging through outdated Symbian menu systems, no longer will you be laughed at by your trendy app-loving peers. Nokia’s latest handset runs Windows Phone, a truly up-to-date OS with a future bright enough to justify the Lumia branding.

So why does it feel so underwhelming?

WINDOWS PHONE

The first issue is one of familiarity. We’ve seen both Windows Phone 7.5 and the Lumia 800′s chiseled physique already, so combining the two is like making yourself a banana sandwich, new and potentially tasty, but not an altogether unpredictable combination. The Lumia 800 is a device embodying all of Nokia’s phone manufacturing nous and relies on Microsoft’s best mobile software to date, but what it doesn’t do is create something new and altogether better out of those components. The two parts are welded together, whereas what the world really wanted to see was for them to melt into one spectacular new juggernaut that would do battle with iOS and Android. Windows Phone isn’t there yet and if any one phone will push it into that stratosphere, the Lumia 800 won’t be it. The Lumia 800 equipped with all of the N9′s software bells and whistles might have been that hero device, but alas, time constraints have forced Nokia to serve up a very ordinary helping of Mango with almost no improvements of its own.

Nokia has been consistent in saying that it’ll endeavor to bring the swipe gestures, the double-tap-to-wake, and everything else that was good about the N9′s UI over to Windows Phone, but the fact remains that those goodies are not present in the Lumia 800 today. What you get are sadly superficial tweaks: Nokia alerts, ringtones, wallpapers, and a “Nokia blue” theme are scattered around the phone, while the Metro tiles, email client, calendar, and all other native apps are left untouched. There aren’t obvious ways to improve on them, mind you, as Microsoft has done a really stellar job of refining the basic Windows Phone user experience. Still, it would have been nice to see Nokia implement the awesome onscreen keyboard of the N9, along with its terrific haptic feedback, in the Lumia phone that’s probably being built on the exact same manufacturing line.

Nokia Drive and Nokia Music are the two big additions on launch day. Drive provides offline navigation with voice turn-by-turn instructions and Music includes a Mix Radio streaming service that’s loaded up with genre-based playlists of free music. Both are actually very good at what they do and are sure to figure in your long-term use of the Lumia 800. The Mix Radio library is being built out continually, so there’ll be more and more content for you to access in the future, while the Music app also pulls in the venues for upcoming gigs near you. I still would’ve liked to see Nokia do more than just throw in some added apps, although unlike HTC’s underwhelming Hub for WP7, Nokia’s additions offer real added value for the user. Moreover, Nokia Maps — the new name for Ovi Maps — will be available for the Lumia 800 and all Windows Phones within the next couple of weeks, so we can at least say that the Microsoft-Nokia partnership is headed in the right direction.

ECOSYSTEM

Perhaps the main reason for Nokia’s abandonment of MeeGo and embrace of Microsoft was the need to have a thriving software ecosystem to empower its handsets with. The Windows Phone Marketplace isn’t quite up to that standard yet, however Microsoft is putting good tools in developers’ hands and Nokia’s presence adds extra clout and credibility to the platform. Stephen Elop’s vision of Windows Phone as “the third ecosystem” behind Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android looks set to indeed materialize, meaning that prospective Lumia 800 owners should have plenty to look forward to. Skype’s absence from the Marketplace, for example, will soon be rectified by the folks working in Microsoft’s freshly inaugurated Skype Division.

The gravitational pull of Microsoft and Nokia’s collective determination can reasonably be expected to produce the critical mass of good apps for Windows Phone to truly compete with the best — it’s just that at this particular moment in time, it continues to lag. While closing the gap on Android and iOS, Windows Phone doesn’t improve on them in any dramatic way. Its multitasking overview is good, the live tiles offer information more quickly and easily, and its calendar is arguably the best of the bunch, but those are small advantages. iOS still wins when I want to browse the web or check out a new app and Android is still the best platform for users of Google services.

THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF MICROSOFT AND NOKIA’S COLLECTIVE DETERMINATION SHOULD ATTRACT PLENTY OF DEV TALENT

I’ve been using the Lumia 800 alongside an Android handset and an iPhone 4S recently and one thing’s abundantly clear: all three platforms are getting the basics right. Push email is arriving at more or less the same time, calendar alerts are going off simultaneously, notifications are mostly unobtrusive, pinch-to-zoom is smooth, web browsers are rendering pages correctly, and email conversations are threaded. What will make the difference going forward are things like the extra layer of polish that iOS can offer, and Windows Phone, as the new entrant to this competition, will need to beat the others to such new features and improvements if it wants to attract defectors to its cause.

An honorable mention is earned by Microsoft’s windowsphone.com website. As the name suggests, it’s the web portal unto your ownership of a Windows Phone, and allows you to browse the Marketplace and send apps directly to your device. There are also guides for novices as well as a pretty comprehensive My Windows Phone menu. The latter allows you to find your phone (with disturbing accuracy), ring it, lock it up with a password and a message for its lock screen, or even wipe it completely. In a classy little touch, Microsoft has also made the color theme of the website match the theme of your phone, which can actually be useful if you’re managing multiple Windows Phones and need a visual way to distinguish between them online. Everything on the site worked exactly as advertised, and though the functionality it offers isn’t unique, it’s a great extra to have and a wonderful base from which to build and expand the WP web ecosystem.

WRAP-UP

WINDOWS PHONE PROVIDES A MODERN AND ATTRACTIVE UI AND THE LUMIA 800′S HARDWARE MAINTAINS NOKIA’S REPUTATION FOR HIGH BUILD QUALITY

The Lumia 800 is exactly what it looked like when it was first announced at Nokia World: it is an N9 running Windows Phone. Ironically, in moving from the wildly imaginative Harmattan to the more straight-laced Windows Phone OS, this smartphone has undergone the reverse of the transition Stephen Elop wants to see Nokia make. He wants the company to stop being known for unexciting reliability and to start inspiring greater emotional attachment in its users. The N9 was that irrationally loved device, and no matter how hard the Lumia 800 tries, it simply isn’t as thrilling. For anyone still stuck on one of Nokia’s Symbian devices, the 800 is an obvious upgrade. It lacks the N8′s superb camera, but otherwise it easily trumps anything and everything in the company’s recent portfolio. Windows Phone provides a modern and attractive user interface and the Lumia 800′s hardware maintains Nokia’s reputation for attention to detail and insistence on high build quality. The picture is less clear for those considering alternative Windows Phones, as the Lumia 800 actually falls behind by not including a front-facing camera or mobile hotspot capabilities. Choosing your favorite there will depend on how much you love the Lumia 800′s sterling physical design and how much faith you place in Nokia’s ability to execute on its ambitious plans for software differentiation. The Lumia 800 has the potential to be great, but today it’s merely good.

GOOD 

  • Excellent design
  • Attractive display
  • Brightest future of any recent Nokia phone

BAD 

  • No Internet Sharing
  • Fiddly volume rocker and lock key
  • No front-facing camera

REPORTED PROBLEMS

  • On-screen keyboard is disappearing during typing. Nokia has addressed the problem with a software fix in the update 8107.
  • Nokia Lumia 800 is claimed to have “sound quality problems” when using low impedance headphones like the supplied ones. Nokia has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix.
  • Battery life. In December 2011, Nokia confirmed that some Lumia 800 devices do not use the full capacity of their battery. They also state that “only a charger with an output of 1000mA will fully charge your Lumia 800 battery.” During 19–20 January 2012, two updates were made available—battery related software update and another of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango build 8107. Nokia has stated that reported issues are fixed with the update and it triples the battery life.
  • Problems with camera focus in certain conditions. Nokia has confirmed this and is working on a fix.
  • Daily Mobile reports an issue with screen flickering.
  • Multiple reports of trouble turning device on.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Also known as Nokia Sea Ray

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-819
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 – For Canada
HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-801 CV
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2011, October
Status Available. Released 2011, November
BODY Dimensions 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc (4.59 x 2.41 x 0.48 in)
Weight 142 g (5.01 oz)
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes, 720p@30fps, check quality
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
CPU 1.4 GHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5, RSS feeds
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No
Colors Black, Cyan, Magenta, White
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)
Stand-by Up to 265 h (2G) / Up to 335 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 13 h (2G) / Up to 9 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 55 h
MISC SAR US 1.27 W/kg (head)     1.08 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.94 W/kg (head)
Price group  Rs. 22,000/-
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
Loudspeaker Voice 60dB / Noise 59dB / Ring 61dB
Audio quality Noise -87.3dB / Crosstalk -87.8dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life Endurance rating 35h

Nokia Lumia Series 2: Lumia 610: Windows Smartphone @Rs.12,999/-

Nokia Lumia 610: Windows Smartphone @Rs.12,999/-

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The new Nokia Lumia 610  is a 3.7-inch touchscreen smartphone running the latest Windows Phone Mango OS . It is a budget Windows phones from Nokia and sport 5MP camera at the back . The new Nokia Lumia 610 is targeted at the youth with its affordable price (cheapest price Nokia Windows Smartphone) and availability in stylish design and variety of bright colors . It sports high speed connectivity options like 3G and Wi-Fi and also supports Wi-Fi hotspot (its big sibling Lumia 710 lacks it) .

Specifications:

Also known as Nokia RM-835.

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Micro-SIM
Announced 2012, February
Status Available. Released 2012, April
Body Dimensions 119 x 62 x 12 mm, 77.6 cc (4.69 x 2.44 x 0.47 in)
Weight 131.5 g (4.62 oz)
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 65K colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot No
Internal 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, VGA@30fps
Secondary No
Features OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Chipset Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
CPU 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A5
GPU Adreno 200
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No
Colors White, Cyan, Magenta, Black
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BP-3L)
Stand-by Up to 670 h (2G) / Up to 720 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 10 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 9 h 30 min (3G)
Music play Up to 35 h
Misc SAR US 1.32 W/kg (head)     0.97 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.83 W/kg (head)
Price group Rs. 12,999/-
Tests Display Contrast ratio: 746:1 (nominal) / 1.432:1 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 70dB / Noise 65dB / Ring 75dB
Audio quality Noise -84.6dB / Crosstalk -85.7dB
Camera Photo
Battery life Endurance rating 43h

 

 

 

 

 

Nokia Lumia 710 Review*

Does the Lumia 710 rekindle our relationship with Nokia’s Windows Phones? Read on to find out.

Design and Build Quality

The Lumia 710 we got for review came dressed up in a demure black outfit, but if you’re the more flashy type, there are a range of back covers that you can choose from at the time of buying the device. The back is covered in a matte finish whilst the front is all glass and is more prone to fingerprints. At a thickness of 12.5 mm, it’s not the thinnest phone in the market currently but it’s got a contoured and curved back which gives it an overall ‘slim’ feeling.

The 710 - from all sides

The 710 – from all sides

The front consists of the 3.7-inch ClearBlack capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The speaker is located at the back alongwith a five megapixel shooter, an LED flash and the first of the two noise cancellation microphones. We couldn’t really locate the second one, but we’re assuming it’s underneath the chassis or is clubbed next to one of the holes for the speakers. The 710 comes with an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and magnetometer sensor (for GPS assistance).

The top of the device

The top of the device

The top of the phone consists of the microUSB slot, the power button and the headphone jack, while the microSIM slot is located beneath the 1300mAh battery. The volume rocker and camera shutter buttons are located on the right. Did we miss something? Yes, with 8GB of internal memory, Nokia has offered to do away with a microSD card slot, so that may be a downer for some.

The standard three physical buttons

The standard three physical buttons

We don’t want Kevlar or polycarbonate, if you’re charging us a bomb for that. Give us a sturdy design and we’ll be more than happy. And guess what, the Lumia 710 listened to us! The Lumia 710 feels extremely solid in the hand and comes as a welcome relief from all that Android ‘plasticy-ness’ we have been subjected to in the recent past. At a weight of 125.5 grams, the 710 has the right balance of being light as well as sturdy. In terms of design and build, the Lumia 710 nails it, and is easily one of the best out there in the same price bracket

Interface

A combination of a 1.4 GHz single core Scorpion processor, a Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, seems to work fantastically well for the Lumia 710. It’s fast, zippy and shows no signs of lagging down and if you’re new to the Windows Phone world, we’ll describe it in one word for you, its eye candy. In terms of looks alone, Android’s grid UI or even Apple’s UI stick out like a sore thumb in front of the brilliant, almost magical, use of colours in the phone’s user interface.

Superfast interface

Superfast interface

But is it as functional? Firstly, we’re labelling multitasking as having a pseudo-function on the phone, because for example, if you get a notification from a Whatsapp contact on your homescreen, and you click on it, the app will have to load up every single time as you can’t enable background tasks for all third party applications. However, that’s more of a developer issue and it’s just a matter of time before that gets rectified. Also, a long press of the back button will show you your most recent apps and you can quickly jump between them; so multitasking is there, but it does need some minor tweaking to prevent third party apps from re-loading each time you access them.

The next feature, and something we liked, was that any app you start or any menu you go to, opens up in a layer above the previous one. What this means is that when you press the back button you go back on the layers that were opened before it, similar to the back button (and not the up button) you see on Windows’ desktop OS.

Gallery

It’s got the looks

Secondly, quick toggle of connectivity options isn’t still present. They can be placed as tiles on your screen, but you’ll have to enter the settings via that tile to turn it off. You can’t toggle it from the tile on the home screen. A minor niggle, but something they need to improve on, nonetheless.

The application dock or list that comes up when you swipe right from the home screen tends to overflow into a long stack if you’ve got a whole load of apps and games installed onto your phone. However, they’re neatly segregated based on their names, and if you have a long list, you can simply press on any alphabet to bring up the alphabet list to navigate to your app, so at most you’ll need two or three taps to get to your application, which means it’s as quick as what you see on the other operating systems.

Cover

Tiles and hubs is all that you’ll need

There’s a lot of customization you can do as to how your phone looks and feels. You can set which tiles deserve your attention the most, set your theme for the day, pin important people to the home screen, and if you customize your 710 well, all you’ll need to see to get your work done is the tiles on the homescreen.

The WP7.5 UI might take some time to get used to, if you’re a new user, but it’s a minor thing because the colourful, brilliantly designed Mango user interface will ensure you’re never ‘bored’ of your Nokia phone.

Media 

The media interface follows the same panorama-ish interface as the rest of the phone and looks pretty neat. It’s got the basic functions you’d see in a smartphone plus a few added features. All your media content is neatly laced in the music+videos tile. The main screen allows you to choose what media you want to play. A swipe shows the recently played stuff. Another swipe shows you the recent content you have added to your phone. Music applications are also embedded out there so it’s all neatly put in one place. And all of this is in the form of tiles, so it has this visually appealing feel to it, that we doubt we will ever get tired of seeing. FM radio works quite well; we didn’t have problems catching and locking in to stations while using it during our train journeys.

Media player interface

Media player interface

The bundled in-ear headphones are one of the best ones we’ve got from a phone manufacturer in recent times, and guess what, you aren’t paying a premium for that (Beats, anyone?).  The speaker is located at the back, so the sound is a little muted when placed with the screen upfront, but it’s quite loud and clear otherwise. If you have your headphones plugged in, simply pressing the volume button brings down a mini widget to play your current track. However, the default music player doesn’t come with any audio enhancements, so what you hear is what you get!

Good pair of in-ear headphones

Good pair of in-ear headphones

The only downer is the fact that you’ll have to use Zune to get all your media content onto your device. The phone supports a few formats like WMA9, WMA10 and MP4 and video content automatically gets converted into the default playable format by Zune. That said, it’s not difficult to use and syncing can be done via your personal wireless network as well. If iTunes didn’t bother you, Zune won’t either.

Connectivity

The 710 has all the basic connectivity options pretty well covered. There’s 3G HSDPA at 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps (which means it’s definitely future proofed for all of us with terribly low speeds!!), Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS support and Bluetooth. Hotspot creation, though is available for WP7.5 phones, was surprisingly not found on our 710 device. Call quality is loud and audible and in our test the phone didn’t lose signal in closed spaces like elevators.

Browsing via the inbuilt Internet Explorer is quick, but there’s no support for flash, which might be a problem for some people. Anyway, flash for mobile phones is slowly phasing out, so the feature that’s gaining more importance now is the presence of HTML5, which the 710’s default browser has.

Connectivity

Connectivity

The major thing that sets the Lumia 710 apart from other Windows Phones is the present of Nokia Drive and Maps. In Nokia Drive, locking into your GPS signal is quick and once you set your destination, the phone displays the best route, the time and the distance akin to Google. The view is possible in both 2D and 3D modes. Nokia maps allows you to search for landmarks and places, along with viewing your current location. When we used the two services, they worked pretty well and were at par with Google’s map services.

Office and email integration - brilliant

Office and email integration – brilliant

Social networking and email integration deserves special mention. Twitter and Facebook are all integrated at the OS level, so you don’t need to launch any third party applications. In the ME tab itself, you’ll get to see all your notifications, status updates from your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN accounts. The default email client is pretty nifty as well and the panorama view allows easy access to your unread and important mails.

Apps that come with the 710

Apps that come with the 710

It’s a Microsoft phone, so another plus is the brilliant compatibility and editing options it has with Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Panning through a large document is surprisingly easy because all starting paragraphs can be accessed via the outline button. Editing, formatting is a breeze on the 710 and if you’re working a lot with Word, Excel or PowerPoint files, you’re gonna love this phone. The only problem we faced was that editing wasn’t possible with DOC files (from Word 97-2003).

The pre-installed applications

The pre-installed applications

Misc. Features

Besides Nokia Drive and Maps that we spoke about earlier, Nokia has also bundled in an app called App Highlights that allows users to view the featured and essential apps to download from the marketplace. TuneIn Radio allows wireless music streaming while the tools app allows access to basic functions like stopwatch and calculator. Another application called Times Poynt has been included that, based on your current location, shows you nearby landmarks like restaurants and theatres. As can be seen from the image, it located a lot of theatres accurately in our neighbourhood. The Contacts transfer  provides a method for transferring contacts from an old phone to your Nokia phone via Bluetooth.

Xbox Live on your phone

Xbox Live on your phone

Xbox Live allows you to view your current collection of games, your avatar and game related news in its dedicated hub. Games that are downloaded are again neatly threaded into that tile so they don’t clog up your application list.

Camera

The Lumia 710 is strapped with a 5 megapixel autofocus shooter with an LED flash. We put it through the same controlled environment setup we compared our high end smartphones in, which you can view here. The Lumia 710 captures detail pretty well, but when you start the camera, it takes a while for the colours to stabilize. Also, there’s a slight hint of noise in indoor photographs. Outdoor snaps and macros are handled pretty well. Plus, the camera, like the applications is quick and can be accessed via the shutter button even when the phone is locked. However, if you’re one of those that uses video calling extensively, you’ll be disappointed to know that the 710 lacks a front camera.

Indoor images are decent

Indoor images are decent

Video recording is present at 720p resolution and like seen on most phones, you can’t zoom in during recording. Like the Xperia Active we reviewed earlier, this one has some colour banding as well during both indoor and outdoor videos but it’s been a problem with most smartphone cameras we’ve used. Overall, the Lumia 710 is a decent shooter which won’t disappoint you with your casual shots.

5mp camera at the back

5mp camera at the back

Battery Life

The 710 is equipped with a 1300 mAh battery and we put it through its paces in our standard loop test. The phone survived for two hours and ten minutes of calling, two hours video, two hours of music and two hours of streaming. A total of eight hours and ten minutes. In our video playback test, the 710 lasted for six hours before running out of juice. On average usage, the 710 will last you about a day, which, though not overly impressive, is definitely acceptable.

A worthy buy

A worthy buy

Verdict

The Nokia Lumia 710 is priced at Rs. 18,500 (MOP). At this price, it directly compares to the SE Neo V Android phone we reviewed earlier. The only problem some people might have with this phone is that there is no expandable memory (if you’re not satisfied with 8 gigs of memory) or front camera. Besides that, the build, interface, camera and battery life is quite brilliant. For us, the real thing actually holding the phone back is the limited collection of apps in the market (which, to be fair to Microsoft, is getting better over time). If that isn’t a problem for you, then look no further than the Lumia 710. With Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and this new beauty, Nokia is finally back in business.

PRICE IN INDIA

18,500/-

BEST IS Windows 7.5 Mango, A BEAUTIFUL PHONE, GREAT BUILD QUALITY, SUPERB BUILT INTERFACE, CAMERA QUALITY, BEST BATTERY LIFE

NO EXPANDABLE MEMORY, NO FRONT CAMERA, LIMITED APPS IN MARKET.

EXPERT RATING :

Rating

SPECIFICATIONS:

Also known as Nokia Sabre

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 – RM-803
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – For Canada
Announced 2011, October
Status Available. Released 2011, December
BODY Dimensions 119 x 62.4 x 12.5 mm, 81.1 cc
Weight 125.5 g
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– Nokia ClearBlack display
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
CPU 1.4 GHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5, RSS feeds
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java No
Colors Black, White (front)/ black, white, cyan, fuchsia, yellow (back)
– MicroSIM card support only
– SNS integration
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Document viewer/editor
– Video/photo editor
– Voice memo/command/dial
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BP-3L)
Stand-by Up to 400 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h 50 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 40 min (3G)
Music play Up to 38 h
MISC Price group  Rs. 18,500/-

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