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Friday, October 28, 2011

A Closer Look at Nokia’s Windows Phones: Lumia 800 and Lumia 710

 Lumia 710
Nokia recently announced two Windows Phone 7 devices. The Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. This marked an interesting change for Nokia as they were previously reluctant to leave an operating system that was their own. Windows Phone OS may be just the push they need to remain strong in the market.
Let’s take a closer look at both phones.

Lumia 800

Lumia 800
The Lumia 800 isn’t all that bad looking. It’s similar to the N9.  The corners are a bit sharp, but it has a cool seamless design. The body is one smooth piece, which is very cool looking. It somewhat reminds us of the older iPod Nano that was made from a single piece of metal. The phone, however, is polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is lightweight and shatter-resistant.
The handset comes in three colors: cyan, magenta and black. The Lumia 800 houses a 1.4GHz single-core processor, but is said to be nice and speedy.
Dimensions – The handset is .47 inches thick,  2.4 inches wide and 4.58 inches long. Nice little compact size.
Lumia 800 front
Display – The screen is 3.7 inches, which is just a hair larger than the iPhone display (3.5-inch). Of course it’s a capacitive AMOLED touchscreen. The resolution is 400 x 800.  It records 720p HD video at 30fps.
Camera – 8MP. This is about average these days.
Battery – The Lumia 800 is advertised as such: 9.5 hours talk time (3G), 335 hours standby time (3G). 55 hours music playback and 7 hours of video playback. It’s powered by a 1450mAh battery.
Storage - 16GB
RAM – 512MB
Lumia 800 Side
We obviously don’t have one in our hands, but if we had to say at a glance that we have any problems with it, it’s something that plagued the iPhone 4. The screen isn’t recessed in the slightest. In fact, it almost seems to protrude based on the images we’ve seen. Anyone who has dropped a phone knows what that can mean.
Lumia 800 Back

Tech Specs via Nokia’s Website

Lumia 710
This is another nice little smartphone with a clean design. It doesn’t have the single-piece body of the 800, but it still looks pretty.
Dimensions - The handset is .49 inches thick,  2.4 inches wide and 4.68 inches long. Like the 800, it’s a nice, compact smartphone.
Lumia 710 Front
Display -  It’s loaded with a 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, which is just a hair larger than the iPhone display (3.5-inch) and the exact same size as the 800. It’s a ClearBlack, anti-glare screen. The resolution is 480 x 800.  It records video at 1280 pixels by 720 pixels at 30fps, just like the Lumia 800.
Camera – 5MP. This is a bit lower than many current phones, but nothing to be disappointed at. In fact, as we’ve heard, MP count doesn’t tell the whole story.
Lumia 710 frontbakcolors
Battery - The Lumia 710 is advertised as such: 7.6 hours talk time (3G), 400 hours standby time (3G). 38 hours music playback and 6 hours of video playback. It’s powered by a 1300mAh battery.
Storage - 8GB
RAM - 512MB
Lumia 710 Side
What’s kind of cool about this handset is that it has swappable covers. Definitely a nice extra.
Tech Specs via Nokia’s Website

A Chance for both Windows Phone 7 and Nokia
Windows Phone 7 definitely needs a strong push in the market. It doesn’t quite have that yet, and these are the kinds of phones Microsoft needs to get their mobile OS in the hands of consumers. Nokia, on the other hand, needs to put something awesome together if they want to stay in the smartphone race. Now they are running with an OS that is current, and they seem to be doing it very well at this point. Let’s see if things pick up.

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