The Nokia Lumia 800 has received a large amount of positive praise from different reviewers and online publications. The Lumia 710, like the Lumia 800, runs Windows Phone 7 as part of Nokia's alliance with Microsoft. Now, Nokia's own press site has revealed more about the well-hyped Lumia 710. The PDF can be downloaded here.
The Lumia 710 remains largely stock with the core Windows Phone 7 platform, since Microsoft has strictly enforced guidelines on their mobile OS. As part of their agreement though, Nokia has been able to include some additional apps with the phone as standard. These apps consist of Nokia Drive, the Weather Channel, ESPN, App Highlights, Netflix, T-Mobile TV, Slacker Radio, TeleNav GPS, and My Account.
The 710 marks the first Nokia-Microsoft handset to be sold in the United States but the device first appeared in October 2011. Since the Lumia range has already generated some positive responses, the 710 is likely going to be eagerly anticipated by fans of both Nokia and the WP7 platform. Fans of Nokia handsets will be able to pick up the Lumia 710, the phone considered to be an 'entry-level' option, from January 11th 2012.
While the Windows Phone 7 platform has been available in North America from the start with phones such as the LG Quantum, Nokia has chosen to wait it out until the new year before making the Lumia 710 available. As a benefit of this wait, the phone is surprisingly affordable for what it offers. The phone boasts a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5MP camera with 720p video recording (at 30fps), a 3.7" ClearBlack display, and 512MB RAM alongside the 8GB of onboard storage.
Since it is only $50 on a T-Mobile value contract, the Lumia 710 appears to be an affordable route into the Windows Phone 7 smartphone world, on top of being able to appeal to more than just new smartphone buyers. The dent that it makes should stem from the affordable contracts and it could lead to WP7 making a bigger dent in the smartphone OS market in the United States. Since the US is still the top buyer of smartphones in the world, being able to make an impact is vital.