Nokia Lumia 710 ~ The Smartphone with an Amazing Social Life

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So it’s been about 3 weeks now that I started using the Nokia T-Mobile Lumia 710 Windows Phone

This phone has seriously made my life easier, everywhere I go.

The Nokia Lumia 710 with Windows Phone keeps all the people I want to connect with, the places I need to go to, the things I have to do….all in one place.  So I can call home, text my daughter, see the latest photo my friend has posted on Facebook, find my way to a destination I’ve never been to before, check my e-mail and see if I need gloves, an umbrella or boots depending on the today’s weather…all without having to open an app!  It’s all there right on the fluid start screen.

This phone is also incredibly sleek.  It’s easy to hold and the buttons are in intuitive places.  This is my first smartphone, and it only took me a few hours to get a good feel for how the OS worked and how to move things where I wanted them.

It’s got a 3.7-inch screen (which is very sharp), a 5-megapixel camera (which takes pretty good photos and it handles video too), and it’s the first 4G capable Nokia Windows Phone (I’m only getting 2G where I live, and so far it honestly hasn’t been an issue).

(Photo taken with the Nokia Lumia 710)

There are some really great features available on this model – Nokia Drive (your own little GPS in your phone!) and Nokia Maps where you can download maps for single or multiple states.

I really like the way the Windows Phone OS is set up.  I can pin the functions I want on to the start screen.  I have a tile for my family, so I have super easy access to call or text them when needed.  I can pin my close friends, so I can see what they’re talking about on Facebook since their latest status is pushed to their tile.  You can see in my picture the second tile on the right – my friend posted a picture of what she made for dinner to Facebook, and there it is right on my start screen!

I’ve pinned my weather app, Foursquare, a Bible app and the alarm all to the start screen, so they’re all right there at the tip of my fingers.  The Windows Phone Marketplace has over 50,000 apps, games and more – free and for purchase.  I’ve downloaded a few already.  The selection isn’t as huge as the Apple or Android market places, but I’m patient, it’s just a matter of time, and so far I’ve found what I’ve needed.

It has Microsoft Office Mobile included on it – nothing like having OneNote available everywhere!  And I can access anything that I have uploaded to my Live ID SkyDrive account. 

You can also navigate the Nokia Lumia 710 with voice commands….well sort of.  I’ve done okay with things that are common.  Searching for ‘Best Buy’ or ‘Call Mom’ works pretty seamlessly.  When I was searching for a business that included some obscure last names…it didn’t do so well with that. 

As for battery life, I have nothing to compare it to, never having had a smartphone before.  But I’ve been using it every day and I’ve kept the WiFi on – and by the end of the day the battery is on its last legs so to speak; so I’ve been charging it every night.  I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but it is what it is.

I think the Nokia Lumia 710 on T-Mobile is a good introduction to someone who has never had a smartphone before.  It’s stylish and you don’t need to sign a contract to get one.  You can get a monthly data plan that includes talk, text and web for as little as $30.  Or if you don’t mind having a contract – well you can get your plan that way also.

Don’t forget to come back for my next post about the Nokia Lumia 710 – and in April we’ll have a giveaway where one of my readers can win one for themselves!

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post; Nokia sent me the phone for review and provided service. Opinions are my own.

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