Product Type: Nokia Smartphone
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Is this the easiest to use smartphone on the market?
Nokia Lumia 710
Member Name: thefifth
Nokia Lumia 710
Advantages: Easy of interface, ease of use, interconnectivity, a bit sexy
Disadvantages: Positioning of camera button for us poor lefties, fewer apps available
I was lucky to inherit my husband's Nokia Lumia 710 after he was sent a developer phone by Microsoft. I previously owned a Samsung Galaxy Ace on the Android platform, and the first thing I noticed was simply how much easier this phone is to use that the old Android phone. I had found my Android phone quite annoying in general. The internet interface was slow and disappointing but I had credited this to the network. However, my new phone has opened my eyes to what a smartphone can actually be. An overview of features follows:
The phone itself is sleek and black with a shiny, black screen. The screen seems large compared to my last phone, and the phone itself is quite curved but kind of angled at the sides which makes it easy to hold. The phone comes with two back covers - one black one and one blue so you can mix and match personalisation.
On screen you have a main page which includes all the apps that are 'pinned' - this makes the app or function very easily accessible. The apps appear as big square blue buttons on a black background and you scroll down to view all the apps that are pinned. The colour of the buttons can be changed to suit your preferences, and the background can be set to dark or light. The dark setting obviously conserves the battery more.
At the bottom of the screen is a small tool bar. The left button is the 'back' function and takes you back to the previous page you were using. The middle button is the 'windows' button and this takes you back to the main menu. The right button is the search button. You also have a power button on the top right, a camera button on the bottom right and volume buttons on the top left.
Oh, where to start. There are the obvious bits: phone, text, e-mail, 5 MP camera, Wifi and GPS. You also have a music player (Nokia music), and internet explorer for your internet access.
The great thing about this phone is its ability to integrate with your social networking sites. The 'People' app will use your contacts and if you link it to your Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or other social networking site, it keeps a constant running thread of updates from your friends and contacts on their activity on whichever social networking site they use. This means that you don't need to use a separate app to see what's going on. You also receive notifications of comments on any of your statuses and can view them on the phone. This obviously cuts down on your data usage, as you don't need to go to the site itself to access recent updates. You can also post to all your networking sites using the interface.
The phone also includes mobile versions of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. Using the skydrive facility you can then access any documents you create on your phone with your desktop or laptop at home or at work. This is a fantastic feature as it means that wherever you are, providing you've uploaded to skydrive, you can access and transfer your work.
The phone also integrates with any Windows Live accounts including Live Messenger and XBox Live.
I've also downloaded the Nokia Drive app which gives you driving directions, and the great thing about this is that the maps are free including overseas maps.
I feel like I've only scratched the surface with this phone's capability. It really is very smooth and easy to use; it feels like a quality product and compared to my Android based phone it's an absolute dream to use. The most recent update allows tethering of devices so that you can share your data connection, and I've used this extensively to communicate via my messenger service on my iPod Touch with friends using Apple iPhones over the past weekend. My Android phone just didn't allow me to do that.
Be aware that the Nokia phone uses a micro sim. I had to replace mine, which was standard sized, but this was very easily done via the O2 online transfer facility.
Battery life is pretty good with this phone. It has a function to conserve battery power when you're getting low. I've just come back from a weekend away and apart from a couple of times where I switched the phone off, it's lasted really well. For average use, it should last at least 2 days.
I was lucky that mine was free! However, if you want to buy you can expect to pay between £170 - £200. The Lumia is available on all major networks.
As a user experience I think the Windows phone is second to none. I know it's not yet very popular, but I think if people try it out they'd be keen to switch. I know one person who has been an avid iPhone user who, on one demonstration of this Nokia phone, has switched over. And like me, they've not been disappointed.
My only criticism of the phone so far is around the situation of the camera button. As I'm left handed, its position on the right bottom side of the phone makes it quite difficult for me to use. Otherwise, the camera is great. Apps are also more limited, due to the Windows phone being quite new to the market.
If you're thinking of replacing your phone, I'd seriously consider moving to a Windows phone. I don't think you'd be disappointed.
Summary: Nokia are back in the business
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