Nokia, one of the world's biggest manufacturers, has just released it's first Windows 7.5 Smartphone in the US. With the pending release of Windows 8, Nokia will test the US market with its Lumia 710. The Lumia 800 was released back in October of 2011 and is one of Nokia's most successful Windows phone. Now the Lumia 710 will be a less expensive alternative.
The 2 phones are quite different in physical design but it has a lot of functional similarities. Both the 710 and 800 are running Windows Phone 7 Mango and hosts Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile. Both devices also have the same powerful 1.4 GHz processor and 512MB along with a 3.7 inch display with 800-by-480 resolution.
Nokia has also included WiFi hotspot capability and Nokia Drive, a turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for both the 710 and 800. ESPN sports hub along with MixRadio will be native applications for both models.
Nokia Lumia 800 measures 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1mm and weighs 143 grams while the Lumia 710 measures 119 x 62.4 x 12.5 mm weighing in at approximately 125.5 grams. The 800 display uses AMOLED technology vs 710's TFT LCD. Lumia 710 only has 8 GB of storage vs the 16 GB storage for the 800. Both devices have only 1 rear facing camera and records video in 720p @ 30fps. The camera of the 800 is an upgraded 8mp (3264-by-2448 pixels) Carl Zeiss optics with autofocus and dual-LED flash. Meanwhile. the 710 (2592-by-1944 pixels) has a 5mp camera with 4x zoom, autofocus and single LED flash.
Overall, both Lumia 710 and 800 are great Windows phones. While the 710 is considered an entry-level phone it doesn't lack power nor functionality. With the anticipation of the Lumia 900, we get a great look at what to expect in Nokia's Lumia line.
Nokia Lumia 710 Price: $300
Nokia Lumia 800 Price: $500