Nokia Lumia 710: it's here!

, posted: 12-Mar-2012 10:20

What a beautiful screen and feel the phone has! The  Nokia Lumia 710 arrived this morning and all day at work people floated by my desk to have a play.

Overwhelming, they loved the feel of the phone. Nice curved back, incredibly light to hold, solid construction and a gorgeous screen. It feels awesome in the hand. If at a shop don't hold a plastic toy but grab a real one. You will be impressed.Side by side with the iPhone 3GS, the boss's iPhone 4GS and the Nokia Lumia 710 looked the best. Well done, Nokia.

Off to the charger for initial setup I decided not the read the manual but make it work how I wanted as I wanted right from the start. Always a risk when Microsoft is added in the mix.

Initial setup was simple and clear but needing to drag out my WindowsLive ID a bit of a put off. Skipped some things but in the end added it so that I could work on integrating calendars, contacts and mail. Setup of ihug pop account, Google and Facebook simple as. Adding a birthday or setting the date with the roll window was very nice and stood out to me.

Get all the above syncing and oops over data % alerts from Telecom (nice feature guys) better add in Work Wireless asap...

Only thing that fooled me a bit was turning the phone back on after it goes to sleep. Yes, it’s the power button at the top. Only needs a tap but I keep hitting the windows button on the screen (I've had an iPhone too long). Not annoying, only different and probably better when the phone is in the handbag anyway.

When turned on the phone displays the date, time, today's calendar details and a small envelope at bottom has the number of messages. Looks good. A quick swipe up and there are the "boxes" or "tiles" we will all be getting used to with Windows 8.

I like that the tiles (as I think of them) are big and when everything is loaded into the phone that they are live and show items from facebook pics, photos, your me panel and so on. It's not just the blank fields as it can seem in photos of the phone. To move the tiles is just hold and drag (yes, worked as expected). 

The UI seems polished and I like the some of the little features like when you are in the photo area it will bring up all the facebook pictures you received via your feed and you can save them , use as wallpaper and so on. Now that’s nice integration.

Moving about the screens uses the left arrow as a back key or the Windows button as a home key, again as expected.

Only button that seemed odd was that the bottom right search went and searched bing and the web not the phone. Hopefully a play in the UI will let me change that as a quick search to find a contact or something on the phone would be of more use I think.

Anyway that’s the first day with the phone. More as I start playing with it properly in the next few days.

About the author:

Debs (Quinny) works in the Christchurch construction industry so has had a pretty busy 18 months. With a 30 year plus work history that includes government Departments, IT consulting and the entertainment industry she has a love of samoyeds, gaming, science fiction and spends time on voluntary community work. Some of a eco, tech and gadget freak she has an iPhone 3GS, Nook & Kindle eReaders, usb caddy, recyclable shopping bags  and a Blackberry Playbook inside that massive Guess handbag. I game, being a World of Warcraft junkie, in a big NZ raiding guild.

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