Nokia Lumia 710: Coverage, GPS and navigation

, posted: 3-Apr-2012 10:06

I thought I’d take the time to go a little off the beaten track to comment on the experience I’ve had using the Nokia Lumia 710 while I’ve been out an about.

Recently we took a trip to Akaroa, it’s been about 3 years since we were last there and I recall at the time being pointed out to a street light where we’d get the best reception with the “other” carrier.

I was interested to see whether the Telcos had improved the coverage provided and was expecting a weekend where my social network activities would be severely curtailed.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had instant mobile coverage after arriving at the outskirts of Akaroa.  I’m with Telecom XT, my husband with the “other” that we were with some three years ago.  It’s only fair to note my husband also didn’t have any areas where coverage dropped out.

During the weekend I was able to tweet, check in with Foursquare, upload photos to Facebook and carry on as normal.

However normal is not being out in Akaroa Harbour at the mouth of the sea.  But I still had mobile coverage out there.  The Nokia Lumia 710 took great photos of Shag, Albatross, Blue-eyed penguins and Hector Dolphins.

It was all going on, or is that off?

On our trip from Christchurch to Akaroa I set Nokia Drive to map our way.  If you’re familiar with the drive you’ll realise this was almost pointless.  There’s no turn offs. You head in the right direction and keep on following the road until you wind up at your destination.

The GPS was great with tracking us, except the same split second delay in realising we’d just passed a street rather than just arrived at it.  I’ve mentioned this in another post.
 
This delay was significant. We passed the street we should have turned down. It was pretty obvious given our only other choice was to carry on into the drink.

During the 73km 60 minute drive the battery life went from 69% to 56%.  Given we couldn’t really go wrong (until we got into Akaroa) I allowed the screen to shut down.

When I realised we were practically in Akaroa I pressed the power button to bring the phone back to life.  The Nokia Drive app said it had lost GPS and it took a few seconds longer than it usually does on first start up, to locate where we were.  I wouldn’t say this was a problem. If you truly needed navigational assistance you’d not have let the phone go into sleep mode.  And it could be simply the “fault” of the route.  There was no feedback to give. Point the car in the right direction and go until you arrive.

One last thing to note. A post wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t mention my Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. When using Samsung’s Navigon app the battery really heats up, and I also started this app at the same time as Nokia Drive. The SGS2 got warm really quickly so I shut it down.  The Nokia Lumia 710 never suffered any heat despite having left it going a much longer time.

Thanks Nokia for making sure I could record some memories, and for Telecom for making sure I could share them.


 
These were from the local Fish ‘n Chip shop, which was unfortunately burnt down just days after we’d eaten there.

About the author:

Hi, my name is Anita, on Geekzone and other social network sites I’m known as Neets, sometimes with a “_”, sometimes with “_nz”. I’m a proud kiwi living/surviving in Christchurch. I’m not blogging about this Nokia Lumia 710 because I need a new phone. In fact I love my existing Samsung Galaxy SII. When offered the opportunity to review the Nokia Lumia 710 I took it up because, in truth, it was an honour to be asked, but I enjoy writing reviews, I like learning new things and I’ve got a bit of a fascination about how far you can push smartphones. The brief is fairly simple, use the phone as much as you can and then write about your experiences. My reviews will be honest about the good the bad and the ugly based on how I use the phone, which undoubtedly will vary to the way anyone else uses their phone.

Other related posts:
Nokia Lumia 710: The Good
Nokia Lumia 710: The Bad
Nokia Lumia 710: The Ugly






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