Back in October, we had a brief hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 710 when it was first announced. Today T-Mobile announced that they are the first carrier in the U.S.A. to offer one of the new Nokia Lumia handsets. The Lumia 710 is more or less a budget Windows Phone. The device will retail for just $49.99 with a 2 year contract, making it a great way to introduce Windows Phone to an audience of people who have yet to get their first smartphone. Yet despite its budget price tag, packing in a Qualcomm 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor, along with the slick Windows 7.5, this hardly feels like a budget device.
In person the Lumia 710 is impressive at its price-point. Although its design is not quite as slick as the Nokia 800, we are especially digging its white model over the more traditional-looking black option. And although there were no colorful interchangeable back-plates on hand for the Nokia Lumia 710, T-Mobile told us that they expect to see them soon. At the moment both the black and white models come with a black faceplate only.
We also actually prefer the display on the Lumia 710 to the AMOLED display on the Lumia 800. While the colors on the Lumia 800 display are more vibrant, we aren’t too fond of its PenTile display. Fortunately, the Lumia 710 isn’t plagued with a PenTile display. Instead its 3.7-inch ClearBlack WVGA display is sharp and bright. It should also do pretty well in sunlight.
Check out our gallery below for hands-on photos of the Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile.
Update 1/15/2012: Check out our full review of the Nokia Lumia 710 for T-Mobile