Nokia Lumia 710 Delivers Solid Introduction to Windows Phone 7.5
NEWS ANALYSIS: There's no question that the Nokia Lumia 710 smartphone is no wannabe iPhone. But is it something you want to use? For the price, it looks like a serious midmarket contender.The Windows Phone 7.5 Mango edition is a far cry from the other smartphone operating systems you've seen people use. It doesn't have a grid of icons, it doesn't have a multi-touch screen and it doesn't give you that Apple iPhone experience that everyone seems to expect. Whether this is good or bad is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder. I embarked on a tour of Windows Phone 7 after a column I wrote at the end of December 2011 in which I suggested that the many critics of this platform should at least try it out. So I went to a T-Mobile store and tried an HTC Radar for a few minutes, and found it interesting enough to take a closer look at Windows Phone 7. As a result of the column, T-Mobile sent me a Nokia Lumia 710 to try out. As my colleague Nick Kolakowski points out in his news story, the Nokia Lumia is the latest thing in WP7 smartphones.
But there's more to it than just being a nice smartphone as Nick says. This is the first in what is supposed to be a long line of products that Nokia plans to sell globally. This means that what matters most isn't whether the WP7 Nokia Lumia will convince iPhone users to switch, but whether it will be attractive to those millions of Nokia users who currently aren't using a smartphone or are using an obsolete Symbian smartphone.