Beward No windows 7.8 update from t mobile February 4, 2013
Reviewer: A. Govindan
T Mobile has decided not to provide windows 7.8 update for this phone. Phone is ok otherwise. If you are ok with win 7.5 features it is a good buy.
I am giving one star. because t-mobile refused to support its customers with this key long awaited update, while all other carries & Nokia is providing his update.
Impossible to beat for free on contract September 25, 2012
Reviewer: Gaz Rendar (Chicago, IL USA) -
The Nokia Lumia 710 is a fully featured smartphone at a bargain basement price.
I've used iOS and Android on mobile handsets, but I personally prefer Windows Phone for my needs. The Lumia 710 matches up some pretty good hardware specs to go along with a Windows Phone experience that you'll find on any WP 7.5 handset. Other people have different needs, but the key points for me were MS Office, Xbox Live integration, and Zune functionality....all of which are on the Lumia 710. This Lumia (and all Windows Phone 7.5 and up models) sports true compatibility with MS Office as well as SkyDrive. I'm able to put together my lectures on Power Point on my computer, automatically upload to SkyDrive, and access the .ppt file at any time with my phone. This allows me to view and practice my lecture ahead of time on my small screen, but all of the functionality is there. Images are rendered correctly, and, this is key, animations all work as they're supposed to. Combine this with great Word and One Note sync'ing, and having a Windows Phone makes a lot of sense for me.
On to the hardware of this particular phone, though. The device is small by today's standards where Galaxy SIII's have giant 4.8" screens. But I find the 3.7" screen to work well with the 800 x 480 resolution, which provides a good pixel density at that size. The screen is a solid performer and has a good feel when typing on the on-screen keyboard. I prefer capacitive buttons on the bottom of my phone, but hitting the back arrow on the hardkey "button bar" does have a satisfying click to it. The device feels comfortable in your hand and it's extremely easy to reach all corners of the touchscreen with a thumb. The camera on the back is one of the best 5MP shooters I've seen on a phone, but again, it's only 5MP. This is obviously fine for most of your camera phone needs, but there are substantially better options out there for you on other phones if photography is your biggest concern. Unfortunately, with a budget phone comes the one omission--a front facing camera for video chat. Other than that, for the price, the hardware exceeds all expectations for me.
Since other people have outlined the Zune software and other aspects of this phone is great detail elsewhere, I'll just highlight a couple of the key advantages to owning this device. First, it's a T-mobile device with "4G" speeds. No, it's not LTE, but the T-mobile "4G" download speeds can hit 75% of Verizon LTE speeds. I've had great luck grabbing strong T-mobile signals and good download speeds in the areas I live and frequently travel. However, since it's on T-mobile, you can buy this phone outright for $299-$349 upfront without a contract and then get T-mobile's aggressively priced no-contract monthly plans that are a good $20-40 cheaper per month than the other Big 3 wireless networks. Do the math (include taxes!) and you'll probably find that you can save yourself a couple hundred dollars over the course of 24 months by going this route. Additionally, you can use the Nokia Internet Sharing feature to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot with the same plan.
The other key advantage to have this phone over other windows phones is the collection of Nokia centric apps. There are some apps that only work on Nokia's Windows Phone, such as ESPN's fantasy football app. However, the biggest advantage of this phone over ALL other phones, is the option to download the (free!) Nokia Drive app. This is ~2GB app that provides US maps for all the states and is arguably the best phone driving GPS app on the market. Google maps is good, but if your internet connection on the road is shady, it can take forever to re-route accurately. Additionally, only the latest Android versions of Google maps let you take a portion of the map offline. With Nokia Drive, it works perfectly offline and can re-route you much faster because it doesn't rely on an always-on internet connection. If you use your phone as a GPS a lot, I would argue that you would have to at least consider a Nokia Windows Phone. It's such a huge competition advantage, especially if you're driving on rural roads that don't have the best 3G or 4G signals.
Overall, I really like the Lumia 710. It's an outstanding budget smartphone for people who don't want to open their wallets, but still want to get a giant bucket of features. If you don't want to spend $199-300 for an on-contract ($599+ off contract) phone, I think you should at least consider what the Lumia 710 has to offer. Or if you want a valuable GPS phone, regardless of your budget, the Lumia could work for you too.
Nokia/Windows Phone July 7, 2012
The very first thing I noticed about this phone after one use is that it is hard to operate while it is laying on a desk. Not all of the time I want to physically pick my phone up to use it if I'm just checking a txt throughout my workday. Since it does not have a flat back, it makes it unstable to utilize in this manner.
The onscreen keyboard (like most: iphone, etc) is extremely horrible to use. I can't imagine trying to be productive on this phone. I guess if you like to watch media on your phone, I'm sure it would work good, but I actually need to use my phone to get stuff done (emails, txts, etc).
The third thing that really pisses me off about this phone is that when connected to the computer, it is not read as a drive, meaning that in order to get files to and from your phone, Microsoft has decided to put their crappy Zune software in the way of you and your file management. This sends me through the roof because the user should decide how to manage their content, NOT a third party software.
I will be returning this phone and going back to my Blackberry and will hold on to my Blackberry until the company is 100% out of business which may be sooner than later, but at least sending a typed message on a BB doesn't take 10 minutes. Now I know why texting and crashing has gone up in the U.S.: On-screen keyboards. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
light and easy to use April 23, 2012
Reviewer: Heather J. Ledeboer (Athol, ID USA) -
I was sent a Nokia Lumia 710 to review and I have spent the last few months using it. My first impression was that it felt light and easy to hold in my hand. I could easily talk on this phone for hours if needed. The initial setup was very easy to go through and within a few minutes I was ready to make calls. I've never used a Windows phone before so it took a few min. to learn where everything was located but Windows has done a great job of simplifying the user interface so you have quick and easy access to the apps you use the most. I found the phone to be quick and I didn't experience delays when navigating around. The touch sensitivity was sensitive enough that I didn't find myself pushing hard on the screen or having to redo motions because it didn't register. The phone has three main navigation buttons on the front; a back button, home button, and search button. I really like the back button as it works in all the apps and in navigating the Windows screens.
The Nokia comes with a HD lens for taking 5 Megapixel high quality photos and 720p video. In good light the photos and video come out great. The biggest grip is when working with limited light. The camera has a hard time focusing and figuring out the best saturation level to give you the best picture. It does have a built in flash which makes taking pictures in zero light still possible. Overall the camera is good enough for daily use.
The phone comes with some pre-installed apps. For example the social app called People is great because it organizes all your social media outlets (facebook, twitter, etc...) in one hub making it easy to get the latest information at the touch of a finger and without the need to browse different apps. My favorite app is the Nokia Drive, which is exclusive to the Nokia phone. Its easy to use interface gives you turn by turn directions which are easy to understand. Even in rural areas like Northern Idaho I found the maps to be detailed and up to date. The only issue I had with the phone was with finding and installing apps. There is a section called App Highlights but it only gives you access to a few of the most popular apps available. In order to access all the rest of them you need to use a computer to log into Microsofts App website to find and purchase apps. From there they are sent to your phone. I don't like that fact that a smartphone requires a separate computer in order to access all the available apps for it.
Overall the Nokia Lumia 710 is a well built and easy to use phone. Having a built in HD camera allows you to keep your purse/pockets free from having to carry around an additional device. Microsoft has done a good job with the Windows mobile OS giving users a great alternative to the Iphone.
Excellent value for money April 17, 2012
Reviewer: Mimo (KS, Usa) -
Like this device very much, despite its low price it seems well build and feature-wise it is practically identical to its bigger brother, the Lumia 800. The WP is very smooth and snappy, and Facebook integration works better than in any other OS. Also the proprietary Nokia Apps are a big plus against other WP7 devices, especially the free turn-by-turn navigation.
Screen performs nicely in the sun, but viewing angles could be wider. Camera is only average, but I think that is excusable given the price of the device.
All in all a great buy, would definitely purchase again.
Love it April 12, 2012
Love it! Had to replace my beloved blackberry. Didn't think I would ever fall in love again. I am a pretty loyal phone owner. I was so surprised! This phone does it all. I even downloaded the piano app. Not sure why I will need it, but am so in love. Just went on a trip to Nevada, and we forgot to get the directions to the hotel. No worries, the adderess was all my phone needed to give us point by point directions, even though we didn't follow them exactly. This fact alone made the phone worth MY weight in gold. Gave us directions for local restaurants, weather. Just like having your own personal assistant. Can't wait to see what else it can do. Just be conscious of the battery life. It can get away from you. I now just turn the phone on if needed... Like it really SHOULD be used in the first place! Long live the Lumia!
Excellent bang for your buck! April 12, 2012
Reviewer: Ms. T (Houston, Tx) -
This phone surprised me. As a long time android owner and fan of androids, I really didn't expect to like the windows phone 7, but I did. A lot. While there aren't as many apps in the marketplace, this phones tight integration with facebook was a pleasant surprise - facebook chats show up in the same place as text messages, so there's no difference between sms and facebook chat, which is super convenient. Also, these phones are very responsive - no lag, they never bog down, and they never lock up. The camera quality is adequate, but seems to have a hard time focusing. Games play excellent with no slow down at all - angry birds, fruit ninja, etc. all play flawlessly for hours with no issues at all. Multitasking also works very smooth with no snags - you can just quickly pop out of one app into another, then pop back in with no hiccups - I like that too. Also, as a long time android user, I already had my calendar, mail and contacts set up with google, and surprisingly, these phones were able to sync with all that with no issues. The phone looks great - it doesn't look expensive, but it doesn't look cheap either. Another bonus, is the dedicate camera button that automatically launches the camera app when pushed - ve3ry convenient to pull it out, push the button and snap the picture. Overall, these phones are an excellent value, and since they are selling for much cheaper than most androids, then I's say this could be a legitimate option for those not wanting to shell out for high end androids, but who still want a zippy responsive smartphone with a decent screen size and resolution.
First smartphone May 20, 2012
Had this phone for a few weeks now after upgrading from 5-year-old Motorola Razr (ancient, I know).
I won't comment much about the Windows Phone OS, other than to say it is mostly excellent. The main thing I think is missing is the ability to sync and share to do lists. Yes, there are third party apps that do this, but it would be nice to have it built into the already excellent native calendar and todo app.
There aren't as many apps for Windows phone as Android or iOS, but the selection is growing quickly, so I don't think this will be an issue for long.
For the phone itself, build quality is excellent. It feels very solid and well made. The soft touch material on the back is very nice the the phone is just the right size for me - not to big or small, and not too thin. I've read complaints about the hardware buttons being too stiff, but I haven't had a problem with this, they feel just right to me. In fact, the hardware buttons are part of what attracted me to this phone as this is a rare feature these days.
The screen is beautiful with good color and resolution. Spec-wise, it doesn't match up with the high end Android phones or iPhone, but don't let that deter you -- it is an excellent screen. It's also larger (3.7" vs 3.5") than the iPhone screen.
This phone doesn't have a quad-core processor like every other Android phone these days, but it's plenty fast for me (though I don't play many games). Every day use is fine and very snappy, and actually faster than many other phones (thanks to the well-designed OS).
A nice feature is the real GPS that doesn't require a data connection. Maps are downloaded to the phone so you can use maps and navigation without a SIM card.
Since this is a phone, you might use it to make occasional phone calls. :) The call quality is good, I've had no problems.
A few downsides.
Battery life is not great. I get 1-1.5 days without charging, but I understand this is typical of smartphones.
No front facing camera. Not really an issue for me, but might be for others. The camera is good, but not great. Defiantly better than the 1 MP thing on my Razr.
Limited memory. Come on Nokia, couldn't you give us at least 16 gb? With 16 GB cards selling for $8 on Amazon, it could have been added quite cheaply. An expansion slot would have been even better, but I think that's a limitation with the current version of Windows Phone.
Overall, I really like the phone (and the Windows Phone OS). I highly recommend it.
Battery June 6, 2013
Like the phone but battery not worth it. I am not a heavy user but after a couple of months I noticed I was charging the battery more and more frequently. Now at 4 1/2 month, battery is dead. Of course warrant is only for 3 months.
Battery Life SUCKS March 28, 2013
The phone is nice and cheap and I love using it but the Battery Life SUCKS big time. It doesnt even last 12 hrs and I need to keep it on charge if there is a plug point or am with my laptop. I won't recommend it to anyone because of the battery life.
Awful, worse than awful- AN UPDATE March 18, 2013
Reviewer: Mark Price (NW Indiana) -
My original review is below. The last time the phone crashed I called T-Mobile and actually got someone to listen to me. I explained the problems and the customer service person made a few adjustments to how the phone communicates with their network, six weeks later and the phone has been perfect.
I bought my Nokia Lumia 710 from T-Mobile. The first one lasted 34 days and in the middle of calls would stop allowing you to hear the caller. Then you couldn't use it because you couldn't talk on it. T-Mobile replaced it and now 90 days in to the replacement, when I make calls it automatically beeps like the called line is busy. It also will allow me to send text messages but will not deliver them, sometimes it won't tell you this for as many as 12 hours. I love the Windows operating system but absolutly hate the phone because I have to reset it from 0 almost weekly right after I get everything set back up.
T-Mobile also will not honor warranty problems since this is the second one.
Overall, a nice change from Android phones January 22, 2013
Reviewer: Comp Expert "Comp" (USA) -
The positive aspect of this phone, or perhaps the negative - whichever way you see it, is that the operating system uses Microsoft's Windows Phone setup. It's quite different from Android, designed to be intuitive as well as operate more fluidly than cheap Android phones do. Does it live up to its promise? I believe so, but only for an entry level user.
The operating environment is certainly a LOT slicker and responsive than any single core Android phone I've used. You'll know what I mean when you've used one before - stalling when changing screens, stuttering in scrolling, and the occasional double execution of the button because of lag. Common cheap-Android phone syndromes (CAPS). None of that here - all phone screen transitions are fast and fluid.
The tile system is also very different from Android phones. You end up with larger icons that are less confusing for those who do are not, and perhaps do not want to be, knowledable about smartphones. Because the tiles are bigger, they are easier to find and press for a new user or an older person with bad vision. I know this to be true because I tested the phone with my elderly mother and she did indeed find the tiles to "make sense" much more so than a typical icon-based desktop environment.
Downsides? Remember, this is a budget phone. That means the screen is small for this day and age. There's no fancy features and the camera is rather low in quality, a surprise for a Nokia which usually have great cameras in them.
Battery life was okay but nothing to rave about.
Now the bad - those wanting to have access to a lot of apps and customization - well forget about it. The amount of apps are pitiful when compared to Android even two years ago. It's that bad. Will it get better - I'm sure , but the marketshare rates of Windows phones are not going the way they had planned.
Overall, should you get this phone? Only if you're an amateur user who wants a smartphone for core usage of web browsing rather than using apps or games.
Great phone! November 24, 2012
Reviewer: Reverie (Memphis, TN) -
The battery case is easy to remove and you barely notice the 1/2 thickness of this phone. The touch screen doesn't respond to pressure with fingernails (typical of any touchscreen these days), but it's precise even with my stubby fingers. I can get through a whole work day without worrying about the battery (texting, browsing internet for 2 hrs, checking email). The screen is sharp.
Great phone!!! November 21, 2012
Reviewer: Chris D Meadows "Chris M" (Phoenix, Arizon) -
I don't like Apple, and Android has a ton of problems, so I gave this Windows Phone a go, and it is great! The screen looks great, and it is very accurate, have not missed a button yet! Was very easy to import all my contacts, and very easy to customize, I hope they bring more customization with the update coming soon. I know its a single core processor, but it is fast. Much quicker than anything I have seen with android. No more android lag. Internet explorer is better than anything I have used on an android phone too. Camera is ok, not great, not bad, but it does auto correct. The Nokia apps are incredible, Nokia drive, wow, that's all I have to say about it. I know Windows Phone 8 is out now, but this is still an incredible phone.
Excellent Phone June 15, 2012
Reviewer: Def Voorhees "ryaoni_2000" (Florida) -
This is my first smartphone and I am extremely happy. Phone has many features and is user friendly. GPS works great and Xbox Live integration is stellar. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a great phone.
Amazing Phone, Amazing Experience. April 22, 2012
Nokia Lumia 710
I give this phone 4.5/5 stars but since that is not an option I feel that 5 stars is more appropriate. Below I'm going to compare the pros, cons and other things about the phone hardware.
*) Windows Mango - It's amazing. It does everything that you could want a phone to do and more, however, this is a review about the phone and as such, I'm going to stick to the hardware.
1) 1.4ghz processor is VERY fast. There is no lag and transitions are nearly instant.
2) The screen is very sharp and responsive. Text is very easy to read on the phone, and you can see this in bright day light with no problems.
3) Wifi connections are perfect, hold strong with long range and I can get the advertised max speed with wifi. [I think it's approx 7MB+ down]
4) Speaker is loud and clear for watching videos or listening to music. It's meant to be placed on a hard surface for reverberation of the sound.
5) Camera with decent amount of light indoors or outdoors is extremely good if you know how to use the correct settings.
6) Video quality is the best I've ever seen on a camera phone.
7) Call quality is very clear when you have enough service, IE 2 bars.
8) The microphone picks up sounds VERY clear. I know some people say that others have told them they sounded garbled when using speaker phone on phone calls. However, I believe it's either the codec or service that's garbling the sound. If you don't believe me, try this test out, download a simple audio recorder app, record yourself and play it back. Prepare to be amazed.
9) For some... Interchangeable back color cases!
10) The phone feels very sturdy and the screen is gorilla glass. [It is very scratch resistant.]
11) Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps. [Free worldwide maps and GPS + The option to download maps to your phone for offline use.]
12) VALUE. You cannot get this combination in any other phone for the asking price.
1) Battery life - I'm a light-moderate phone user and I can get 2 days out of one charge. If I was consistently moderate user, I would probably need to charge the phone every day. [Moderate use for me would be about 1 hr of video, 1 hour of internet surfing, 1.5 hours of phone calls/texting.] For some people this is not a problem, but for heavy users, this would most likely be a problem.
2) Camera takes grainy photos under low light. - Indoor photos with low light require the use of the flash in order to take them clearly. Even with the perfect settings and holding the camera perfectly still, objects inside the camera focus may appear grainy and most likely, things outside the focus WILL be grainy. Although, this is a huge improvement over any phone with no camera flash.
3) Only 8GB of storage space which becomes somewhere over 5GB with mango and NO micro SD slot. This can be a problem for some but for me, I've never even filled up a 2GB SD card with a phone.
4) No front facing camera - I don't use a front facing camera but for those that want to, they will find it impossible with this phone!
I'm not sure if these are due to phone hardware or T-mobile service...
1) Calls cutting out under low service. Think 1 bar to none. - You can hear other users fine but they will have a hard time understanding you and the call may eventually drop. This one is more service related but, the hardware is also responsible. For example, I've had phones that worked just fine with 0-1 bar of service. Maybe they were inaccurate at how many bars were actually there? Either way, if you have to use the phone in a low service area, think basement or building... This can be a problem.
2) Your voice may sound overly digitized or robotic when listening to yourself on an answering machine. This makes me wonder if during a phone call, other people hear my voice like this. I will give this a neutral effect on the rating, since it's very subjective someone, to what truly sounds digitized or human. This can also be due to anything from the hardware, codecs and or service in any combination there of.
In conclusion, I've been using the Lumia 710 for about two weeks now and have been very pleased with the purchase. The Lumia 710's hardware is absolutely amazing and The software on the phone, called windows mango is also amazing. I've kept my review on the Lumia 710 strictly to the hardware because there will be updates to the software in the future, and things will most likely change for the better. However, the hardware will always remain the same as long as you are using the Lumia 710.
As for the big question, "Should I buy this phone?" Well... to answer that....
I highly recommend the Lumia 710 to anyone that can live with the few cons... And many many MANY PROS!
PS> If you want to know more about the software, use a search engine and research it! You won't be dissapointed.
Battery life is zilch April 20, 2012
Reviewer: Josh C. Chamberlain
i unplug this phone at 7a.m. and use it moderately. By 3 pm it needs to go back on the charger. i've enabled all the "save battery life" features.
the camera is not good. takes blurry pics unless you stay perfectly still.
Other than that, it's a great phone.
Excellent, speedy phone marred only by the worst buttons on earth April 12, 2012
Reviewer: Akash (Washington, DC) -
I've been using this Lumia handset for about a month now and have been really, really pleased in almost every way. A review of a Lumia phone is as much a rundown of the OS as it is an assessment of the hardware, so I'll start there.
Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) is pretty awesome. Live Tiles are the perfect compromise between Android's resource-intensive widgets and iOS's bland, sterile home screen. The OS has yet to crash on me, I'd wager to say it's the most stable and speedy mobile OS I've used so far. You have a little less control over background tasks than Android, but whatever WP7 is doing behind the scenes is working because the OS never hesitates, never stutters. I would take serious issue with Bing navigation, put simply, it's garbage. It actually asks you to tap on the screen to hear directions out loud! Which would be illegal while I drive in my locality! Thankfully, Nokia steps in there with Nokia Drive (which now stores maps locally), and that app is a godsend (though, has a few rough edges). In any case, the OS has been a dream and I think Microsoft has a winner on their hands. I've loved Metro since my Zune HD, and no exception here.
As for the phone hardware, it's really well constructed. In terms of build quality, it takes me back to the days of the Nokia candy bar phones in that Nokia phones still seem indestructible. I've dropped the phone flat on its face a few times now with no issues. I really like the feel of the back of the phone as well, it's a soft-tough plastic (that feels a lot like Incipio's Feather cases), which makes it light but substantial all at once. But the hardware build also brings me to my one serious issue with the 710: The buttons. They really are THAT bad. First off, all three buttons are conjoined, meaning you never "feel" a solid click, as you're really once pressing 1/3 of a big button down. The button is also difficult to depress and is cramped down towards the bottom of the phone. The button is also so close to the bottom of the screen that you'll constantly get accidental screen-input. I'm really surprised that a company with Nokia's design lineage would make such a rookie mistake, but it's definitely an issue and a good reason to look at an 810 or 900.
The Lumia line is a last grasp for relevance from two once-behemoths in the smart phone space. And from what I can gather in my short time with the Lumia 710, they have the product, now they just need the press and mind share. The really shocking thing is that this phone is a low-end Lumia phone! Button quality aside, never once did it feel like I was using a budget handset. Which begs the question: How awesome is the Lumia 900? I may need to find out sooner than later.
No WiFi Calling June 9, 2012
Reviewer: BNA (United States) -
Would have rated higher but no WiFi calling plus the hard to use mechanical buttons makes this Windows Phone a no go. Now waiting to see what Windows Phone 8 has to offer.
Unfortunate purchase, wish I could return this phone June 14, 2012
Reviewer: Swati S. Desai (Washington, DC) -
My smartphone history:
Apple iPhone (AT&T)
Samsung Galaxy Captivate (AT&T)
Nokia Lumia 710 (T-mobile)
The Nokia Lumia 710 is a serious downgrade from my Samsung phone.
My reasons for changing phones:
1) Faster download speed. The captivate is for the AT&T network; I moved to T-mobile, and my internet connection speeds stayed at 2G. Which *sucked*.
2) Android crashes. A lot. It's a great interface, but seriously, I wish it was more stable.
Other than that, the Captivate is an amazing phone. Great music/video player. Great contact/calendar/to do list. A lot of apps are available for it. And, oh yeah, the screen is AMAZING. Blows the iPhone out of the water. The Nokia is a dinky little toy compared to my Captivate.
Why the Nokia Lumia 710 sucks and makes me want my 2G Captivate back:
1) (First side note) You will need a micro SD card for this. My Samsung had a regular SD card. To change phones, you have to go to a T-mobile store and get a new card. Nokia has a micro SD card in the box with this phone. But since the SD cards are different, it makes it difficult (if not impossible) for me to go back to my beloved Captivate. Remember this before you make the switch.
2) The screen display is terrible. In any kind of bright light, you cannot read the screen. Forget sunlight, this thing kaputs even in decent indoor lighting. I can't imagine anyone being happy with the display that is not living in a fluorescent light filled home or office space.
3) I hate Windows 7, Steve Wozniak's endorsement notwithstanding. I hate that the phone automatically downloads people's gmail pictures, and shows them to you in the "People" tab. Why can't you turn that off? What if I don't want to see these people's faces? (Do you use your phone to call people you don't want to look at on a daily basis: i.e. anyone other than a significant other or beloved family member? Okay. This might suck for you too.)
4) There is no swype input (which is a free option on the captivate). That keyboard is intuitive and makes typing very quick and easy. It is similar but not the same as what Apple has on its iPhone.
5) There are not enough apps for this phone. Android had an amazing and vibrant marketplace. This place is the restaurant deserted at lunchtime and dinnertime. Maybe you shouldn't eat there. It's deserted for a reason, you know.
6) No customizable ringtones. My captivate let me customize songs and voice messages as ringtones. They had an app called Ringdroid which was the best thing ever that let me make my own ringtones. Windows does not want to you use song clips as ringtones, or download your own ringtones, and there are no apps to make ringtones for this operating system. Which sucks, because the default ringtones suck.
7) Pictures folder. Stupid thing shows your pictures on the folder. So unless you want a never-ending slideshow of pictures from your pictures folder being used as a background for the pictures icon, you can't put your pictures folder on the first page to make it easily accessible. If you take pictures on your phone for ebay purchases, paperwork, places and people you don't necessarily want to see everyday, or anything else, beware the endless slideshow of death. And no, you cannot select which pictures appear in the slideshow. The phone does it for you. It's a feature, not a bug. Like the "People" contact list. Ugh.
8) Fingerprints. This phone picks up fingerprints like nothing else. It is horrible. My beloved Captivate had a beautiful finish which resisted fingerprints and did not get dirty and smudgy easily. This Nokia bottom of the line crapfest does not do that.
9) The volume button. You will need to use this a lot of you want to listen to the music on your phone. It is hard to push and set in too much on the phone. It sucks too.
10) The camera button. This is, on the other hand, protruding too much, and is easy to press by accident. Just holding the phone in your hand normally (as you listen to music, for example), will result in a push of the camera button. If you use your phone as an ebook reader, you can also easily push this button.
11) The default search engine is BING. It cannot be changed to a Google default. This sucks a lot.
12) The icons are weird and not easy to understand. I had one icon sitting on my unlock screen for three months before I realized it was for the mandatory live email address that Microsoft forces you to open so you can use this phone.
13) Mandatory live account to make games (called Xbox games) and music player work. Who uses live? Really. This mandatory sign up sucks too.
14) There are two pages. One is the home page with list of frequently used apps you can customize into tiles. The second page is to the right, and is *all* of your apps. There are no other pages. So if need to get to the bottom of your app page, it could take a lot of scrolling. Which sucks.
15) Music player. This SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS. It sucks so much it deserves caps lock complaints. You cannot make playlists on the phone. It groups videos and music together, so if you have album covers on your music, you might not be able to tell the difference between an audio file and a video file, since it does not separate them. It creates a visible tiled history of songs/videos/radio stations you listened to, which cannot be deleted. Which I hate. You have to sign up for and download microsoft zune to make the music player work. Which sucks. I've heard rumors of an amazingly good Nokia music player, but somehow that cannot be downloaded onto this phone.
16) No world clock. There is no clock for different locations you can put on your home page.
17) No world weather. There is no weather for different locations you can put on your home page.
18) Timer/Stop watch. There is no timer or stop watch function on this device.
19) Audio quality. Audio quality for music and telephone conversations above about halfway volume (halfway between min and max) is poor and static-filled. As a phone, good audio quality is important. This device fails at that.
20) Product advertising. This product is advertised as an "introductory smartphone". So if you've never had a smartphone, and are upgrading from an 1980s brick, you might be really happy with this purchase. Personally, I find being called the equivalent of a smartphone n00b very patronizing. If my self-esteem suffered enough, I might even be forced to pick up a "for dummies" book, so that random writers can swear at my intelligence. If you have ever owned or used a product called a smartphone, this phone is not for you. Even Nokia is saying that it is not for you. Stay away.
21) Google voice does not work on this phone. So no routing calls through your google voice. No google voice voicemail.
22) No visual voicemail.
23) The advertising for the Lumia series of phones has revolved around the Nokia Lumia 900, which seems to be Nokia's flagship product for this link. *That* phone is made with kick ass gorilla glass, which you could hammer and nail and not cause a dent. This is not that phone. The body is cheaply made of inferior plastic, and the screen is some inferior glass as well. It will not be safe in your pocket with your keys, or in your purse floating free.
24) Bloatware. The number of pre-installed applications which suck boggle the mind. Delete them immediately when you get this phone. All of them will slow down this device and drain your phone's battery.
All in all, I must say, I really hate this phone and regret ever buying it. It is incredibly poorly made, and frustrating to use.
But, there are some good qualities about the phone. Here they are:
1) It has a radio.
2) It does not crash as much as Android.
3) For me, since I was upgrading from an AT&T compliant 2G device, this was faster.
There might be other good points. I will let you know if I ever discover them.
I wish the Samsung Note was available for T-mobile. Such an amazing device. I wish I had that product. Or the Samsung Galaxy III. Even with the crashiness of Android, it is a superior device in every way. I made such a mistake by not making a Samsung phone my next phone. Don't you make the same mistake as well.