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Overview

The Nokia 7710 was developed by Nokia and was announced on 2 November 2002. It was the first touchscreen phone in India and also the first Nokia phone with a touchscreen display. Running on the then, new version of Symbian OS, the Nokia 7710 had a megapixel camera and extensive multimedia features. It was priced at $290 and has been discontinued since, for obvious reasons. After 14 years, there has clearly been a great improvement in the quality of smartphones we use nowadays. Let’s look back into the past to review the Nokia 7710 and learn why it was probably one of the most talked about phones of its era.

Major Specifications

  • Dimensions: 128 x 69.5 x 19 mm
  • Weight: 189 g
  • 3.5-inch with a resolution of 640 x 320 pixels
  • Symbian OS v7.0s
  • 1MP primary camera and no secondary camera
  • 90MB internal storage
  • Functions available: Bluetooth, FM Radio, Pop-Port USB
  • Removable 1300mAh battery
  • Other features: MMS, SMS, Email, HTML Browser with Flash 6.0 support

Design

The Nokia 7710 was held flatways and only for telephony, was it held as a normal mobile phone. Comparing to mobile phones it was a pretty big device but compared to smartphones it was about the average. Nokia 7710 was essentially designed as a block with slightly rounded side edges. The display was not placed symmetrically but it was moved a bit right.

Furthermore, the illumination was not really regular – the display was noticeably darker in the corners and in the right part. Also, considerable imperfection was the strong yellow cast. The graphics and pictures representation were otherwise good.

Coming to the control keys, one can admit that it was a bit chaotic and confusing. Part of the control keys was placed on the side edge of the phone. These keys were used to perform functions such as call control, voice recording, and call register opening or voice dial activation. Next, still on the side edge, you would find a key that released the back cover, although the removal was quite tricky, as it required the user to press three keys. Then, on the right side, there is a main switch button, which was jointed with control of ringing profiles and on the left bottom, we can find a Pop-Port system connector. There are three keys on the right side. The functions of two of them are different in various applications; the bottom one is the escape key. The earphone port is in the middle. Furthermore, the keys on the front side are not illuminated in contrast to the volume control keys placed on the upper edge.

Nokia also delivered, with the phone, a specially constructed black leather case. It was used to protect the smartphone from damage and the display from dirt. The case had ports for a system connector, for removal of the stylus, for the switch button and three keys for calls control.

Performance

The camera lens was positioned beside the embossed Nokia sign. It featured 1MP resolution, which further proves the point of how far we have come along in the world of smartphones in just less than two decades. Besides the embossed Nokia sign on the back of the phone you will find the camera lens. The Nokia 7710 could also record a video up to 60 minutes with a resolution of 176 x 144 pixels in 3GP format.

Many users complained that the Nokia 7710 was a regrettably quite slow machine. The reactions to the user input were not instant and one had to wait for the applications to be downloaded in memory. Also, searching in the phonebook was also quite slow. However, the sound quality was pretty good, both of the earphone and of the loud hands free, for that age. One could listen to music with the delivered headphones (stereo) or over a loudspeaker; however, there was no standard port for normal headphones.

The Nokia 7710 came equipped with many applications, which could handle most of the office documents. There was a text editor, spreadsheet processor, presentations viewer and an Acrobat Reader which made it possible to create text documents and tables straight away, in the smartphone.

In-built applications

Right in the phone there was an Internet browser. The web pages were displayed as on the computer without any deformities. However, the font size was a shortcoming as even if you used the biggest enlargement it still appeared to be quite small.

Pros and Cons

PROS

CONS

Large and high resolution display Overall slow system
Excellent for browsing the internet Stability problems
Quality sound Yellow cast on the display
Great for playing videos Slow searching in the phonebook
Quality organizer functions It is not always possible to use it without the stylus
Good picture quality Bad ergonomics sometimes

Verdict

Perhaps we can all agree that Nokia 7710 is a pioneer and that there was no similar device before. It marked the beginning of touchscreen smartphones in India and although the sales weren’t the best and people were hesitant about it, it did manage to leave behind footprints in the sands of time.

From functions point of view, the Nokia 7710 was pretty well equipped. However, the performance of the 7710 could definitely be better.

In an age, where we have smartphones with HD displays and 16MP camera, it is easy to forget just how far we have come. Looking back into an era where the touchscreen smartphone was first introduced, gives one perspective of how extensively our lives might possibly change in the next two decades.

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Isha Verma is an intern (Winter-2016) at ShopNani as an author. She is persuing her B.E. degree from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology.

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