Welcome to the Nokia 2710 review. Released in mid-2010 the 2710 Navigation edition is a unique phone since its selling point is the inbuilt A-GPS receiver with full and free navigation, mapping software and map data in a cheap as possible GSM only phone. Priced less $190 (mid-2010) the phone is as cheap as many standalone GPS navigators without mobile phone functionality.

The low outright price also makes it competitive with pre-packages that comes with a phone so you have to decide what you really want first.  For example the similarly priced pre-paid E63 – which has a lot more functionality but it will be locked to a particular network.  (It usually costs extra to unlock the phone).

The GPS navigation software on the 2710 is the OVI Maps software is common to most of Nokia’s phone’s so it does work quite well as a proper navigator. It has all the essential features you really need in a mobile GPS system.  We cannot complain due to the price. The 2710 also has a reasonably large 2.2inch 240 x 320 pixel screen which is pretty good for a cheap phone and a loud speaker that was harsh at loud volumes. In the hand the phone is solid and the keypad good to use.

Being one of the cheaper Nokia models it runs the S40 operating system so if you’ve used a Nokia before you will feel instantly at home. Everything is logically located in the menu system and responsive for the price.  It can also run our animated screensavers and wallpapers so we can definitely recommend it (shameless plug). The 2710 also feels good to use for the category.

The 2710 is a good phone for those who want voice and text messaging and a free GPS navigator as well.  It can do data but being GSM network only it is restricted to slow GPRS speeds.  That said it would work quite well with emails without attachments of course. We also thought that the call quality signal reception was surprisingly – one of the best.

To conclude we think that the 2700 Navigation is a very good cheap mobile phone.  The only draw back is the very plain design. However we think travelers and would love the anonymous design which makes it less likely to be a target for theft yet has all the functionality to stay in touch. The inbuilt GPS and downloadeable world maps will make your travels much easier.

It would work well as a first mobile phone or those only interested in talk and testing. Other than that, with lots of standard software and even a 3.5mm headphone socket it will make a great little media player for those after a reasonably priced and decent first mobile phone.

Specifications

  • Nokia 2710 Navigation Edition
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Design
    Candy bar
  • L111.2 x W45.7 x D13.7 mm
    Weight 87 grams
  • Display/s
    2.2 inch TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    2MP
  • Video Camera
    320 x 240 pixels @ 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
  • CPU
    ???Mhz
  • Memory
    Up to 64Mb available to user
    Up to 16Gig microSD card
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
  • Features
    Accelerometer
    Compass (Magnetometer)
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    FM radio with RDS
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    BL-5c 3.7V 1020mAh
    Up to 20 days Standby
    Up to 12.5 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $180 AUS 2010 (Outright)
    Under $160 AUS mid-2010 (Outright)

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