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Lumia 710 is just right for starters

By Hiawatha Bray
Globe Staff / January 19, 2012
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Finland’s Nokia Corp. got a lot of attention at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the giant trade event that showcases new gadgets, but most of the buzz went to the wrong phone. A lot of the talk was about Nokia’s most sophisticated new smartphone, the Lumia 900. Yet just a few feet away was a smaller, simpler Nokia phone that may matter a whole lot more: the Lumia 710. The Lumia 710 is a very good smartphone - sleek, fast, cheap, and designed for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. Some say the phone is a Hail Mary pass both for Nokia, a company that’s been largely frozen out of the US phone market, and Microsoft, whose Windows Phone software has been scorned by consumers. Maybe so, but it could work.

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